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.

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