IH Collectors CH 14 Inc
October 21, 2017
IHCC 14 held its Winter meeting on Saturday October 21, 2017 at the Micke Grove Museum near Lodi, CA.
President Roger Lubiens called the meeting to order and led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Introduction of members and guests revealed where we lived and our connection to IH.
A brief history of the museum was given noting IH Collector Chapter 14 involvement in building the Rosen Tractor building some 20 years ago.
Foundation report included status of tractor projects with Porterville HS, Wheatland HS, Woodland HS, and Lodi HS. Follow up is needed with Clovis HS, and Tulare HS is wanting to start a tractor project, though more details are needed. $1,100 has been received in donations to date.
Roger read the treasurers report that indicated $2,107 in membership dues received, and $338 in merchandise sales. 50 members paid on-line savings postage and office supplies.
We have 188 current members within our chapter. Mention was made on increasing membership; Tulare is source of most new memberships. We are part of 44 chapters worldwide within IH Collectors Inc with 7,400 members.
A report was given 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 Office–filed September 2017.
- Discussed that 17 members visited the Red Power Roundup in Iowa. Both Tony Ramos and Art Knife gave their impressions of the show where 48,000 people visited this three-day show. In 2018 we’ll journey to Alabama for next’s year’s event where IH cotton picking will be on display. The 2020 Red Power Show will be in Huron SD.
- Tony Ramos also attended the Half Century of Progress show in Illinois, probably the biggest event of its kind in the USA with parades, harvesting, and plowing.
- Discussed the 2017 calendar of events through May 2018. Noted are upcoming parade in Folsom, Loomis, and Placerville. In 2018, World Ag Expo will be held 13-15th of February, Family tractor days at Woodland Museum, with April hosting CAFES from 20-22th, followed by Antique Truck Show on April 28th in Plymouth CA.
- Tony Ramos is the new chairman for the California Antique Farm Show in Tulare this year. As such he gave us a detailed report on improvements being made to the show that include a chicken BBQ, Saturday parade, improved food vendors, more show boutiques, central focus on tractor displays, and a Sunday tractor pull- though not a IHCC sanctioned activity. We’ve asked for local schools to bring youth to introduce them to agriculture.
- Need volunteers to manage CH 14 booth and sell dinner raffle tickets in Tulare.
- Need volunteers for raffle ticket sales at Tulare in April.
- Election is coming up in April and we need select members for board and trustee positions.
- Seek out IH collectors and sign them up to our chapter. We all know such individuals as neighbors, colleagues, and friends who could benefit from our IH network. One recent connection sold his Farmall M to one of our chapter members via our website.
- Discussed Napa fires and loss to many FFA chapters. The California FFA Foundation is seeking $30,000 in funds to help restore damage FFA programs. Our Foundation will be sending $1,000 to assist in their efforts. A request has been made to our members, other chapters, the national office, Titan Intl, and California Farm Bureau to partner with IH Collectors Chapter 14 Inc in providing funding.
- Discussed the Rio Linda Show where field demos are needed, weather permitting.
- With negative cash flow we discussed the need for new members and stronger publicity. Membership drive starting in two weeks should alleviate much of the red ink. Discussed parades involving equipment towed behind our tractors and insurance coverage. Discussed having a tractor raffle but need to consider the cost of the tractor, transportation costs between shows, and responsible parties to promote it. Peddle tractor generates $1,000 per year with marginal cost ($250) to purchase.
Meeting was adjourned so members and guests could tour the museum buildings.
Susan Lubiens, member