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Friends of the Lawrence Library Meeting Notes

May 13, 2004

The Meeting was called to order at 10:30 a.m. by Kris Pimm.

Corresponding Secretary’s Report.
Ruth Moses mentioned that a few checks had come in for membership during the month, and also distributed a few miscellaneous items of mail.

Treasurer’s Report.
Andrea Collins indicated that the starting balance was $11,435.90. Total deposits were $1283.75, including $838.75 from the Toy Yard Sale. Two large donations were made to the Toy Yard Sale by Christiane Gorycki and Cheryl Murray. Total expenses for the month were $1573.78, including $805.80 going to programs. The ending balance came to $11,145.87. The Treasurer’s Report was accepted as read.

Library Director’s Report.
Ann Parsons indicated that the Library Budget was approved at Town Meeting. Ann also gave the group a review of the summer reading program plans, as well as plans for a few other upcoming programs.

Cheryl Murray highlighted additional programs in more detail.

Kim Simonich reported for Kathy Low. According to Kathy the response to the recent mailing has been great. Membership is up 34 from last month, to 192, which is 10 over last year

Art Gallery.
The next reception will be on Saturday, May 15th, from 2-4 p.m. The train display will take place during June, and the local schools will display children’s art during the summer.

Toy Yard Sale.
Tina Rotondi reported on the event, including the planning and preparation involved. There was a line waiting at 9 a.m. on the day of the event, and the first hour was extremely busy. At 11:00 the pricing was reduced to $2/bag, though Tina felt that in the future we might get more money by asking for a donation. At 11:30, the price dropped to $1/bag, in order to clear the inventory and reduce potential leftovers. What was left was brought to the St. David’s Church for their spring sale. Approximately $800 was grossed for the sale. Tina advised the group that this is the last year she’ll be managing the sale, due to other commitments, and the group discussed ideas for future toy yard sales.

Book Sale.
Kris passed around the signup sheet and reviewed the schedule. Discussion was held concerning details of the set-up and also plans for bringing unsold books to the Groton School for the Hands Across The Water program that they manage

Annual Report.
Kris reminded the group that she needs year end reports.

End of Year Luncheon
Kris reminded the group of the luncheon scheduled for next month, and passed around a signup sheet for food. Kris will send invitations to past presidents.

Nominating Committee.
The following people have been nominated to be officers for the 2004-2005 year: Kris Pimm and Kim Simonich – Co-Presidents; Lisa Proctor – Vice President; Andrea Collins – Treasurer; Ruth Moses – Corresponding Secretary and Recording Secretary. Sky Minkler will contact the newspaper in order to have them post the notification of proposed officers.

Corporate Membership.
Kathy Low, Andrea Collins and Kim Simonich met recently to brainstorm ideas for seeking and obtaining corporate Friends memberships. Discussion was held concerning some of the ideas that the group came up with, in addition to other ideas that the larger group formed. Andrea showed a Friends bookmark that she made, which was very well received by the group. If it can be reproduced, Ann said she’d be happy to hand them out at the front desk.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:30 a.m.

Respectfully Submitted,
Ruth Moses
Recording Secretary