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Welcome to International Harvester Collectors Club Chapter 35 of NYS

About Us

How it all began

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 In the summer of 2004 word spread that some  folks from the Buffalo, NY area were seeking International Harvester collectors and enthusiasts in organizing a New York Chapter of the International Harvester Collectors Club (IHCC). For years many of us talked about forming a chapter and were excited to learn that someone was actually getting one started. 

    

ORGANIZING  OUR CHAPTER
          In September of 2004 organizers were at the  Western NY Gas & Steam Engine Association Show at Alexander, NY spreading  the word and taking names of interested people. October 22, 2004 a flyer and  letter was mailed from the IHC Formation Committee.   The Western New York Gas & Steam Engine  Association (WNYG&SEA) offered the use of their clubhouse for a meeting to  get the club started.  A meeting was scheduled for November 7, 2004.   An excellent idea to contact the National and glean NYS members creating a  mailing list proved to be successful for the committee.
 

A card was included in the mailing to gather information such as names, addresses, special talents/skills, interests in IH  and collections, etc.  Dozens of interested people showed up at the November 7, 2004 organizational meeting.        

Monthly meetings were conducted most of the  first year to get everything done in concert with the IHCC National  rules.  Charter members were recorded. We adopted by-laws and established many committees that made the club run like a well-tuned Farmall tractor.   We were granted our official chapter number 35, and charter at the 2005 Winter Convention at Madison, WI.  Chapter 35 region includes the entire state of  New York and continues to call Alexander, NY our home.  We maintain a membership of about 400 people. Our board of directors is made up of nine  members elected by the membership.
 

Membership drives were conducted most of our first year by attending a variety of agricultural related events around the  state such as the NYS Farm Show, Empire Farm Days and many tractor shows and fairs.  Chapter representatives were on hand distributing literature,  answering questions and signing up new members with our Chapter 35 banner and  tent as a backdrop.

CHAPTER  NEWSLETTER
      A contest among members was conducted and a  newsletter name was determined by member vote. Our quarterly newsletter is titled, FARMALL FLYER. There are regular columns of interest to all along with a classified ads section. Our membership directory is updated annually and  serves as a great communications tool for contacting members and sharing ideas.
 

OUR FIRST STATE SHOW
      We held our first state show titled, Red Power Charge 2006 at the Union Agricultural Society fairgrounds  in Hemlock, NY. A 28-page show book listed events, and promoted supporters. We had a surprising turnout of IH red and Cub Cadet yellow. Our Cub Cadet Corral was busy. Despite poor weather, the show was declared a huge success. A daily Parade of Power, museum tours, exhibits, IH auction, sawmill and other  demonstrations, kids tractor pull, live music, a radio station announcer at the  microphone, great food and new friendships blossomed both days. A fine display  of our show featured tractors, the Farmall 300 and International 300 was  impressive. Free parking was offered and vehicles were seen with license plates  from several states.
      It was an ambitious project and was nationally recognized by  author and IH enthusiast, Oscar “Hank” Will III who attended and was a  highlight of the show. His April 2007 story of Red Power Charge 2006 appeared  in Farm Collector Magazine. Subsequent state shows have been held in different  regions of New York State hosted by other tractor organizations willing to feature International Harvester for their program.  
 

MEETINGS
    Four quarterly general membership meetings are  held each year in different areas of the state with a schedule of additional  activities at winter meetings at the Alexander Clubhouse. Our meetings often  carry a theme such as, Wear Red or Patriots Day or “Bring your favorite farm  toys,” etc. Guest speakers are a highlight at several meetings. A “Red and  Green” picnic was held where we shared fellowship with local John Deere and  Oliver clubs. Our late winter meeting has become our annual farm toy show where members are encouraged to display some of their farm toy collection. We have a  Christmas Party with lots of food in December. Annual fund raisers have included pedal toys and Cub Cadets. We purchased an enclosed trailer for  hauling and storing our huge red and white tent and club sale merchandise. It  proudly displays our IHCC NYS Chapter 35 logo and large IH emblems.

NATIONAL  EVENTS
    In the winter of 2008 we were selected to host  the National Auction. It was held at Alexander, NY and featured a good variety of IH collectibles, tractors and implements. In the future we hope to  host a Red Power Round Up. Chapter 35 has become a reality, long overdue in the  State of New York. Attending meetings is exciting and being with our members is  productive and fun.  We have a great group of people who pitch in when  things need to be done.  Our membership carries a variety of folks, many retired geezers, large and small farm operators, firefighters, tradesmen,  lawyers, veterinarians and even a cardiologist. We like to say that  “volunteerism is alive in Chapter 35.”  We have donated specially decaled IH pedal  tractors to Children’s Hospitals in New York State.

TENTH YEAR ANNIVERSARY
      Seems  like not long ago organizers Anita and Ray DeGlopper spread the word of their  desire to form a New York State chapter of IHCC. After receiving chapter certification our membership soared. At cut-off date we recorded 126 charter  members, and elected Lew Esten our first president.
 

During  2015 we celebrated our 10th Anniversary as a chapter of IHCC. Much  has been accomplished in our short ten-year history. We created our logo,  purchased club jackets, sponsored plow days and conducted meetings, including several  at a Case/IH dealership and at large farms. Our first state show was a  standalone event at the Hemlock, NY Fairgrounds. We had a local radio station live on the grounds.
 

As our  main event we celebrated our 10th Anniversary year at our 10th  Anniversary State Show RED POWER CHARGE  2015, held in conjunction with the Hamlin Antique Tractor & Equipment  Show August 29 and 30, 2015 at Breslawski Farms in Hamlin, NY. A custom made 10th  Anniversary banner was proudly displayed at the front of our huge red and white  striped show tent. Special printed clothing available in our chapter store  displayed a 10th Anniversary logo. Individually crafted red and gold color Christmas ornaments with 10th Anniversary decals were given to  participants at our Christmas party. We also marked our 10th  Anniversary by holding a picnic with another IH Club in our region.