Serving on the JTEL Board of Directors:
- Monique Musick, 2009-2011, 2011-2013 (president)
- Deirdre Helfferich, 2009-2011, 2012-2014 (vice president)
- Nancy Burnham, 2009-2011, 2011-2013 (treasurer)
- Jan Ohmstede, 2011-2013 (secretary)
- Rena Flint, 2009-2012
- Molly Rettig, 2011-2013
- Kayt Sunwood, 2012-2014
- Trey Simmons, 2009-2012, 2012-2014
- Carla Helfferich, 2012-2014
The JTEL board has nine members: seven regular members and two alternates, who are elected to volunteer positions at the library’s annual meeting. There are four officers: the president, vice-president, treasurer, and secretary. The board meets once a month on the second Tuesday of the month, usually for an hour to two hours, at the JTEL office at the Annex at 2922 Parks Highway. Much of the work of the board is conducted on line. Term of service is two years, with staggered terms. The majority of the board must live in the Ester Fire Service District. More information on the board’s conduct and past decisions is available in the bylaws and in the meeting minutes. The public and especially the membership are welcome to attend.
Duties include fundraising (fundraisers, grant applications, capital campaign), managing the business of the corporation, maintaining the collections and operating the library and gazebo, running a lecture series and organizing events, maintaining an online presence and providing resources to members, publicity, and so on. For the near future there will also be decision making on design and construction, and overseeing the construction of the new library. See more detail on the duties of the board and officer positions in the bylaws and policies pages.
Board members serve on committees in addition to their regular work on the board. Non-officer board members serve as liaisons for Community Outreach & Programs, Fundraising and Membership & Board Development. Alternates serve as at-large board members. Other committees will be formed as needed (Program Committee, ad-hoc committees for particular events, etc.).
Board members are expected to be active supporters, advocates, and volunteers for the Ester library. They should should be people interested in reading and literacy and with plenty of community spirit, but they don’t need any training in library sciences. Board work is public service, and brings with it the satisfaction of knowing that you are doing a good thing for yourself, for your neighbors, and for the community.