The Friends Board of Directors & Committees

Current Members of the Friends Board of Directors

Ann Marie Arment | Committee 


Ilene Blain | Advocacy Committee


Ashley Brenner | Communications/Public Relations Committee, Programs Committee 


Lyn Buchheit | Recording Secretary, Membership Committee 


Stan Cutler | Programs Committee, Communications/Public Relations Committee


Joanne Dhody | Communications/Public Relations Committee, Past President 


Phyllis Donahue | President, Garden Committee 


Karen Freedman | Membership Committee, Programs Committee 


Mike Henry | Treasurer 


Jan LeSuer | Membership Committee, Programs Committee, Advocacy Comittee 


Prather O’Donnell | Librarian, Programs Committee


Renee Polsky | Book Sale Committee, Past President 


Marlene Sider | Hospitality Committee, Communications/Public Relations Committee


Position and Committee Roles & Responsibilities

 

President

To preside over and conduct meetings, to appoint all committees, except as limited herein, and to be ex-officio a member of the committees.


Vice President

To perform the duties of the President in the absence of the President and to assist the President as requested.


Treasurer

To keep and maintain the financial records of the organization and support Committees with planning and solicitation and dues, contributions and gifts.


Recording Secretary

To record attendance at all meetings and to take and distribute minutes of all meetings.


Corresponding Secretary 

To keep a list of the membership; to notify the Friends and Executive Board of the time and place of meetings; and to conduct the correspondence of the organization.


Membership Committee (Fundraising)

Membership – Developing and implementing new membership campaigns, programs, benefits and new member recruitment strategies. Participate in planning member events. And, in conjunction with the Corresponding Secretary, maintain member and contributor database.


Programs Committee

Work with librarians and other committees to plan and manage programs to increase library use, increase community involvement, and serve as an opportunity to recruit new Friends members.


Hospitality Committee 

Provide refreshments for programs and events as deemed appropriate by the Executive Committee.


Book Sale Committee (Fundraising)

Manage and maintain Friends Used Book Sale events. Consider sale of other retail items; investigate and consider ways to increase revenue from retail sales, build increased community involvement and Friends participation and membership.


Gardens Committee

Responsible for planning and maintaining the library garden, indoor plantings and holiday decorations. Promoting use of the garden by the community and recommending garden use for Library and Friends events & programs.


Marketing, Communications & PR Committee

In conjunction with other committees (Membership, Programs, Fundraising) Marketing, Communications & Public Relations develops press releases, feature stories, developing newsletters, brochures and is responsible for developing potential websites and managing social media presence.


Librarian (ex-officio)

Works with Friends officers and committees to plan and manage programs sponsored and/or supported by the Friends, focused on children, young adults and adults to increase library use and increase community involvement with the library – and serve as an opportunity to recruit new Friends membership. 


Fundraising Committee

Fundraising – (other than Membership and Book Sales).  Identify and apply for grants (Philadelphia Activities Grants, etc.), work to identify individual and corporate donors, work with Program Committee to identify potential Program and Event Sponsors.


Advocacy Committee

Assume responsibility for building and maintaining relationship with the Library, the Library Foundation and other Friends organizations – identify opportunities for community outreach, events, programs, fundraising, co-operation and relationship building.  Advocate for the Library and for the Friends.