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"Gathering of the Green"

A biennial nationwide conference for
John Deere collectors, restorers & enthusiasts.

Workshop & Drop-In Schedule

Typical workshop These are the highlights       Hi, I’m Meli, the Putt Putt Girl, and I have some exciting information for you. The “Gathering of the Green 2018” will offer a wide variety of extremely interesting and informative technical, historical and human-interest workshops and drop-in sessions which will appeal to John Deere antique two-cylinder and New Generation tractor enthusiasts – ranging from the beginner to the most experienced. We have also continued to provide alternate topic presentations for spouses. Skilled workshop and drop-in session leaders from across the country will assemble in Davenport, Iowa on March 21, 22, 23 & 24, 2018, to share their experience and knowledge with “Gathering” attendees. Details are still being worked out, but almost all of the workshop topics and leaders have been confirmed for inclusion into the conference program. Workshop sessions will take place throughout the day on Thursday, March 22; Friday, March 23; and Saturday, March 24. Workshop sessions are 1 ½ hours in length with many new topics and some repeats from previous conferences. Below are the 2018 workshop, drop-in and in-town bus trip schedules, ladies included.

A hospitality room for spouses will be available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

NOTE: This is a tentative schedule (revised November 3, 2017) and is subject to change. Revisions from the original schedule are:

Added –

Sharing with Others the Gifts We Were Given – Barb Douglas (Saturday, March 24 @ 1:00)

Changed Workshop Title/Topic/Leader –

The Deere “G” Tractor – John Bennehoff and Chris Boyens (Thursday, March 22 @ 8:00) [Was “John Bennehoff”]

Two-Cylinder Power Steering – Richard Duane (Friday, March 23 @ 8:00) [Was “Power Steering”]

E-Series Hit and Miss Engines – John Boyens and Rie Faulk (Friday, March 23 @ 3:00) [Was “Hit and Miss Engines – John Boyens”]

Scrapbooking and Card Making – Ruby Brotzman (Saturday, March 24 @ 8:00) [Was “Scrapbooking”]

Transferred –

DeWitt Iowa Shopping Trip – Susie Shollenberger / Friday, March 23 (Trip transferred to the Trips & Tours page.)

SPECIAL NOTE: Soon you will be able to view a short description of each workshop and drop-in session and a brief biography of the presenter.

THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2018

8:00 – 9:30

  • GP Restoration – Cork Groth
  • Engine Heads and Cooling Systems – Bill & Jared Dies
  • Loctite Products – Brad Perkins
  • Master Gardener – Will Carew
  • The Deere “G” Tractor – John Bennehoff and Chris Boyens
10:00 – 11:30
  • Tires – Todd Friedrich
  • John Deere Model B Tractor Series: Running Changes – Bruce Johnson
  • John Deere 62, L, LA, LI Restoration – John Hoffman
  • Basic Tractor Restoration: The Rusty Acres Approach – Dan Peterman
  • Fuels, Oils and Lubricants – Brad Thomas (TENTATIVE)
  • In-Depth Assessment – Part 1 – Tony Knobbe
  • Wreath Making – Susie Shollenberger
1:00 – 2:30
  • LP Tractors – Art & Scott Fellows
  • Notes from a John Deere Tin Bender – Gene & Drew Holmes
  • What’s New from Jorde’s Decals – Travis Jorde
  • John Deere Powr-Trol Systems – Dan Brotzman
  • Moldboard Plow Setup, “The Perfect Furrow” – David Wolfe and Tyler Buchheit
  • In-Depth Assessment – Part 2 – Tony Knobbe
  • Basket Weaving – Tracey Welch (Class 1, Part 1)
3:00 – 4:30
  • Magnetos and Distributors, Theories & Problems – John Boyens
  • History of Barns – Rick Collins
  • Art of Fine-Tuning a Two-Cylinder Engine – Cork Groth
  • Drop-in: Decals – Travis Jorde
  • Astrology – Katherine Metcalf
  • Basket Weaving – Tracey Welch (Class 1, Part 2)

FRIDAY, MARCH 23, 2018

8:00 – 9:30

  • Deere Two-Cylinder Single Barrel Carburetors – Mark Schraut (TENTATIVE)
  • Model L, LA, LI and 62 History and Development – Dwayne & Dale Ridenour
  • New Generation Hydraulics – Ronnie Peters
  • Two-Cylinder Power Steering – Richard Duane
  • Traction Engines to Tractors – Dave Wolf
  • GPS – What It Is and How It Works – Steve Corbin
10:00 – 11:30
  • Tip Shop: John Deere Two-Cylinder & New Generation Tractors – Dan Brotzman
  • Safety While Working on Your Tractor – Scott Fellows
  • Combines 12A to 55 – Chris Fink
  • The Model “M” Tractor – Charlie Thompson
  • Seals – Types and Applications – Jim VanBergen
  • Overcoming Senior Moments – Bev Wilson
1:00 – 2:30
  • The John Deere Model H Tractor – Dan Price
  • Farming in Australia – Dallas Law
  • Toys, Tractors and Implements – Bill Proft
  • Distributor Ignition – Tom Donahy
  • Safety Trip Standards – Tyler Bucheit
  • The 8010 and 8020 Tractors – Darrel Fischer (Located at the Radisson Quad City Plaza)
  • Basket Weaving – Tracey Welch (Class 2, Part 1)
3:00 – 4:30
  • New Generation Electrical – Dan Brotzman
  • Deere Historical Engineering Breakthroughs – Jack Wiley
  • Drop-In: Clutches, Gas Tanks and Governors – Mike Williams
  • E-Series Hit and Miss Engines – John Boyens and Rie Faulk
  • Basket Weaving – Tracey Welch (Class 2, Part 2)
5:00 – 6:00
  • Beer & Bull Gears at the Radisson Atrium Waterfall Lounge – Tony Knobbe

SATURDAY, MARCH 24, 2018

8:00 – 9:30

  • Starting, Charging & Lighting: 24 Volt Systems – Tom Donahy
  • Tractor and Sheet Metal Restoration, Prep & Painting – Dave Nelson
  • John Deere Snowmobiles – Darren Redding
  • John Deere Crawlers – Chris Aspergren
  • Scrapbooking and Card Making – Ruby Brotzman
10:00 – 11:30
  • Drop-In: Electrical Systems – Tom Donahy
  • Lawn and Garden Tractors, Repair and Restoration – Darren Redding
  • John Deere Two-Cylinder Diesel Tractor Repair & Restoration – Albert Ulrich
  • Quilting – Wavey Placemats – Sherri Freyermuth (Class 1)
    (Limit ten per class, material fee, bring you own machine if you can, call Sherri @ 563-659-6200 to register.)
1:00 – 2:30
  • Drop-In: Painting and Sheet Metal – Dave Nelson
  • New Generation Engines – Mark Redding
  • From Streel to Rubber, Early Deere Wheels – Chris Adolphs
  • Bee Keeping and Cooking with Honey – Ron Fischer
  • Sharing with Others the Gifts We Were Given – Barb Douglas
  • Quilting – Wavey Placemats – Sherri Freyermuth (Class 2)
    (Limit ten per class, material fee, bring you own machine if you can, call Sherri @ 563-659-6200 to register.)


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