I was going back through some of the various posts about plow days, tractor shows, and miscellaneous meetings with other members due to selling or trading our toys. So I thought, why don't we pick one weekend next year, and try to get as many members to attend as possible, just for a meet and greet? No plows, no tractors, no trailers. Just a weekend of food, fellowship and story swapping. We could make it an annual event, meaning we use the same weekend every year, so members could plan their schedule or vacation time.
If you all are like me, I have a list of guys that I'm just hoping to meet someday, and what better opportunity than this? We pick a place at random each year, so that we aren't visiting the same place each year. With all of the members here, the expenses wouldn't be really that bad. I'm pretty sure we have enough members here that have enough acreage to house us all with tents, so other than gas and some miscellaneous food, we could keep the cost down for each member. I know some of you will travel a great distance for a show or plow day, so why not for a meet and greet?
Someone could organize a list of the members wanting to attend, and keep a log of who is bringing hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken, drinks, chips, pretzels, and so forth. Hotels or Motels could be optional of course, but I think it would be neat to just rough it out in a field somewhere as a group, sitting around a camp fire, and taking the time to really get to know each other.
Now before you all panic, no, I'm not expecting guys from the East Coast to travel to the West Coast, or you members from Canada to travel to Florida or Texas, just for a weekend. We pick an area say in Virginia. All the members that can attend, attends. The following year, we pick an area in Connecticut, and all those in the area attends. The next year, pick somewhere out near Iowa. I'm not asking "all" the members to attend, or travel to all parts of the States, I just think it would be neat to start an annual gathering, as another way of "keeping us close."
If it's a bad idea, and no one is interested, just say so. There will be no hard feelings. Like the title says, I'm just throwing it out there to give us something to think about.
Edited by Cat385B, December 22, 2013 - 10:26 PM.