MEET THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Beverly Osborne (President) - Besides her love of books, Bev brings some deeply repressed organizational skills and a desire to help the library grow. She is currently in her third year as President and previously served as the Secretary of the Board.
Bev can’t remember a time when she wasn’t reading and didn’t love books and learning, so it seemed a natural progression when she joined the Board of Trustees for Fort Hunter Free Library in 2012. She often jokes that her personal motto is “Read, Eat, and Sleep”.
Particularly due to living in a rural community like the Town of Florida, Bev believes that promoting literacy, education, and the value of libraries is essential for the community. She wants the library to be a place where people know they are always welcome, and can get assistance in more areas than just books!
Susan Summerfield (Vice-President) - Sue has been a member of the Board for over twenty years. She currently serves as the Vice-President and has served as Secretary in the past.
Sue has been a math teacher for many years and brings her passion for children to the library board. She has been greatly involved in the children’s programming for the library. For the past several years Sue has helped organize the summer reading program, has implemented family game night, and has been instrumental in revitalizing the pre-school story hour.
As a lifelong resident of the Town of Glen, Sue’s fondest memories growing up have been visiting the bookmobile with her mom. She feels that libraries are the heart of every community and she strives for continued growth of the Fort Hunter Library. “One of my goals as a trustee is to continue strengthening our programming, whether it be for children, teens, or adults” says Sue. She concludes, “It has been an honor and pleasure working with all of the various board members over the past twenty years. Because of the dedication of our board the Fort Hunter Library has overcome many obstacles and has seen a great deal of growth.”
Beth Osborne (Secretary) -
Ava Douglass (Treasurer) – Ava has been on the Board since 2015 and is the current Treasurer. She worked as the Chief Financial Officer for Broome-Tioga ARC (ACHIEVE) in Binghamton until she retired in 2010. Upon returning to Town of Florida that same year, she was thrilled to discover that the Fort Hunter Free Library was only a little over a mile from her house. Being a bookworm her whole life, this was a very pleasant surprise!
In addition to its rural location, Ava loves the Library for its small and intimate nature even though access to the entire MVLS collection is available. She would like to see the Library become more visible, offering the community learning opportunities possibly through a monthly lecture series. She also enjoys the more “physical” events such as Line Dancing which allows individuals to come out and meet new friends in addition to getting some fun exercise. Ava would like to expand the Library’s services, make the Children’s Summer Reading Program a premier activity for kids in the area, increase the number of individuals coming in and increase visibility within our rural area. She would like to make the Library the “go-to” place for research, learning, socialization and recreational activities.
Normajean Bennett – Normajean joined the Board in 1982 and was elected Treasurer in 1986, a position she held until 2016. She retired from the University of Albany in 2011.
Normajean has always enjoyed being a part of the Library because she believe that the library serves the community in a very positive way.
Her goals for the library are to continue to serve the community for many years to come.
Barbara Lampkin – Barb has been on the Board since approximately 1968 when the Library was located in the old Fort Hunter School. She is the immediate Past President and has served in all other officer roles over the years.
Barb works at Mohawk Valley Orthopedics part time and is a seamstress by trade. She has seen the library grow from a very small library to what it is now. Barb feels that anything that we can do to expand the library and increase the services that we offer, is high on her priority list and she is willing to work with the board to make things happen. She is happy to see that the Library is offering more hours, especially on Saturday. She feels we have a great board, all of whom are working for the good of the organization. She is also pleased to see that we have been successful in starting up the children's story hour a couple times a month again.
Sue Nacco – Sue has been a member of the board since 2015. She retired from the State of New York in 2012 and now spends time taking care of her grandchildren.
Sue feels it is very important for children to be good readers and always encouraged her own children to read, even during their summer vacation. She would take them to the Library when it was located in Fort Hunter as she wanted to instill the love of reading on them at an early age.
Sue appreciates being a part of the Library board as she is able to give back to the community by volunteering her time there. She would like to see the Library continue to grow its community participation and become more visible. Sue was instrumental in bringing the first Line Dancing event to the Library and given its success, she was able to reach many new individuals, introducing them to the Fort Hunter Free Library in a unique and fun way.
Gordon Schaufelberg – Gordon has served on the Board for over 3 years. He is a lifelong resident of the Town of Florida and a recently retired, 7th generation farmer in the Town. Gordon and his wife, Marie, have 3 grown children and 9 grandchildren, all residing in the Town of Florida.
Gordon loves to read and takes a keen interest in history. With the FHFL part of MVLS, Gordon appreciates the wealth of resources available which match his interest in local history. Marie discovered FHFL when it was located in Fort Hunter and she grew very fond of it. When the library moved to Minaville, Gordon became a patron as well. As a board member, he would like to make everyone in the area aware of where the library is located and what it has to offer. Those living in the Town are particularly well served by its location. Being at the Town’s center ensures a less than 10 minute, light traffic commute for 95% of the residents. The rural setting offers safe, hassle-free parking, convenient entry (especially appreciated by elderly patrons) and competent, caring staff. Gordon’s hope is that many more residents will make the discovery that he made – that what the FHFL lacks in size, it makes up in user-friendliness.
Kara Travis - A lifelong bookworm, Kara has always rooted herself to her community by exploring and supporting the local library. Whether it's serving as a board member, helping to raise money, or volunteering at used bookstores and circulation desks, Kara feels libraries are the heart of small-town life and a hub for encouraging literacy and socialization for all ages. One of Kara's favorite memories growing up in Lake Placid, NY was going to the library after school to do homework overlooking scenic Mirror Lake. As Kara entered college, she connected with Literacy Volunteers, mainly tutoring adults in English As A Second Language and training other tutors.
Kara and her husband are relatively new residents of the Town of Florida. She loves spending time on her porch with a good book, watching her Labradors swim in their pond. The rest of the week, Kara serves as President/CEO of Mountain Valley Hospice, a not-for-profit that serves Fulton, Montgomery, Saratoga, and Hamilton counties and also has a private, 8-bed hospice home in Gloversville.
Lynn Wendell - Lynn grew up in Mill Point where her Mother encouraged and instilled the Love of books and reading. As a child, she would sometimes accompany her parents to Schenectady where they both worked; she was then allowed to walk to the Schenectady Public Library where she would stock up on books for the week.
Since her daughters have grown up and moved out of the house, she felt it was time to give back to the community by devoting her time to a cause she believes in. The Fort Hunter Library became just this place as Lynn loves the vibe and energy both the Employees and Board put forth. She is new to the Board as of 2020.
She lives outside of Fonda and is the Human Resources Director for the Mental Health Association in Fulton & Montgomery Counties. In addition to her full-time job and spending time with her husband and daughters, Lynn enjoys the arts and local history.