Sanibel Historical Village Elects New Board Members, Officers

A long-time volunteer at the village, Addison came to Sanibel on the ferry in 1951 to visit her grandparents, who had built a cottage on the Gulf in 1950. Addison is a native of Bexley, Ohio. She attended Northwestern University and graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree. Much of her volunteering has focused on music. She created and ran a Music Kindergarten while living in New Hampshire. She served as president of the Racine Symphony Orchestra and created their summer Pops series. She also directed and sang in many choirs as well as being a member of the Junior League and many other church and community service groups.

Donaldson holds an undergraduate degree in English Education, a master’s in Social Work Administration, and a master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Finance. She worked in the public and not-for-profit sectors in New Jersey and New York, where she concentrated on managing and developing staff and programs and where she worked closely with local communities and officials. In 2007 she “graduated from work” and moved to Sanibel. Dorothy also spent 23 years in the Army Reserve Medical Corps where she specialized in personnel and administration. She retired as a Lt. Colonel in 1996. She currently resides in Sanibel nine months of the year and spends her summers traveling and in New York City. She has been a volunteer at the Historical Museum and Village since 2008 and previously served on its board. In addition, Dorothy has been active with the BIG ARTS Chorus, FISH, and Community Housing and Resources as a board member.

Rahe retired in December 2000 from Eli Lilly and Company after a 35-year career. He was employed in the management of production and engineering operations. After retiring from Lilly, Bill worked as an independent consultant to the pharmaceutical industry. Residing with his wife Stephanie on Sanibel since 2001, Bill has served in several volunteer capacities with the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club, Saint Michaels and All Angels Episcopal Church, the Chamber of Commerce, the Sanibel Recreation Center, the Historical Village and the Little Lake Murex Homeowners Association. Bill holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University. He also holds MBA and JD degrees from Indiana University. He spent two years on active military duty with the U.S. Army.
After the annual meeting, the board met to elect officers. Bill Bachman will serve as president; Bill Rahe will be vice president; Pete Halliday continues as treasurer, and Gail Garlinghouse continues as secretary.
This brings the number of board members to 14.

The historical village is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. The village is located at 950 Dunlop Road (next to BIG ARTS). Admission is $10 for adults 18 and older; those under 18 and members are free. Docent-guided tours are available at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at no extra charge, based upon docent availability. There is handicap access to all buildings. For information, call 472-4648 during business hours or visit

Sanibel Historical Museum and Village is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Sanibel Historical Village is located at 950 Dunlop Road (next to BIG ARTS) and there is handicap access to eight of the nine buildings. Admission is FREE for SHMV members and $15 for non-members (adults ages 18 years and up).  For more information, call 472-4648 during museum hours or visit

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