The Kirkreit Summer Picnic is normally held for the RCT membership and their guests every year at a location in or around Tacoma.

While this social event fell prey to COVID-19 during the summers of 2020 and 2021, we have high hopes that this year (2022) we will have a summer picnic.  With that in mind, the club has reserved shelter #1 at Fort Steilacoom Park, in Lakewood.  This is the location we used in years immediately preceding the pandemic.

So save the date:  Sunday, August 7.  As in previous years, the event will be pot luck, with the club supplying grilled picnic entrees and soft drinks.  Participants are encouraged to bring salads and desserts.  Entertaining game activities are planned as well.  Weather permitting, we may even set up radio operation.

Check back here to see developing plans for the 2022 Summer Picnic.

Origin of the Kirkreit Picnic

Jim (SK) and Judy Kirkreit were very active members of RCT.  Jim was President of the club in 1994 and 1995, and he received the Doc Spike award in 1995.  Judy remains a lifetime member of the club.

RCT had long held a summer picnic, known as "DK at the Beach", at the Owen Beach waterfront area of Pt. Defiance Park.  In addition to socializing and consumption of tasty comestibles, this activity typically included field operation of equipment along with antenna demonstrations and shootouts.  In 2006, the Tacoma Park Service rendered the Owen Beach location less desirable by raising fees and making cooking facilities (grills and fireplaces) unusable.  That year, the summer picnic was moved to Spanaway Lake, and in beginning in 2007 the event became known as the Kirkreit Memorial Picnic.