I believe I have extensive experience that makes me a good candidate for the office of Geneva Library Board Trustee. I have served 2 1/2 terms on the Library Board. Currently I am the President of the Board and have been for 8 years. While this alone is not a reason for me to be qualified for the seat I do believe that my experience and knowledge of the Library, our successes and failures, our goals and achievements play a vital role in my qualifications to serve. I believe that anytime you run and serve on a Board you should be passionate about the contribution of that organization to the community. I believe that the Library plays a significant role in Geneva. We touch all ages and people in all stages of life. From the very young to the very old. I see our part in the community evolving. I stay active in the community in many ways which allows me to bring the voice of many residents to the Board. I have knowledge and experience directly related to the Library in regards to technology, space needs, planning for the future, hiring a new Director and community involvement. I pride myself in my commitment to making myself available to our patrons. I think every comment or concern is valuable to our success in providing services the patron expect. I am committed and enthusiastic about serving the Library for another 4 years.
The top item on my list would be my over 22 years of being a member of the Geneva Plan Commission. This experience has allowed me to learn how work with government regulations, work with group dynamics and develop an understanding on how to find common ground that will work in the best interest of the involved parties. My attendance record over that period, fewer than 10 absences in over 300 meetings, shows dedication to meet my commitment to our community. One has only to look at the growth since 1990 to understand the amount of work that the Commission has undertaken while I have been privileged to be a member. I have also served on the Board and as President of the Geneva Senior Housing Corporation, a not-for-profit, that worked to bring senior housing to Geneva in the late 80s till early 2000s
I have been a Member, and the Treasurer (2 years), of the Geneva Public Library District for the last four years.
I have also served our community in a variety of ways over the last 20 years:
Liaison to the Library Interconnected Network (LINC) for Geneva, Member of the City of Geneva Advisory Committee relating to the Anniversary of SPAC, Member of the City of Geneva Smoking Ban Task Force, Member of the City of Geneva Water Rate Review Committee, Past President of the Kane County Bar Association, Board Member of the Kane County Bar Foundation, Member of the Board of the Aurora Family Counseling Service and Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Chairman of the Greater Aurora Chamber of Commerce School/ Business Partnership Program; Republican Precinct Committeeman for Geneva Precinct 3 (2008 to present); Member of General Assembly for the Illinois State Bar Association (2009 to present).
Having served the patrons of the Geneva Public Library District as an elected Board member since 2005, I offer continuity to the Board as we continue to face many challenges. I believe my personal and professional experiences bring a solid, public and private enterprise perspective to the Board while having gained a true appreciation for the challenges faced by today’s libraries.
Forty-four year career in active practice of law. Fifteen year membership on Board of Education (St. Charles.) Chairman, Geneva Economic Development Commission. Six years co-facilitator, Geneva Learners/ World Affairs discussion group. Twenty-one year Geneva resident. Regular, frequent user of Geneva Public library services.
I’ve often worked with groups of people who share common goals, serving on my church board and on many university committees. As part of my research I’ve also planned many facets of experimental facilities at Fermilab.