Leadership Clinton Class of ‘23 tours, learns local historical sites


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Touring the Clinton County Courthouse.

Touring the Clinton County Courthouse.


Members tour and learn about the Murphy Theatre.


Members tour and learn about the Murphy Theatre.


Members tour and learn about the Murphy Theatre.


Members tour and learn about the Murphy Theatre.


Touring the Clinton County Courthouse.


Touring the Clinton County Courthouse.


Members of the Leadership Clinton Class of ‘23 toured and learned at the History Center.


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Members of the Leadership Clinton Class of 2023 recently had a delightful and informative day touring Clinton County historical sites.

The day began at the Clinton County History Center. After the class introduced themselves along with their places of employment, they began to collaborate on Group Leadership Project ideas.

The class concurred that the lack of a “County Transportation Program” is a critical need in our community that affects employment for those seeking work at businesses located outside of our city’s limits with non-traditional working hours.

Lack of access to public transportation impedes the public’s ability to obtain care for their health and wellness and education, as well as to provide much needed services to our elderly, disabled and veteran community members.

The group also discussed offering technology assistance to our elderly population, working with Clinton Memorial Hospital’s Chest Pain Accreditation Program, as well as partnering with our local non-profit organizations such as Clinton Memorial’s Brake for Breakfast, our Special Olympics and the Night to Shine.

Living history

Shelby Boatman and Bev Beireis provided the group with a fun and historical educational tour of the Clinton County History Center. The Center’s mission “Is to encourage community involvement in the preservation, education, and promotion of Clinton County history and genealogy for the benefit of all people.”

Many services are available to the public such as historical tours of the museum, access to genealogy and ancestry records, and assistance with historical research. The museum tour reveals a look at Clinton Countians’ lives beginning in the 1800s with many interesting and unique artifacts, exhibits and works of art. The exhibits are rotated by the staff and volunteers.

Presently, the Museum has an outstanding exhibit on the history of travel.

Another must-see is the Talking Tombstones: Second Annual Live Historic Sugar Grove Cemetery Walk 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 8.

The Center does not utilize any public tax monies and “relies on donations, bequeaths, memorials, admission, special events, tours and return on investments for its operating funds”. Visit https://clintoncountyhistory.org.

Crown jewel

Volunteer Terry Thompson provided the group with an exceptional tour of “The Crown Jewel of Downtown Wilmington” — the historic Murphy Theatre.

This magnificent, historical theater has an interesting backstory. Did you know that we would not have this beautiful building had a young Charlie Murphy not been a huge baseball fan? If you have not visited this gorgeous theater, we highly recommend it. More information is at https://themurphytheatre.org/.

Lunch at Denver

The class enjoyed a delicious lunch at the historic General Denver Hotel and Restaurant.

The historic atmosphere and outstanding service was an amazing experience. Class members Michael Sodini and his sister Michelle Sodini Umstead were proud to share their family’s beautiful restored popular local establishment with all of us.

Stop by for a delicious meal or a unique beverage. Visit www.generaldenver.com for more information.

Hidden treasures

Next up for the class was a wonderful tour of the Clinton County Courthouse led by the delightful Nancy McKay.

The class was wowed by the artistic beauty of this historic building. We learned about each government office located in the Courthouse, and class member Dwayne Gross spoke to the importance of our civic duties, such as accepting jury duty.

The restoration of this spectacular structure took place in 1998. At that time many beautiful hidden treasures were uncovered.

We highly recommend taking a tour. There are two secrets about the building revealed during the tour. A hint of one of the secrets is that it involves key items of education, industry, medicine and agriculture. More information can be found at https://co.clinton.oh.us.

At the CCSO

The class ended this wondrous day with a visit to the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office. Col. Brian Prickett and Lt. Michael T. Wahl led us on a very interesting and informative tour.

This innovative building began operating in 2001. Col. Prickett was instrumental in the design and construction of this facility. You won’t see any bars in the corrections area.

Each prisoner is treated in the same manner with respect, kindness and compassion by staff. Their mission is “Devoted to excellence in serving our community through leaderships and partnerships’.”

Examples of their partnerships are providing school resource officers to local school districts as well continuing to provide The D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse Resistance Educations) program to local schools. More information is at https://clintonsheriff.com.

The Leadership Clinton Class of 2023 would like to thank everyone who made this extraordinary day possible.

Touring the Clinton County Courthouse.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2022/09/web1_IMG_1705.jpgTouring the Clinton County Courthouse.

Members tour and learn about the Murphy Theatre.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2022/09/web1_IMG_1691.jpgMembers tour and learn about the Murphy Theatre.

Members tour and learn about the Murphy Theatre.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2022/09/web1_IMG_1692.jpgMembers tour and learn about the Murphy Theatre.

Members tour and learn about the Murphy Theatre.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2022/09/web1_IMG_1696.jpgMembers tour and learn about the Murphy Theatre.

Members tour and learn about the Murphy Theatre.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2022/09/web1_IMG_1698.jpgMembers tour and learn about the Murphy Theatre.

Touring the Clinton County Courthouse.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2022/09/web1_IMG_1703.jpgTouring the Clinton County Courthouse.

Touring the Clinton County Courthouse.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2022/09/web1_IMG_1706.jpgTouring the Clinton County Courthouse.

Members of the Leadership Clinton Class of ‘23 toured and learned at the History Center.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2022/09/web1_IMG_4589.jpgMembers of the Leadership Clinton Class of ‘23 toured and learned at the History Center. Submitted photos

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