David Strutzel: Candidate Profile
Bloomingdale Library Board
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Family: My wife and I have 3 grown children, and 7 grandchildren.
Occupation: Financial Planning / Investments
Education: Studied at DePaul University and graduated with Bachelor of Arts degree. Continued education towards Master's degree (also at DePaul)
Civic involvement: I have been on the Bloomingdale Library Board since 2003. I am an active member and past president of the Bartlett Rotary Club. I have been an assistant scoutmaster with 2 boy scout troops. In addition, I serve as vice president of Woodhaven Lakes Association. All of these are volunteer positions.
Elected offices held: (see above)- civic involvement.
Why are you running for this office, whether for re-election or election the first time? Is there a particular issue that motivates you, and if so, what is it?
If you are an incumbent, describe your main contributions. Tell us of important initiatives you've led. If you are a non-incumbent, tell us what contributions you would make.
I have strived to make sure the library uses funds correctly and stays within budget, while keeping our goal of world class service to our residents and guests.
Do you have a library card? How long have you had it? How often do you use it?
Yes. I have had it since I first moved to Bloomingdale in 1995 and use it every week.
Space is an issue at many libraries. If that's the case at your library, would your solution be to expand the physical plant or make room by doing away with parts of the collection that technology has made less critical? Explain.
We have expanded our collection dramatically due to the availability of electronic materials that we now circulate. Our physical space is limited but we review this on a regular basis and the physical size of our library should not be an issue as we continue to maintain a high level of service and accomodate our patrons well.
What impact have economic and technological changes had on libraries? How does a library remain relevant? How should its role in the community change?
Our library has been on the forefront of technology changes and we have strived to embrace the new technologies as well as maintain the personal touch of the traditional library. We remain relevant by constantly reviewing our policies and surveying our patrons to find out if we are missing anything that the community is requesting.
What other issues, if any, are important to you as a candidate for this office?
no other issues.
Please name one current leader who most inspires you.
What's the biggest lesson you learned at home growing up?
Do unto others as you want them to do to you.
If life gave you one do-over, what would you spend it on?
More family time.
What was your favorite subject in school and how did it help you in later life?
Music. It ended up being a partial career for me and I still enjoy music.
If you could give your children only one piece of advice, what would it be?
Make the right choices.