Friends of Ohio Barns is so very pleased to announce that on December 19, 2018 Ohio Governor John Kasich signed into law Senate Bill 86 that contained a measure to add the barn structure as the official architectural symbol for the State of Ohio!
Kudos go to Sarah Gellner, Anna Borders, Rachel Kaufman and Adriane Thompson who started out with a dream of designating the barn structure as an official symbol for the State of Ohio five years ago while in 7th grade at the the Genoa Middle School in Westerville, Ohio. Kudos also go to their teachers, Debbie Pellington and Caley Nestor Baker, who supported them throughout the process. And many thanks go to State Representative Anne Gonzales, (R)-Westerville, for helping the teens navigate their idea through the legislative process.
Friends of Ohio Barns have been behind these students along the way hoping they would succeed. Our hats go off to them for a tremendous effort!
Click on the following link to see the progress that has been made on making the barn the official structure of the State of Ohio:
Ohio teens push bill to honor barns
It is time! It is time for………
Please help support Friends of Ohio Barns by making a donation through the Giving Store as part of The Columbus Foundation. Your donation will be “amplified” by the Bonus Pool funds on a pro rata basis. There are $1.3 million dollars plus in the Bonus Pool up for grabs!
You do not have to register to make a donation and The Foundation does not store any credit card information. The minimum is only $20 and all credit cards are accepted. 100% of your donation goes to Friends of Ohio Barns!
It is so easy! Just click on the link below!
You can also text2connect! Really!
The phone number to text is 614-230-0347 then text our number which is 5735. Text2Connect will send back a link to for you to complete your gift transaction.
So, when is The Big Give you ask???
It starts on Tuesday October 10th at 10:00am ET and ends Wednesday October 11th at 12:00pm ET
Please help us grow! Help us save Ohio’s barns!
Hi all – yes, it is time for the annual Friends of Ohio Barns Fall Picnic!
The picnic will be held on Saturday, October 21st from 11:30am to 4pm at the Rus-Men Grain Farm located at 710 Iberia Rd in Galion, Ohio which is in Crawford County.
Please contact Board Member David Hamblin at [email protected] to make your reservations or to find out more information.
This is a rain or shine event!
There will be barns to explore and barn talk galore!
Why, you ask? Good question. Our membership dues have been at the same level since the organization started offering memberships! That has been a long time. Fifteen years? It has been a topic of conversation at many of our yearly Face to Face board meetings and we have always just gone back to not making an increase after much debate. Well, this past Face to Face meeting we had a very frank discussion about our dues structure and how it might not possibly sustain the organization.
We had to make a couple really hard decisions regarding membership dues and conference fees. The bottom line is that we have to increase dues and conference fees because the expenses that we incur with processing the dues have increased. PayPal takes their cut with every transaction and rightly so as they offer us an easy way to collect the dues and fees. So we set a new dues schedule and we felt that it really wasn’t a significant hardship. We raised each membership level by $5.00. That means Senior dues will be $40, Individual will be $45 and Family will be $65, however we left Organization at $100.00.
What we also did was eliminate the Lifetime Membership due to the cost of making the plaques. There is a high cost to making those plaques but most importantly if we cannot keep money flowing in with membership dues then eventually we will not be able to turn out our newsletters or have an operating cushion. Many of our regular members have turned Lifetime – I am sure it is because of the beautiful work that Dan does on the plaques. So, as of July 1, 2017 the dues will be increased and the Lifetime Membership will be eliminated. The other change we made was to increase the conference fees for the same reason, processing fees, $5 per category. We felt it was a very minor increase but needed an explanation. If you have any questions or comments please email us at [email protected].