Community Involvement

Roy Clingman-Founder of Clingman Pharmacy — Galena, Illinois
Clingman Pharmacy is a community pharmacy. This is how I hope we are thought of when the people of Vinton and Benton County think of our pharmacy. The roots of this commitment to community involvement date way back to my days behind the prescription counter at my father's pharmacy (Clingman Pharmacy) in downtown Galena, Illinois. When Julie and I arrived in Vinton in 1989 we already knew how Vinton looks to their business community for support as well as leadership to help keep Vinton vibrant. Over the past 23 years Clingman Pharmacy and the Clingman family have had the great pleasure to be involved in many exciting projects and look forward to continuing that role for many years to come.

Downtown Improvement Project

In 1990 I was elected the first time to the Vinton Unlimited board of directors. This was my first taste of community involvement from the perspective of a business owner. Vinton was in the process of planning a major street renovation for the downtown area. As a new kid on the block I can still recall how excited and intimidated I was at those early meetings. This led to countless trips to other downtowns in Iowa as well as many conferences held on how to plan and implement a major downtown renovation/revitalization project. In 1997 I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to co-chair along with Keith Ervin the Vinton Downtown Improvement Project. Seeing this project through along with Keith, Vinton Unlimited and the City of Vinton was an incredibly inspiring project for this young business owner.

Harvest of Walls 2000 Art Festival

One of the most amazing things that took place during the downtown improvement project was the number of major building projects taking place literally at the same time. These included The Palace Theater, The Ketchen Building and the building of the new Fareway store. A small group of us were also planning what I was hoping would be the perfect finishing touch to this historic project. Before the first shovel was turned downtown we began working with a group of commercial artists that work together on community projects. They called themselves the Walldogs and specialized in painting top quality heritage themed murals for communities who were willing to work with them. On Labor Day weekend of 2000 the Walldogs came to Vinton and painted eight of our murals on panels that were then mounted on many of our beautiful brick walls downtown. This festival brought over 70 artists from all over the country as well as Canada and even Australia. In 2003 we also added The Iowa Firemen's Mural to honor these Iowa heros.

Sweet Corn Days Commemorative Festival 2001

This was indeed a fun revival of a great tradition. On Labor Day weekend of 2001 we brought back a few memories as well as created some new ones with a parade, historical cemetery walk, trolley tour and lots and lots of free sweet corn.

After a major Clingman Pharmacy renovation that took almost 2 years from start to finish we have been busy with community involvement projects outside the downtown area.

Julie is currently enjoying her 11th year as a full time volunteer working with the elementary age children of the Vinton Shellsburg School district. This has grown to be a real passion for her. Her activities change from year to year as she works with many classrooms on reading and other special projects.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church Building Project

In 2008 Bethlehem Lutheran Church completed a major building project that provided our congregation with Augustana Hall (a new fellowship area), a kitchen, education and administration space. I was honored to chair the building committee for this project.

Current project: Celebration Park

A couple of visioning projects conducted by Vinton Unlimited over the past few years have identified a strong desire of the citizens of Vinton to make better use of the Cedar River. This has led to many positive changes in property made available after the flood of 2008. Celebration Park will soon be a showcase park just west of the hwy 150 bridge. This park will feature iconic artwork and signage created by Henry's Welding, a breathtaking Gazebo for live performances, a pavilion, three fire places and a bicycle/walking path to provide the perfect evening setting along the Cedar River. My hope is that this will be the catalyst we need to turn our river front into the next great attraction for Vinton.

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106 East 4th Street
Vinton, IA 52349
(319) 472-4731

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