Congratulations to the newly elected village officials. David Pope for president, and for trustee, Greg Marsey, Martha Brock and Geoff Baker. I'm sure these four will work with Ray Johnson, Bob Milstein and soon the newly appointed trustee to continue good governance in Oak Park and help to keep us as the best village in the country.
Now a heart felt thank you to the outgoing officials:
Diana Carpenter: Thank you for serving our community for the past four years. You with the others on the board accomplished over 25 objectives. As you read them Monday, May 2, the audience said, "wow." It made us all tired. Diana, it was a pleasure getting to know you better and working with you during the election. You are a person of high integrity, hard working, say what's on your mind, and always have Oak Park and the people first in your thoughts and actions. Let's go to lunch.
Galen Gockel: For four years you wandered around the village, attending all different kinds of affairs from peace and justice, religious, political, school, and sometimes just a cup of coffee with an Oak parker to find out what is going on. Thank you for your service.
Gus Kostopulos: You have given this village 40 years of your life in service. As one of the newly elected said, "you served before he was born." You brought history, common sense, and a thoughtful perspective to the board. Thank you.
Joanne Trapani: You gave eight years of your life to our village. As a trustee for four years, you came prepared, questioning and always looking to move Oak Park to become even better. As president for four years you represented us well in Washington D.C., getting us a million dollars to continue the concept of capping the Ike. You did the same at the state and regional level where Oak Park is thought of as being the premier village. You have a wonderful mind and a great heart. Thank you for your time, energy, and vision. Enjoy some peace and quiet time.
To all who serve, thank you.