Board Members


2021 Friends of Chelsea District Library Board Members

President: Gary Zenz
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President Elect:  Vacant
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Treasurer: Nancy Neff
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Secretary:  Dayle Wright
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Hospitality Chair: Michele Mullens
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Membership Chair: Jean Vargas
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Communications Chair: Lisa Climer-Harding
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Book Sale Task Force Chair: Jan Carr
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2020 Friend of the Year Jean Vargas

Jean moved from Chicago to Chelsea to complete her Master's Degree in 1976 and retired from nursing in 2012. She has been involved in volunteering since she was a Girl Scout. Jean is an avid reader and has liked libraries since childhood. She found the Chelsea District Library to be a new and exciting place to be so she joined the Friends of the Library and became a volunteer several years ago. She is currently the Membership Chair for the Friends.

One of her passions is caring for and being around animals. She has had pets her entire life, volunteered at Potter Park Zoo for over 20 years, and she has traveled to all seven continents, mostly in search of the wildlife. If she isn’t home with her dog Tino, you may likely find her visiting the zoo or the library.

CDL Director Lori Coryell shares, “Jean Vargas beautifully embodies the spirit of CDL. Like a utility player, she can be relied upon to dig into any task, and she does this with good humor and congeniality. I always look forward to seeing her! She makes the day brighter. She is fearless: give her a task and she goes for it. Book sale volunteer? Check. Membership Chair on Friends Board? Check. Display case designer? Check. And there is no better cheerleader for CDL than Jean. She is an annual fixture at the Library's table at Festival of Tables and a constant and reassuring commenter on CDL Facebook posts. I look forward to her stamp of approval on postings about programs and services. I sleep more soundly knowing Jean has our back!”

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Friend of the Year Honor Roll

JoAnn Munce 2019

Bill Coelius 2018
Michele Mullens 2017
Mary Budzinski 2016
Gary Munce 2015
Nancy Neff 2014
Elizabeth Sensoli 2013
Jan Carr 2012
Kim Verardi 2011
Sandra Shapiro 2010
Louise Jernigan 2009
Pat Coelius 2008
Stan Staffeld 2007
Sharon Pignanelli 2006
Greg DeGraff 2005
Louise Jernigan 2004
Jennifer Kundak 2003
Mitch Planck 2002
Allen Cole 2001
Tom Lancaster 2000
Stan & Dottie Staffeld 1999
Larry Ogden 1998
Sandra Thomas 1997
Ben & Mary Lou Bower 1996
Ray Timmerman 1995
Louise Timmerman 1994
Mary Green 1993
Diane Kyte 1992