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September 2020

The meeting was called to order at 1901 hrs. by Club President Jimmy Zocchi. After the welcome, Jim led the group in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

Introduction of people and visitors: No guests were present.

Club business: Jimmy Zocchi reported that he purchased twenty-eight steaks for the Club barbeque and swap meet to be held on Saturday, 17 October. The event will take place outside the Fort Douglas Museum in their Cannon Park. A tally was taken of members present who are planning to attend. Eighteen people responded which includes guests. Everyone is expected to bring a side dish. A comment was made to hold back the urge to bring potato salad (generally, everyone brings potato salad).

Events: The Southern California MVCC rally is scheduled for September 30th – October 4th. The rally will be held at Bonita Ranch Campground and was still on as of September 27th. However, the event will be shortened by one day. Mike Haggen’s roll-out for several WWII Navy Veterans in the Orem area is scheduled for 29 September, 9:00 AM. Club members with vehicles are encouraged to attend. The parade will begin at Ryan and Marrin’s house in Pleasant grove. The event will be also be attended by members of the Utah Military History Group.

Wellness of members: Ray Meldrum has received a kidney transplant and all went well. He is recovering. John Armstrong (who was in attendance) reported that his knee replacement surgery went very well. His range of motion is improving. He recommended the procedure for anyone needing it.

Fort Douglas Museum report: The Museum is closed until Salt Lake City goes to yellow during the Covid -19 pandemic.

Meeting presentation: Jimmy Zocchi presented information on LED tail-light bulb applications for WW2 Jeeps and other military vehicles. The original WW2 rear light housings were modified by replacing the old bulbs with either six- or 12-volt, positive or negative ground, LED bulbs. Jimmy explained that at the last Tower Park swap meet he met a friend of Ron Fitzpatrick (of Ron Fitzpatrick Jeep Parts), Paul Fitzgerald. Paul has made the conversion and was selling the fixtures (search G503.com for Paul’s LED pricing and contact info). As per Pete Park, he bought several and the difference in brightness is amazing. He has installed the bulbs on his trucks. Included in Jimmy’s presentation were LED bulbs for service, stop/brake and blackout lights. The increased brightness was briefly shown before his six-volt batteries gave out. The cost per bulb was about $35.00 which was well worth it especially for the brake light. Regarding regular 12-volt taillight bulbs, Fred Bolton reported that he recently bought a number at Walmart. Everyone present tanked Jimmy for the presentation.

Adjournment: A motion was made to adjourn the meeting. The motion was seconded, and the meeting was adjourned at 7:58 PM.