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Annual Meeting Minutes    
February 3, 2011

Dear HHC members and interested parties,  

Sorry for the late information and also hope that everyone is surviving the ice storm.  I know it has been difficult for several people.

Our annual meeting was held on January 17th, with election of new officers.  Welcome Earl Smith back as President and Rex Zenor as Vice-President. We also have a new secretary in Edna Yeager, we really appreciate her willingness to serve.  We are still looking for a treasurer but are extremely grateful that Steve Hatch is willing to stay on in this position until we find someone.   Thank you to Mike Dale, Director of the County Planning Commission, for coming to share information with our group.

Our next meeting is on Monday, February 2nd at 7 pm.  I hope the ice has cleared off that many of you can attend.  This meeting will be especially informative for Market Masters and market vendors.  We will have Denise Giddens and another representative from the Indiana State Department of Health as guests to talk about WIC and Senior Vouchers. We have also made arrangements with Richard Simon, the Hancock County Weights and Measures Inspector to come to inspect scales that vendors use at the markets.  So all vendors, please bring your scales.  This is a State Inspection, so you do not have to vend in Hancock County to have your scales inspected.

The planning committee will be meeting at 6pm, prior to the regular meeting to work on calendar events for the year.  All members are welcome to participate in this planning.

Membership - We continue to welcome new members. For current members who have not submitted your dues, see Invoice link below (in the member benefits section), you can print it off and send it in with your payment.  Also send me any updates to your web page.  Dues must be received by March 1st to be included in this years BFBL Directory.


Barb Smith, BFBL Contact & Editor
In This Issue
Annual Meeting Minutes
Membership Benefits
Mission Statement
Vision & Values
2011Annual Meeting Minutes

Meeting minutes for the annual meeting held January 17, 2011.


Attendance:  Glen Reynolds, Earl and Barb Smith, Rex Zenor, Ruth Ann Roney, Tom Roney, Debi Hill, Gary Mithoefer, Randy and Tracy Kimerly, Jeremiah Priest, RC McDanel, Edna Yeager and Roy Ballard.

Guest:  Mike Dale, Director of the Hancock County Planning Commission.


The meeting was called to order at 7:02 p.m. by Glen Reynolds.  Annual election of officers was the first order of business.


Earl Smith was elected to the office of president.  Earl then proceeded with the election of the other officers.  Rex Zenor was elected vice president.  Edna Yeager was elected secretary.  Steve Hatch will remain in the office of treasurer until someone else is found to fill the position.


Earl introduced Mike Dale of the Planning Commission for Hancock County.  He talked about zoning laws and permits needed for the agricultural areas in Hancock County of all unincorporated areas.  He was most informative and answered questions from the group after his presentation.


The meeting was adjourned at 8:05 p.m.


Submitted by:

Edna M. Yeager


Benefits of Membership
BFBL LabelWe hope that you find membership with Hancock Harvest Council to be a benefit for you. We have several different memberships available that will be included on your invoice and/or letter inviting you to join. It includes a beginner level for those who are not ready to begin promoting their product. Partial list of membership benefits are listed below:
  1. A listing in our Annual Directory - level of membership determines type of listing.
  2. Have the opportunity to use the BFBL graphics in their advertising, brochures and web sites. Must be pre-approved, graphics provided upon request.  Cannot be used on products.
  3. Promotion in our newsletter - member profiles, etc.
  4. Web page on the HHC website - more info at December meeting.
  5. Access to BFBL merchandise.
  6. We are currently working on updating our application to make it easier for Restaurants and Farmers markets.  Each classification will have a separate application. 

Consumer or Associate members are entitled to BFBL merchandise to be determined (we currently have bags and t-shirts). Their membership helps us to continue the mission of providing education and promotion of local foods.  Associate memberships are currently $10 per year.


Membership dues are payable in January.  Invoices below:


Producer Membership Letter/Invoice


Farmers Market and Restaurant Membership Letter/Invoice 


New members also need to complete application found on-line or can be e-mailed to you.  Current members should send an e-mail with any changes to your information for the directory and web page.  If you want featured in a newsletter, please let us know as well.

For any questions, please contact Barb Smith thru this e-mail or 765-763-0246.

In Closing:
Thank you again for your time and support in making our organization successful.  I hope you can plan to attend these meetings and take part in the furture of Hancock Harvest Council If you have any questions, please contact us.

Barbara Smith, Secretary
Hancock Harvest Council
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The intent of the Hancock Harvest Council is to further develop opportunities for agricultural producers and potential producers to make available local foods and educational experiences to each other and the community.

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Vision & Values

Vision Statement:

We will continue to foster a more sustainable and educated community for current and future generations


Values Statement:

The Members of the Hancock Harvest Council are Dedicated to the Following Core Values:


 Food Safety


 Personal Integrity

 Identity Preservation

 Support of the Local Community