Foundation Report to Library Board 2-19-09

I’m pleased to announce that Noelle Todd Drechsel, a staunch supporter of the Oveson-Campbell Homework Center, has made a generous additional gift to the named endowed fund she established with The Library Foundation last year. Noelle’s friendship, and her sustained advocacy on behalf of the library, are deeply appreciated.

Working in cooperation with the library’s Red Carpet Services, the Library Foundation will once again assist in the planning and implementation of the Veterans Recognition Program. (Scheduled for November 5 at the library.) This year, we will be joined by Dr. Howard Ward, who has made a generous gift in support of this project. Dr. Ward will serve on the project advisory committee, and he has promised to once again share a display from his extensive collection of military artifacts.

The Library Foundation notes with sadness the passing of Rev. Jud and Barbara Townley. The Townleys were active supporters of the library throughout their lives, and Barbara served several terms on the board of the Friends of the Library. In addition to being faithful annual donors, the Townleys also contributed works of art to the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery. They will be missed.

Planning is already well underway for our next Wilder Society Tea, scheduled for Sunday, April 26. Our program will feature the talents of Rob Banks, as we cast our eye back to the music of the late 19th century which Edward and Mary Wilder would have known and appreciated. We encourage you to note the date in your calendar and plan to attend.

The Library Foundation is partnering with Topeka Collegiate School to help host a local “Peace Corps Day” on March 6. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, including Jim McHenry and Tim Elmer from the library’s inner circle, will be meeting with students and spending time in classes on that date. From 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm, 15 RPCVs– representing a geographically and culturally diverse group of nations–will participate in an informal reception/information session to be held in the library’s Marvin Auditorium. Our involvement was first proposed by library donor Susan Garlinghouse, whose daughter, Meg, served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali.

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