UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: Volunteers recognized by Pequot Library at Annual Meeting

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Volunteers recognized by Pequot Library at Annual Meeting

volunteers RECOGNIZED by Pequot Library at annual meeting

Southport, CT – There was a full house on Sunday, October 27, 2013 for Pequot Library’s Annual Meeting, held in their Auditorium/Concert Hall. The Pequot Library Association (PLA) is composed of Fairfield residents who make annual contributions to Pequot Library. They include school teachers, commuters, parents, grandparents, local business people, owners of local Mom & Pop shops, ministers, neighbors, and entrepreneurs, whose yearly generosity keeps Pequot Library’s doors open and their cultural and literary programs alive. Pequot’s Executive Director, Martha Lord, and William Russell, President of the Board of Trustees, honored four outstanding volunteers. Lord said, “As budgets tighten, Pequot Library is so fortunate to have volunteers like these four recognized honorees. Their tireless work helps Pequot Library better serve the town of Fairfield.”

 Each year the Hoyt O. Perry, Jr. Award is given to the person who, like “Hop,” has given a lifetime of service and support to Pequot Library. It was first awarded in 2004 to its namesake, Hop Perry, who served the Library in many ways: as a Trustee, as Board President, as leader of the Book Sale, as a hard working volunteer, as a Pequot Library Association Member, and as a friend.
William Russell, Martha Lord, Enid Munroe

The 2013 Honoree Pequot Library’s Lifetime Service Award is Enid Munroe. Mrs. Munroe brought the idea of a community art show to Pequot Library over 16 years ago. Munroe was an inspiration to all as she volunteered to spearhead the Art Show’s inception. 17 years later Pequot’s Art Show has grown into a premiere creative event. Annually it brings in new artists and patrons alike. Art lovers travel to the weekend art experience from near and far, and Pequot Library benefits from its fundraising. Many people comment on loving to buy art from their friends and neighbors, to benefit Pequot Library. In 2007, Munroe began chairing the exhibits in Pequot Library’s Perkin Gallery. As a professional artist herself, she has a keen eye for both emerging and established artists. Munroe has been the curator of many exhibits for Pequot Library. Fine art exhibits in The Perkin Gallery have been diverse, top-quality, and again, bring in new members of the community. Patrons enjoy being immersed in fine art and photography either at an art opening or as they stroll through the gallery on their way to check out a book at the Front Desk. Munroe has lived in Japan and Mexico, and brings her world-class vision to everything she does for Pequot Library. Russell said, “We are so grateful you have been a part of the Pequot Library family for so many years. Congratulations on being awarded this year’s Lifetime Service Award, the “Hop” Perry Award!”

The next award was the Volunteer of the Year Award. The Volunteer of the Year award is given to a volunteer, who over the past year, has done yeoman’s work for the Library. It is always hard to select the recipient for this award as Pequot has so many valuable volunteers.  However, this year’s recipient is a standout.

William Russell, Jane Michener, Graham Michener, Martha Lord
The 2013 Winners are Graham & Jane Michener. The Volunteer of the Year Award is being awarded to an extremely dedicated and tireless volunteer couple, Jane and Graham Michener. Five years ago, Mr. and Mrs. Michener launched one of the Pequot Library’s newest fundraisers, called “Derby Day.” Even though it serves as a fundraiser for Pequot Library, it is also a “friend raiser.” This imaginative event celebrates the Kentucky Derby on Pequot Library’s Great Lawn in Southport, CT.  The revenue from the fundraiser has steadily increased since its inception in 2009. The Michener’s developed the concept for this fundraiser based on the successful Derby parties they had for friends in their New York City apartment, prior to moving to Southport. They have chaired this event, and rallied volunteers to make it a great success.  2014 will mark, the 6th Annual Derby Party at Pequot Library. Mr. Michener has also been the Co-Chair of the Golf Outing, another library fundraiser for the past three years, and he is a Trustee on the Board. Mrs. Michener’s insights into what really matters and how to market fundraisers while building community have been invaluable.

The third volunteer appreciation award is the Crane-Wood Book Sale Award. The Crane-Wood Book Sale Award is named for Stanley Crane, long-time Director of the Pequot Library, and Fred Wood (former owner of the Open Book Shop.) At the first official Book Sale in 1961, Crane and Wood sorted and priced donated books and library discards, assisted by a handful of volunteers. The award is given to a volunteer who has made a significant contribution to the success of the Book Sale which continues to be Pequot Library’s most successful fundraising event. It is always difficult to select the recipient for this award as Pequot has so many valuable volunteers.  However, this year’s recipient is clearly deserving of recognition.
William Russell, Doug Fried, Martha Lord

The 2013 Honoree is Doug Fried. Russell said, “We are proud to recognize Doug Fried with our Crane-Wood Book Sale Award. He has been a volunteer for the Pequot Library Book Sale since 1992, and has been chair or co-chair for 10 of those years.” Pequot’s Summer Book Sale has grown from a tiny, one shelf, lobby book sale into, 54 years later, one of New England’s biggest and best. Fried’s humble dedication and tireless hours make his work appear seamless. He is responsible for all the book sales’ “Specials” and “Old and Interesting.” Fried chooses which books to capitalize on, and determines their value. His devotion to leading Pequot’s amazing team of over 200 book sale volunteers helps make the Summer Book Sale Pequot Library’s biggest fundraiser. Fried can be equally observed sitting quietly in front of a computer, punching in data to estimate a book’s value, as he can be seen sweating with the best of them on Pivot Day, a day before the book sale at which over 150,000 books are moved into the book sale tents. Fried is known as an all-round nice guy. He is calm, cool, and collected even in the heat of the Book Sale. Russell continued, “We especially remember him during this year’s sale as he single-handedly re-wired the office to accommodate a new credit card machine. He never complains, and he always gets the job done. Congratulations on receiving Pequot library’s Crane-Wood Book Sale Award.”

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