The Lake Country Antique Tractor Association officially began in January 2000, when six families met to discuss the formation of a club. At that time there were about eight or nine antique tractors among the group. The first order of business was to develop a mission, rules and by-laws. The mission is to preserve and promote the preservation of farm machinery of the past for future generations. Membership now consists of over 120 families, and the club pays insurance on 130 individual members who will or may drive in parades and participate in shows. At a recent business meeting, members reported a total of over 200 antique tractors that were restored or in the process.
The Lake Country Antique Tractor Association has a business meeting the first Monday evening of February, April, June, August, October and December. These meetings are now held at The Parades Family Restaurant 304 W Broad St, Mineola, TX 75773 at 6pm for dinner and 7pm for the business meeting. A play day may be held during the even numbered months to give members an opportunity to plow and work the tractors or have a tractor pull to see how well the tractors can be tuned to their most powerful--if twelve horsepower or a bit more is powerful.
Tractors that are built before 1972 are considered to be an antique tractor by our club. Tractors 30 years old or older are considered an antique by EDGETA, of which we are local branch 145. At this time the oldest running tractors in LCATA are a 1924 McCormick- Deering, a 1925 Fordson & a 1930 McCormick-Deering. Antique tractors of all kinds are owned by our members including John Deere, Farmall, International, Massey Harris, Massey Ferguson, Ford, Allis Chalmers, McCormick-Deering, Moline and Oliver. We also fund a college scholarship program each year for deserving area youth.
BYLAWS OF THE LAKE COUNTRY ANTIQUE TRACTOR ASSOCIATION
ARTICLE I - NAME 1
ARTICLE II - OBJECT/PURPOSE. 1
ARTICLE III - MEMBERSHIP. 1
ARTICLE IV - DUES. 1
ARTICLE V - OFFICERS. 1
ARTICLE VI - NOMINATION/ELECTION OF OFFICERS. 1
ARTICLE VII - DUTIES OF OFFICERS. 1
ARTICLE VIII MEETINGS. 2
ARTICLE IX - AMENDMENTS. 2
ARTICLE X - LIMITATION OF LIABILITY. 2
ARTICLE XI - DISTRIBUTION.. 2
The name of the organization shall be the Lake Country Antique Tractor Association.
The object of the association shall be to preserve the heritage and integrity of early farming machinery and tools of east Texas. The purpose shall be to restore and display these machines and tools to promote public awareness and education of the important contributions they have made in shaping the history of east Texas. The association shall operate as a non-profit association.
The membership shall be open to all persons having an interest in the above listed objective and purpose of the association.
All members of the association shall be required to pay annual dues in the amount of forty dollars to the duly elected treasurer of the association. Dues must be paid by April of each calendar year.
The officers of the association shall be a president, a vice-president, and a secretary/treasurer. Election of officers shall be at a regular meeting in the month of December. Terms of all officers shall be for a period of one year beginning on January 1. The fiscal year shall end on December 31.
Nomination of officers shall be from the membership present at the December meeting each year. Election shall be by simple majority vote. Any office vacated for any reason shall be filled by special election called by the president following the termination of the officer. There shall be no compensation of officers of the association.
The president shall preside at all meetings of the membership of the association and shall have the authority to call for special election to fill vacancies in office as described in article VI of these bylaws.
The Vice-President Shall Perform Such Duties As Shall Be Determined By The President, And During The Absence Or Inability Of The President To Perform his/her Duties And Exercise his/her Powers, The Vice-President Shall Perform The Duties And Exercise The Powers Of The President.
The secretary shall keep the minutes of all meetings of the association and shall be the custodian of all the books and records of the association, an accurate list of the membership and their mailing address; collect and maintain an accurate record of all receipts and expenses for the association; shall in general perform all duties incident to the office of secretary/treasurer.
Meetings of the association will be the first Monday evening in April, June, August, October, December, and February of each year at 6:30 p.m. It shall also have “called meetings” for carrying out the business of the association.
The bylaws of the lake country antique tractor association may be amended by the vote of a simple majority of members present at a regular of called meeting of the association where due notice has been given in a letter to the membership. No amendment shall be made that prevents the association from qualifying or ceasing to qualify as an organization from income taxes under the provisions of the internal revenue code as it now stands or it may be amended. Non-profit - 501c (3) of I.R.S. Code.
The officers of the association shall not be liable to the association or its members for monetary damages for an act or omission in the officers’ capacity as an officer except that this article shall not eliminate or limit the liability for:
(1) An act or omission not in good faith or that involves intentional misconduct or a knowing violation of the law;
(2) A transaction from which an officer received an improper benefit, whether or not the benefit resulted from an action taken within the scope of the office;
(3) A breach of the officer’s duty of loyalty to the association or its members.
No member of the association will never make any distribution.
(1) No member of association would receive any money for work;
(2) If the association is dissolved, any money will be donated to a non-profit association.
LAKE COUNTRY ANTIQUE TRACTOR ASSOCIATION
To encourage the safest conditions possible for visitors and members, this association will set forth operating, procedural and conduct rules to be strictly observed by all members, all guests, all visitors and any other persons while participating in club activities. These rules are subject to amendment according to bylaws procedure and are as follows:
1. Be courteous and friendly to the people who come to our show. Make these visitors feel that we appreciate they came. Without them, we wouldn't have a show.
2. Pedestrians have the right of way.
3. All machinery is to be operated only by those responsible and delegated to do so.
4. Refuel only when the engine is shut down and cool. Keep fuel containers closed and store away from running equipment.
5. Provide a fire extinguisher or know where the nearest one is located.
6. All tractors are to be operated in lower gears at all times.
7. Don't tailgate--do not follow closely behind other tractors or vehicles.
8. NO ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES MAY BE CONSUMED AT ANY TIME WHILE PARTICIPATING IN ASSOCIATION ACTIVITIES.
Common Sense Rules:
1. Recognize the need for safety rules--be cooperative.
2. Do not make any adjustments while equipment is moving or operating. No part of our show is so important that we can't wait for adjustments to be done safely.
3. Block the wheels if there is any danger of undesirable moving or rolling of the tractor.
4. Be sure gear shift lever is in neutral before starting the engine.
5. Never engage clutch unless you are in a position to disengage quickly if necessary.
6. Drive at speeds slow enough to ensure your safety.
7. Do not use a broken or frayed cable to move equipment. Do not stand "in line' with cable under tension. Use chains wherever possible.
We must always keep safety the highest priority of our show.