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2020 Election Results

The 2020 Election of Area 7 Board members concluded May 31. Please join us in congratulating Secretary Denean Smith and Treasurer-elect Sally Sterk. Denean will be serving her second term as Secretary. We thank Treasurer Deanna Clemen for her service to Area 7 over the past 4 years and welcome Sally to the Area 7 Board on October 1. Thank you to all who voted. 

Office of Secretary

Denean Smith has been ringing handbells for over 20 years, initially ‘drafted’ to ring in her church handbell choir in Decatur, IL.  She currently rings with, and is treasurer for, Encore! Handbell Ensemble (Oshkosh, WI) and rings with Grace Lutheran Church handbell choir (Green Bay, WI).  Her prior handbell experience includes ringing 12 years with Bells In Motion (Springfield, IL). She has participated in numerous events including Bay View (Michigan) Week of Handbells, Distinctly Bronze East, Distinctly Bronze West, National Seminar and regional events sponsored by Areas 7 & 8.  She is a retired accounting manager and lives with her husband,Mark, in De Pere, WI.

Office of Treasurer

Sally Sterk began her handbell career by responding to a poster looking for people interested in learning handbells during her junior year at Concordia College.  After moving to Fargo in 2016, she got back in touch with her college director Jessica Westgard Larson, and joined the bell choir at St. John Lutheran. She has enjoyed the opportunity to push her handbell skills and meet new people by attending past Anthornis and Area 7 Festival events.

Sally is a CPA currently employed at Eide Bailly LLP within the governmental auditing group and serves on her church finance committee. Previously, she served as treasurer for the Calumet Players, a community theater group in Pipestone, Minnesota.  Outside of work and handbells, Sally enjoys knitting, running, playing flute and saxophone, and spending time with her husband Dave and cat Tuffy.