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Danielle Bachant-Bell
Jan 16, 2018

New Morgan County Facebook Group

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If you are a barn enthusiast in Morgan County and want to help save barns in your county, you might want to ask to join the new Facebook Group. Its a great way to network with others right where you live. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1089395874545025/

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  • superiorfin
    Jan 31

    I am a 68 year old disabled veteran of the Viet Nam war. Cancer forced me into retirement in 2013. Many health issues since. I now paint and play my ukulele to pass the time. I painted this picture this last month and was informed that this would be a good place to post a picture of it. I paint strictly with toothpicks. No brush strokes in any of my paintings. Takes about a month to finish a painting. Hope you all enjoy. I do sell my paintings if anyone is interested. Love to all and God bless.
  • Danielle Bachant-Bell
    Mar 13, 2018

    County Barn Rep Meeting Coming Up Please join us on Saturday, April 7th from 1-3 p.m. for the next IBF County Rep meeting. The meeting will be held at the Carroll County Event and Education Center, 102 N. Fourth St., Suite A. It is located just east of Flora, off SR 18 at the 4-H Fairgrounds. Tim Sheets will be giving a demo of the new barn surveying app. Following the demo he will guide everyone through the process of loading the app onto your Apple device (iPhone or iPad). Not only is it helpful to receive the how-to tutorial and be able to ask questions, there is also a bit more involved to loading the app than just going to the Apple Store and getting it. If you are interested in surveying barns in your county but don’t have an Apple device, please consider coming anyway. It is a good opportunity to connect with fellow County Reps and be able to discuss the surveying process. And the IBF board wants to look into funding for the purchase of iPads that can be loaned out. So having received the how-to in person will be beneficial even if you won’t be surveying for awhile. More on Surveying and the Meeting Would you like to learn about the app and help with surveying but can’t attend the meeting? We will be evaluating how to continue spreading the word, so please email or call Danielle (please do it again if you emailed previously) so we can gauge interest; monroecountybarns@gmail.com or (812) 336-6141 H Do you know others who might be interested? Is there a photography club or individual photographers in your area who like to capture barn images who might be willing to help? Feel free to invite others to attend the County Rep. meeting. It is open to anyone interested and willing to assist. Mark Your Calendars More details will be coming on all the events listed below but its not too late to pencil them in! • June 23 – IBF Barn Tour in Jennings County • July 21 – IBF Annual Meeting at Dull’s Tree Farm, Thorntown (exact times and details TBD) • August – State Fair, IBF booth in Williamson Barn; volunteers will be needed to table sit • September 7-8 – Barn Again! Indiana Landmarks program in Marshall County • October 6 – Barn Again! Indiana Landmarks program in Putnam County Feedback Welcome The IBF board is working on several exciting things, always striving to grow the organization so it can better fulfill it’s mission to help preserve Indiana barns. Your presence as a representative for your county is an important part of the process. Please don’t hesitate to provide feedback. What do you need as a County Rep? How can we help make it a more meaningful volunteer activity? Would educational opportunities or programs help you? Do we need to have more opportunities within your region? Email or call Danielle with your thoughts and ideas; monroecountybarns@gmail.com or (812) 336-6141 H
  • Danielle Bachant-Bell
    Feb 2, 2018

    County Barn Rep Meeting this Month Please join us on Saturday, February 24th from 10 a.m. - Noon for the next IBF County Rep meeting. The meeting will be held at the Indiana Farm Bureau offices in Bloomington, Monroe County. The office is at 1618 W. Third Street, not far east from I-69/Hwy. 37 off the Third Street exit. Tim Sheets will be giving a demo of the new barn surveying app. Following the demo he will guide everyone through the process of loading the app onto your Apple device (iPhone or iPad). Not only is it helpful to receive the how-to tutorial and be able to ask questions, there is also a bit more involved to loading the app than just going to the Apple Store and getting it. If you are interested in surveying barns in your county but don’t have an Apple device, please consider coming anyway. It is a good opportunity to connect with fellow County Reps and be able to discuss the surveying process. And the IBF board wants to look into funding for the purchase of iPads that can be loaned out. So having received the how-to in person will be beneficial even if you won’t be surveying for awhile. If the February meeting doesn’t work for you, the next County Rep meeting where we will again focus on the surveying app is tentatively scheduled for April 7th in Carroll County. Having heard from at least County Rep who can’t attend either meeting, we will continue to look for ways to get the information to all who are interested. What Else Can County Representatives Do? There are a number of actions that County Reps can undertake to help promote the saving of old barns. Think creatively and proactively about what will work for you and your county. The following are a few ideas: 1) Create a Facebook Page or Group or both - The Barns of Monroe County Page was created initially to help promote the barn tour but continues to be a means of promoting barns and things associated with barns including IBF news. The Group page for Historic Barns of Morgan County was created as a more private conversational tool to form a network of folks within the county. Group members can share items and converse about issues in an easier format than long email threads. 2) Connect with your local Purdue Extension Office and Indiana Farm Bureau office - Some of us have had great receptions from both entities as both work every day with farmers, barn owners and folks in the rural areas of the state. Speaking at least for Monroe County, representatives in both offices were excited to learn that IBF existed (that message still needs to be spread first) and were then more than happy to assist with the barn tour first and then in other ways they could later. These folks can also be great contacts when you do want to start surveying or take on any other public activities. 3) Be a Guest Speaker - Local groups like Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions and others are always in need of monthly speakers. A short program about IBF and your efforts to save barns on a local level might just reach the right business and community leaders to launch greater efforts, whether its in the form of recruiting others interested in helping or in finding financial sponsors for projects that require financial support. It may also help build the IBF membership; building the health and visibility of IBF is critical to all the work we want to do on a county level. 4) Create a Display for Public Events - A display about IBF and saving old barns in your county can be useful in helping spread the message for you. Your county fair is one location, perhaps in partnership with another like-minded group or two. But public libraries, courthouses, city halls, historical societies and other entities are all candidates for agreeing to house your display, at least for a time. Public events, like July 4th celebrations, are also a possibility where a display could be used. What have you been doing in your county? Please share with everyone on the IBF website Forum under County Reps. IBF Website News The list of barn contractors has been updated on the IBF website. Go to the “More” link at the top right of the Home page. Additional names will be added soon such as for those who do site consultation and National Register nominations.