Welcome:
President Jeremy opened the meeting and welcomed Bob Mehrtens, our guest speaker.
 
Notices:
District conference to be held 17 -19 April.
Letter from Family Support thanking the club for the $1000.00  donation raised from Carrols by Candlelight.
Harley reported on the Xmas Parade debrief; profit of $400 very pleasing from the event that went very well.
Ken reminded the club that the Wetlands Working Bee starts this Saturday at 9.00am.
Gavin reported that Seven Oaks has been sold, with end of March finish date.
Morgan will take over the position of speaker co-ordinator from Roy.
Linda and Andrew Bright are the new Salvation Army leaders for Timaru, and will meet up with the club in the near future.
Shirley Keenan has resigned as a member of the club.
Claire Haines has shifted to Dunedin and turned 92 years of age yesterday.
Bill and Rose Blair have shifted to Palmerston North.
Jeremy reported that the next club meeting will be held in March; membership will be discussed.
 
Three minute speaker:
Rob Rhodes was the 3 minute speaker and told us about his visit to ‘Glenmore’ when Doc. organized a Canadian goose shoot on Lake Alexandrina. With three jet boats and two shooters per boat, plus Ben Innes flying a helicopter to round the geese up, the group managed to shoot 1100 birds. The operation was permitted by Doc. because of the water pollution and pasture fouling that the geese have caused.
 
The Robbery:
Robbie Jackson managed to fine everyone in the room to boost club coffers.
 
The Giving:
Rob Rhodes won the raffle.
 
Guest Speaker:
Don Roberts introduced guest speaker Bob Mehrtens who gave an interesting talk on his experiences competing in the World Ploughing Championships.
Bob uses his own Ford tractor which he has competed with for many years.
He found when competing in Kenya, that the country had very basic gear and infrastructure, with women doing most of the work; but the people seemed very happy. He was placed second in Kenya for the World Championship.
Next was Germany; well organized with amazing infrastructure. Travelling made easier with GPS. Hard ground was mastered with hooked shear tips and plastic mole boards allowing good ploughing, without going too deep.
The USA contest disappointed - the Americans do not have the same passion for ploughing as other nations do. Bob found the soil difficult to plough, leaving him with 10th place overall in the World Championship. A highlight was visiting the John Deere Pavilion(factory) and learning about the Company’s history. All Trump supporters!
Bill Weir proposed a vote of thanks.
 
Help needed.
we need someone to take on arranging the sales tables at New World on Sunday 23rd and Saturday 29th February. If you can help please contact Noel Crawford.