By: Anne Uruburu, Board President
For: Red Rock News
Date: June 21, 2013
Sedona Public Library Welcomes New Trustees
At the June 18 annual meeting of the Sedona Public
Library (SPL) Board of Trustees, four new members were elected and one
Trustee returned after a hiatus - each to begin three year terms.
As a private, non-profit organization that provides the services of
a public library through contracts with local government, the volunteer
Board of Trustees is responsible for administering the affairs of the
Since it is a governing Board, the following are some of the more
important duties which the Board executes: 1) Make and enforce all policies,
rules, regulations and bylaws necessary for the administration and government
of the SPL and all Library property. 2) Exercise and administer any
trust declared or created for the Library. 3) Employ a Library Director,
determine compensation, and empower the Director to administer the policies
of the Board of Trustees. 4) Authorize the sale or purchase of books,
journals, publications, real estate, equipment or other property or
services of the Library and to pay for same. 5) Accept or reject donations
to the Library.
The FY2014 Board is pleased to welcome new members
Gwen Hanna, Paul Schwartz, David Simmer, and James W. Williams, Jr.
plus returning Trustee Roger Shlonsky. Also serving on the Board this
year are President
Pat Jansen, Past President Anne Uruburu, Treasurer Abbie Denton Lander,
Secretary Kathleen Klitzke, and Trustees Jan Aranoff, Harvey Bershader,
Carolyn Daugherty, Cliff Hamilton and Laura Lawrie.
Gwen Hanna is "very pleased to be selected as one of the Board of Trustees
for the Sedona Public Library." Since leaving a corporate role and
going into semi-retirement, she has been looking for ways to support
this wonderful community and become a more active citizen. She feels
very fortunate to have had the privilege of being elected onto the VOCA
Board, and now, the Sedona Public Library Board of Trustees. Her professional
background was in organizational development, executive coaching, team/employee
development, and Human Resources. She hopes to utilize those skills
to further the mission and goals of the Sedona Public Library.
On a more personal note, Gwen has a special attachment
for libraries that comes from the days of growing up. Her father was
in the Air Force and the family didn't stay in one place long enough
to make friends and build a home base. Each country they lived in was
yet another strange and unfamiliar place she had to get to know. The
one thing Gwen could always count on was a library. Being a consummate
learner, she loved to read and the library became her second home. Her
first real part-time job was working for the library systems in the
greater San Jose, California area. There she met her first mentors,
the librarians who gave her lessons on work-ethics, being responsible,
and serving the public. "It feels as though I've come full-circle,
being able to contribute now to the system that gave me so much as I
was growing up", said Gwen.
Paul Schwartz had the good fortune to have spent his lifetime surrounded
by books. He grew up in Brooklyn, in the poor but proud East New York
neighborhood, a place populated by second-generation Americans who loved
the printed word. Paul got his first library card when he was ten. The
library was a one-room storefront. He spent any afternoon that was not
of play-outside quality in that place. After college and graduate school, Paul took his first
job in the publishing business, working as an editor for three major
science publishers in New York and London before switching to the book-production
side of the business. He and his wife started their own book production
company in 1977, and worked together at it until her death in 2007.
Over those years, Paul personally shepherded over 2000 books into print.
So you see, books and the libraries that house them
are the love of his life. As an SPL Board Member, Paul hopes to use
his publishing skills to help the library spread the printed word throughout
Roger Shlonsky has rejoined the Board of Trustees, earlier serving the Board
for four years through 2011 as treasurer. His new interests will be
more centered on the future of the library and its strategic growth
Roger is a retired "Big Four" accounting firm
partner ("KPMG Peat Marwick") and a twelve year Sedona resident.
The move to Sedona was influenced in part by existence of the Sedona
Public Library. A CPA, he holds CPA certificates from California, Maryland
and Illinois and is a long term member of the state CPA societies of
those states as well as Arizona, and of the American Institute of CPAs.
Prior to his more recent full retirement, his practice was continually
both national and international in scope. His clients and practice have
included large charitable foundations, not for profit entities and trusts.
While Roger and his wife Renee's principal home is in Sedona, they
also maintain a home in Indian Wells, California both of which are full
David Simmer says, "As a child I lived just a block from the library
on Main Street in a small town in Nebraska. My earliest remembrances
were the joy of racing home with the fantasies and imaginings tucked
between the covers of a book. My older sister would read them to me
over and over. Years later I was back in the library -- buried in the
stacks of the library of Boston University School of Law. While it served
as a foundation for what became a long career in personal financial
counseling, it represented a very different library experience."
Since arriving in Sedona two and half years ago, David
has been deeply involved in the Rotary Club of Sedona's efforts to
improve early childhood literacy via the Imagination Library. This has
given him an opportunity to see firsthand the wonderful work at SPL
and collaborate with the Library to encourage literacy among the youngest
in our community. With his SPL Board appointment, David is looking forward
to expanding these efforts and supporting and enhancing library programs
throughout our community.
James W. Williams,
Jr. is currently a Mathematics Instructor at the Verde
Valley School. He lives in the Village of Oak Creek (VOC) with his
fabulous wife Jackie and three wonderful children, Elizabeth who has
just finished her second year at Columbia University, James III, who
is entering his junior year at Verde Valley School, and Carl who is
going to be a 7th grader at Big Park School in the VOC plus
their miniature poodle, Ginger.
The Williams family moved to Sedona two years ago.
Jim chose to live here mainly because Sedona is such a wonderful place.
He spends a lot of time at schools in the area refereeing basketball
with the AIA and coaching basketball at Verde Valley School. He is looking
forward to having a bigger part in community activities through his
new role as a Trustee at SPL.
Library News appears each Friday in the Red Rock News and is also presented on Sedona Biz.
Anne Uruburu is President of the Board of Trustees of the Sedona Public Library.