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March 2019

The meeting was called to order at 19:10 by Pete Park. After the welcome Pete led the group in the reciting of the pledge of allegiance.

Club business: Bob Boettcher requested that a phone call be made to members without email when important information is available. Treasurers report: No report was made this month.

Club merchandise: Pete Park passed out 3” X 3” Utah Military Vehicle Club stickers. Some were for the outside of a window and some were for the inside. Everyone present received a sticker, Additional stickers are available for one dollar each. Bob Boettcher shared several ideas for new T- shirt designs. Ideas included silk screening a vehicle’s front view and then the same vehicle’s rear view on the back The idea of using humor was expressed. T shirts could then be sold not only to Club members but also at events.

Meeting topics: At April’s meeting, Reuel Ipson, in the celebration of spring, will offer a presentation on adjusting distributer points to optimize the operation of vehicles. Additionally, he will discuss how to rebuild a carburetor or how to time an engine. The April meeting will begin at 6:00 PM to take advantage of more daylight and to give Reuel time for his demonstration. As a reminder, if there is a U of U event going on, parking will be available in the Museum’s back lot. Bob Boettcher reminded everyone to protect their vehicle’s engine by only using Ethanol free gas and to make sure that the vehicle’s oil contains zinc. Bob premixes the oil and zinc additive together prior to adding it to the crank case.

Fort Douglas Museum report: Beau Burgess, Director of the Museum, reported on things happening at the Museum. All the historical Army buildings will receive a bottom up review to include structural testing. Once everything is checked, repairs will be prioritized and buildings will be brought up to the National Guard’s standards. All inventory items will be photographed and catalogued. The Museum will be focusing on outreach programs and public events. An article appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune on the Manti, Utah WW2 Parachute factory. The article has spurred a number of donations to the Museum that included wedding dresses and quilts made from the factories silk fabric remnants. An upcoming exhibit will feature many items including donated wedding dresses. Beau continued to say that the Museum recently received a trunk that belonged to the last survivor of the battleship USS Oklahoma (BB-37). The Oklahoma rolled over while at it’s mooring in Pearl Harbor during the 7 December 1941 Japanese attack. The trunk was donated by the survivor’s family. WWI displays will be closing. The WWII “Sweet Hearts” exhibit will continue through May. The Fort Douglas Day event will be held on Saturday, 15 June from 10 AM to 2:00 PM. A camp out will be held the night before and will include a pancake breakfast on Saturday morning and lunch for vehicle participants (provided by the UMVC). The National Guard will be more involved this year and will hopefully bring some of their current vehicles. They may also fly in a helio to help generate more public attendance. Additionally, the Guard and the VA will help promote the event. Craig Wirth (“Wirth Watching”, local Chanel 4 News, ABC) will do a segment on the event. Beau would appreciate a great turn out from the Club. An attendance sheet will be handed out at next month’s meeting to see who will be attending. On 3-9 June the CAF’s B17 WW2 heavy bomber, Sentimental Journey will be at the Heber City Airport. On 8 June, the CAF will have a morning pancake breakfast and evening hangar dance.

Adjournment: Motion: Ed Smith moved to adjourn the meeting. Jerald Jacobs seconded the motion and all were in favor. The meeting was adjourned at 8:37 PM.