Friends of Whitman County Library
Meeting Minutes
October 17, 2017

In attendance: Sheri Miller, Shirley Cornelius, Kelley Jones, Gail Webster, Velma Ulrich, Polly Anderson, Wanda Alderman, Kristie Kirkpatrick, Sue Hallett, Patti Cammack, Nichole Kopp, Marti Olson, Mikki Tague, Debi Hergert

The meeting was called to order by President Sue Hallett at 11:00 am. The September minutes were read and approved without corrections.

A note accompanying a donation was read from Debbie Adams, one of Edie Ray’s daughters, in which she shared her love of our library from an early age.

Shirley reported on the current treasurer’s report which included several memorials and monies from the book sale.

Old Business

The tech center restrooms are completed and only the back exterior wall needs to be finished. More options are now open for a variety of meetings to be held in the Center.

The fair booth won the “People’s Choice” award. The booth was well attended by adults and children spinning the wheel. Rural Heritage was again of high interest. The “Name the Library Pig” contest had many entries . The winning choice is “Kris P. Bacon”.

New Business

Sue reported how informative the Funeral home and Superior Court tours were. She suggested we continue tours and check on possibly going to the Whitman County Gazette.

Supporters of the month have been Tom Mohr, the Campbell’s, and Mikki Tague for December. Mikki was presented her award at the meeting.

Kristie shared the library budget woes for 2018. In February, there will be restoration vote of the library’s maintenance and operations levy rate for 2018. Ideas were shared for promoting the levy. One suggestion was writing letters to the editor.

The Friends were asked to participate, if interested, in decorating a tree for Winterfest which is Dec. 7th and help host Art Among the Trees by contributing appetizers on Dec. 20th.

Shirley shared how successful and fascinating the Milwaukee Railway Program was in Rosalia. Participants explored the historic Rosalia Concrete Arch Bridges and viewed a presentation of historic images from Rural Heritage collection.

All of the branches are receiving training for youth programing.

Kristie shared several upcoming events and highlighted the Vietnam program which should be extremely informative. The program, “Vietnam: sharing and preserving the stories of local Veterans”, is in partnership with NW Public Television and Radio.

The next meeting will be November 14th.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:55 a.m.

Respectfully submitted, Debi Hergert

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