As a former EFO egg producer, I constantly asked my Board of Director to improve the transparency of the management of EFO. When I became dissatisfied with the absence of improvements, I complained to the overseeing government body of EFO, the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission, to take action to force EFO to become more transparent. And let’s be clear, I wasn’t asking for videotaped meetings being shown on YouTube. I wasn’t asking to view the complete accounting ledgers of EFO’s operations. I was asking for minutes of meetings! I was asking for accountability regarding how EFO was spending the money that I provided for them! Quite simply, I was asking for honesty. I guess that’s too much to ask from EFO and it appears that Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission has difficulty being honest as well after having read Jim Romahn’s August 20, 2012 blog posting about their lack of transparency (http://agri007.blogspot.ca/2012/08/kamenz-accused-of-misleading-egg-lawyer.html).
Over the weekend, I was told about a form that all EFO Board of Directors are required to sign when they become a Director. The form is in place so that the Directors agree not to talk or discuss with anyone, even egg producers, about policy, procedures or business activities of EFO. Well, holy shit! Why does EFO even have a Board of Directors? Just let Mr. Pelissero run EFO and get rid of the façade of having a producer-run Board. Quit having the meetings and paying all the Directors to go to them! Those honorariums are going to be needed to fund the legal defense anyway. The Directors should be ashamed of themselves if they agree to sign this form and accept the terms included in the form. And the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission appears to be in EFO’s back pocket. Taxpayer dollars wasted again! The head of the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission, Geri Kamenz should recognize that the tail is wagging the dog. Maybe that’s how it worked at Mr. Kamenz previous job, Ontario Federation of Agriculture? I guess farmers are accustomed to having their taxpayer dollars wasted.
August was a milestone month for me – turned 50 and finished the draft manuscript for a book that I’ve been writing. Now what? Well, the aging process goes on and I’ve set the goal of avoiding prescription medications as long as I can, therefore I continue my training for another half-marathon in October. Do I like it? Some days. I gave up on the outward effects of aging, i.e. wrinkles, gray hair, varicose veins, etc. So I watch that the veins don’t get too bad, celebrate the gray hair and overlook the wrinkles which is so much easier since vision deteriorates with age. It’s a good thing.
But what about the book? It’s not a long, epic novel or anything but certainly was more of a challenge than I had anticipated. It’s about homeschooling – or so I thought? I had originally thought that my ‘market’ were people who were considering homeschooling but weren’t religious zealots. When I was going through the decision-making process, trying to decide whether to homeschool or not, there weren’t a lot of ‘how-to’ books that didn’t focus on the aspect of religion as the core reason for the decision. That didn’t really fit my situation – but I read several of ‘those’ type of books nonetheless. The one book that did inspire and help me was written by David and Micki Colfax – Homeschooling for Excellence.
Anyway, I provided several folks with my draft manuscript, asking for feedback, asking them to keep in mind my ‘market’ of potential homeschoolers. My first critique came from my most feared reader – my daughter whom I homeschooled! Yikes! I braced myself for the worst and then heaved a sigh of relief and smiled when she said, “It’s not what I thought it was going to be – it reads like fiction.” Okay – I can live with that. She went on to explain that she didn’t think that a potential homeschooler would appreciate having homeschooling compared to stripping and involving the ‘faking of an orgasm’. So maybe I exaggerated a bit but it certainly makes for a more interesting read.
I’ll continue to fine-tune the draft and then see if someone will publish it. If there’s no interest, at least my kids will have a keepsake of their ‘growing-up’ years at the Snyder School of Higher Learning. Who knows? Maybe by the time that I turn 55, I’ll be published, have a brass pole installed in my bedroom and will have experienced Botox? I’ll shoot for at least one of those three – you decide which one.