What is a Board of Trustees?
We have a Governing Board of Trustees. Defined by the American Library Association, a governing board is either elected by the general population (such as our Library district) or is appointed by the city or town's council. This type of board has full authority over the governance of the library. The Board hires the library director, sets policy, and works closely with the director in establishing and presenting the library's budget to the city (or district).
Who can vote?
Only residents of the East Bonner County Library District can vote.
Who can you vote for?
My name is Robert Diderich. I am running for Trustee of the Bonner County Library. Skills I would bring to the library is that I designed Supply Chain Management Systems for DOD contractors, Military and foreign governments. In order to do that, I had to listen and learn how each business was run. Once each system was installed, I provided Customer Support. Again, it required a lot of listening, and customer skills, to produce the desired solution to their issues. I would like to use those Customer Service skills to provide a Community Service to the Library as a Trustee. I also bring a wide variety of education. I have undergraduate degrees in Engineering, Meteorology, Computer Management, Financial Planning and an MBA.
Judy Meyers, Incumbent Trustee
I have thoroughly enjoyed my nearly three years of service as Library Trustee. As a new trustee I helped revise plans for our new expansion, balancing the budget and the community’s need for a teen space and larger children’s area. The Library Director and board saw that project through to successful completion last year. As part of a great team, I helped organize two successful Rotary/Library fundraisers. Before election to the board, I enjoyed work as a literacy tutor for almost five years. Through work in other community organizations, I have developed skills and relationships that help our Library continue to be an important asset to the county. Currently, I am on the committee working to develop our Library Garden. It will be a beautiful extension of the Library’s mission to access opportunities for discovery, connection, and lifelong learning.
My love of the library began early, with weekly visits to the Bookmobile. The family came down off the hill from our sheep ranch on Thursdays. That’s when the Bookmobile was parked at Weott, a small rural town on the Avenue of the Giants, in Humboldt State Park. I have been a patron and supporter of libraries throughout my life.
Twenty years of neonatal and adult ICU nursing created a special interest in health care economics and ethics. I earned a MSN at Gonzaga (go Bulldogs!) and a PhD at Washington State University (Go Cougs!). I taught for 15 years at the Spokane campus of the Washington State University College of Nursing, before retirement in 2009. My research focused on improving end of life care. With a small team of colleagues, I helped develop and worked to implement the Physicians Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) form in Washington. That work was adapted for use in Idaho as the POST form.
My husband, Ken, and I began building our home, near Bottle Bay, in 1996 and have lived here full time since 2005. We enjoy skiing, hiking with our Golden Retriever, sailing, the Panida, and our friends, in this very special place.
A resident of North Idaho for almost 40 years, I began using the library when we settled in the Bonners Ferry area the first eight years. Moving to Sandpoint I found the Library in the old Federal Building full of books, media and helpful staff. The “Let’s Talk About It” series (a book discussion group) was a favorite and my daughter loved the small children’s area. In August 2016 I was appointed to a trustee position to fill a vacancy and served for nine months. I am an advocate of life-long learning and believe that libraries are for everyone. If elected a trustee I hope to contribute and represent the community on the Library Board.
I have worked as an educator in a variety of settings in Bonner County. I taught home economics at Clark Fork Junior/Senior High in the 1990s. I left the classroom to work in the community when I began working for the University of Idaho Cooperative Extension as a Bonner County Extension Educator. I developed Family and Consumer Science programs for families and children, and worked with volunteers and youth in the Bonner County 4-H Program. I also worked with community groups and agencies tasked with an educational mission. I served as county chair representing Extension in Bonner County Government with administrative responsibilities, such as employee evaluation and budget development.
Later, I managed the business part of my husband’s dental practice, Douglas Terrell, DDS (now retired). During the years I have volunteered as a 4-H leader and currently enjoy judging at the Bonner County Fair. Doug and I live in the Selle area on 10 acres of forestland. We have one adult daughter, Emily, who works as an associate winemaker in the Willamette Valley.