Vicki Varney, Library Director|
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Honors, Elections Top TPL Annual MeetingHonoring volunteer service and electing new Trustees and Corporators highlighted the annual meeting of the Turner Public Library on Aug. 1 in the Community Room of the Leavitt Institute Building.
Enthusiastic applause was given for Junior Corporators Zoe Nadeau and Carly Jordan for their continuing service to the Library.
In presenting them, Trustee Jeannie Prince noted that "Each year TPL honors exemplary volunteers and this year we recognize Zoe and Carly. They came to serve the Library two years ago as 10-year-old fifth graders with a zest for community service and a desire to help others. At the Library’s Festival on the Green that year they had a booth to raise monies for Haitian refugees. They have helped with the make-it-and-take-it crafts, and most recently manned the water and coffee along the parade route for the Fourth of July Festival."
Trustee Prince added "Throughout the year these two dynamos have eagerly done what was asked of them, often re-scheduling their busy young lives, but always putting their special brand of creativity and joy into each project. Christmas saw them helping youngsters make holiday bookmarks and ornaments; Earth Day had them knee deep in soil and fairy houses."
"They were our Guest Readers at the April Story Hour and did an amazing reading based on ‘If You Give a Cat a Cupcake’ complete with crafts and cupcake decorating. Zoe dressed up as Baxter the Maine State Library mascot cat and shook paws and gave out hugs and autographs to all the delighted story readers."
Trustee Prince noted that it is "Unusual to find young people with such a high desire and understanding of volunteerism. Carly and Zoe, we thank you for everything you do and for being such important role models."
Turner Public Library Trustee Jeannie Prince, center, with Junior Corporators Carly Jordan, left, and Zoe Nadeau. Trustee Prince presented honors to the young ladies for their exemplary volunteer service to the Library at the Annual Meeting. (Photos by Library Trustee Ken Roberts)
Trustee Jennifer Talbot presented a moving and most deserved tribute to retiring Trustee Pat Dickinson. She noted that inspirational author Ann Radmacher said "As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way" and "That describes our valued Trustee and friend, Pat Dickinson, who has been shining her light on TPL for more than a dozen years."
She added "For many of those years Pat chaired our annual Fourth of July Festival, and then turned her attention to help our able resident Pinata maker, Lin Gilbert, expand this major fun activity. Pat also chaired the Books Committee, lending her love of the written word to this aspect of the Library."
Talbot quoted author Vera Nazarian: "Whenever you read a good book somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light". She said if that holds true then "Pat, a most avid reader, has let in a lot of light!" She also credited Pat for her amazing attention to detail by being Treasurer and refining the Library’s accounting system.
"Actually," Talbot continued "Pat represents the very essence of the Library. She lends her expertise in every aspect with grace and finesse." She added this thought from Oprah: "You have to find what sparks a light in you so that you in your own way can illuminate the world".
She concluded "Pat, we want to deeply thank you for your time, effort, support, and love that you have demonstrated while illuminating the Library. So in keeping with the theme of light we hope that this small gift will remind you of TPL".
Pat Dickinson, left, was honored at the Turner Public Library’s Annual Meeting for her more than dozen years of valued service as a Trustee. She has been active from beginning to end with every Library project, and most notably served for many years as chair of the annual Fourth of July Festival, chair of the Books Committee, and as Treasurer refined the Library’s accounting system. With Pat is Trustee Jennifer Talbot who presented the honors. Trustee Officers
Officers of the Board of Trustees elected at the meeting were: President, Debbie Gilbert; Vice President, Elaine Chenard; Secretary, Theresa Gillis; Treasurer, Jenny Maheu.
Nancy Clark and Jacqueline Dyer were elected as Corporators of the Library. Further election results will be reported in a later edition of the CC.
Nancy Clark, left, was elected a new Corporator for the Turner Public Library at its recent Annual Meeting, and Jenny Maheu was elected to the Board of Trustees as Treasurer. Brief reports from various committees were heard, reporting that: The added computers in the Library are handling the increased demand; the website (www.turnerpubliclibrary.org) continues (thank you Cindy Tibbetts) to be very popular; Trustees will discuss establishing written guidelines so that vendors will be clear as to who can sell what at the Fourth of July Festival on the Green; the Library’s major fund raising events were again successful in bringing together huge numbers of people from the community in support of a local treasure for fun and family enjoyment; Story Time continues to be popular for pre-school and kindergarten youngsters and their parents and grand-parents; more people continue to use the Library and Trustees thank patrons for making the Turner Public Library THE place to be.