Welcome to the Finger Lakes Two Cylinder Club. This will tell you a little bit about our organization and some of the things we’re involved in.
In 1990 a couple of us had just returned from theTwo-Cylinder Expo II in Waterloo, Iowa which was an antique John Deere show put on by the Two-Cylinder Worldwide organization. We were very impressed with what we saw out there. As members of this organization, we received the bi-monthly issues of their magazine and were aware that there were local chapters of the Two-Cylinder Club all over the United States. Unfortunately there were none in New York State. We thought there might be enough interest in this area, so we contacted the Worldwide organization in Iowa. They in turn put us in touch with the State Director for New York. With his guidance, we sent out letters to all Two-Cylinder Worldwide members in the Finger Lakes area. We had our first informational meeting on May 15, 1991 with about 45 people in attendance. Everyone there was really excited about the prospect of a Two Cylinder Club in the area, so much so that by November we became a duly chartered chapter of Two-Cylinder Worldwide. By November 1992, one year later, there were five two-cylinder clubs in the state.
We started out participating in one or two parades a year; we now do 10 or more a year. We also participate in various town festivals, car shows, the New York Farm show in Syracuse every February, Empire Farm Days in Seneca Falls and the New York Steam Engine Association’s Pageant of Steam, both in August. Every spring and fall we try to have a plow day where members bring their tractors and plows and try their hand at plowing.
Membership in the Finger Lakes Two Cylinder Club involves filling out an application, paying yearly dues of $15.00, and having a genuine interest in having a good time with other John Deere enthusiasts. You don’t need to own a tractor to join. Some members collect the little toys (the ones that sit on the shelf and collect dust), some collect the big toys (the ones that sit out in the barn and also collect dust) and some don’t collect any at all. They just enjoy being around the old tractors. We encourage the whole family to become involved in our activities, so all memberships include them as well.
Meetings are usually held on the second Wednesday of the month, but occasionally we combine the meeting with a special event such as the spring plow day and a picnic.
Newsletters are mailed out after each month’s meeting and contain information such as past events, upcoming events and a classified ad section. Included in the heading of the newsletter are the names and phone numbers of all the officers and directors. We’re always glad to meet new people and make them feel welcome. Everyone also receives a directory with all the members’ names, addresses and phone numbers.
2016/2017 Officers and Directors
President: Lynn King (315-224-7917)
1st Vice-President: John Jensen
2nd Vice-President: Bruce Morris
Secretary/Newsletter Editor: Cheryl Jensen
Treasurer: Cheryl Jensen
Historian: Ron Abraham
Director: Jim Loree
Director: Royce Herrala
Director: Leonard Jordan
Director: Ron Abraham