If your idea of a perfect summer vacation is sharing a beach house on the Jersey Shore with your four adult children, their spouses and twelve grandchildren, you want to meet Beth Hofstetter. Beth and her husband John, also a LIRIC member, look forward to this annual reunion with their clan, who travel from Florida, Georgia, New Hampshire and New York to celebrate their love of family time at the beach. Now Beth and John are “snowbirds,” so the family can also have beach time in the winter!
Beth grew up in Manhattan, where she recalls playing tennis at Inwood Hill Park and ice skating in Central Park. Her education included majoring in American History at the College of New Rochelle and studying the Russian language, enabling her to accompany her professor to USSR around the time the Berlin Wall was coming down. Beth has remained active in the CNR Alumni/ae Association and loyal to her Ursuline teachers.
After living in Manhattan when first married, Beth and John moved to Mamaroneck to raise their family. Here, Beth became involved in many community activities while studying for her Master’s Degree in Gerontology. Her volunteer work with the PTA, CCD and League of Women Voters filled her busy schedule to the point that one of her younger children, when asked about his mother’s job, responded, “She goes to a lot of meetings.”
Beth’s work experience began early as a library page at her local branch of the New York Public Library. Her varied career has included working as an editor of a trade magazine, teaching briefly at the high school level, serving as a counselor for those seeking senior housing, running for public office and managing the local office of State Senator Suzi Oppenheimer.
After serving as chapter president of the League of Women Voters, Beth was persuaded to run for public office. She was elected as Trustee of the Village of Mamaroneck and served in this capacity for ten years, from 1982 to 1992. This led to her association with Suzi Oppenheimer, then mayor of Mamaroneck, who successfully campaigned to become State Senator. From 1992 to 2009 Beth served as District Manager of Suzi’s local office. In this role she represented the senator at local events and attended more meetings.
John & Beth Hofstetter -- Photo credit: Ira Weinberg
One monthly meeting Beth most loyally attends is her Mamaroneck Book Club, which started as part of the Newcomers Club. Since 1972 this high-energy community activist has managed to maintain her support of this local group while indulging her love of reading. Beth and John love to take long walks on the weekend – along a beach, in the woods or on a nature trail – and are grateful to have access to so many nature areas. She also loves to travel, although getting there is NOT half the fun anymore!
At LIRIC, Beth attends many sessions dealing with history, politics and literature, among her favorite interests. Most recently, she led the literary discussion of the novel Norwegian by Night as part of the Scandinavian focus. Leading such discussions allows her to share her enthusiasm with others.
LIRIC is glad Beth Hofstetter is sharing her high energy with us!