PAULDING — The John Paulding Historical Society will hold its annual membership meeting with election of officers on Sunday, Jan. 15 at 2 p.m. at the museum, located across from the fairgrounds. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

The program for the afternoon will feature Tim Franklin, president of the Paulding County Parks District. Franklin has a 30-year background of land surveying and engineering, focusing on land use, planning, drainage and conservation. He worked for 23 years as an engineering technician and ditch maintenance supervisor for Paulding County and was the county’s first flood plain administrator. He is also a founding member of the Paulding County Planning Commission.

From 1990 to 1993, Franklin organized and led an all-volunteer force to do what “they” said couldn’t be done – remove all of the log jams and fallen trees from Flat Rock Creek from the Auglaize River to Payne. Over the years, Franklin was directly involved in the planting of over 500,000 trees across Paulding County. He was the founder and is current president of the Flat Rock Creek Protection Society, Inc. He is also a founding board member of the Paulding County Park District. He also serves on the Paulding County Economic Development Board.

A life-long resident of Paulding County, Tim Franklin has been the owner/operator of Franklin Appliance Repair, specializing in washers and dryers, for the past 45 years. The public is invited to come and listen to Franklin as he shares information about the history of the Paulding County Park District and provides updates on current and future projects.

Topics will include the Maumee River Water Trail, Rochester Park, Five-Span Park, Miami-Erie Canal Park and others. If you support the idea and vision of public parks and would like to be involved, or you simply want to know more about these topics, please attend this informational presentation.

Refreshments will be served following the meeting.