At its Annual Meeting set for April 5, the members of
the Mid-Hudson Vegetarian Society will vote on a proposed slate of
officers and board members. A printed ballot will allow all members
attending to vote yes or no to the entire slate or to any individual
officer or board member.
Completing her second three-year term, Robert Schiff
is stepping down as president and is proposed for the vice president
spot. Jim Van Alstine is proposed as president. He has been serving as
vice president, since his predecessor, Joan Zacharias, relocated to
Florida in 2005.
Marvin Lang, a veteran MHVS member is proposed as
treasurer, replacing Ron Osborn.
Jennifer Van Alstine is proposed to continue as secretary (her third
At large board members proposed for one-year terms
Rae Schlect, president emeritus;
Judi Gelardi, membership coordinator;
Luella Jane Winne, events coordinator; Robin Henderson, communications
Zinnia Konviser, member-at-large; and Jeff Baker, member-at-large.
Most of the board members are long-time MHVS members and veterans on the
There are some new faces. Marvin Lang, proposed
treasurer, has been very active in MHVS for over one year. He ran a
successful vegan knish business for many years and would bring his
small-business acumen to the treasurer post.
Robin Henderson is, well, pretty well illustrated in
this issue of Viewpoints. She, along with her fiancÚ, Nate Williams, has
been a regular supporter of MHVS events for the past couple years. Robin
began a successful animal welfare group at Marist College and has worked
and volunteered at area animal sanctuaries.
Jeff Baker has been a constant presence at MHVS events
in recent years. Known for his excellent desserts and demeanor, he is a
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