Monthly Archives: July 2008


This Saturday, we are meeting at the Decker’s house in Newton for our club meeting. That’s 1217 Grove Street at 3:30 pm. The parade starts at 6 pm downtown. Bring your military vehicle and let’s go parading!

On August 9th, is the 121st Old Settlers Grand Parade in Halstead at 10 am. We will meet on West Sixth at 8:30 am.

Any questions? Please contact Marilyn and Ron at 316-283-7618 or

Strother Field Wings and Wheels

I would like to know who might be coming to the Strother Field Wings and Wheels Saturday? The breakfast begins at 7:00 till 10:30 am. Then the show will commence. This is an air show and car show combined. Displays are on the tarmac I think and there will be a drawing. Let’s have some vehicles there as they have advertised us in their fliers.

Dave Billings

Message from Diane Warren

I want to thank everyone who came out in celebration of Bob’s installment on the McConnell Memorial Walkway. That day was also Bob’s birthday, so what better day to have a celebration!!
I know many of you couldn’t be there in person but were there in thought and prayer, and that means more than you’ll ever know!! I’m sure that had something to do with the beautiful weather we had for the event.

If you have a chance to go on base and visit the stone, it lies beneath one of the biggest trees on the walkway!! You all know Bob. His will be the one that stands the straightest and tallest!!

Thanks to you all!!

Diane & Family

Thank You to Club Members

I would like to thank Joe Rankin and Jim Lynne for making it to the fly in. Including myself, we had 5 vehicles to show, including the unveiling of my 42 CCKW, minus doors, bed and fire extinguisher. We had a great time and got to see a BT-13 trainer that was used at the base. There were about 40 show cars and 20 planes. As for us, we relaxed in the shade and answered lots of questions. Thanks again guys, for giving up a Saturday for our club.

This Sunday we have our ice cream social at Gary and Judy Cross’ house at 2 pm.. Please try to make it as we invited the new KAM Director. It would be a good chance to meet him and discuss the upcoming rally.

Dave Billings

4th of July Parade in Watertown, SD

This was the 4th of July Parade in Watertown. All these vehicles (military) are yours truly. The Marines covered up the US ARMY and had it set up for “TOYS FOR TOTS” and Pat and I had SANTA in the jeep.

Still around still participating in activities for Mid-Kansas MVPA

Phil Braeger

July 12 Meeting Minutes

Present: Judy and Gary Cross, Marilyn Decker, Richard Goldberg, Gary and Mary McBeath, Chuck and Brenda Loper, Kendall Lundy, Jim Christy, Greg Hoopes, and Larry Tholen.

Prayer and pledge of Allegiance was led by Chuck Loper and the meeting was called to order by Gary Cross at 9 a.m.

Judy Cross read the minutes of the last meeting and Jim Christy approved with Brenda Loper seconded. The report was approved by the members.

Brenda Loper gave the Treasurer’s report. Larry Tholen made a motion to approve and Jim Christy seconded. The report was approved by the members.

New Business: There was a discussion about the bomb trailer that is now at the Augusta Museum and decided to ask Dave Brubaker or Brad Wise to take a digital picture of it so everyone can see what we are talking about. There has been a lot of work done on it but still needs to be finished.

There was a long discussion about our upcoming Rally on October 4th. We are going to talk to Sally Luellen of the KAM and see if they are still planning on having their open house the same Saturday. We would still like to have the Tornado Alley Young Marines help and also serve food. Also, the JJ’s Snack Shack. Larry mentioned having a 50/50 pot to raise some money and Chuck is going to ask the SGM Canine to come to the rally.

Richard is checking on all the military services to participate. Jim Christy said we could have a tent sale or garage sale to get donations and that 10% would go to the MKMVPA.

We will ask GI Rose to come, and ask if we could borrow her sound system as last year. Gary Cross will call for the Porta Potties. Brenda will advertise on radio stations and flyers will be handed out. The Military Vehicles magazine has our rally listed on their calendar. We will also contact the re-enactors. Gary Cross and Richard Goldberg will help coordinate.

The Cross’ are having our 4th annual ice cream party on July 27th. Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. We hope to have a lot of members and family attend.

Old Business: We still need to get an inventory of our supplies at the Augusta Museum. So we are meeting at the Augusta Museum on August 23rd at 9 a.m. So bring your pencil, paper and a strong arm to move stuff around. Shouldn’t take too long.

Concerning our new business cards, no one volunteered to design one, so Greg Hoopes said he would send a sample of the one he made so we can all make our own and cut them out.

Marilyn Decker reported on events coming up and there is a Big Bird fly-in of model airplanes that Jim Christy reported on July 19th. Also, the Strother Field event between Winfield and Arkansas City that Billings mentioned. Also, the El Dorado all military event at the El Dorado Lake. On July 27th is the Ice Cream Party and on August 2nd is the Newton parade at 5:30 p.m. On August 9th is the Halstead parade and August 14 through 16th is the National Convention in Portland, Oregon, in which Judy and Gary is going to attend.

Other Business: For show and tell, Kendall showed us a boxed model of an M38A1 that is hard to find and a comic book that his Father had that is military related and shows vehicles that are drawn to specs. Richard showed us his collection of his Father’s medals and memorabilia and he is still trying to acquire three more medals that he couldn’t find.

Meeting adjourned at 11 a.m. to have lunch at Walt’s. Our next meeting will be on August 2nd at the Newton parade. We will meet at Marilyn and Ron Decker’s house at 1217 Grove Street in Newton at 3:30 p.m.

Judy Cross, Secretary

Meeting Reminder

Please come to our meeting on Saturday the 12th at 9 AM. There are some things we need to discuss and we would like your input and wit!

Kansas Aviation Museum, 2nd floor. 3350 S. George Washington Blvd.

Pictures from Bob Warren’s Memorial at McConnell AFB