Members celebrate 90 years, adopt study of land use at annual meeting
Tuesday, Jun. 8, 2010
Former Ohio schools superintendent Susan Tave Zelman brought anniversary greetings to the League from her new job at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting at last night's annual meeting at the Northwest Public Library.
Zelman -- now senior vice president, chief advisor, and system consultant of education policy at CPB --outlined new initiatives in public broadcasting and urged the League to partner with local public radio and TV stations to help spread its important nonpartisan voter service and citizen education programs. Members turned out for the potluck dinner and birthday celebration to hear Zelman discuss the imperative of public education and a free press.
At the business meeting afterward, members adopted a study of regional planning and land use. Ellen Haider and Judy Brachman were appointed to lead the study committee. Haider was also feted as Member of the Year for 2010, while Cathy Elkins thanked volunteers for the League's Meals on Wheels program.
Members also adopted a budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1, approved a bylaws amendment combining the operating and educational fund treasurers into a single position, and made minor changes to program positions.
Janyce Katz looked back on her two years as president as a rewarding and busy time, saying that she was privileged and honored to lead the organization into its 90th anniversary year. She recognized outgoing board members Lucy Buzzee, Diane Gosser, Rose Luttinger, Janice Patton, and Audra Teague. New officers and trustees were elected to the board. While the League will not have a president in the coming year, the three vice presidents -- Mim Brierley, Scott Britton, and Barbi Crabill -- will form a management team to preside over the organization.
Mary Kaul was elected to chair the Nominating Committee with Jean Byrd and Jane Young.