WILMINGTON — On graduation day for Leadership Clinton Class of 2020, the class presented a zero-turn Ferris commercial mower to Clinton County Youth Council.
The CCYC, which is funded only by grants and charitable donations, is now able to maintain their grounds at 302 W. Sugartree St. — work which was previously done by the City of Wilmington, volunteers, or paid landscapers.
CCYC Executive Director Eric Guindon also has future plans to create a program for youth focusing on landscape maintenance, lawn care, and lawn equipment maintenance.
The Leadership Clinton project was sponsored by First State Bank and American Equipment Service, each contributing $2,000 toward the purchase of the mower.
First State Bank — which opened its newest banking center on Rombach Avenue in Wilmington last July — is represented in the Clinton County Leadership Institute by Board President Josh Martin, Banking Center Manager in Wilmington, and Dani Cochran, board member and Banking Center Manager in Fayetteville.
American Equipment, a local agriculture equipment dealership in Sabina family-owned and operated by Ted and Teresa Mallard, sponsored and provided the mower for CCYC.
They have been in business for 25 years; American Equipment Service offers sales, leases, parts, and equipment servicing at both their Sabina location and northern dealership in Shreve, Ohio.
The graduating class of 2020 includes Autumn McLaughlin, Bexlie Beam, Dani Cochran, Mike Gorman, Tabatha Kennedy, Scott Anderson, Michelle Callender, Mikayla Hughes, Jeff Rollins, Matt Runk, Lesley Wininger, Steve Jones, and Rhonda Henson. Cathy Koerner and Terry Habermehl were this year’s program coordinators.