VANDALIA — The Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce has announced the Grand Marshal for the annual Air Show Parade to be held on Friday, June 23.
Joe Dranschak, President of the Vandalia-Butler Historical Society, will be the 2017 Grand Marshal. Dranschak was the recipient of the Marvin Link Distinguished Service Award earlier this year.
“I am proud and honored to represent Mary (Hootinger), Marvin, the Historical Society and our community as the Grand Marshal of the 2017 Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce Dayton Air Show Parade,” said Dranschak. “I look forward to riding in a 1949 Willys Jeep with driver Bob Beach.”
2017 marks the 40th year Dranschak and his wife Jennie moved to Vandalia. Dranschak was born in Syracuse, NY and served three years in the United States Navy. He graduated from Wright State University and worked Worked as a computer programmer and systems analyst for General Motors Acceptance Corporation, Electronic Data Systems and the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services. He retired in 2010.
Over the years, Dranschak has served as recreational baseball and softball coach, an Indian Guides tribe Chief and Ottawa Nation Great Chief, the St. Christopher Church Pastoral Committee, Vandalia Lions Club, President’s Club.
He’s been a candidate for city council and the board of education and a long-time member of the Dayton Corvair Club.
“Since my wife Jennie and I moved to Vandalia in 1977, with our daughter Danielle and son David, we have both taken an active interest and involvement in our community,” said Dranschak. “Over the years I have been fortunate to have known so many dedicated individuals that have worked for or volunteered in our City of Vandalia.”
The Dranschak’s have been married 49 years and have six grandchildren.
The Vandalia-Butler Chamber of Commerce Air Show Parade will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 23. The parade route will begin on National Road at James Bohanan Drive heading west. The parade will turn north on Dixie Drive before ending near the Airline Dairy Cream.
Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.