LEBANON, Missouri-  Rich Dinkela, known to fellow Route 66 enthusiasts nationwide as “Roamin’ Rich,” will be the guest speaker at the Lebanon-Laclede County Route 66 Society’s annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23 in the Joan True Room of the Lebanon-Laclede County Library. He is a noted organizer and advocate for the historic Gasconade River Bridge. The future of the bridge is uncertain, but various plans have been proposed including construction of a surrounding park with the fixture as the centerpiece.

Roamin’ Rich, a self-described road warrior and explorer who has traveled the full length of Route 66 many times, will present his video, “Route 66 – A bird’s eye view.”

Through his travels, articles, blog, photos and YouTube channel, Roamin’ Rich has been “a strong advocate and publicist for any and all things about the community of Route 66 and other old U.S. highways,” according to his website, www.hookedonroute66.com.

“His mission is to appeal to as many people as he can all over the world. He wants to expose the world to the iconic landmarks, people, buildings, historic infrastructure, and the diverse culture that reside along the old U.S. highways all across this great country.”

Roamin’ Rich, a native of St. Charles, is a board member of the Route 66 Gasconade River Bridge Guardians, the group trying to save the historic Laclede County bridge that closed in December 2014.

Also at the meeting, curator Mark Spangler will give a tour of the library’s Route 66 Museum, which attracts 11,000 to 13,000 visitors a year.

A short business meeting will be held to review Route 66 Society projects for 2016 and what’s coming up for 2017 and to elect board members and officers.

The annual meeting is free and open to the public.

Gary Sosniecki contributed to this article. 

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