Friends of the Library Elects New Officers

Alan Albarran

The Robson Ranch Friends of the Library (FOL) held their annual meeting virtually on July 14. New officers were elected and are introduced below.

Dr. Alan Albarran, the new chair, has lived at Robson Ranch for 15 years. He is a retired professor emeritus at the University of North Texas. Alan is an avid reader, oil painter, plays guitar, loves to travel, and is himself an author of 15 books related to his areas of scholarly expertise in media management and economics. Alan’s favorite authors are Michael Connelly, Stephen King, Steve Berry, and David McCullough. His favorite all time book is To Kill A Mockingbird.

Marsha Scholze is our new vice chair. Marsha has lived at the Ranch for almost eight years and has been a library volunteer. Before retiring, she was an AP US History teacher in Southlake and a teaching consultant for the College Board. Now she enjoys reading, playing golf, Tai Chi, and other more “social activities” currently forbidden by COVID-19. One of her favorite books is A Gentleman in Moscow, and she’s looking forward to the discussion in October.

Jim Ryerson is the new FOL treasurer and has been at Robson Ranch since 2010. Jim was raised and educated in the midwest but spent over 30 years on the east coast where he pursued a career in accounting and finance. Jim has volunteered at the library, played pickleball, played cards, fished in the local lakes, been treasurer of the Kiwanis Club, and enjoys the Pinnacle facility and lap swimming. Jim is always reading a fiction and a non-fiction book with an audio book playing in the car. His favorite authors include Baldacci, Patterson, Parker, and Connelly.

Ann Madigan continues as secretary. A retired school librarian, Ann is a 14-year resident of Robson Ranch. A lifelong Oregon resident, she occasionally misses seeing mountain ranges and nearby ocean beaches. Ann gets up early, enjoys coffee, classical music, the Robson Choir, and books in all formats (print, digital, and audio). Lisa Gardner’s D. D. Warren, James Patterson’s Maximum Ride, and Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch are among favorites.

Linda Bono is our immediate past chair. Linda has lived in seven states, but the longest in Texas although she considers New York City her home. Linda worked in publishing, where she was a copywriter, a copy editor, a proofreader, a promotion designer, a travel writer, and what one of her bosses called “a great investigative reporter.” Books are her primary hobby—reading them and reading about them. And she has too many favorites to list!

The officers thank Frannie Howard and Klaus Dannenberg for their many contributions to FOL over the past two years. The new officers look forward to a new year of activities despite the challenges of the pandemic. Our next book discussion is scheduled for October 15: Amor Towles’ A Gentleman in Moscow. If you are not an FOL member, consider joining us today!