I would like to start off by saying welcome 2021 and hopefully a return to everything normal soon. I don’t want to dwell on what we all have dealt with the past year, but I’d like to keep our focus on the future so we can move forward. For everyone who could not attend our meetings in 2020 our chapter is looking forward to hosting winter convention 2022 in Pigeon Forge, TN. We are in the preliminary stages of drawing up a contract with The Ramsey Hotel and Convention Center.
The hotel has agreed to let us host our 1st quarter meeting at the hotel on Sunday, February 21st at 2pm eastern time. Hopefully at this meeting we will be able to address any questions to the hotel management and get some committees formed for the convention. Winter convention serves as a down time or “off season” event for fellow enthusiasts to come together for some fun and fellowship. I encourage everyone to come out and participate in this event we will have something for everyone to do plus lots of fun to be had.
For those members who may ask “What do we do at Winter Convention?” Our chapter will organize some outings to various entertainment venues for each day. We will also organize seminars about IH history and technical information. Conventions typically run Thursday thru Saturday. Thursday night traditionally is a chapter sponsored entertainment night and Friday has played host to a consignment auction in the past then ending on Saturday night with a banquet. We will be discussing Thursday night possibilities at our next meeting also.
Our chapter will also be able to display any, and all IH exhibits you may have, both outside and inside, the hotel has ample space for both. We will be trying to build a “Tennessee IH” display which will consist of any dealer memorabilia as well as Chattanooga Plow and Memphis Plant items. So, we will be looking to you our members to bring out some pieces from your collections to share with our guests.
The daily events also include a vendor and chapter table area that are free to the public and typically serve as a family reunion for the folks that attend our events. Its also the perfect place to find that hard to find manual or make that connection with the parts man that has exactly what your looking for or can help you find that hard to find item.
Our chapter also has our McCormick Farm corn planter restoration project ongoing even though it was interrupted by Covid-19. We will discuss the next steps in the process and set our goals, but ultimately, we would like to have it completed for display at Winter Convention 2022. So we have a busy year of planning and work ahead, but I would encourage everyone to come out, or if you are not comfortable with in person meetings yet, please feel free to contact any of your officers and we will be glad to share any information and listen to any ideas or concerns you have to make this the best winter convention yet.
I hope we can all attend some of our favorite shows this year and enjoy displaying our IH collections as much as possible.
President TN Chapter 9
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