Stefanie Martt never knew how much time retirement would require of her.

Stefanie Martt never knew how much time retirement would require of her.

The retired nurse who has five grandsons living in the area has decided to step down from the German Village Society Board of Trustees.

"I want to do other things that my time investments don't allow me to do," she said.

Martt, 61, was elected to the board last year and began serving in October. Her resignation is effective immediately, although she will serve as chairwoman of the membership committee until a replacement is found.

She said she wants to continue to volunteer in a nursing capacity.

Martt said she enjoyed serving on the society's board.

"I support everything the German Village Society is doing," she said. "It was a wonderful experience, but I wanted to be doing other things."

Her replacement will fulfill the remainder of her term, which will expire in 2015.

Meanwhile, the Society board is seeking nominations from the community for those interested in running for the board.

Of the three incumbents up for re-election -- Mike Yarbrough, Beth Ervin and Brian Santin -- only Santin will look to return to the board.

People who are interested can submit their responses by May 1 to Jeanne M. Likins, chairwoman of the organizational development committee, at the address through the society's website --

They can also be mailed or dropped off at the German Village Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St.

The organizational development committee, which is responsible for elections, will make its recommendations at the June 10 board meeting.

Nominees are required to obtain 10 signatures from Society members before submitting their forms.

It is the first election since the Society's board voted on changes to the bylaws.

The organizational development committee will emphasize its expectations of candidates, who will be asked to serve as chairmen of committees, raise money, buy tickets to events and attend them and volunteer.

"Because of the way that German Village Society sprung up from entirely volunteer power we have the tradition of needing board members and leaders across the spectrum who are able to give us their time and talent," said Shiloh Todorov, Society director.