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Library Honors Two Retiring Trustees


The Board of Trustees of the Park Ridge Public Library recently announced the retirement of two  long-time trustees at its monthly meeting held on June 17. Reading from two separate resolutions, Board Secretary Audra Ebling commended John T. Benka and John R. Schmidt for their dedicated service to the Library, which has covered a wide range of key appointments.


Dr. Schmidt, who joined the Board in 2003, served two terms as President, as well as on every Board Committee (three as Chairman). He was recognized as a proponent of providing diverse library collections and quality service to the community.


The Board Secretary  noted that since joining the Board in 2005, Dr. Benka had also served with distinction on all Board Committees, including as Chairman of Library Resources and Budget & Finance. He served as both Treasurer and Vice-President of the Board for two terms, and was recognized for his "unwavering belief in the value and importance of the Library to the City of Park Ridge."


The Library Board of Trustees, along with the staff, wish to thank Dr. Schmidt and Dr. Benka for their deep commitment to the mission and vision of the Park Ridge Public Library, and extend their very best wishes for success in all future endeavors.


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