Lincoln Highway Association California
Lincoln Highway Association

Quarterly Chapter Meeting Minutes — Saturday, January 5, 2019

Rubino’s Ristorante
Rocklin, California

  1. Meeting called to order: 1:06 pm
  2. 31 people signed attendance sheet
  3. Introductions
    1. Warren Martin: Traveled with Paul Gilger
    2. Trey Pitsenberger: Local business man and historian, films local points of interest, which you can view on his YouTube channel
    3. Matt: Works on the LH. Grew up in Tracy and Stockton. Found out about the LH and decided to check it out. Hoping to be able to do the centennial trip.
    4. Jeff and Karen Peterson: They heard about the Lincoln Highway through PBS special and then forgot. But they remembered to attend today’s meeting.
    5. Walter Spector: Been to a few meetings. He is the chapter’s contact with the electric car world.
  4. Approval of October meeting minutes
    1. Paul Gilger moved to approve the October meeting minutes.
    2. Jimmy Lin seconded the motion.
    3. Motion passed.
  5. Officer, staff, and committee reports
    1. Neil Rodrigues: State Director and Vice-President
      1. Brochures: We have been working on one specifically for California. National Board has accepted it to use for our state. Jim Cassler will publish it.
      2. Rainbow Lodge in Soda Springs on Lincoln Highway/Old Route 40: it’s under new ownership, but still private. They are interested in hosting a meeting. The plan is to put a sign inside to add to their décor and are also interested in a sign outside.
      3. Stone bridge in Strawberry needed something to prevent erosion, so Neil added sandbags.
    2. Joel Windmiller: President
      1. 280 reminder cards sent, 0 returns.
      2. Marker report: West Sacramento marker needs some minor repairs and paint retouching. San Francisco marker at the bus stop at California Avenue and Park Presidio Boulevard needs some minor paint touch-up.
    3. Grant Gassman: Treasurer
      1. Deposits
        1. November 20: $29.00 (Private donation)
        2. December 7: $29.00 (Private donation)
      2. Disbursements
        1. October 7: $262.22 (Klingstedt Bros. for flyers)
        2. October 18: $13.45 (Grant Gassman for stamps and envelopes)
        3. November 19: $156.12 (Neil Rodrigues for bridge repair items)
        4. December 6: $250.00 (Joel Windmiller for January meeting mailers and P.O. box)
      3. Balance: Contact chapter for details
    4. Paulette Johnston: Secretary
      1. No report submitted
    5. Gary Kinst: Chapter Historian
      1. Thanks to Trey Pitsenberger for submission of photos to the winter issue of The Traveler newsletter.
      2. Neil is going through California brochure before sending to Jim Cassler.
      3. Discussed Joel’s idea for a background picture on the California brochure cover.
    6. Jimmy Lin: Website Update
      1. Here is a summary of the website traffic for the 4th quarter of 2018:
        Sessions YoY% Users YoY%
        Overall 22,416 +13% 17,494 +9%
        Map 15,644 +14% 12,333 +11%
        California 933 −9% 844 −8%
        Traveler 652 −2% 589 −3%
    7. Michael Kaelin: Signage
      1. He is home with health problems. He is unable to do long drives due to continued leg problems. He apologizes for not being here today.
      2. Michael continues to be an advocate of signing the original alignments first.
        1. No answer to Joel’s email request for a report, so no update available from Michael.
        2. Lodi signage project is complete with our first set of arrow signs!
    8. Speakers
      1. none
    9. Mark Hoffman: coach tours
      1. On May 4–5, there will be an overnight tour on LH. It will follow the US 50 alignment east to Carson City, spend the night there, and then return via I-80, going on the old sections of the road where possible.
  6. Old business
    1. California Lincoln Highway Brochures — discussed above
    2. 2019 Military Convoy Tour (Paul)
      1. Still in planning mode and not taking reservations yet, but you can read all about it on the tour website.
    3. 2019 Conference in Rock Springs, Wyoming (Neil)
      1. June 18–21: There will be the regular book and display room, directors meeting, dinners, east and west car tours, membership meetings, keynote presentations, and awards presentation. You can view the conference website for more info.
    4. Mossdale Bridge Replacement over the San Joaquin River
      1. Margaret Rodrick with historical background. There is no starting date, but we will be informed when the construction begins.
    5. Meritorious Achievement Award (Joel and Paul)
      1. We will give our first such award to Bob Dieterich after today’s meeting.
    6. Donner Memorial Park Lincoln Highway Marker (Joel)
      1. Acquired three markers from the Town of Truckee. One came to the chapter and now we have a place to put it in the exhibit at Donner Memorial State Park.
  7. New business
    1. Officer elections
      1. Neil stepped down as Vice-President to focus on his duties as California State Director. Paul Gilger was nominated to return as VP, but Paul encouraged others to serve.
      2. After some discussion, Trey was convinced to run for VP.
      3. Joel asked for a motion to nominate Trey as Vice-President, and all other officeholders to their respective positions. Motion by Greg Gassman, seconded by Dennis Larson. Motion passed unanimously.
    2. Tower Court in West Sacramento (Joel)
      1. A section of an abandoned two-lane concrete road from 1918, part of the Lincoln Highway and US 40-99W, will most likely be paved over when the current Tower Court development is completed. It is located near the 1935 Tower Bridge and Raley Field.
      2. It would be great if we could find some way to preserve it. Joel will contact the West Sacramento city government and historical society concerning this item.
    3. West Sacramento LH Markers (Joel)
      1. Contacted by two folks from the City of West Sacramento to look into a set of concrete monuments, as part of the West Capitol Avenue Rehabilitation and Safety Enhancement Project.
      2. The monuments will consist of two markers that former chapter member Norm Root had constructed for the city years ago. At the time, the city and the chapter couldn’t agree where the markers should go, so the markers were put into storage at the public works department.
      3. After the completion of the West Capitol Avenue rehabilitation project, the markers and Historic LH signs will be placed at Harbor Boulevard and at Jefferson Boulevard. We will recommend to the City of West Sacramento that it apply an anti-graffiti coating to the concrete markers, and we will also suggest some sort of protection from vehicle crashes.
    4. Adventures in California History — LH [Trey]
      1. On Thanksgiving, Trey and Monica took a drive to Altamont, using the map. They also stopped at the monument in front of the Holiday Inn Express on Harlan Road in Lathrop, which commemorates the Lincoln Highway and the Wiggins Trading Post, which was open from 1924 to 1967.
      2. Nearby, they saw pieces of old concrete roadway, which has a Fredrickson and Watson contractor stamp from 1928. The roadway served as the Lincoln Highway and US Highway 99W from 1926–33. Their pictures are featured in The Traveler.
    5. 150th anniversary celebration of the Transcontinental Railroad in Truckee (Joel)
      1. The Donner Summit Historical Society asked Neil if the chapter would like to put something on during the celebration. Bill von Tagen is willing to come out and do a presentation connecting the Lincoln Highway with the transcontinental railroad in the Truckee–Donner Summit area.
      2. This event, at Donner Memorial State Park, is happening on July 13, the same day as our summer chapter meeting — “woot woot.”
  8. Meeting adjourned at 2:29 pm.
  9. Intermission: 5 minutes
  10. Presentation by Neil Rodrigues
    • Day trip to Clear Creek Canyon, Nevada · October 2018
    • Shoring up stone arch bridge in Strawberry · November 2018
  11. Meritorious Achievement Award presentation to Bob Dieterich
    • At Bob Dieterich’s daughter’s home in Loomis

Respectfully submitted
Paulette Johnston, Secretary
March 15, 2019

Edited by James Lin