With the first full board since their president moved out of state in April, the Christian County Library board held elections July 30 for officers to complete 2010.
Ken Barthelette, Clever, was elected President. A library trustee since 2008, he spent much of his career with the Missouri State Parks. Ken represents East Polk, West Polk and Lincoln townships. He is very active with his church and the Clever Community Betterment group and enjoys visiting his children and grandchildren.
Loretta A. Hermann, Nixa, attending her first meeting since her appointment, was elected Vice President. She represents Union Chapel, Northview, Rosedale and Garden Grove townships. A semi-retired reading teacher, Loretta is a former resident of the St. Louis area. She is a member of Springfield International Reading Association and a volunteer Reading Buddy in Nixa schools through RSVP. She has two grown sons and grandchildren, Sydney and Cooper.
The treasurer is Charles Heldenbrand who lives just outside Ozark but has a Nixa address. He represents Cassidy, Riverside, West Finley, East Finley, McCracken, and Linden Townships. While in the Air Force, he was on the maintenance crew for Air Force One. He and his wife Lois were foster parents for numerous children while and after raising the children born into their family. An active member of the local VFW, he often works with Delmina Woods and the Boy Scouts.
Rebecca Block, Highlandville, is the new Secretary. Appointed to complete the term of former President Reta Alphin who moved out of state, she was attending her second board meeting. The representative for North Galloway, South Galloway, North Linn & South Linn townships, she has a Bachelor of Science in K-12 Art Education. She is the mother of a toddler. She and her husband operate their photography studio, Pure Captures, among other small businesses.
The American Library Association member is Shirley Gott-Stoecker, Garrison. Appointed last fall to complete the term of long-time board President Christine Jones, she represents the county’s largest but most sparsely populated area including West Benton, East Benton, Sparta, Bruner, Oldfield, Lead Hill, Chadwick, Garrison and Seneca townships. Shirley taught Spanish at levels from third grade through third-year college, occasionally combined with junior-high English. An Ozark High School graduate, she lives in the house where she was born in southeast Christian County with her freelance writer husband of 31 years, Richard “Dick” Stoecker, a St. Louis native, their two cats and four dogs. She and Dick enjoy Bible study, reading and all kinds of music. A second generation Christian County Library board trustee, she is the daughter of Adrian Gott who served June 1951 to August 1959 while County Superintendent of Schools.
Public library trustees set policy, adopt and monitor budgets, and serve as liaisons between the public and the library district. Terms and contact information for library trustees are on the library website http://christiancounty.lib.mo.us/library/board.html