Two thousand seventeen has been a busy and productive year for the Peninsula Tractor Organization (PTO). The following are only a few of the highlights that make up this year in review.
Early in 2017, the organization laid the groundwork for becoming an Internal Revenue Service recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization by becoming a corporation in the state of Virginia. After receiving the needed paperwork, PTO applied to and received non-profit status putting the organization in a much better position to move forward with their plans.
The Annual Plow Day held every spring looked to be a complete washout due to rain the day before, but it opened the door to new activities i.e. Tractor Games. The Slow Race and Barrel Roll tested both tractors and operators while onlookers enjoyed the competition.
The past year was full of demonstrations and parades as well. Starting with the Heritage Celebration held at the Eastern Shore Community College and ending with the Community Fire Company Christmas Parade in Exmore in all PTO members participated in 12 events.
Peninsula Tractor Organization members also took time to work on the Organization’s project tractor. The Farmall that was donated to the club is up and running again. When the restoration is completed, the proceeds from either a sale or raffle will help fund the club’s future activities.
Demonstration plots around the Birdnest, VA area were again planted and harvested. Rain at the right time helped give record yields and record income to the club. Thank you to all who donated seed, time and equipment to make this a success.
The Organization also awarded four Lifetime Memberships. Congratulations to O.W. Mears, Fred A. Camden, Edward Kellam and Carroll Burt Cherrix. Speaking of members, the club’s membership has grown to nearly 70 with members living from Milford, DE to Kiptopeake, VA.
A Family Dinner, Oyster Roast and Spring Tractor Ride rounded out the eventful year. These events give members an opportunity to get together and share their interest in the heritage of the area. These events are also a chance to include family members in the Organization as well.
Finally, the Peninsula Tractor Organization would like to take this time to wish everyone a safe, healthy and prosperous New Year. Looking ahead, 2018 holds the promise of progress for the club’s agenda.