Worthington Libraries Board welcomes new Trustee

Posted: Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 4:16 pm

The Board of Trustees of Worthington Libraries welcomed John Butterfield to the library board at an organizational meeting held on Tuesday, January 18 at Northwest Library.

Mr. Butterfield was sworn in to serve a term of seven years and fills the board seat left vacant by Anne Doyle, who left the board in December after serving four years (completing the seven-year term left vacant by Stephen Kuusisto).

John ButterfieldMr. Butterfield is currently a business development/marketing consultant for Whalen & Company, CPAs in Worthington. He has lived in Worthington for 37 years and is the former director of the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce (1997-2008). From 1973-1997, he worked at Worthington Schools where he held several administrative positions, including assistant to the superintendent. Mr. Butterfield also served as a member of Worthington City Council (2005-2009) and as a Sharon Township Trustee (1984-1995). He has been an active and involved member of many Worthington organizations, including the Worthington Arts Council, Worthington Community Coordinating Board, Healthy Worthington Coalition and the Worthington International Friendship Association, among others.

Last year, Mr. Butterfield participated in Worthington Area 360°, the community strategic planning process coordinated by the Library with the Worthington Schools and city of Worthington. He also served on the search committee to find a new library director.

Mr. Butterfield received a BA in English from Miami University and a MA in Journalism from The Ohio State University. He lives in Worthington Estates with his wife, Mary. He has two daughters and four grandchildren.

In his application to serve on the board, Mr. Butterfield wrote:

The Library means a great deal to my family and me as we frequently take advantage of its services and programs. Serving on the board would be a way to thank the library for its contribution to the community. I would do my part to help ensure our library is able to continue to provide programs and services to meet the needs of all residents.

In addition to John Butterfield, Worthington Libraries is served by board members Dan Lacey (president), James Hill (vice president), David Goldberger (secretary), Janet Brown, Lynn Nadler and Dawn Valasco. The Board meets regularly once per month and holds committee meetings as needed throughout the year. All meetings of the Worthington Libraries Board of Trustees are open to the public.

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