International Harvester Collectors of Indiana Chapter 7

Randy's Scoop

Greetings to everyone! I hope all of you are enjoying the Holiday Season. As I have been roaming around southern Indiana this past week, I noticed that a lot of corn is still in the field and I have seen some picking corn the old fashion way, tractor and picker. Sure brings back memories of my days on the Super M with mounted picker, picking corn in the fields on our southern Indiana farm. How good were those days with no cab, no heat, and just frozen ground; what great times were the yesteryear days

Enough for memories and onto business of Chapter 7; our Fourth Quarter meeting was held at the Indiana FFA Center in Trafalgar on December 6th in the community lodge; what a great place. We had lots of snacks and refreshments and plenty of time to meet and greet. Thanks to all of those who attended this special location.

We approved a FFA International Harvester Restoration project through the FFA Foundation for 2015 – 2016 school year. Rules and the application process are still to be written. Any high school FFA club may apply for our support. After completion of rules and guidelines every FFA club in the State of Indiana will have an opportunity to apply for the funds. This project will be just another way to support and encourage our youth and get them involved in saving our International Harvester history and heritage.

A special Thank You and plaques were awarded at the meeting to Walker Farms and DeVault Farms for hosting our Plow Days. A lot of work and planning is done by every one of our host to have the right crop rotation to give us areas to plow. We will be going back to Walker Farms in 2015. Richard Walker also has a great collection of IH tractors and equipment that you must plan to see.

Our club is in need of members to serve on our Chapter 7 committees: Audit, Nominations, Public Relations, and Planning. If you think you might want to pitch in and help please let me know.

We are also looking for someone to host our Second Quarter meeting in April, May, or June. Maybe you have an IH collection you would like to share with your other Chapter 7 members.

We still need pictures for our Chapter 7 -- 2016 Antique Tractor Calendar, please see Mark or Dawn for details.

Upcoming IH National Events: 2015 National Winter Convention March 5, 6, & 7 at the Stardust Event Center in Michigan City and hosted by Indiana Chapter 33. 2015 Red Power Roundup, June 10 – 13 at the Missouri State Fairground Sedalia and hosted by Missouri Chapter 1 and Kansas Chapter 3.

Our 2015 Indiana Chapter 7 events schedule starts February 1st with our First Quarter Winter Meeting at the Golden Coral, Greenwood, Highway 135. Items our agenda will include the possibility of hosting the National IH Winter Convention and/or the National IH Auction. We still need a host for our Second Quarter Meeting?? August 20 – 23 State Show and Third Quarter meeting at Greensburg Power of the Past, Decatur County Fairgrounds, Greensburg. October 10th (rain date October 17th) Plow Day Walker Farms, Charlottesville, and Fourth Quarter meeting.

Thanks so much for your involvement and continued support of Indiana Chapter 7, International Harvester Collectors Club.