The 2014 FOCPL Annual Meeting was held in conjunction with the December Board Meeting on Wednesday evening, December 10, 2014, in the library’s meeting room, which was decorated with flyers from the 2014 “Author Talks” fundraisers and special events. Friends and board members were able to meet and socialize while enjoying four different and delicious varieties of pizza, courtesy of President Tommy McNeil.
A highlight of the meeting was the recognition of Past President Janet Flowers, with statements by Tommy McNeil and Lori-Anne Shapiro, and the presentation of a Weaver Street Market gift card. Erin Shepherd Hill submitted a list of accolades, including the following:
“From a high-level perspective, Janet was the catalyst for important internal reorganizing with the Friends from 2010-2013. As the president or co-chair of the Board during this time, she: initiated the codification of several policies, practices and committee charges; implemented financial oversight practice of the Friends funds; began regular reviews of the Friends bylaws; presided over paver fundraisers that garnered tens of thousands of dollars for the library; organized the Friends’ Matters newsletter; streamlined book sale logistics; opened the line of communications within the Friends via the email listserv; planned and organized the annual holiday business meeting and Friends gatherings; served on the budget planning committee; and actively participated in all Friends functions. Janet is an exceedingly collaborative and collegial person, and these traits served the Friends and the library well during her tenure. She worked closely with library administration and staff to great effect. It was an honor to serve with Janet with the Friends of the Library. Janet, the former head of acquisitions for UNC Libraries, is a champion of libraries and OCPL in particular.”
President McNeil’s “Year in Review” focused on three highlights: (1) an outstanding quarterly newsletter by outgoing committee members: Sara Levinson, Chris Holaday and Josh Walker; (2) Marcia Cameron’s launching of the consignment book sale as an additional source of revenue; and (3) the success of the Maya Angelou Celebration, which was coordinated by four Friends groups: Friends of the Orange County Public Library, Friends of the Carrboro Public Library, Friends of Chapel Hill Public Library and Friends of the ArtsCenter of Carrboro.
Library Director Lucinda Munger reviewed the year’s accomplishments and thanked the Friends for their participation and support. The Strategic Report November Update was the guiding document for her presentation. Assistant Director Andrea Tullos reported on the three paver fundraisers. The first sale in 2009 raised about $26,000, the second around $12,000, and the last one in 2014, with 57 pavers, around $5800. Additional committee reports were given, all of which can be read in the December 2014 minutes on the FOCPL webpage.
Three new Board Members elected at the meeting were Robin Crawford, Shannon Turlington and Kathy Key. Kathy later declined membership on the Board.