Newsletter / Apr – Jun

MEETINGS REMINDER

Saturday April 17th at 6:00 pm
Saturday, May 15th at 6:00 pm
Saturday, June 19th at 6:00 pm
Location: Corey Church of Nazarene,
10056 Water St., Three Rivers, MI.

CORRECTIONS

On the calendar included in January’s newsletter, the December 4th Christmas party will be held at 6:30 PM at the Corey Church of Nazarene. Also, 2021 is our club’s 61st year in existence, but since we had no show in 2020 it will be our 60th annual show.

FEATURE GARDEN TRACTOR

for the 2021 show has been changed to Jacobson to reflect what was on the show flyers.

SWAP MEET AND CLEAN-UP

We will be having a swap meet May 7-8. Unless lifted, Covid restrictions will be in place. Also, we can open the food shop. Clean-up on May 1st will involve mowing if necessary, yard clean-up, food shop clean-up, mark off parking area by food shop, signs, etc. A potluck will be held around noon. Please come and help.

Irene Palmer will be heading the food shop. Please plan to help out even if for just a few hours during the swap meet. Call her at 269-535-4737.

THANK YOU to all who put labels on last years swap meet and show flyers so we could use them this year!!! It saved us money.

Dues

DUES for18 years and older are $10.00, for 17 and under, $1.00 per calendar year. You must be a paid up member to vote. Dues can be paid at meetings or by mail. Make your check payable to St. Joe Valley Old Engine Association. Mailing address is Judy Hollister, 3220 Detroit Rd., Niles, Mi. 49120.

MACKINAC BRIDGE CROSSING

will be Sept. 11th. You can register on line beginning May 1st. You can access rules, registration, etc. on this site: http://www.mackinacbridgecrossing.com. Call Terry Bowlby for more information 269-445-7210.

DECATUR MICHIGAN PLOW DAY

will be held April 10th at 10:00 AM located at 89701 54th St., Decatur, Mi. Call Robbie LaPorte, 269-228-6158 for further information.

PARADE SCHEDULES

CONSTANTINE PARADE: No information available at this writing on the Constantine Parade. It has always been held on July 4th.

THREE RIVERS WATER FESTIVAL PARADE: Thursday, June 17th. , 7:00 p.m. step-off (Storm date of Friday June 18th, 2021). Entry is limited to first 80 entries. 3 vehicles per entry form. Entry fee ($15.00 paid by the club) and forms due by May 17th. https://www.threeriversfestival.org/parade

WHITE PIGEON DAYS: The dates are July 9 – 11, 2021. No other information is available. See website: http://www.thewpca.com

CENTREVILLE COVERED BRIDGE DAYS: Planned for July 9-10, the theme will be “Bulldog Pride”. No further information available. http://www.facebook.com/centreville.coveredbridgedays

STURGIS ELECTRIC PARADE: Sturgis Festival dates are August 18-21. The parade will be held Friday night ONLY IF THERE ARE NO COVID RESTRICTIONS. See our July newsletter for any updates.

SCHOOLCRAFT: No information available for this.

MENDON RIVERFEST: At this time they are moving forward with Friday August 20th and Saturday August 21st as dates. No further info is available.

BURR OAK HERITAGE DAYS: Dates are Wednesday, July 28th – Sunday, August 1st. See July newsletter for further information.

Newsletter / Jan – Mar 2021

MEETINGS REMINDER

Sunday, January 17th at 2:30 PM
Sunday February 21st at 2:30 PM
Sunday March 21st at 2:30 PM
Location: Corey Church of Nazarene, 10056 Water St., Three Rivers

IMPORTANT MEETING INFORMATION

Meetings will be held at the building behind Corey Church of Nazarene (see address above). The 2021 calendar is online. Extra work days may be announced. Covid restrictions may prevent us from holding meetings. Please call or email a few days before each meeting to see if it will take place. Call Tim Rossman, 269-319-1215 or Judy Hollister, 269-683-9537 or email Judy at sjvoeajudyh@gmail.com. Those who get their newsletters online will receive an email. Below is a map for meetings.

Weather Alert

Our meetings will be canceled if, on that day, the State or County closes roads due to weather conditions. Club officers have the option to cancel a meeting due to bad weather even if the roads aren’t officially closed. If you have questions as to whether road conditions have canceled a meeting, call Tim Rossman 269-319-1215 or David Machan 269-625-7232.

It has been a very challenging year for absolutely everyone. St Joe Valley Old Engine Association has an amazing membership and officers/board members who are determined to plan the swap meet and show in 2021. It is our hope that you will renew your membership if you haven’t already and help in any way you can to accomplish this.

DUES

Dues are $1.00 for children 17 years and under and $10.00 for all others. We operate on a calendar year basis for dues. They can be paid by mail or at meetings. If we haven’t received your dues for 2021 by April 1st you will not receive future newsletters. You must be a paid up member to vote. To pay dues by mail, make your check payable to St. Joe Valley Old Engine Association and mail it to Judy Hollister, 3220 Detroit Rd., Niles, Mi. 49120.

FOR SALE

1957 vintage IH, 2 pt. hitch equipment:
257A/258A cultivator, McCormick 234 corn planter with U212 fertilizer units (also used with cultivator), McCormick UF20/30, 209/309 2 bottom plow, McCormick #28 sickle mower, #8 coil spring harrow. These were used with an IH 350 utility tractor, owner manuals included. Jeff Brazo wants to sell these as a set hoping they will go to someone who will use them as part of their collection. He is asking $1,000.00 for the set depending upon transportation. Call or text Jeff 269-689-0200 or email plasticman04@gmail.com.

Judy Hollister, Membership Secretary

Christmas Party Cancelled

To safeguard everyone’s health and comply with state COVID guidelines, we’ve made the sad decision to cancel our Christmas party this year. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, everyone! Stay healthy and happy. We look forward to seeing you in 2021, when it’s safe to gather again.

Newsletter / Oct – Dec 2020

MEETINGS REMINDER:

Saturday, October 17th 6:00 PM
Saturday, November 21st 6:00 PM
Christmas party Dec. 5th 6:30 PM
Location: Corey Church of Nazarene, 10056 Water St., Three Rivers

IMPORTANT CHANGE: The pastor at the Methodist church where we were scheduled to meet contracted Covid 19. They have closed the church for the rest of 2020. We will meet at Corey Church of Nazarene. Take M-60 West of Three Rivers to Corey Lake Rd. Turn North. Water St. is just a jog West after the turn. It is not far from the show grounds. The building is at the rear of the church. It will be inside, so feel free to wear a mask and keep (anti) social distancing.

THE TRACTOR CLUB IS INVITED:

Rouch Outdoor is having an open house fall color celebration at their store, 56653 Abbey Road, Three Rivers. Our club has been invited to display tractors at that location October 10th and 11th from 12:00 noon till 5:00 pm. You do not have to be there both days. Larry Townsend is contact person for this at 269-273-4543.

A NOMINATING COMMITTEE

consisting of Col. Paul Guthrie, Todd Allen and Tim Allen has been formed to select candidates for club officers and board members. Election will take place at the October meeting. If a committee member calls you, please consider running. If you would like to run, please contact one of them.

CHRISTMAS PARTY:

Bring your own table service and a dish to pass. The club will furnish rolls, butter and drinks Dec. 5th at 6:30 pm at Nazarene Church.

UPDATES:

A BIG “THANK-YOU” to Larry Townsend, Terry Bowlby, Jack Hensel, Doug Reed, Stan Yoder, Paul Guthrie and John Steiner who cleaned up the show grounds in preparation for our get-together Aug. 8th. The get-together was well attended and we had a good time.

The annual tractor ride took place as scheduled. Thirty-eight tractors participated-the highest number to date. It was a good ride and it was good to be with friends.

Members of the club took 17 tractors to the Constantine festivities September 12th. A good time was had by all and the club gained 5 new members.

Several club members displayed tractors at the Otsego festivities September 26th.

Club members voted to keep the same feature tractors and garden tractor that were scheduled for the 2020 show. It was also decided to celebrate 60 years of annual shows even though it will be the clubs 61st year in existence.

Our treasury balance is low. Not having a show or swap meet contributed to that. Because of the generosity of club members in donations and membership renewals so far, Treasurer Dolores Stemen reports we will have sufficient funds to put on the swap meet in 2021.

Feature tractors for our 2021 annual show are Oliver and Cletrac. Featured garden tractor is Bantam.

Dues:

A lot of you renew your dues at the tractor show in August and I really missed seeing you. I urge you to either pay 2021 dues at our meetings or send them via mail. Dues increased to $10.00 for ages 18 and up per calendar year. Dues for ages 17 and under are still $1.00 per calendar year. To pay by mail, send a check payable to St. Joe Valley Old Engine Association to Judy Hollister, 3220 Detroit Rd. Niles, MI 49120. I will send you membership cards.

St. Joe Valley Old Engine Association
Judy Hollister
3220 Detroit Rd.
Niles, MI 49120

The January 2021 newsletter will be a little late in order to include the financial report. Be sure to read it as it will include information about our next meetings.

If you have updates from events in which the club participated, I would be glad to include them in the newsletter. To contact me with that info, call 269-683-9537 or use our contact form.

Newsletter / Jul – Aug 2020

Meetings Reminder

Saturday, July 18th, 6:00 PM
Saturday, August 18th, 6:00 PM, location TBA
No September meeting
Location: United Methodist Church in Three Rivers at 215 N. Main St.

AUG 2020 SHOW CANCELLED

Sadly, due to the governor’s restrictions and continued concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19, we’ve made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s show.

Tractor Tour

Our tractor tour will be held on Aug. 6th, even though the show is cancelled. Registration will take place at the show grounds Wed. Aug. 5th between 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM and Thursday Aug. 6th 6:00 AM to 7:15 AM at which time a driver’s meeting will take place. Due to distance and road construction, we must leave promptly at 7:30 AM.

Make sure your tractor is in good working order. The tour is 60 miles long passing near Centreville to Colon, Mi. We will visit the museum and listen to an oration about Colon’s connection to magicians and other attractions. The Museum depends on donations and your generosity would be appreciated. Contact Terry Bowlby 269-445-7210 or Duane Hollister 269-683-9537 with questions.

Dues Increase

Club members voted to increase tractor club dues to $10.00 per calendar year for those 18 years and older beginning in 2021. Dues for those 17 years and younger will remain at $1.00. If you have prepaid your dues, you will not be charged any extra. To pay by mail, send check made out to St. Joe Valley Old Engine Association to Judy Hollister, 3220 Detroit Rd., Niles, MI. 49120.

Mackinac Bridge Crossing

The bridge crossing is September 11th and at this point is still on. Registration is open online. You can register by mail, also. Contact Terry Bowlby at 269-445-7210.

Parade Schedules and Other Shows

All parades have been cancelled including Burr Oak Days. Most tractor shows are cancelled, exceptions:

  • Butler County Antique Tractor and Engine Club has cancelled their show, BUT may reschedule it later in the fall.
  • Tri State Gas Engine and Tractor Show at Portland August 26-29th has not been cancelled according to their website at the date of this publication.

St. Joe County Fair is Cancelled

August Show Cancelled

Sadly, for everyone’s safety we’ve had to make the difficult decision to cancel this year’s show. (The St. Joe County Fair has also been cancelled.) The tractor caravan that typically occurs the Thursday before the show is still on.  Stay healthy and safe, and we’ll see you next year!

Newsletter / Apr – Jun 2020

Meetings Reminder

Saturday, April 18th, 6:00 PM, CANCELLED
Saturday, May 16th, 6:00 PM, SEE BELOW
Saturday, June 20th, 6:00 PM
Location: United Methodist Church in Three Rivers at 215 N. Main St.

PLEASE NOTE: April 18th Club Meeting

HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE COVID 19 RESTRICTIONS.

THE MAY CLEAN-UP AND SWAP MEET HAVE ALSO BEEN CANCELLED

John Steiner talked to the St. Joe County Health Department about having the swap meet. They said it should be cancelled. You may contact Amy at the Health Department at 269-273-2161 ext. 241 if you have any health question. If you have club questions, you may call Tim Rossman at 269-319-1215, David Machan, 269-625-7232 or any other officer or board member.

MAY 16TH CLUB MEETING will be held ONLY if the Governor has lifted the travel ban and the limit on how many people can congregate.

Newsletters are being mailed to everyone even if they hadn’t paid 2020 dues; however you will not receive further newsletters unless your dues have been paid. Dues can be paid at meetings or by mail. Send check made out to St. Joe Valley Old Engine Association to Judy Hollister, 3220 Detroit Rd., Niles, MI. 49120. $8.00 for 18 years and older, $1.00 for 17 years and younger.

Feature tractors for our 60th annual show in 2020 are Oliver and Cletrac.
Feature garden tractor is Bantam.

A BIG “THANK YOU” goes out to Tom Miller for paying for the club’s tent at the Centreville fair in 2019.

February Meeting Notes

A change in the by-laws was passed clarifying the Treasurer position. A motion to hold summer meetings at the church was proposed and passed.

Mackinac Bridge Crossing

The bridge crossing is September 11th. Registration is open online. You can register by mail, also. Contact Terry Bowlby at 269-445-7210.

Decatur, Michigan Plow Day

Contact Robbie Laporte at 269-228-6158 closer to the date to see if it is still being held. Plow day is scheduled for April 18th at 10:00 AM located at 89701 54th St., Decatur, Mi.-that is the corner of M51 and 54th st. All tractors/plows are welcome.

Parade Schedules (if not cancelled)

Three Rivers Water Festival Parade is Thursday, June 18th, 7:00 pm. step-off (Storm date is Friday June 19th, 2020). A club entry fee of $20.00 is due May 22nd. On- line form says more than 3 vehicles must fill out a 2nd entry. Entries are limited first 80 received.

Constantine Parade is July 4th. No other information available on their website. Check online.

Sturgis Electric Parade is June 26th. Line-up is 9:00 pm and step-off at 9:30 pm on June 26th. Must complete a form on line at www.sturgisfestmi.com by 6/15/2020.

White Pigeon Days are July 10 – 12. If you would like your event in the White Pigeon Days schedule, please message them directly.

Centreville Covered Bridge Days are July 17-18th. The Theme is ” Bull Dog Pride: Celebrating Centreville”. The parade is Saturday, July 18th. Line-up is at 4:00 PM and step-off is at 5:00 PM. An entry form is due June 26th.

Schoolcraft: 2020 schedule is not listed.

Mendon Riverfest: No info online. Just says, “Event information may be out of date due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). Confirm details with event organizers.”

Burr Oak Days will be in July newsletter.

Newsletter / Jan – Mar 2020

Important Meetings Change

We have a new meeting place as of January 2020 at the United Methodist Church in Three Rivers at 215 N. Main St across from 5th/3rd bank. Meeting here will save the club money. For January through March, meeting is 2:30 on the 3rd Sunday of the month.

2020 FEATURE TRACTOR:
OLIVER & CLETRAC

WEATHER ALERT

Our meetings will be cancelled if, on that day, the State or County closes roads due to weather conditions. Club officers have the option to cancel a meeting due to bad weather even if the roads
aren’t officially closed. If you have questions call Tim Rossman 269-651-4878 or David Machan 269-625-7232.

Our Club’s 60th Anniversary Year

Let’s make it a good show! We will no doubt be ordering T-shirts. Keep in mind size and quantity you would like. No design has been approved as of this writing.

DUES

Dues are $1.00 for children 17 years and under and $8.00 for all others. We operate on a calendar year basis for dues. They can be paid by mail or at meetings. If we haven’t received your dues for 2020 by April 1st you will not receive future newsletters. You must be a paid up member to vote. To pay dues by mail, make your check payable to St. Joe Valley Old Engine Association and mail it to Judy Hollister, 3220 Detroit Rd., Niles, Mi. 49120.

Extra work days may be announced at meetings.

FOR SALE

1937 IH F-20, full steel $1,200.00
1939 IH F14 restored $1,200.00
1939 IH A restored, $1,200.00
Contact Jim Brown 269-279-9046.

Financials will be included in a future newsletter.

Newsletter / Oct – Dec 2019

MEETINGS REMINDER

Saturday, Oct. 19th 6:00 pm
Saturday, Nov. 16th 6:00 pm-See change below
Saturday, Dec. 7th 6:30 CHRISTMAS PARTY
Location: Lion’s Club House,
420 6th Ave., Three Rivers, Mi.

2020 FEATURE TRACTOR:
OLIVER & CLETRAC

ELECTION OF OFFICERS

will take place at the October meeting. Your dues must be current to vote and/or run for office.

NOVEMBER CHANGE

There will be no bake/craft sale. The club voted not to have them. This is something that could change in the future if club members decide to have it again.

CHRISTMAS PARTY

We will celebrate the holidays together December 7 at 6:30 at the Lion’s club house. Bring your own plates/silverware and a dish to pass. If you wish to participate in the gift exchange, bring a gift for a man if you’re a man and woman if you’re a woman. Mark it accordingly. If you wish your child to participate, bring a gift for a child so marked. No other meeting is scheduled for Dec.

JANUARY MEETING

The January 2020 meeting will be Sunday, January 19th at 2:30 at the Lion’s club. The January newsletter may be late due to the inclusion of financial data.

CLUB ACTIVITIES UPDATES

A BIG “THANK YOU” to all who came on the extra work day before the show. It was well attended and a lot was accomplished.

27 tractors participated in the 55 mile tractor tour before the show this year. The route was completed with no breakdowns and no one had to be towed. We had some first time participants who said it was fun.

The August show was a success. The registered counts were 186 tractors, 91 garden tractors, 9 stationary engines and 24 others. New this year were 4 rail cars and 1/3 scale operating case steam engine and hay raker. A HUGE “THANK YOU” to all who helped, especially in the food shoppe. See drone picture taken by Dick Reynolds at end of newsletter. The Mackinac bridge crossing included 1168 tractors. 34 of those tractors with 17 buddy riders were from our club. Some rain during the ride didn’t deter them. All went well.

2019 SJVOEA Tractor Show
August show picture. Note the (bluish) roof of the new pavilion over the picnic tables and the new garden tractor track.

We displayed 90 tractors and 32 garden tractors at the Centreville Fair. Many children had their picture taken on a tractor just for that occasion. Thanks to our members, we had lots and lots of food and fun. 30 of our tractors, led by Fred Henningsen, participated in 3-4 mile tractor ride Saturday. Another big ‘THANK YOU’ to all who helped set up, tear down and helped in the kitchen tent. See drone picture taken by Dick Reynolds.

St. Joe County Fair 2019
Centreville Fair picture.

 

FOR SALE

1945 John Deere B. Contact Terry Bowlby 269-445-7210.

2020 DUES

($8.00 for 18 yrs. and older, $1.00 for 17 yrs. and under) can be paid at meetings or send a check made out to St. Joe Valley Old Engine Association to Judy Hollister, 3220 Detroit Rd., Niles, MI 49120