January 19 Morrison Historical Society Annual Meeting

Editor's note: The potluck meal will begin at 12:30 p.m., not 1:00 as previously stated.

AnnualMeetingOn Sunday, January 19, 2020, Morrison Historical Society members and the general public are cordially invited to attend the Annual Meeting and Potluck.  Doors open at Morrison United Methodist Church, 200 W. Lincolnway, Morrison, IL, at noon.  The meal begins promptly at 12:30.  Kindly bring a dish to pass, plate, and table service.  Beverages will be provided.

After a brief business meeting and election of Board of Trustees officers, entertainment will be provided by Morrison Fire Chief Joe R. Bielema.  He will share the history of Morrison Fire Department, from its origin as the Jackson Hose Company, which was incorporated on June 7, 1876.  Ten men founded that volunteer protection organization.  Today, MFD is at full capacity with 30 members.  Chief Bielema will display artifacts from the department's history.

Those who wish to attend only the program should arrive prior to 2:15.

During the 98th Annual Department of Illinois American Legion Convention in Springfield, IL, in July 2016, Bielema was presented the "Central Region Firefighter of the Year Award" for outstanding, selfless service over-and-above normal duties, through community service and professional achievement. He had been nominated by Morrison American Legion Post 328 in 2015.  Bielema competed against Firefighters of the Year in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Current and past members of the Fire Department also are invited to the meal and/or Bielema's program.


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