FRIENDS OF THE MARY JOHNSTON MEMORIAL LIBRARY
P.O. Box 1091
Standish, Michigan 48658
Monthly Meeting Minutes
June 6, 2013
Meeting was called to
order at 7:18 by Treasurer Gaynol Fales. In attendance were
Phyllis Klender, Kelly Spencer, Pat Burmeister, Elon Blasgall
and Hilde Carruthers.
Since only one officer is present, the meeting continued as a
non-deciding, informative meeting only. It was decided to
continue with the meeting since the July meeting is cancelled.
The May minutes were reviewed. Motion made by Phyllis Klender
accept the minutes on condition of striking the comment about
the books handed out at the parade being met with lack of
interest, since that comment had been confused with a comment
about World Book Night. Motion supported by Kelly Spencer.
The treasurer’s report as of May 31 was presented by Treasurer
Gaynol Fales: total of all accounts $9,578.31, April income
$34.44 and expenses $244.13 totaling -$209.69, and year-to-date
grand total of $6.91. Motion by Pat Burmeister to accept the
report, seconded by Phyllis. Motion passed. Bill for $88.62
presented to be paid to Fergie’s Restaurant for the belated
National Library Week staff lunch. $33.10 income came from
patron donations. Gaynol included in this month’s report a Prior
Year Comparison to illustrate that at this time last year we
were $200 ahead and this year we are $200 behind, stressing that
the continual decline in book sale income makes it necessary we
come up with new fundraising ideas. The 2012 Annual Report was
distributed to the group at this time.
A card from the staff was presented at this time to thank
the group for the NLW staff lunch at Fergie’s. A birthday
cake was purchased by Karen Weishuhn to celebrate Librarian
Hilde Carruthers’ birthday at this gathering.
Phyllis Klender delivered the cards that were made to the
Saginaw VA Hospital along with eight boxes of books.
Appears to be
interest in “Have a Blind Date with a Book”. $14.00 has been
donated to the BD books so far.
Not many books were brought back from Zauel Library this
time. The volunteers had time to sort them before boxing
“Shopping for Hidden
Treasures” was attended by approximately 15 people plus
several volunteers and lasted about 2 hours. Cookies and
water were the refreshments. Karen Weishuhn will write a
report to present to the District as required and will
present it to this group. The volunteers who at this meeting
who attended the presentation thought it was very
Previous discussion with Joe Sancimino on the Arenac County
Fair Board resulted in a decision to not have a Reading with
Kids program this year but instead to create a reading
corner with some children’s books and bookmarks. Kelly and
Phyllis agreed to select books to box up and leave at the
library for the fair. If they need to be taken to the fair,
Elon Blasgall and/or Gaynol said she/they would do that.
Sheri Koelsch has begun summer garden and flower box
maintenance. President Weishuhn and Treasurer Fales agreed
via email last month to allow up to $200.00 for necessary
supplies, plants, etc. Sheri explained that the problem with
the south side erosion is not due to snow plowing but to a
wrong slant to the garden area. She suggested bricking it to
match the front gardens. We will discuss this further with
IADL regarding funding.
Some ideas were tossed around about fundraising. Elon said
patrons have shown interest in sturdy book bags. Gaynol will
get information from McTaggarts. Raffles were discussed in
general and Phyllis said she would research licensing
procedure and cost. Pat suggested, since campground visitors
can use MJML, that we try to do something with the local
campgrounds. All of this to be discussed and/or decided upon
Next meeting is August 1. Meeting adjourned 8:25 PM.
Gaynol Fales, substitute Secretary