IH Collectors CH 14 Inc
Chapter 14 Minutes
Los Banos, CA
March 11, 2017
IHCC 14 held its Winter meeting on Saturday March 11, 2017 at the David Santos farm near Los Banos, CA.
David Santos greeted 75+ members, guests, and ranch hands, giving attendees an overview of his farm that began in 1915 growing to an industrious farm with 1,600 milk cows, thousands of acres in alfalfa, 1,000 acres of tomatoes, plus additional acreage for cantaloupe all with the support of 65 ranch hands.
David Santos has an extensive collection of IH tractors starting with Farmall 230, dozens more all the way up to Case-IH Steiger 535. He also has several restored cotton picking machines made by IH including a Farmall M handling a one row picker.
Roger Lubiens, President called the meeting to order and led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. Please note an IH wooden stand holds our USA flag as we launch each IH Collector’s meeting.
Minutes were referred and have been posted on our website since October 2017; Steve Heringer motioned to accept these minutes.
Roger read the treasurers report that indicated $1230.00 in 2016 profits, and 2017 revenues of $1623.00 from mostly members’ dues.
A report was given on that both federal and state tax returns have been filed for the corporation during March 2017, along with registration reports filed with Secretary of State and Attorney General offices.
The membership report indicated we have 207 active members, as part of 43 chapters with worldwide membership at 7,400 individuals.
The Foundation report was given highlighting current activities with high schools in Wheatland, Woodland, and Porterville. Woodland HS FFA was featured on RFD-TV this school year. The new Foundation poster highlighting our FFA projects was on display at our Winter meeting, thanks to member Sue Hayes and her skilled staff. Pending is a grant application with the National Office that intends to award $1,000 to each chapter for FFA projects. Highlighted the Santa Paula FFA that received a $700,000 donation in 2015 in conjunction with a then current tractor restoration. Need to have members visit with local schools where FFA projects are ongoing.
A nice BBQ steak, salad, scalloped potatoes, fresh strawberries and melons, and baked beans for lunch was served by the Santos family for all to enjoy. Some tasty lemon cake and rice dessert was also served. A hearty thank you to the Santos Farms for a delightful meal, hosting our meeting, a fine display of IH tractors and cotton pickers. Stay tuned as David Santos has plans to build a museum with extensive display of IH equipment to be finished in early 2018.
Richard Marshall, Treasurer
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