March 2020

Provincial Director, Phil Oegema

Well friends, it looks like we are in for another year of challenge and change.  While the winter has turned out to be relatively mild, the financial turbulence and great societal risks we are now facing are anything but.   We don’t yet know how COVID-19 will affect our businesses or how we will be affected individually.  But what gets us through is everyone doing their part.  Truckers trucking, suppliers supplying, and farmers farming.  So get your inputs early, have a plan B, and if you see a neighbor who is falling behind for whatever reason go lend a hand.  I wish you God’s speed as we do our part and get this crop in the ground.

Cathy’s Comments

March 25—well, some interesting times my friends! And I’m not even going to touch on world events…..Here’s hoping the 2020 growing season is far less challenging than 2019.

Starting in June, we will be moving to a primarily online version of the news sent to our members. Please check the inside front cover to make sure we have everything ready in order for you to get the news you need. Feel free to contact me to make sure you are good to go. I will be using our current online membership database to send out the news emails, so please add to your email safe-senders list (I can help you with that too)

The newsletter will be sent as an email with a variety of OSCIA information from across the province, with links to every region’s specific pages containing local information, events and reports. The Thames Valley Region information will be hosted on our regional website at SO PLEASE check out the website when you get a chance, I am looking for feedback from you, our members, on what you want to see, ideas on layouts, menus, navigation—everything. Please, PLEASE feel free to get in touch with me or any of our local contacts if you have suggestions. I will probably be playing with the regional website quite a bit over the next two months, so let me know if there is something you see that you do or don’t like, or any goofs I may make!

For those of you who are unable (or absolutely unwilling) to receive an electronic version of the news, please let me know who you are. Your Thames Valley Board of Directors wants to make every attempt to have our information accessible to everyone, and we will be sending out hard copy versions to those that need it. We will assess our budget after one year, but we are going to do our very best to meet the needs of everyone.

I would also like to take this opportunity to send out a HUGE THANK YOU to Minuteman Press of Woodstock, who have been looking after me for around 15 years or so. From looking after the newsletters and printing the majority of the posters we need each year at the Outdoor Farm Show, they also handle a bunch of non-OSCIA printing needs for me as well (ask my hubby about his custom 4’ x 8’ STAY OFF THE GRASS sign sometime…) Due to current circumstances, the Minuteman office is closed but they are still “working remotely” to get this edition sent out, exactly as we have always handled the newsletter printing: I send them my news files electronically, they look after the printing, assembly, envelope insertions when needed, addressing, sorting and delivery direct to the post office. Always in a quick and efficient manner. Phil even catches some of the little oopsies I may occasionally make…..So, if you ever need any printing of any sort I highly recommend you contact them, and please say Cathy sent you. Thank you Phil, Sherri and Ashley, for all your help and advice over the years, and here’s to many more!

So—that’s it until June. I hope spring work goes well for all of you, and that Ma Nature is in a cooperative mood as well. Send photos, funny tidbits, interesting findings etc that I can include in upcoming editions! And again, please don’t hesitate to be in touch with your ideas and suggestions, I really appreciate all your feedback. Email or call or text my cell 519-788-0895 at any time!