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2014 State of the Village address presented by Village President Bob Bielinski

State of the Village 2014

State of the Village Dinner Was a Big Sucess

On Thursday evening, October 17th,2014 the Wilmette League of Women Voters hosted its biannual "State of the Village" event at the Park District's Lakeview Center in Gillson Park. This is a proud tradition for our League to welcome the Presidents of each of Wilmette's local governing boards to provide the community with information and answer questions.

A delicious buffet dinner and refreshments were provided. Many League, community members and Village officials attended and were able to meet and converse in a casual and amiable atmosphere before the speakers began their presentations. All attendees appreciated the thoughtful planning, preparation and execution by Kate Gjaja and her team.

Read highlights from the following article which appeared in the Wilmette Beacon on October 21, 2014, by Amanda Jacobs.

  • Park Board Vice President John Olvany

"I'm very proud to be part of this organization that does touch so many people's lives."

  • Library Board President Kathleen O'Laughlin

"We do think the programming is an important part of what we do. We could hardly do more than we do because it's basically every night, all day long."

  • D39 School Board President John Flanagin

"We are a very high-performing school district, as is Avoca. We are not the reason standards are needed. However ... I believe we can benefit from it here in our district."

  • Avoca D37 School Board President Jeffrey Greengoss

"We're a small district. I have people stop me very often and ask me, 'Where's Avoca? What's Avoca?'"

  • NTHS D203 School Board President Alan Dolinko

"The district is in very sound financial condition today, and we expect it to be that way for a good deal of time into the future."

  • Village of Wilmette President Bob Bielinski

"We all live in a great village. My goal when I joined the board and when I ran for president was just to keep it a great place."

Click here to read the article

"Officials face community at State of Village Dinner".