Welcome to International Harvester Collectors of Indiana Chapter 7
I’m writing my first article as your new president. I was honored to be elected by your Chapter 7 Board of Directors at our 3rd quarter meeting. Our annual meeting was held at the White River Valley Antique Show in Elnora in early September. I am following a very dedicated servant leader and passionate IH collector, Ben Chestnut. He leaves big shoes to fill, but with the help of our dedicated officers, board members and you, I hope to help make our Chapter 7 IH Club the best it can be.
At our annual meeting the members present elect your board of directors and then they elect the officers for the following year. The other officers elected at that meeting are George Scherb from Center Point as your vice president. Jim Yoars from Bunker Hill was elected as treasurer and Pat Schlegel from Daleville was elected Secretary. The board members elected at the meeting are Dwayne Hansford, Shelbyville, Norman Jackson, Morristown, Brad Craft from Shirley, Davis Sottong from Kempton and Ron Waggoner of Bloomington. I look forward to serving with these men.
Three key members of our leadership team are Neil Rissler (812-878-7942) from Reelsville, he is our membership secretary. If you have any questions about your dues or membership, Neil is willing to step up and help you. Tom and Pam Smith of Muncie are our newsletter editors and they do a great job of publishing our Chapter 7 activities. If you have an article to submit or something to put in our want ads, contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tonya Shank is our webmaster and keeps our website fresh and updated. Please check out our website at https://ihcin7.net/ for our most recent updates.
Some of you know I live with my wife Joyce outside of Edwardsport, in Knox County. I started my farming operation in 1972, after I graduated from Purdue with a degree in Farm Management. Joyce and I got married in July of 1973, so if she keeps me through next year, we will celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. We have two wonderful daughters and two perfect grandchildren, 7 and 9. We raise white corn, popcorn, seed soybeans and seed wheat, plus a little alfalfa.
My dad, Carl Villwock, always farmed with RED tractors. He owned, and I grew up driving, his H, MD, and Super MTA, plus a 560, 806, 1466 and finally a 1486 during his farming career. In 1976 he collected his first antique tractor a Farmall F-20. His tractor collection grew through the years, as did his collection of various agricultural items. I always said: “If it had to do with Ag and had a serial number, he would collect it.” Obviously, I got my collecting habit from him and especially, my love for IH tractors. I would share with you how many I have but I really don’t want Joyce to know and as they say “if you know how many you have, you don’t have enough’
We hope to move our Chapter 7 meetings around the state and if you have a collection, tool shed/shop or a place in your community where we might meet let us know. Visiting with people, making new friends, sharing stories and talking about IH tractors is the reason Chapter 7 is such a fun and educational group. You are all invited to our Christmas luncheon on December 4th at The Grill, in McCordsville, at 1p.m. Please RSVP to me by November 28th
I look forward to visiting with you and finding ways to make our Chapter 7 fit your needs. I’m always open to suggestions and new ideas, so please feel free to call or email me at any time.
Joyce and I want to wish you and your family a wonderful CHRISTmas season and I do hope our paths cross many times in the New Year.
Sincerely, Don Villwock
J. Brent Studebaker of South Whitley, IN has been awarded one of the $1,000 scholarship
for 2021. Brent is attending Purdue University, West Lafayette with a major in Agricultural Systems Management. During his high school career Brent participated in Whitko FFA and served as president, 4-H Club, National Honor Society and many community farm activities.
Zoey McCormick of Carlisle, IN has been awarded the second $1,000 scholarship for 2021. Zoey is attending Purdue University, West Lafayette with a major Veterinary Nursing. During high school Zoey participated in 4-H, Student Council, and National Honor Society.
Just a reminder that your dues to be paid yearly by July 1st of each year. National by-laws state that "if a member does not pay his dues by October 1st, that member will be removed from the active membership and placed on the inactive list.”
If you have not paid your 2022 dues, please sent $10.00 for our State and $15.00 for our National ($25.00) to:
Neil Rissler, Membership Secretary
7004 W. CR. 675 S.,
Reelsville, IN 46171-8982
Just reminder to our members: Check and make sure your address is correct, because there will be NO MORE forwarding of returned HARVESTER HIGHLIGHTS.
For information about the National International Harvester Collectors Club visit: www.nationalihcollectors.com
Copyright © 2022 International Harvester Collectors of Indiana Chapter 7 - All Rights Reserved.