Franklin J. Riesenburger, Esq. was named a Trustee Emeritus, in recognition of 24 years of exemplary service to Vineland Public Library and the community, during the regular Board of Trustees meeting on March 26, 2009. Ms. Joanne Gittone, President of the Trustees, presented Mr. Riesenburger with a plaque and memory book to honor the event.
Mr. Riesenburger was appointed to the Vineland Public Library Board of Trustees in 1984 by Joseph E. Romano, the father of Vineland's current mayor. His term as a Trustee took him through five City Mayors and three Library Directors. Important events during Mr. Riesenburger's tenure included automation of the card catalogue, expansion of library materials, the recruitment and hiring of two Library Directors, outreach to numerous organizations, partnerships with local educational and business organizations, establishment of a Library Foundation and a tremendous growth in services. Groundbreaking programs and services were offered during his term. One of the most important tasks undertaken by Mr. Riesenburger was serving as President of the Trustees during the construction of the new addition.
In accepting the honor of Trustee Emeritus, Mr. Riesenburger said, "The library has grown in a wonderful direction and it is a privilege to be a library user. The Library Board of Trustees is a group who functions in an exemplary manner and deserve a hats-off salute." He went on to say being President of the Board of Trustees during the construction of the new addition was a defining period for him. Trustees described Mr. Riesenburger as "loyal, supportive and instrumental."
Mr. Riesenburger lives in Vineland and is the Chair of the Environmental Law Group for Flaster/Greenberg. He is a cum laude graduate of the American University where he received the John F. Kennedy Memorial Scholarship. He earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago.
- Franklin Riesenburger