Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Washington County PAF User Group
St. George East Stake Building
449 South 300 East, St. George, UT
Saturday, April 16, 2011

GREETERS: ….... Sandra Bryant, Wilma Staton and Marilyn Rohrer

WELCOME: ...... Helen Lenz .. 10:00 am

OPENING PRAYER: .....Pat Miller

✱Welcome was extended to all members and visitors.

TEACHING MOMENT: .....Genealogy Related

Helen Lenz, Vice-President, Introduced Wayne and Terri Shamo with the Washington County Library System. There are seven branches within the system: Enterprise, Hurricane, New Harmony. St. George, Santa Clara, Springdale, and Washington. Terri noted that they have many genealogical related items in the branches. Notably the Heritage Quest collection. For more information on the Washington County Libraries go to: http://library.washco.utah.gov


Bob Kroff is a retired Teacher/Administrator from the Tooele School District. He taught and was principal at Hurricane Middle School in the early 70's and owned a Grocery Store in Springdale, adjacent to Zion National Park. While employed in the District Office in the Tooele School District, he was a Teacher Trainer and traveled Utah and Idaho presenting skills in teaching Bob and his wife Carol served a Mission at the St. George Family History Center, with a special interest in personal histories. Bob has served as Vice-President of our Group and is presently on our Board of Directors.

Joel was born in SLC Utah and raised in Tooele, Joel went to Southern California on an LDS mission and attended Brigham Young University following his mission. While going to B.Y.U Joel spent the summer in Springdale, Utah, working for his brother Robert, where Joel met and fell in love with his wife Marium. They have now been married 40 years. They are the parents of 5 wonderful boys. Joel and Marium currently reside in St. George, Utah. Joel is active in the local toastmasters club, a public speaking forum, where he has achieved their highest achievement, that of a Distinguished Toastmaster.

AND MCKAY MURDOCK from iPreserve.
Mckay was born in Kahuku Hawaii to George & Mimi Murdock, but grew up in Orem, Utah. His family moved to Hurricane, Utah in 2001 where he attended High School and started his business adventures. Mckay started, owned and sold several companies over the years. Through High School his Lawn Care and Rock Salt Delivery services kept him busy. Towards the end of High school he started an asphalt maintenance and striping company called Stripe It. He began by just painting parking lots and runways but soon expanded to asphalt crack repair, seal coating, asphalt patchwork, and paving. That was a fun adventure and taught him many wonderful lessons that he is now very grateful for! After selling Stripe It he turned into a bit of a traveler. He traveled all over Europe, Israel and the U.S. After having his share of life on the road he discovered the budding Media Conversion industry and met the founder of iPreserve. Mckay has been the owner of iPreserve for about 2 years now and loves his job! He is happy and grateful that he can be a part of a necessary and important service in preserving those priceless memories we all have, making sure they can be enjoyed for generations to come! His wife Emily and daughter Haylee love St. George as much as he does so he will be here for quite a few years taking care of all our precious memories!

PRESENTATION: .....Bob Kroff, Joel Kroff and Mckay Murdock
Bob and Joel began the presentation with a recap of how they got into digital format memory by reintroducing “UncleVerl” and displaying ‘his’ box of memories. Hopefully in October during our Family History Month we will be able to have the video of Uncle Verl again. The brothers discovered through Uncles Verl’s journal that he was a man of intelligence rather than, as children, the ‘unintelligent hermit’ they thought him to be.
Main thought was .... You do not have to wait for your WHOLE history to be completed to share your memories. Their goal was to demonstrate converting personal memories to digital format.
With the aid of a Kodak Sport Recorder of sound and picture, about $125 to purchase, memories could be saved to computer, CD and/or DVD for posterity. Many in the group experienced ‘remembrances’ of childhood days which were recorded by Joel, which we all viewed on the big screen. What a great day was had by all in the remembrances and in the new innovations that could bring childhood memories beyond the written word.
McKay, from iPreserve, was introduced. Mckay encouraged all to find the old home movies, 8mm film, audio tapes, the old slides, old negatives and/or pictures and convert them to digital format. He expressed the need to find the old media whether in the garage or attic or under the bed or hidden away in boxes some where ..... retrieve them before they are totally destroyed from heat or bugs or other harmful things to media objects. Yes, we could do it with our “home methods” but the quality and professional touch will not be there. .iPreserve has the ability to convert ANY media type ever created to digital! With iPreserve your precious memories stay local in our lab in St. George never going through the mail to be lost or stolen. Mckay will sit down with you in his store or in your home to answer any questions you might have about the Media Conversion Process.
.iPreserves is located on Sunset Blvd next to Play-It-Again Sports and the store hours are Monday - Friday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm or Saturday by appointment.
What a great presentation we had today. Those who missed it , missed walking down the ‘memory trail’ to your childhood and great memories.

CLOSING PRAYER: ….....Lena Jones

Members Attending:24 Visitors:16 TOTAL ATTENDANCE: 40

PRIZES: Lynn Johnston , Gordon Stewart, Marion Millet.
AND 100 photo upload to a DVD FREE from iPreserve and McKay Murdock, which was won by Ted Brewster

Many, Many Thanks to our Set-Up Crew this month!