On behalf of the Langdon Library I would like to extend profound gratitude for the service Steve Bush has donated to the library and the town of Newington in the last six years on the Board of Trustees, as an alternate, vice chair, and Chair.
Steve was an integral part of the team that successfully planned and implemented our library’s expansion project. He devoted countless hours of effort researching funding for it, including taking action to form a non-profit foundation. This was a complex process in which the library had to be registered with both federal and state authorities, by-laws needed to be drawn up, a board separate from the trustees needed to be formed, and a bank account opened. Steve managed all of these details while also assisting with contracting, supervising the project, and maintaining a full-time job the entire time—a feat describe by one trustee as “super-human.”
Steve became Chair shortly after I was hired in 2015, returning to the Board after a brief medical leave of absence. His style of leadership is to seek consensus, and the results are remarkably successful. As a new director, I greatly benefited from his openness to dialogue and being a sounding board. He handles the wide range of personalities on the Board and in town with good humor and grace.
In addition to these talents, his interest in technology has been an asset for the duration of his terms as trustee. He and his son Randy have volunteered as technical support at many library events, including setting up the outdoor movie screen and sound system for our summer movie nights.
The staff and I would like to extend profound gratitude to Steve for all of these many contributions, and more. We look forward to the next phase of his service as Board alternate.
Lara L. Croft, Library Director