David Smith of Batavia, and Joe Glassmeyer of Felicity, newly elected Supervisors of the Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), were sworn into office on the floor of the Ohio House of Representatives Chamber by Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer during the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation District’s 67th annual meeting held in Columbus Jan. 16-17.
This meeting brought together nearly 400 conservation leaders throughout the state, including Supervisors and staff from Ohio’s 88 county SWCDs, leaders of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, National Association of Conservation Districts, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Ohio State University Extension, and many key conservation related Ohio businesses. The event focused on the theme “Conservation: Leading into the Future.”
Glassmeyer, Ohio Federation Treasurer and 21 year veteran of Clermont SWCD’s Board of Supervisors, said “it’s an honor to continue serving Clermont County and Ohio in this capacity. I’m so proud of the great conservation work we have done over the years.”
A few of the highlights of this year's event includes a taping of the OFBF's "Town Hall Ohio" radio show, a new leadership academy focused on conservation related issues, and a delegate session conducted in the Ohio House of Representatives Chamber located in the Ohio Statehouse.
Additionally, the meeting included a community service project which involved food and monetary donations made by the meeting participants to the Mid Ohio Foodbank. As a result of this two-day effort, 421 pounds and $520 were donated to help feed Ohio's neediest individuals. According to the foodbank's representative, 421 meals resulted from this food donation and the bank will be able to purchase $4,160 dollars worth of food from the monetary donations offered.
The OFSWCD is a non-profit organization providing support and assistance to Ohio's 88 county Soil and Water Conservation Districts. County SWCDs provide a variety of conservation related assistance and programs to landowners and user's of Ohio's working lands - working hard to keep soils productive and waters clean throughout the state of Ohio.
Visit their websites for more information on the Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District www.clermontswcd.org or the www.ofswcd.org.