MM Collectors Club Convention

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Pres., R 2, Princeton, Illinois 61356

The MM Collector's Club's annual winter convention was held at the Red Coach Inn in Wichita, Kansas, on February 10, 11, and 12 and visitors from 17 states were treated to that MM brand of friendship and hospitality.

A big THANK YOU to Curtis Rink for all his effort to keep everything going smoothly at the Inn. I thank all the other families and individuals for opening their farms, machine sheds, shops, and even their scrap piles for all to examine. I hope I don't leave anyone out in listing displays and open houses: Curtis and Karen Rink, Marvin and Vivian Rink, Charlie and Claire Sharpe, David Blakely, Joe and Donna Harper, Quentin and Vivian Base, and Gary and Sharon Base.

Everyone who attended the tours was treated to a fine lineup of Twin City and MM tractors and equipment. I especially enjoyed the three-row KT cultivator, the MM U-motor grader, and the Twin City truck.

The banquet on Saturday capped off a very successful convention. The meeting was highlighted by nominations for Board of Directors of the MM Collector's Club. Nominees: Wilbert Kirchner, Roy Lee Book, Curtis Rink, Jim Rowsam, Bill Ellis, and Dan Shima. I want to thank Marvin Kochs who is retiring from our Board. Marvin and his wife Lucy have dedicated a lot of time and effort to our club and they deserve a hearty THANK YOU.

Joe Harper introduced our speaker, Dr. James Hoy, English professor at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. Dr. Hoy's slide show and documentary on Kansas and Plain States Folklore made for an enjoyable history lesson.

Mark your calendars for next February 23-25, and draw your maps out to aim for Anderson, Indiana, at the junction of I-69 and Indiana 109. Show hosts will be Mr. and Mrs. Don Kingen, Mr. and Mrs. Dale Mercer, and Mr. and Mrs. Rex Mercer.