The Clintonville Friends of the Library held its annual meeting at the Four Wheel Drive Museum.
In a break from tradition, the group's annual meeting and program was held Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the FWD Museum, rather than at the library. Organizers dubbed the program, "A Night at the Museum, Celebrating the History of FWD Corporation."
Seagrave Engineer and FWD Historian Rick Goodell gave the presentation, discussing the colorful history of the company that first developed the concept of four wheel drive for cars and trucks. Goodell proved to be very knowledgeable and provided plenty of detail while answering many questions about the museum and its holdings.
The FWD Museum houses several historic vehicles on display and attendees were welcome to enjoy the program while actually sitting in the vehicles. Goodell moved about the museum during the talk to discuss the various vehicles, displays and photographs.
Before the program commenced, the Friends held its annual business meeting conducted by the group's president, Steve Shelton. After his opening remarks and acceptance of the minutes and treasurer's report, Library Director Kathy Mitchell gave her annual report regarding the library's accomplishments over the past year.
A special recognition was given to Chris Dittman who will be stepping down from the Friends of the Library Board of Directors after 10 years of service. Fellow board member, Jeane Giordana, presented Dittman with flowers and gifts of recognition for her service to the group. Shelton also offered a special recognition of board member Carol Johnson, who passed away since the last annual meeting.
Local businessman, Jim Dins, displayed a 1972 FWD Snowplow unit in front of the museum prior to and during the event. The full restored snowplow was donated recently to the museum under the condition that it be stored indoors. Since the museum is full, Dins volunteered to store the truck in his machine shed, bringing it out for special events like this and for the annual Firemen's Parade.
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