Corvette Museum’s Director Wendell Strode Honored By KY Governor


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The National Corvette Museum does a lot of good deeds for many groups.

Wednesday, the museum’s executive director, Wendell Strode, received a rare honor on behalf of the opportunities he and the museum provide for volunteers and nonprofits.

Kevin Mays, a member of the board of the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service, surprised Strode with a Governor’s Citation for Community Volunteerism and Service.

“We’ve probably just given two of (these awards) this year,” Mays said.

Mays’ group administers the AmeriCorps program in Kentucky and helps look for other volunteer opportunities there, too.

After holding a board meeting at the museum in May, the Kentucky Commission came away impressed with what they learned while there.

“Through our conversations we learned a lot about what the museum does and felt like it was right in line with our mission,” said Mays, a CPA in Bowling Green. “We recognize that the use of the facility is a unique way of spreading volunteerism.”

Fundraising events for nonprofits are held at the museum throughout the year, including the Holiday Bash that helped several nonprofits last November.

The museum also opens its doors to the community in other ways, including the driving simulators often used to educate young drivers. And the Motorsports Park slated to open next year will be available for driver’s education , too.

Volunteers play a key role with the operation of the museum, too, including a large group that will lend a hand at the 20th anniversary celebration of the NCM in 2014.

“We have one club from Indianapolis that comes down for a visit and work day,” Strode said. “The club’s members have all kinds of expertise. So they will send someone down a month in advance and pick out all of the projects that they want to work on. They will put in a full day’s work.”

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