Monthly Archives: May 2008

VA Hospital Anniversary Event

What a beautiful day for the Veterans Administration’s 75th Anniversary party. We all enjoyed the people, food and entertainment that was provided by all the staff and volunteers of the VA Hospital.

The MKMVPA had 21 members and 13 vehicles present. The Goddard Boy Scout Troop #776, which the Lundy boys, Ashton and Weston, belong, helped the VA fill the lunch sacks that we ate. They also helped tear down our exhibits.

To our knowledge, everyone returned home safe and sound. Fun was had by all.

Pictures are attached. – Judy and Gary

VA Hospital Anniversary event

VA Hospital Anniversary event

VA Hospital Anniversary event




VA Jubilee

Don’t forget to meet us at the SE corner of Edgemoor and Kellogg in the parking lot to convoy over to the VA Hospital. We are going to be there between 8:30 and 9:00 AM. Wear either our club shirt or a uniform.

Judy and Gary

May 10th Meeting Minutes

Present: Judy and Gary Cross, David Billings, Jim Lynne, Marilyn Decker, Chuck and Brenda Loper, Clark Brubaker, Dave Brubaker, Greg Hoopes, Jim Christy, Bill Morris, and Larry Tholen.

Prayer and Pledge of Allegiance was led by Chuck Loper and the meeting was called to order by Dave Billings at 9 a.m.

Judy Cross read the minutes of the last meeting and Larry Tholen made a motion to approve as Marilyn Decker seconded. The report was approved by the members.

Brenda Loper gave the Treasurer’s report. Jim Lynne moved the report to be approved and was seconded by Dave Brubaker. The Treasurer’s report was approved by the members.

New Business: We discussed the rally date and time and we all thought October 4th, the first week-end in October would be a good date. Friday would be a set-up time from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday would be a one day rally. Judy talked to Sally Luallen at the KAM and she is holding those dates for us and also said she would talk to the directors about having their open house again on that day to help out.

Old Business: The Articles of Incorporation was discussed and also the reasons for getting a 501c3. We decided to at least get the Articles of Incorporation changed to read “educational” to match our By Laws. Our committee, Richard, Dave, Larry, Judy and Brenda, is going to get it written out and then brought to the members to ok. The Articles were handed out for us to read.

Dave Billings said that the ones that come to our next meeting at Augusta, will start taking inventory of all our clubs assets and make a list.

Gary Cross reported on the business cards that were priced at Jet Printing. It was $56.95 for 500 or $40.25 for 250 cards, one sided. This includes set-up and in color and with anything on the front. Jim Lynne approved 500 and Dave seconded. We decided to ask all the members to send in their design for the cards and the officers would pick one as a winner.

Marilyn Decker was asked to report on the events. She said that the Peabody parade was not advertised very well, but she and Ron might go to represent our club. She has talked to the people with Resthaven Mortuary about the Memorial Day display and they said for us to be there by 9:30 a.m. On May 17th at 8:30 or 9:00 a.m., we are to arrive at the VA Hospital for their 75th Anniversary Jubilee. We decided to meet in the parking lot on the SE corner of Edgemoor and Kellogg to convoy in.

Other Business: Gary Cross passed around a news article on a Gentleman that collected old war relics and that one of the old cannonballs blew up and killed him. Discussion followed about other similar happenings. Larry Tholen told about going to a museum in Indiana that had 150 military vehicles and most all were WWII European vehicles.

We donated for a chance to win the great patriotic candy dish that Clark Brubaker made and Larry Tholen won. Also, Dave Brubaker reported on the “Last Patrol” winning the People’s Choice award at the River Festival parade on Friday. They won $1,000.00.

Our next meeting will be at the Kansas Military Museum of History in Augusta, at 9:00 a.m. The parade and Open House will follow.

Meeting adjourned at 10:45 and we convoyed to Walt’s.

Judy Cross, Secretary MKMVPA

Member Needs a Wheel

I am looking for a wheel for my M38A1. When I took the spare off the rim was rusted too bad to use, also the hole for the valve stem was about twice the size it should be.

Lowell May

Red Ballin Express Photos from Judy

Red Ballin Express

Red Ballin Express

Red Ballin Express

Red Ballin Express

Red Ballin Express

Red Ballin Express

Red Ballin Express

Red Ballin Express

Red Ballin Express

Red Ballin Through the Ozarks

Hi gang,

Stephanie and I just got home from Red Ballin’ through the Ozarks. What a great time we had!

Gary and Judy Cross were there and we got to meet several of their friends, and our new friends.

Fayetteville is about 250 miles from Winfield. This convoy was an absolute dream, except for the fact that neither Stephanie nor I remembered what the weather can be like in early May. Oh we brought coats, but forgot gloves and a blanket as riding in an open Jeep in early May when the weather can be either baking or freezing.

We all hooked up at the Clarion Hotel in Fayetteville, AR. There were about 30 jeeps and trucks including a ’41 Ford Deluxe staff car. Immediately after leaving Fayetteville, we began encountering some of the prettiest countryside that I’ve seen in a long time. We drove through farmland what turned into a National Forest. We stopped and had coffee and doughnuts and all visited. After about 45 minutes we took off again seeing alpine meadows and pretty mountains. About an hour later we stopped again at a civil war battlefield, when low and behold, the sun started coming out. After a half hour break we were off again, enjoying more beautiful countryside. We ate a catered bag lunch (excellent with gourmet cookies to boot!) at a park adjacent to Devil’s Den state park. After lunch we kept on Red Ballin’. After we were finished we all got together and had a catered supper that was also out of this world.

The reason I’m going into all of this detail is the fun we had and got to talk MV’s with other people who enjoyed talking MV’s; had a great time; and I got to drive our M38A1 til I was damned near sick of it! And nobody broke down. I would encourage all of the group to participate next year. I also challenge the group to keep participating in parades etc, and let’s put together our own convoy day. Ideas that come to mind are the Gypsum Hills over by Medicine Lodge or heck, even the Flint Hills. Gary and Judy said we could convoy up to Newton and all have fun.

Let’s see if we can get some participation, I know it would be fun!