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Preserved and Remembered

May 25th, 2018 | By | Category: Geri Roskopf's Blog

I’m sure most of you have heard the saying “history repeats itself.” While that might seem like something bad is bound to happen, it can also be an opportunity to realize what really worked in the past and could be a great benefit to the future. I was reminded of that this week when I received a notification from the International Towing Museum with some stats on the towing industry.

The notification stated between the U.S. and Canada there are about 50,000 towing companies, but less than 1 percent attend the annual Museum Weekend held in September at the International Towing Museum in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It was also expressed how amazing it would be if 2 percent of the industry supported the museum that weekend.

Years ago, the history of the towing and recovery industry was placed in a trailer and transported around the country. You can only put so much in a trailer, and so the idea of having a permanent home to preserve and remember our industry was born, and fundraising began.

I often receive funny looks when I tell people we have a towing museum. That makes me shake my head because there are other unique museums — like a bobble head museum, a bell museum and a quilt museum. How fortunate for our industry that we do have a museum to preserve and remember.

I don’t think anyone can truly appreciate all that the museum has to offer unless they actually visit it and the Wall of the Fallen – a memorial for tow operators who have lost their lives. That September weekend would be a great time to support the museum and attend all of the special events planned.

My challenge to my fellow towers: Let’s reach that 2 percent goal for that September weekend. I know you won’t be disappointed.