From the Desk of the Club President:

Finally, after a long cold and snowy winter, itís time to bring the "Johnnie Poppers" (and other colored tractors) to life for activities during the spring and summer. The GKCTCC second meeting of the year will take place on Sunday, April 3, 2011, at Joe Meyerís business (Overland Tow) in Merriam, KS starting at 1:00 p.m. This is definitely a meeting you donít want to miss because of the delicious barbecue that follows. We want to thank Joe and Lori Meyer along with "Spike" Spieker for their hospitality. At the present time we have 53 paid 2011 members with the 2011 membership growing every day. Our membership goal was 105 members last year and we exceeded that by two so we must have done something right. In February, the club had a display at the Western Farm Show in Kansas City with people stopping by to "see and hear" the two-cylinder tractors on video. The club also had four styled tractors along with toys and pictures on display this year. This is always an exciting time in planning for other up coming events. Hopefully we can come up with another plow day this year. We are presently working on the 6th Annual Dream Factory Tractor Cruise that will take place on Saturday, May 7 in Blue Springs, MO. The tractor cruise is a benefit to help children and we all need to be involved in it. An exciting day is already planned for Tractor Daze (Farm Heritage Day) on July 8-9 at the National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame in Bonner Springs, KS. Last year we had a great pull so hopefully the weather will be in our favor again. The American Royal and Missouri State Fair Parades are always an exciting time and we look forward to being a part of them. Hopefully many of us will participate in area tractor shows / parades throughout the coming months. I look forward to seeing everyone throughout the year at one event or another

Don Hrabik