Hello to everyone. Thank you to everyone who renewed their memberships, became new members, or gave us an extra donation. Membership Secretary Dave Meacham still has some members that have not renewed. If you are reading this and have not renewed please take a minute to send in your renewal check. Chapter officials appreciate you being part of our NYS Chapter 35 family.
You have undoubtedly had it up to here with the pandemic and all warnings related to it. Like someone recently stated, “We are sick and tired of being sick and tired.” Well, the uncertainty goes on and now we are told the virus spread numbers are growing again. Accordingly, group gatherings have been reduced in numbers making meetings for clubs such as ours impossible. Numerous organizations I belong to such as other IHC chapters, church, fire department, historical society, etc. have successfully conducted Zoom meetings. Not only do they work well, but they are fun. Unfortunately, because key personnel in our chapter do not have computers we have not yet been able to do that. We continue to look into it. Until we can safely gather again, we all must do our part. We directors will wait for a time again when we can plan meetings, move forward with cancelled 15th Anniversary events, our plow day, picnic, state show and other fresh new ideas that lie ahead. Doing nothing is sometimes the hardest thing.
Despite the many cancellations our bylaws require us to conduct an annual election. Your board of directors and I have addressed this in a timely manner, and you can read all about it in our newsletter Farmall Flyer. Many thanks to our officials who readily step up and help keep our great chapter rolling along.
You may recall that we have some unfinished old business still on the agenda. Our club tent sale is incomplete (thanks to VP Dick for storing and safeguarding it), and the search for a replacement treasurer continues. In the meantime, we thank Laura for performing these duties far beyond her desire to retire. Won’t you please consider taking on this important job so very necessary to our chapter’s success? Call Laura or me if you care to talk about it.
In an ordinary year we would be announcing exciting Christmas Party plans. Unfortunately, there will be no Christmas Party this year because of COVID-19.
While talking with directors I learned that long time director Harry Pankow of Castile, NY took a fall at home this summer suffering a serious arm laceration. He is up and about now doing better. Get well Harry!
While preparing our Chapter Happenings report for the fall issue of Harvester Highlights last month our IHC National President Bob Buxton informed me that my friend HH editor Kevin Darst was hospitalized with the virus. Since then, she is back at work on the next issue of Harvester Highlights. Accordingly, that issue may be delayed. Becky has sent a get-well card to Kevin from our chapter. Also coming from the National office is word that the IHC Winter Convention planned for March in Fort Wayne, Indiana has been cancelled. Home where IH trucks and the rugged little Scouts were built, Fort Wayne was to be a huge and exciting gathering point until this news changed all that.
I have had some fun of late with director Bob “Goober” Andrews. Like myself he has a long history of fire department service and also collects big boy toys. My Fast-Hitch attachment collection has grown with the addition of a rear mounted scoop because of our visit.
Our Calendar of Events for 2021 remains empty until we can safely plan something. Handling it this way requires no last-minute contacting members with cancellations. We will keep in touch doing another newsletter as spring approaches. In the meantime, check our website for updates and announcements.
MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone. That about does it from here until we can meet or talk again. Stay safe out there and give your fellow chapter members a phone call, text or email to chat and maintain club contact and friendships. Nobody knows when we will get to a new normal lifestyle. In any event we will persevere through this coronavirus pandemic.
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