It was a wonderful Fall Banquet at the Der Dutchman in Plain City. Everyone had a great time visiting, eating, and having our annual meeting. We had 95 members in attendance and a guest speaker. As you arrived you could purchase merchandise, look at and bid on the silent auction items and purchase tickets for the 2023 Raffle.
Dinner was served and everyone ate until they were stuffed.
Larry began the meeting by welcoming everyone and thanking everyone for coming. He talked about the silent auction items and having fun with bidding. There was a special thanks the Lyn Parker for her beautiful prayer and to Jan Huck for all the extra things he does and makes for the club behind the scenes.
Each board member took their turn talking about a highlight of the year for them. Of course, John Parker couldn’t do it so Lyn helped him out.
We have talked about the cost of living over the last few years, and it is again the topic with changes to how the Der Dutchman will be charging us next year. We will rent the two rooms for three hours then each additional hour is $50 per hour per room. Another $300 for us to stay until 4pm. This is just one more thing we have to plan for and be sure we have it covered.
The Secretaries and Treasurer’s reports were given and approved. The 2022 picnic, summer show and Farm Science Review were recapped with Larry expressing his disappointment in the turnout at the summer show.
Offices open for election this year were President and Secretary. Larry accepted the Presidency and was reelected. Matt Davis was nominated and elected the next Secretary.
Lauren Mellot was our guest speaker and the second place 2022 HPOCA Scholarship recipient.
We played the Rebus picture game and gave away prizes. The silent auction closed, and the winners called out. Larry talked about the raffle prized for 2023 – Thank You to Maibach Tractor for the Neon Clock for 2nd place and Matt Davis for the toy tractor for 3rd place.
Member of the Year is Wayne and Mary Groweg; Lifetime Achievement Award went to Willy Prushing – Congratulations!
Another great Banquet is in the books!