During the Spring Membership Meeting held at the McLeod County Fairgrounds April 13, The Upper Midwest A-C Club™ held board elections. Two seats were up for consideration. Incumbents Darrell Grams Sr and Lynn Bushard threw their hats into the ring to once again, have the opportunity to serve the club. Other UMACC members nominated from the floor included Todd Grams and Matt Wosmak.
Each candidate was given time to address the gallery of members to stating their how they would be able to help the club if elected to the board. Ballots were passed out and votes cast. Several members were then asked to verify those results.
The results are as follows:
Lynn Bushard 37 votes
Darrell Grams Sr 41 votes
Todd Grams 21 votes
Matt Wosmek 21 votes
Thanks to all of the members in attendance and their involvement in thee electoral process.
Candidate BIOS–now posted below for the upcoming UMACC Board elections Get to learn more about their experiences and love of everything orange.
We’re just 2 short weeks away from the UMACC Spring Meeting at the McLeod County Fairgrounds Toy Building.
Join us April 13th. Lunch served at Noon. Membership meeting and board elections at 1:00pm.
The 2019 Orange Spectacular Raffle Tractor will be on display.
Lynn Bushard, Garfield, MN – Incumbent
My father was a lifelong enthusiastic supporter of Allis Chalmers machinery. Born and raised near New Ulm, MN, my childhood learning experiences included “driving” the C, WC, WD, WD45, D17, cultivating & plowing.
When my father passed away, I was just 20 years of age. It left me almost totally unprepared with unforeseen farming responsibilities. Taking over the dairy farm included several first-time experiences; planting and harvesting corn, small grains, making and baling hay, etc. eventually leading to my first experience with a pull type combine –either a Model 60 or 66!
Though now retired from farming, we’re still living on the farm enjoying our collection of Allis Chalmers Tractors D10, WD, 175D and 185 and other pieces of farm equipment, along with an increasing collection of Allis toy tractors, etc.
My love and further support of Allis Chalmers shows began in 2004 with the “Gathering of the Orange”
Show in Canada, leading to several other shows, tractor caravans, and a membership in the Upper Midwest A-C Club ™. Shortly thereafter, I volunteered to help with the set up and take down of the Orange Spectacular® annual shows at Hutchinson, MN.
Though volunteering with the Hutchinson AC shows conflicted with AC Tractor caravans, I’ll always remember those caravans as one of the most relaxing and awesome life experiences driving thru the countryside with my AC Tractor. The friendship, fellowship and enjoyment with other lovers of Allis Chalmers tractors created many a memory!
My wife, Arlene, and I have two married sons, a daughter, nine grandchildren and two great-granddaughters, who have always enjoyed and continue to be very supportive of all my involvements with The Upper Midwest A-C Club™, along with all related Allis Chalmers shows and functions.
It’s been said, “You can’t take the “farm out of the farmer”. I also feel, “You can’t take the Orange out of the blood of a lifetime Allis Chalmers man either.”
Contributing Board Experiences:
Board Member of Church and Farm organizations
President/Treasurer – family businesses for 21+ years
Moe Township Board of Supervisors – Currently Chairman for 3 terms (9+ years)
Upper Midwest A-C Club™ Camper Parking Coordinator since 2011
Upper Midwest A-C Club™ Currently Board member/Director for 2 terms (6 Years)
I believe my past experiences will continue to be a strong asset to the club.
It would be an honor to continue serving as a dedicated Director/Board Member for the membership of the Upper Midwest A-C Club™.
Your vote of confidence and support would be most appreciated.
Darrell Grams Sr, Green Isle, MN – Incumbent
I am Darrell Grams Sr of Green Isle MN and have been a member of the UMACC for the past 20 years. I and Shirley have been married for 52 years, have 5 children, 13 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren. All of our children and many of our grandchildren have been actively involved in activities at the Orange Spectacular on a yearly basis.
I was first appointed to the UMACC in 2015 to fill the unexpired term of Larry Karg. In 2016, I was elected to serve on the Board of Directors and was elected President by other board members. In 2017, because of personal matters with Shirley and I having some Health issues, I stepped down as President , however I was then elected Treasurer by the Board. I have continued in that position and have decided to seek another term on the UMACC Board of Directors. I would look forward to the continued support I have received from the UMACC members over the past 4 years.
Each year, the Upper Midwest AC Club features a specific Allis-Chalmers Model as their way to continually acquire, protect, restore, maintain, and preserve knowledge of these fine machines that highlight a part of the Allis-Chalmers company history.
During the 2019 Orange Spectacular, the featured tractor will be the Two-Twenty to mark the 50th Anniversary of production. With less than 2,000 of these tractors that were ever built from 1969 to 1973, this landhandler tractor replaced the D21 Series II making it the largest Allis-Chalmers wheel tractor at the time weighing in at almost 15000 pounds.
Anyone interested in bringing their Two-Twenty to the Orange Spectacular are welcome.
If you have questions or if you need to register your tractor, please contact a board member.