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Philomath Museum (File photo by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

The Benton County Historical Society announced results of its recent Board of Trustees election.
The results show Tom Gallagher taking over as the board’s president, replacing Mike Schweizer. Gallagher has served on the board since 2011.
“My family has resided in Benton County for over 100 years. I have lived near Corvallis for most of my life,” Gallagher said in a statement posted on the board’s page on the BCHS website. “I want to help preserve the history of this very special area.”
In an email sent by Executive Director Irene Zenev, Schweizer’s work was recognized.
“Mike not only served as board president, but took an active part in the Corvalis Museum project’s Building Committee,” the email stated.
Other officers include Ronald Marek (vice president), Susan Klinkhammer (secretary) and Rodney Harvey (treasurer).
Klinkhammer, first elected to the board in 2019, replaces outgoing secretary Marlys Amundson, who also served on the board’s Nominations Committee.
The rest of the board includes trustees Wendy A. Beck-Nichols, David Feeney, Kelly Gallagher, Sandy Gerding, Chick Gerke, Janet Nishihara, Lorna Avery Scott, Kristin Starnes, Jo Anne Trow and Shirley Wirth. Board advisors are Natchee Barnd, Duane Jager and Alice Rampton.
The BCHS typically announces its Board of Trustees election results at the annual meeting in November, but it didn’t take place this year because of the pandemic.
According to information posted on BCHS website, 199 of the 432 members returned their ballots — well above the required 5% return rate that’s stated in the historical society’s bylaws.