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Historical Group Names New Board Of Directors
A new board of directors was introduced at the Riverbank Historical Societys annual dinner meeting on Saturday, Feb. 6, at Perkos Cafe. Left to right are president elect Craig Ethier, board member Mary Banda, secretary Marina Campbell, vice president Barbara Vallo England, member Joyce Giese and president ex-officio Paulette Roberson. Not present were member Lana Clayton and treasurer Rich Holmer. Ric McGinnis/The News


The Riverbank Historical Society recently held its annual membership meeting, taking the opportunity to name its newly elected president and board, serving for 2016.

The dinner meeting was held at Perko's Cafe on Patterson Road with a number of members in attendance.

The board was installed at the dinner.

Serving for the coming year will be: Craig Ethier, president; Barbara Vallo England, vice president; Marina Campbell, secretary; Rich Holmer, treasurer; and Lana Clayton, Mary Banda and Joyce Giese, members at large.

Volunteers from the society staff the Riverbank Historical Museum on Santa Fe Street in downtown Riverbank. It is open Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to noon, and on Saturdays, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Additional times can be arranged by leaving a message at 209-869-7161.

The museum is a former Carnegie Library, built in 1921, and turned over to the city in the 1970s when the county library system built a new, bigger branch named for Florence Bessac, former owner and editor of the Riverbank News. The former library was dedicated as the museum on Feb. 2, 1997. The year before, it was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places.