German American Day at the Wood County Museum


  • All votes must be received by Wednesday, November 11, 2020

  • Direct questions to Wood County Museum | 419-352-0967 |

Like most organizations, the Wood County Museum has had to think differently this year in response to COVID-19. The annual board election brunch has been canceled, but we want to give our members the opportunity to still participate and have a voice.

Your ballot for the 2021-2023 Wood County Historical Society board member election is inside the Fall Chanticleer Newsletter

2021-2023 Board Member Election

To be eligible to vote, you must be a member of the Wood County Historical Society in good standing [renew now]

Candidates are highlighted below, as well as inside the Fall 2020 Chanticleer Newsletter.

Current board of directors

You can choose to vote by mailing the ballot from inside the newsletter, or choose to vote using an electronic form. This is a new procedure for the Wood County Museum, but we are excited to offer this election to our entire membership.

Pictured: Wood County Historical Society board members past and present.

2021-2023 Board Member Election

If you received the Chanticleer Newsletter by mail, your individual member ID # is located on your ballot. If you have any questions about eligibility or the voting process, please call the museum at 419-352-0967.

Pictured Left: past and present board members.

Pictured: Candidate Lois Bowlus.

Lois Bowlus

Lois is a self-employed attorney and Photographer. She has developed a sincere interest in the history of this area and the amazing people who settled here and continue to make Wood County the special place it is today. Professionally, she provides legal research and writing services for local attorneys and has worked as a staff attorney for the Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals. She also has a certificate in commercial photography, is an accomplished musician (singer), and has completed training to be a CASA/GAL volunteer. Lois believes our history is a vital part of who we are as a people and a society and would be proud to help preserve and promote this area on behalf of the Historical Society. She and her family have resided in Wood County since the mid-1980s and currently live in Pemberville.

Pictured: Candidate Sandra Gill.

Sandra Gill


Retired. Sandy has been a member of the Historical Society since 2004, became a life member in 2014, and was appointed to the board in 2019 to fill a vacant seat. She is a dedicated, weekly volunteer who maintains all membership relations, greets visitors, and volunteers for events and tours. Sandy is also a member of the Christ United Church in Portage and Portage Lions Club, and volunteers for the Wood County Hospital Wheeled Meals program as a board member and weekly driver. She is a BGSU graduate and has lived in Wood County for 40 years, currently residing in Portage.

Pictured: Candidate Scott Gross.

Scott Gross

Scott was born and raised in Lake Township and can trace his ancestors coming to Wood County back to the 1850s. He has been an educator since 1994, and in 2015, Scott accepted a position at Bowling Green State University. He is a member of the Wood County Genealogy Society and is very passionate about researching and recording local history. He has written several books and has given presentations on his work. He is a Bowling Green resident and believes it is essential to document local history so it can be shared with future generations.

Pictured: Candidate Rebecca Mancuso.

Rebecca (Becky) Mancuso

Dr. Mancuso is an Assistant Professor of History and Canadian Studies at Bowling Green State University. She has been a member of the Society since 2008, life member in 2016, and has served on several committees including Asylum Education, Policy, and past board member. She believes the Society is a “gem among our local institutions” and has lent her professional expertise and personal interest to help the organization achieve its mission and vision. She hopes to bring a greater knowledge of history to university students and the larger community. Before becoming a professor, Becky was an education manager for a non-profit organization where she gained experience in strategic planning, budgeting, and program evaluation. Becky lives in Bowling Green.

Pictured: Candidate Nick Pavlik.

Nick Pavlik


Nick is an archivist for the Northwest Ohio regional history collections at the BGSU Center for Archival Collections. He currently serves as the WCHS Collections Committee chair and is seeking his second term on the board. He brings to the board ample experience with collections management, grant writing, donor relations, strategic planning, public programming, and exhibition knowledge, and offers a strong partnership between the Society and the University Archives. He is passionate about bringing history to public audiences to encourage using historic resources to tackle the challenges facing our contemporary society. Nick resides in Toledo.

  Vote now!
Click the blue VOTE button to the left to access the online ballot.

To be eligible to vote in the 2021-2023 board election:

You must be a paid member of the Wood County Historical Society in good standing.

You must include your membership number, which can be found on the mailing label of your Chanticleer newsletter or can be obtained by contacting the museum at the contact information below.

The slate has five (5) potential candidates. Vote for no more than (4) four by checking the box next to each candidate’s name.

Your electronic vote must be received no later than Wednesday, November 11, 2020.

If you do not want to vote online, you may mail in a paper ballot. A paper ballot was included in the Autumn edition of the Chanticleer newsletter, or can be obtained by contacting the museum at the contact information below. Paper ballots must be received by November 11, 2020.

Each paid member is eligible for one vote. Duplicate voting will render multiple votes invalid.