By Bridget Moore
It’s been heartwarming this year to see our county Farm Bureaus across District 7 work on creative events that allow them to meet with members and share how being a member of Michigan Farm Bureau is the place to be.
Muskegon County Farm Bureau leaders recently teamed up their local Conservation District for a tree giveaway that doubled as a member engagement platform. Board members give out 350 cherry, spruce, maple and cedar trees to any regular or associate member able to make it over to the Muskegon Conservation District near Twin Lake.
“It was a great day in Muskegon county giving away trees and visiting with members,” said Mikayla Gerwig, Muskegon’s enthusiastic membership captain. “This event allowed us to reach members who we don’t always get to see, and that was a great opportunity!”
Gerwig, along with Muskegon veterans Wayne Klein and Mark Arends, connected with about 30 members by the end of the day. That number may not sound huge, but that’s 30 members county leaders took the time to chat with, share their appreciation for and drive home the value of Farm Bureau membership.
As county Farm Bureaus plan and host events throughout the rest of the year, remember it’s not so much about the yield, but rather the how many seeds we plant. Great county events are all about showing up and reminding members of the value of belonging — and that we truly are stronger together.
So: Happy event planning — and may the weather be in your favor!
Osceola County native Bridget Moore is MFB’s West-Central Regional Manager, working with Farm Bureau members in her home county as well as Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo and Oceana.