The Annual Membership meeting was held at the Ox Yoke Inn and was very successful with almost 100 in attendance. The meal as always was excellent, they do a wonderful job with the thick cut pork chops, fried chicken and broccoli salad, my favorites, great service and an all you can eat dinner. The weather was good which also helped the attendance numbers. If you did not notice the Amana Corporation is renovating the woolen factory on the East end of town into a boutique hotel, completion in Spring 2020 providing more lodging opportunities.
Charlie and Mavis Widlund of Palmer, IA were inducted into The Allis Connection Hall of Fame. Charlie and Mavis have been dedicated to the preservation of Allis-Chalmers history. They are owners of 100 Allis-Chalmers tractors, a large collection of Lawn and Garden and a huge collection of memorabilia both old and new while still actively farming. Charlie and Mavis are frequent participants at any show featuring Allis-Chalmers, always ready to lend a hand in any way they can.
The Allis Connection scholarship winners were announced and their essays will be printed in future newsletters. Seven individuals will each be awarded $750.00 after completing the first semester of higher education by submission of those grades. Your membership and support has allowed almost $45,000.00 in scholarships to children or grand children of our membership. Through memberships, calendar sales, club merchandise and the scholarship auction at the Father’s Day banquet we are able to provide this benefit.
We had our annual election for three directors Linda Hubbard, Chuck Dornbush, and Zach Wilson, incumbent directors, with Jerry Hagg from, Dearborn, MO having already volunteered to run. Linda excused herself from contention for personal reasons. A call to the floor brought two more candidates Bill Deppe, Maquoketa, IA and Harry Sherwood, Wilton, IA. Each of the candidate addressed the membership and expressed their interest and qualifications for one of the three positions. Zach Wilson, Jerry Hagg and Bill Deppe were the leading vote getters. Thanks to Harry Sherwood for expressing an interest. Everyone be sure and thank Chuck and Cheri Dornbush for their years of service to the Club, they helped put The Allis Connection on firm footing.
We learned on April 18th that Lyle Hubbard had past-away after an extended illness. Lyle and Linda Hubbard have been strong supporters of The Allis Connection for many years and were inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011. A copy of Lyle’s obituary can be found elsewhere in the newsletter and on our website theallisconnection.com. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Linda and their family.
Persian Orange forever,
The Allis Connection was represented at the 8th annual Allis-Chalmers swap meet outside of Boonville MO. Skip Welte, Dan Hauter, Dave Maddux, Ron and Theresa Sexton, Bonnie and I were there supporting The Allis Connection. We met several people that we hadn’t seen for several months and exchanged stories about the harvest and winter. Several vendors from Minnesota did not make the journey because of weather concerns. There were still a good group of buyers and sellers with several tractors heading to new homes. All and all I think it was a successful get together.
You may have noticed, Bonnie has been sending out renewal reminders to all members. The mailing label on your newsletter also includes the date your membership ends. We are just trying to jog your memory and help keep you enrolled and active in the club. If you have questions about your membership give us a call or e-mail and we will respond as quickly as possible.
Do not forget the Father’s Day show, the “D” series tractors will be the feature for 2019. We will have a tractor drive to Marengo and the Pioneer Heritage Museum about eleven miles from Middle Amana. Be ready to leave the show grounds about 2:00 PM Friday, tractors will need to travel at least ten mph. and should be back about 5:00 PM. The dyno will be back! The ice cream vendor from last year has said they look forward to returning again this year. The only complaint I heard from last year was the portions were too large! We look forward to welcoming our vendors from last year as well as new ones that may be coming for the first time. Don’t forget the banquet Saturday 6:00PM at the Ox Yoke Inn and their family style meals, you can’t beat the food and you can’t leave hungry, it’s the best banquet price you’ll find this summer reservations can purchased at the show grounds by Noon. Be thinking about items for the scholarship auction, this is a spirited time that everyone at the banquet can participate in, it helps support the Clubs scholarship program. Our Sunday church service will be completely different this year as Arland and Carolyn Lepper will not be providing music this year, the first time ever. A local lady has agreed to provide music and Jim Austin from Camden Tennessee will give the message. You may remember it was Jim Austin who presented an off-the-cuff and very interesting program about his involvement with the Loretta Lynn/Allis-Chalmers partnership while he was a A-C dealer in Tennessee. I’m sure it will be uplifting and well worth your time to attend, 8:00 AM Sunday morning. Let’s make this year’s show the best ever. Look elsewhere in the newsletter for more information about our show and many others throughout the Summer.
For those planning on attending the GOTO in Canada be sure your equipment is CLEAN, both entering Canada and when returning to the United States, both have a huge agricultural industry and let’s be good stewards and partners. You will need a current up to date passport. Current insurance papers for your vehicle and tractor, inform your credit card company that you will be travelling outside of the US. For the best information go to www.uscis.gov , https://www.cbp.gov/travel/us-citizens/canada-mexico-travel and Canadian Border Services Agency.
Have a safe summer, have fun and we’ll see you somewhere this summer.
If you haven’t already found it be sure to look up the Allis Connection Facebook page and see the fun things Zach and Jessie Wilson have placed on the web for all of us to enjoy and introduce others to Allis-Chalmers and the Allis Connection. allisconnectionfacebook.com
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This was last up-dated June 2019
Membership - U.S.A. $23.00 & Canada & Overseas $35.00 (In US Funds) 6 Issues of the Newslettlers.