Bruce Owen, Michael Boggs

Bruce Owen, left, speaks with Michael Boggs at the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society's 2020 annual meeting. At the 2021 annual meeting on Tuesday, Owen was reelected president, and Boggs was elected the new vice president.

Michael Boggs was elected the new vice president of the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society at its annual meeting Tuesday.

The organization’s other three officers were reelected to new two-year terms: President Bruce Owen, who had been serving the one-year unexpired term of Bill Jones, and Secretary Cathy Dame and Treasurer Cliff Claxton, both of whom are starting their second full terms in those positions.

Boggs succeeds outgoing Vice President Leland Townsend, who had been serving the one-year unexpired term of Gary Sosniecki. Townsend had asked not to be reelected but continues to serve on the board.

“We’ve done a lot of things,” Townsend said after the vote. “I’m proud of that. I’m proud to live in Lebanon, Mo.”

Three board members were reelected to new three-year terms Tuesday: Boggs, Jessica Rodden and John Stowe. Boggs and Rodden were completing unexpired terms. Stowe is starting his second term.

All officers also serve on the board. All elections Tuesday were uncontested.

Boggs, the new vice president, also serves on the board of the Route 66 Association of Missouri.

He is a certified travel counselor with the Missouri Division of Tourism with a background in marketing and sales management. Boggs manages the Official Missouri Route 66 Welcome Center near Conway. Along with welcoming and educating travelers who are spending time in Missouri, he also represents the division at various events and festivals throughout the year, including many related to Route 66.

Other board members are Jones, Sosniecki, Ramona Lehman and Chuck Jordan.

The Route 66 Society’s annual meeting, originally scheduled for Jan. 25, was postponed because of the then-high COVID numbers in Laclede County. The annual meeting then was combined with Tuesday’s monthly meeting of the Route 66 Society board.

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