The German Village Society's winsome director, Shiloh Todorov, is taking a well-deserved vacation this week.

The German Village Society's winsome director, Shiloh Todorov, is taking a well-deserved vacation this week.

I told her I would be willing to write a guest column in her absence, and that I had some thoughts as to its content.

However, I did not clue her in on the topic I had in mind. When she returns from her trip, she will be surprised to learn that I am writing about her accomplishments in the nine months she has been on the job.

Since my tenure as president of the Society coincided with Shiloh's arrival, I have been privileged to watch her up-close, and I can report unreservedly that she is doing very well indeed.

When Shiloh reported for duty on Oct. 10 of last year, she immediately contacted and establish rapport with a wide array of members, committee chairs, and civic groups.

If you have regular involvement with the Society, Shiloh has undoubtedly sought you out.

She quickly grasped the Society's nuts-and-bolts operational and budgetary matters.

This has enabled her to provide leadership and energy on a wide range of issues affecting the Society and our community.

She has done so with a personal style that is diplomatic yet persistent.

And she becomes downright passionate when it comes to advancing the Society's historic preservation mission.

While Shiloh has served as "ringmaster" for virtually all of the Society's activities, several highlights of her directorship deserve special mention.

After the Streetscape Committee issued its recommendations to the board for enhancements to the infrastructure and safety of Third Street, Shiloh worked with the committee to organize a public meeting to garner additional input and support for the project.

She then collaborated with members of the Civic Relations Committee to figure out the advocacy for the project.

Shiloh and I then met with city department directors and council members to determine the avenue to achieve our goal.

Through these discussions, we learned of the potential availability of city Urban Infrastructure Recovery Funding for projects like Third Street.

Armed with this information, Shiloh took the lead -- still in collaboration with the committees who had worked years to bring it to this phase -- in preparing and filing our application to the city for funding.

We are optimistic that the city will approve this first-stage application.

Shiloh made significant contributions to a new design for German Village hand-out maps with German Village Business Committee representatives.

Drawing upon her marketing background, she also suggested to GVBC new venues to make the maps more readily available to the public, plus other joint marketing opportunities for our Village businesses.

In keeping with her passion for historic preservation, Shiloh has taken a lead role in revitalizing our group tours.

Soon, the Society will make available a German Village "Ghost Tour" for the first time.

She has also been "hands-on" in her involvement with the Historic Preservation Committee's oral histories project.

The committee intends to record the stories of long-time German Village residents, and those knowledgeable about the Society's own history.

Shiloh found a grant that may assist with the ongoing expense of this project, and has worked with Historic Preservation Consultant Jody Graichen to create the grant application.

As a member of the Oral Histories Subcommittee , I can vouch for the fact that Shiloh's assistance has been invaluable.

Shiloh is also sensitive to governance issues. To that end, she deemed it important for each Society committee to draft a statement of purpose describing how each committee viewed its particular purpose and mission.

This has helped both the board and the committees in ensuring that everyone is on the same page, and that committees do not act in cross-purposes with each other or the board.

Shiloh, in tandem with the Development Committee, is exploring whether there are better ways of raising the money necessary to fund the operations and activities of the Society.

The fundraising model we have is being reviewed to see if it comports with the Society's ongoing and future needs.

Shiloh has both raised and saved us money. She reviewed our existing contracts with vendors to find potential cost-savings and she uncovered savings in the thousands of dollars.

She has created new programs including art workshops and exhibits and children's programming.

She trained for and ran (and completed) the Columbus Half-Marathon, raising $6,000 in the process.

In short, Shiloh has become the leader we expected she would be when we hired her last October. She is making headway in raising the profile of the Society -- both locally and nationally.

I look for more creative leadership from Shiloh Todorov in the coming year.

German Village Society President Bill Case submitted the Village Notebook column to the ThisWeek German Village Gazette.