Friends of Whitman County Library
Meeting Minutes
February 12, 2013
Colfax Branch


The February meeting was called to order by President Wanda Alderman at 11:00 AM.

No new guests joined us today.

Previous month’s minutes: were read by Claudia Rollins and approved as corrected.

Treasurer’s report: Peggy led us through the statement of our finances. It was approved as read. Kristie brought to our attention again that we have a commitment to Endicott for additional funds. She asked that these committed funds be moved to the Endicott Building account so as not to spend them twice. Kristie made a motion that "Once Peggy calculates how much has been donated toward the Endicott building project, that amount along with additional Friends monies totaling $11,500 be moved to the Endicott building fund." The motion was discussed, moved, seconded and passed.

November 2012 Minutes: Kristie brought us up to date on the Endicott renovation and the need for additional funds. USDA required a pledge of an additional $11,500 in funds. Kristie committed those funds from the FOL for that purpose. It was moved, seconded and passed to approve that expenditure. We also received $1,000 from the Thrifty Grandmothers to help replenish our funds.

Old Business:

1. Journals are selling well, especially old classics. Reducing the price to $10 has helped encourage sales. Several businesses, a couple out of town, have asked to stock these items and plan a special display.

2. The teen art exhibit was well received with 100-150 people turning out for the Artists’ Reception, and Meet the Artist also had a good turnout.

New Business:

1. Correspondence: none was received or sent on behalf of FOL.

2. No bequests or memorials were received.

3. Discussion was held on the revisions to the bylaws. It was moved, seconded, and passed to accept the proposed changes. Officers were re-elected.

4. Library Supporter of the Month for February will be Marcy Campbell, and Wired to Wireless of Malden will be the March Library Supporter of the Month. Airpipe has recently changed its name to Wired to Wireless. Thanks to a grant Airpipe wrote and administered, Airpipe provided Malden with a library facility, computer lab and Internet free of charge for 2 years, and has a commitment to maintain the building for an additional 8 years.

5. Branch update.

A. Malden: Kristie apprised us of the dilemma in Malden with the change in name from Airpipe to Wired to Wireless. The citizens of Malden have expressed hard feelings over the cutbacks that have occurred with the changes to the Malden branch and the name change. WCL has a commitment to provide two hours per week of service, and we are presently providing five hours per week. The branch manager has also left and we now have an opening. Kristie recommended doing a mailing to the citizens of Malden explaining the changes.

B. Lacrosse: Peggy enthusiastically updated us on the status of the Lacrosse branch library, revitalized market and café. No carpet has been installed in the library area to date but it is expected by the end of March. The market is in business and the new café, the Grill Billy, is expected to open soon.

6. CCS Community Enrichment Classes: Through the Community Colleges of Spokane, six to eight enrichment classes will be offered to the public in Colfax. There will be an open house on March 14, 5 to 7 PM, and we are encouraged to attend.

7. Youth services: There will be a Valentine’s party on 2/14; and a family concert on 3/2 sponsored by the Foundation for Early Learning.

8. Calendar of Events: February is Food for Fines month. 2/21 WSU Raptor Club will make a presentation at 3:30-4:30P. On 2/27 Steve Heaps will make a presentation on prostate cancer from his book, “The Rancid Walnut”. We are encouraged to invite all the men we know. 3/2 is the Jim Gill family concert. 3/8 Meet the Artist will be Wendy Zupan Bailey, a doll maker/puppeteer.

Next meeting is March 5 at 11 AM.

Meeting was adjourned at 11:40 AM.

Respectfully submitted, Claudia Rollins

Attendance: Mary Ann Mitchell, Sue Hallett, Peggy Bryan, Teri Kneale, Patti Cammack, Becky Lawhead, Sheri Miller, Wanda Alderman, Polly Anderson, Kristie Kirkpatrick, Claudia Rollins

For more information, contact:

Kristie Kirkpatrick at 509-397-4366

For a complete list of events and programs happening in all fourteen Whitman County Library branches, visit the Whitman County Library website or the library's events calendar or call the library at 397-4366 or 877-733-3375 toll-free.