Life Members Program

    Life Members Program




    Sunday, July 9th 2:30 - 3: 30pm Life Member Committee Meeting
    Monday, July 10th  1:00 - 3:00pm Life Member Business Meeting
    Tuesday, July 11th 7:30 - 9:00am

    Life Member Breakfast

    Featured speaker is Brad Barton. Brad is a world record track athlete, magician, and motivational speaker. Brad combines magic with his life story of perseverance and trials to amaze, inspire, and captivate audiences.

     Tuesday, July 11th Buses load at 9:30am

    Life Members Tours (See Tour information Below)

    Buses will load at the Salt Palace Convention Center loading doors (south side) at 9:30 for all Life Member Tours

    Wednesday, July 12th 1:00 - 2:00pm

    Life Member Sponsored Presentation

    “Combat Farming in a War Zone”. Presentation given by Tim Davis, South Carolina on his Agricultural Development experience in Afghanistan


    Tour Information

    Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - Buses will load at the Salt Palace Convention Center loading doors (south side) at 9:30 am for all Life Member Tours


    Tour 1

    Historic Temple Square


    Participants on this tour will view beautiful gardens and groves of trees all situated on the rooftop of the massive conference center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS Church). The tour will then extend across the street to Temple Square, filled with historic buildings and more beautiful gardens. Lunch will be at the Lion House located on Temple Square. After lunch the tour will travel north by bus to Kaysville, location of the Utah State University Botanical Center. The USU Botanical Center has over 100 acres of gardens, an arboretum, grass garden, and greenhouse that propagates native plants unique to the intermountain region. The USU Botanical Center is much more than a botanical center. This is the location of a regional education hub that houses USU Extension Offices, a USU Distance Education Campus, an energy efficient demonstration house, a wetland education building and ponds, and an agricultural experiment station all on the same property.

    Total anticipated tour time: ~6 hours

    Amount of walking and standing anticipated: Minimum of 3 hours of short distance walking and standing. There are benches scattered throughout Temple Square for tour participants to sit on.

    Handicap accessible: Yes




    Tour 2

    Park City Splendor



    Travel by bus 30 minutes east of Salt Lake City into the beautiful Wasatch Mountains, home of Park City, heart of the 2002 Winter Olympics. Guests will tour the Winter Olympic Park and learn about the Winter Olympic Games as well as the many world-class ski resorts and winter sport venues Park City hosts. Lunch will take place at one of Park City’s many incredible restaurants. During the 1800’s, Park City began as a mining town and has since evolved into a world-renowned alpine destination. Famous for it’s ski resorts, Park City hosts the Sundance Film Festival organized by Robert Redford. This festival attracts hundreds of celebrities to Park City’s historic Egyptian Theater each year.

    Total anticipated tour time: ~4 ½ hours

    Amount of walking and standing anticipated: Most of this tour will take place either on a bus. There will be minimal walking on Park City’s historic Main Street. Anticipated total walking and standing time is less than 30 minutes.

    Handicap accessible: Yes



    Tour 3

    Where the Buffalo and Jets Roam


    This tour will take guests north of Salt Lake City to Davis and Weber Counties, home of Antelope Island State Park, Union Station (location of 4 different museums), and Hill Air Force Base Museum. The tour will start at Antelope Island State Park, an island located on the Great Salt Lake. Antelope Island is home to herds of antelope, buffalo, and trophy mule deer. A historic cattle ranch is located on the east side of the island where guests will learn more about early pioneer and ranching life in Utah. The tour will continue further north to Ogden, home of historic Union Station. At Union Station, guests will have the opportunity to tour different museums: Browning Firearms Museum, Utah Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Utah State Railroad Museum, and the Browning-Kimball Classic Car Museum. Lunch will take place at

    a local pub & pizza restaurant near Union Station. Participants will then travel south to Layton, home of Hill Air Force Base and the Hill Air Force Base Aerospace Museum. Hill Air Force Base houses F-15, F-16, and the new F-35 fighter jet squadrons. Due to security restrictions, guests will be unable to tour the military base, however you will still be able to tour the Hill AFB Aerospace Museum containing acres of indoor and outdoor exhibits of historic and modern planes and jets. Plane and history enthusiasts will especially enjoy this tour.

    Total anticipated tour time: ~5 hours

    Amount of walking and standing anticipated: The Antelope Island Tour will take place mainly on the bus with at least 30 minutes of short walking and standing at the historic ranch. All museums will have typical short distances of walking and standing times typical of museum touring.

    Handicap accessible: Yes



    Tour 4

    World War II and Wendover Fun


    The Wendover Airfield installation became a subpost of Fort Douglas, Salt Lake City, on July 29, 1941 and additional land acquisitions brought the total area to 1,822,000 acres. The total site at that time was 18 to 36 miles wide and 86 miles long. The site was hailed as the largest bombing and gunnery range in the world. In 1942 President Franklin D. Roosevelt had established the "Manhattan Engineer District" for the purpose of developing an atomic bomb. By 1944 development of the bomb was under way and the B-29 bomber was selected to deliver the weapon. General Henry "Hap" Arnold, Commander Army Air Forces, named Colonel Paul W. Tibbets, Jr. to head the select team. Only Tibbets knew the mission of the 509th Composite Group, and he chose Wendover Field, Utah, for training because of its isolation, the need for security, and the wide open spaces available for training. The hurried departure of the 72nd fighter wing made room for the 393rd Bombardment Squadron (B-29) to be moved to Wendover in September 1944. This move was made without explanation and on short notice, and the 393rd was to become the core of the project to deliver the atomic bomb. Guests will have the opportunity to tour the historic Airfield now known as the Enola Gay historical site.

    After touring the historical site guests will travel across the Utah state line into Wendover, Nevada where they will spend a couple of hours at the Rainbow Casino. Guests can try their hand at gambling, sip some drinks, and eat at one of the incredible buffets. The buffet lunch will be provided as part of the tour but drinks and gambling costs will be the responsibility of each individual.

    Total anticipated tour time: ~7 hours. *Please note: This will be a long tour consisting mainly of riding on a bus. The drive to Wendover from Salt Lake City is 2 hours each way, 4 hours total. While this drive is long, guests will have the opportunity to see some of the most unique salt flat desert geography on the planet along with hearing historical and informational facts. This tour may arrive back to Salt Lake late, so be prepared for a shortened time to freshen up for State’s Night Out.

    Amount of walking and standing anticipated: The Enola Gay Tour will require 1 hour of short distance walking and some standing. The rest of the Tour will take place on the bus and within the casino.

    Handicap accessible: Yes