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  • Writer's pictureChristina Grosshans

SPY's Newsletter 9/11/22

SPY’s Community Newsletter #218


Notice #1

Our “Sunfield SPY’s Community Celebration Calendar” chairperson, Rosie Best is seeking some volunteer help in delivering the new calendars. If you would like to lend a hand, or would like to know what’s involved, please give Rosie a call at 517-331-0836.

Notice #2

From food banks to 4-H clubs, the Bayer Fund is helping fund the future of rural communities with $5,000 grants that make a positive impact. Eligible farmers can enroll for a chance to help a local nonprofit organization or school in your hometown with an America’s Farmers Grow Communities donation, sponsored by Bayer Fund. Since 2010, they have awarded more than $60 million to thousands of organizations.

What community nonprofit could you help support with $5,000 and a simple nomination? America’s Farmers Grow Communities is now open for enrollment! Thanks to farmers, they’ve been able to award more than $60 million to thousands of rural nonprofits, ag youth organizations, and schools across the country for more than 10 years – and this year they are doubling individual awards to $5,000. Now, more than ever, you have a chance to support the programs and institutions that keep farmers and their communities thriving!

This is a tremendous program that in the past, thanks to an area farmer’s nomination, the SPY’s have benefited, as well as the Welch Historical Museum. We strongly encourage all farmers to PLEASE check this program out! Here’s all you have to do:

To learn more and see the official America’s Farmers Grow Communities rules go to:

There are two simple ways to enroll:

• Click on the “Enroll Now” tab at the top of the page of the website indicated above. Or,

• Call 877-267-3332 to enroll by phone.

No purchase necessary. A purchase will not increase your chance of winning.

Farmer Eligibility

An Eligible Farmer must: (1) be 21 years of age or older at the time he or she submits a program entry and (2) be actively engaged in farming, in the continental United States, a minimum of 250 acres of one or more crops. A farmer is “actively engaged in farming” if he or she performs the work on the farm or hires and actively manages others who do so.

Eligible Charities

In order to be eligible to receive a grant under the Program (a “Grant”), the charity selected by an entrant (a “Charity”) must be a tax-exempt public charity, meaning that the Charity must be recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) or as a “unit of government” under Section 170(c)(1). Section 501(c)(3) is a section of the Internal Revenue Code that establishes criteria for tax-exempt charitable organizations. Section 170(c)(1) refers to agencies that conduct business to benefit the public at large, such as public schools, and municipalities.

Act before November 1st. to direct $5,000 to a Rural Nonprofit or School in Your Community!

Parting Comments

• Deep Thought of the Week: One of the hardest decisions you’ll ever face in life is choosing whether to walk away or try harder.

• Notable Quote: “Mark Twain once said ‘Go to heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.”

• That’s Puny Department: : Did you know that to ERR is human---to ARR is pirate?

• Did You Know Section: Why is thirteen of something known as a “baker’s dozen”? Here’s why---Bread has been the staff of life since ancient times. By the middle of the twelfth century A.D., the baking industry in England had become very organized, and London bakers had formed an official brotherhood. Later, they reorganized into the Company of Brown Bakers and the Company of White Bakers and were subject to very strict regulations. A law passed in 1266 stipulated that exactly eighty loaves of bread were to be baked from a standard sack of flour. It was illegal to sell loaves of bread that varied from a set weight. Bakers who were found selling underweight loaves to retailers could get into big trouble. There are stories of bakers in the Middle East who were nailed by their ears to their shop’s doorway for selling underweight bread! Adding an extra loaf of bread for every twelve they sold, to make up for any underweight loaves, was a small price for the bakers to pay.


1. If there is any organization or business out there that has something they would like to advertise or promote, please feel free to submit it to this Newsletter and we will help publicize it. There is no charge. We are glad to provide this means as a public service to help keep the community informed.

2. If you are looking for further information about the SPY’s events---Corporate or Platinum Sponsorship information---

scholarship forms---youth sports reimbursement forms---past SPY newsletters---etc.---just go to the SPY website at

3. NOTE: If you know of anyone who would like to receive these SPY’s Newsletters, just send me an email at with their email address and we will add them to the distribution list.

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