Wanted: Volunteer for Town’s Most Rewarding Board
by Will Thompson, Trustee, Wilkinson Public Library
Aug 19, 2009 | 1318 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Guest Commentary

There’s a vacancy on Wilkinson Library’s Board of Trustees

Positions on the board of trustees at the library are seldom vacant; however, there are times when a trustee moves on for equally important endeavors.

Presently, the board of trustees has one vacant seat to be filled by someone wishing to serve our library and community (the term expires December 31, 2010, with a five-year extension). The five trustees meet at least once a month and their duties are to control and monitor library funds, property and expenditures, and to select and hire a library director. Trustees also bring their expertise to the board by serving on at least one of the following four subcommittees:

   1. Long range planning

   2. Personnel

   3. Public relations (open January, 2010)

   4. Finance (now open)

Ann Brady and Nancy Talmey each share their interests and skills by both serving on long-range planning and personnel committees. Ann retired as

Telluride school district superintendent and before retiring, Nancy was COO of netLibrary, an online library service that managed digital rights on the internet.

The finance subcommittee consists of two board members: Charles Sullivan, who is a retired attorney, and Dawn Ibis, who is stepping down, and who served on Telluride Town Council before graduating with a masters degree in finance a few years ago. She has also served as business manager to Telluride school district. While a financial background is not required for the open board position, knowledge in accounting would certainly be desirable.

As for myself, I make up a one-person subcommittee on public relations. I have no background in the field, but I have owned and operated a gallery on main street since 1985 and have served on numerous nonprofit boards.

Serving on the library board has been my most rewarding service to the community and it is no secret that I am proud to be associated with our five-star library. My second five-year term expires in December of this year.

While there are no term limits for trustees, I personally believe that new ideas and a fresh perspective are essential to guide the Wilkinson for the next five years.

Some of my past board members who have served with distinction include Tom

Clancy (whom I replaced in 1999), Larry Wilkinson, Andrea Benda, Mike

Ritchey, Michelle Kodis, Sid Brotman, and Tom Schmidt. Their service was valuable and they all left an indelible impression on the library.

We are lucky to have so many talented people who contribute their time and dedication to serve on our community non-profit boards. Interested candidates for the library trustee position should submit a letter of intent to the library board by September 15th. The board will then make a recommendation for appointment by the Board of County Commissioners.

When one is asked to name the most welcoming public institution in ANY community which is also the safest and most comfortable, our libraries are usually at the top of the list. The Wilkinson is no exception. Most of us regard it as our community center; indeed, it has become our community treasure.

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