CHARLESTON -- The Coles County Farm Bureau has announced the following upcoming events:

Coles County Farm Bureau’s 101st Annual Meeting Set

The Coles County Farm Bureau will hold its 101st annual meeting on Jan. 15. The CCFB annual meeting will be held at the Burgess-Osborne Memorial Auditorium, 1707 Wabash Ave., Mattoon. The meeting will begin promptly at 9 a.m. with the business portion and the director elections. A complimentary light breakfast will be offered. Ryan Orrick, Agriculture Division Chair at Lake Land College, will be the guest speaker.

The following individuals are seeking a two-year at-large director position on the CCFB Board: Jeff Boswell, Vallori Degler, John Doty, Todd Easton, Pat Harrington, Brad Homann, Alan Metzger, Karl Probst and Jon Thomas.

We ask that members RSVP by calling the office at 217-345-3276 on or before Jan. 8.

Coles County Farm Bureau Foundation Scholarships Available

The Coles County Farm Bureau Foundation will again award scholarships this spring to students who plan to or are studying agriculture or a related academic field in college. Applications are available from high school guidance counselors, Lake Land College or the Coles County Farm Bureau office.

High school seniors, college undergraduates and graduate students are eligible to apply. Past recipients must reapply to be reconsidered for a scholarship. Applicants must be a current member or a child of a member of the Coles County Farm Bureau. Applicants must also be residents of Illinois and attend an accredited two or four-year institution. Applications must be returned to the Coles County Farm Bureau office by 4 p.m. on March 19.

Scholarships are awarded based on scholastic achievements, demonstrated interest in agriculture and agribusiness, evidence of financial need, self-help and the applicant’s character and personality.

If you are interested in a scholarship application, please contact the office at 217-345-3276. Applications can be picked up Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Farm Bureau office, 719 W. Lincoln Ave., Charleston. We can also email an application if you wish. We can also be reached at

ILLINOIS READS Book Festival & Essay Contest 

The ILLINOIS READS Program is a state-wide reading advocacy program sponsored by the Illinois Reading Council. “Our goal is simple - we want to encourage everyone to develop and sustain a love for reading,” says IRC Project Chair Tammy Potts. “To get people excited about the upcoming Southern ILLINOIS READS Book Festival in March, we’re happy to announce the ‘I Love Reading’ Essay Contest.”

The contest invites all students from throughout southern Illinois to write an essay, up to 500 words, that explains why they love to read. There will be five contest divisions: Grades 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-12.

Cover sheets and student essay should be sent as an attachment to

Due date is Jan. 10. No late entries will be accepted.

The overall winners of the essay contest will receive the following:

  • Lunch with ILLINOIS READS authors at the March 10 Book Festival in Du Quoin,
  • Set of the 6 ILLINOIS READS books in one grade division, and
  • ILLINOIS READS 2018 T-shirt.

Winners from each of the grade divisions will be invited to read their essay at the Opening Ceremony of the Book Festival.

“We are so excited to bring this program to DuQuoin,” says Katie Russell and Tammy Krouse, 2018 ILLINOIS READS Launch Event Chairs. “This is the first time this event will be held in southern Illinois, so we are honored to be part of this opportunity.” The 2018 Southern ILLINOIS READS Book Festival will be held at DuQuoin High School in DuQuoin on Saturday, March 10. The event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature more than 20 Illinois authors who will be on hand to talk with young and older readers as well as sign their books. Activities for children of all ages will highlight the themes of the books.

Coles CFB Family Bowling scheduled

Coles CFB Family Bowling will be held Sunday at Mattoon Lanes, 1015 N. 15th Street, Mattoon.

Registration starts at 1 p.m. with bowling at 1:30 p.m.

Please RSVP by calling the office at 217-345-3276.


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