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February 2017

Minutes from the February 23rd meeting: By Pete Park for Club Secretary, Dave Barber.

CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was held in the exhibition/multi-purpose room of the Fort Douglas Museum and called to order at 7:12 PM by Club President, Jim Zocchi. Jim welcomed 18 attendees and reminded all to help those who are unable to drive to meetings with a ride. A special thanks goes out to Bob Pastor who monthly helps member Bruce Morgan attend Club meetings.

Pledge of allegiance: The Pledge Of Allegiance was recited.

Treasurer’s report: No report took place as Club Treasurer, George Spargen was out of town. 2017 Club annual dues are due. People are encouraged to review the membership roster located on a table at the meeting to make sure their contact info is correct. Jim reported that that our 2017 MVPA (national) membership application has been sent in and reminded everyone that is a member of the MVPA (Military Vehicle Preservation Association) to let either Pete Park or George Spargen know. According to MVPA requirements, we need to have a certain number of our members also be MVPA members.

Quartermaster report: Please check the newsletter for a list of our Club merchandise with pricing. Long sleeved denim shirts as well as polo shirts are now available. Anyone interested, please contact Layne Schoenfeld.

Upcoming Events:

Karl Smith’s museum tour: This tour will be held on April 15th and will be the last chance to see all of Karl Smith’s WW2 vehicle collection all together. Karl is retiring in June and will be breaking up his collection. Please call the Museum to RSVP. The trip will include bus transportation and a brown bag lunch.

Military Vehicle Collectors of California spring swap meet. A huge swap meet and military vehicle presentation. Petaluma, CA. 18 – 23 April;

Fort Douglas Day. 17 June, 0900 – 1400. Jim reminded all that are interested in bringing a vehicle to Fort Douglas Day to make sure that they sign the sign-up sheet.

Idaho Military Vehicle Assn. “Vintage Military Show” 24 – 25 June.

UMVC June 29th Meeting – Swap Meet. A Club swap meet will be held in conjunction with the June meeting. Members and friends are welcome to bring items to sell or give away. Don’t Miss It.

Club campout date: Pending further discussion.

Fort Douglas Museum report: Bob Voyles, the Director of the Fort Douglas Museum reported that this year’s Fort Douglas Day will be held on June 17th and will be bigger than ever. He asked that as many people as possible show up with their vehicles in support of the Museum. There will be re-enactors, civil war cannon fire and interactive exhibits depicting the history of Fort Douglas. He continued to remind everyone that museum memberships are available at $35 each. Members receive a newsletter which will be kept informed about upcoming Museum events.

Meeting topics: March 30th meeting: A friend of Jim Z’s will talk about his experiences as a tail gunner in a B17 during WW2. April 27th meeting: Jerald Jacobs reported that he has contacted Fuzzy Firr, a U2 pilot during the Cold War. Fuzzy has agreed to speak at our April meeting. May: 25th meeting: As the weather will be getting warmer Club member Reuel Ipson will bring his WW1 ambulance to the meeting and will discuss the fine points (so-to-speak) of tuning an engine with a distributor. The discussion will be interactive and as per Reuel, “It’s simple.”

Provo freedom festival: Club member Vernon stout and his son Wade were in attendance. Vernon reported that this year’s Freedom Outpost event which is held as part of the July 4th Provo Freedom Festival and parade, will be greater than ever. The Outpost is an exhibit of vehicles and encampments that cover WW1, WW2, Korea, and Vietnam. Re-enactors will be there with all designed to educate the public and especially kids, of the military history that has made this country strong. Last year nearly 70,000 people walked through the exhibit. 1200 blanks were fired and somewhere around 4000 dog tags were made and given away. Vernon reported that he is also involved with the Freedom Fest Parade. In the past, UMVC vehicles were spread throughout the parade rather than having them grouped together. Harley Jacobs and members present stressed the importance of having the vehicles grouped together. As per Vernon, the MVs make up about 37% of the vehicles in the parade and he will work with the parade committee to make sure that all are kept together. He continued to say that his organization is in the process of putting together the funding for a type of interactive military action park which will include WW1 trenches, vehicles, a MASH set, shooting range, virtual reality exhibits among others. The goal of the park will be to generate an emotional response by attendees and especially kids. Vernon thanked all who attended the Outpost last year and is now starting a list of those who would like to bring their vehicles to this year’s event.

Adjourn: Harley Jacobs moved to adjourn the meeting. Jim Zocchi seconded the motion. All were in favor. The meeting was adjourned at 8:25 PM.

Next meeting: The next Club meeting will be held on Thursday, 30 March, 7:00 PM at the Ft. Douglas Museum.