Lincoln Highway Association California
Lincoln Highway Association

Quarterly Chapter Meeting Minutes — Saturday, July 11, 2020

Online video conference via Zoom

  1. Meeting Called to Order: 1:08 p.m.
    1. Joel read each board member’s name to take roll. All board members are present.
  2. Introductions/Attendance Sign-in Sheet Count
    1. We had so many visitors that we went around the screen and had everyone introduce themselves.
  3. Approval of April’s meeting minutes
    1. Paul Gilger motioned to approve the April minutes.
    2. Jerry Peppers seconded the motion.
    3. April’s minutes were approved.
  4. Officer, Staff, and Committee Reports
    1. Neil Rodrigues: State Director
    2. Joel Windmiller: President
      1. Discussed with Illinois Chapter member Jim Garner on creating a 1928 reproduction concrete marker for the western and eastern ends of the Lincoln Highway in Illinois. He sent Jim our drawings and photos to assist Jim with his project. Jim will update the chapter on his progress.
      2. On April 20, we held a chapter board meeting via Zoom to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on chapter functions and activities for the remainder of 2020. The board recommended to place all future functions and activities on hold for 2020, and to hold our July chapter meeting online using Zoom.
      3. A Placer County resident requested the chapter’s attendance at the Placer County Planning Commission meeting on June 18, which concerned a property along Sisley Road. It is part of the original 1913 Lincoln Highway alignment, with pavement from 1916. It is the longest intact drivable section in Placer County. The property’s owner plans to build a structure within 30 feet of Sisley Road. The county requires a structure to be at least 50 feet away from the centerline of the main road. Joel represented the Chapter at the meeting, expressing our concerns of building the structure so close to the road, as well as the impact of heavy equipment traveling on Sisley Road’s 1916 concrete. He presented a brief historical background of the Lincoln Highway and historical significance to the local area. The planning commission will wait for a engineering surveying of disputed property lines for both parties to be settled before considering the variance at a future meeting.
      4. The July 11 chapter meeting will be held online on Zoom (download link). This meeting will be a test for future chapter meetings until the government approves opening banquet and meeting rooms for large group gatherings. Our normal chapter attendance ranges from 20 to 40 members. On June 30, Chapter Secretary Paulette Johnston and Joel held a test meeting on Zoom, which went well.
      5. Paulette will set up the July 11 meeting and contact Joel when it is done.
    3. Trey Pitenberger: Vice President/Signage
      1. Monica and Trey repaired two of their stenciled logos at the Applegate 1927 bridge overcrossing. The walls had been tagged by graffiti.
      2. They are still hopeful for signing Placerville but are waiting for the right time, with the virus still a concern.
      3. Trey, Joel, and Paul try and post at our Facebook site The Lincoln Highway in the Golden State on a regular basis. We now number over 400 members with a steady increase of people interested in the highway and our group.
      4. Trey would like to use the forms we have received for monies from national. What is an appropriate amount to ask for? Trey reported in January that his contact in Placerville bids for new signs: $22.50. Must be ordered in sets. First set would be approximately $1400. More robust signs will be double the cost.
      5. El Dorado and Shingle Springs signage is installed. We put our signs under existing National Historial Trail signs marking the road. The signs on the railroad underpass, Highway 49 and Lincoln Way.
      6. This brings up the issue of money. Trey would like to put donation buttons on the website and our Facebook page. For the next meeting that Jimmy is present, he would like to discuss making this happen as well as putting it forward as a motion during the next meeting.
    4. Grant Gassman: Treasurer
      1. Email the chapter for details.
    5. Paulette Johnston: Secretary
    6. Gary Kinst: Chapter Historian
      1. Bill von Tagan has pictures and other papers to pass on to the historian. He will be in California in the next few months. Joel will email contact information.
    7. Jimmy Lin: Website update
      1. Usage trends are down slightly.
      2. There is a major update on the online Lincoln Highway map, which fixed major bugs and created a new foundation for a more stable map.
      3. Instagram and YouTube: Jimmy has channels reserved for these two social media websites, for anyone who can take these on to promote the Lincoln Highway.
    8. Speakers/Presentations
    9. Tours: Mark Hoffman
      1. They plan to have trips around Sacramento after the restrictions from COVID ease up.
      2. Please pass on any tips to Mark for places of interest to stop at.
      3. We will fill only ½ the seats to keep participants safer.
  5. Old Business
    1. 2021 Conference (Neil)
      1. Jolliet, Illinois
      2. Presidential Tour: 8 days from New York to Jolliet (June 6–15)
    2. Facebook Page: Lincoln Highway in the Golden State (Joel)
      1. Trey is continuing to do regular postings.
      2. 400 members of this site
    3. Lincoln Landing project in Hayward (Neil)
    4. Adventures in California History (Trey)
      1. Continue to do regular postings
    5. Lincoln Highway Historic Highway Status (Trey/Joel)
    6. Terminus Marker area clean-up (Joel/Trey/Paul)
    7. Members
  6. New Business
    1. State/Local Consuls (Trey)
    2. Donation (Trey)
    3. Mountain House historical plaque and signage (Joel/Trey)
    4. Signs (Trey)
    5. Iowa Meeting update
      1. All places are closed at this time due to COVID.
      2. US 30 by Youngsville is closed through the summer.
      3. Janis applied for a grant to get into the registry for the byway.
    6. Marketing Committee (John Jackson): Looking for members to move this committee forward. Also looking for someone to take on his Secretary and Marketing Committee positions.
    7. Members
  7. Meeting Adjournment
    1. Presentation: Neil Rodrigues: 2019 Lincoln Highway Association Military Convoy, Part 2

Respectfully submitted by
Paulette Johnston, Secretary
September 26, 2020

Edited by Joel Windmiller and Jimmy Lin