I know this was a topic of discussion before, but for some reason I can't seem to find the original post. Anyhow, I'm bringing this up again so that we can get members united in joining together and having Meet and Greets all over the United States. There are various Tractor Shows throughout the Country, and there is just something about meeting other members face-to-face and finally getting the chance to shake a hand or two.
Here in PA, we have started a GTtalk Meet and Greet at one of the larger shows last year, and it was a success. So much so, that we had another Meet and Greet last weekend at a new local show. Everybody has a great time, and with some help from other members planning to attend, food and drinks can easily be obtainable. If you know of a local show coming up in your area, please feel free to announce the show date and watch to see the response that you may get from other members planning on attending the show. Someone familiar with the area, step up to the plate and start getting things rolling like a location (show grounds if allowed) a time frame, and start posting who is willing to bring what as far as food, drinks and desserts. It's really not that hard to put something together. You'll get to know other members, and before you know it, it will be something that the local members will start looking forward to.
There has been discussion lately that we should start having Meet and Greets even if a local show isn't on the schedule. Say like a family picnic so to speak. If only planning around a show, you are limited in seeing some of the members to only once or twice a year. We are kicking around the idea of possibly getting together at least once every two, maybe three months. I think I can safely say our area members will enjoy it, and I'm pretty sure if you others members will get it started in your areas, you'll enjoy it too.
If planning a Meet and Greet at one of your local shows, please remember to take lots of pictures of the gathering, post a list of the members who attended, and try to get a group photo of all the members who attended. Hopefully in the future, we can start a membership gallery of our Meet and Greets, to help show how much we've grown over the years. Consider it, put in the effort, and enjoy the time of fellowship with each other. I'm confident that you'll make friends and memories that you didn't know were possible!