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07.31.18 Friends Group Minutes

BCCLS Friends Group Meeting

7.31.18, 9:30 am, Glen Rock

Present: Emiliana Tuohey, Lynn Kloss, Georgene Betterbed, Laurie Meeske, Jeanne Sylvester, Darlene Swistock and Ellen O'Keefe

2019 Breakfast Speaker

  • Georgene to reach out to Alan Alda's “camp” in light of his announcement today that he has Parkinson's Disease.

  • Discussion of other potential speakers. Ellen to continue research into Joe Connelly of WCBS Radio; he spoke at 2015 NJLA Conference.

  • General brainstorming of individuals is encouraged.

2018 Breakfast

Harlan Coben gift: Georgene to look into a lucite BCCLS library card.


  • 5 flowers/vase

  • Eucalyptus stems to be purchased from Michael's by several people

  • No “thrillers” or “poofs”

  • Still need 18” wire gauge stems and green floral tape: possibly G&G?


Breakfast menu

  • Ellen, Jeanne & Darlene to meet with Seasons to discuss menu: vegan & gluten free options.

  • Perhaps a section; have labeled as vegan, gluten-free & vegetarian.

  • Suggest: soy creamer, vegan sausages, truly gluten-free oatmeal, vegan hash browns, etc.

Room Set-up

  • Ask Seasons for advice

  • Confirm maximum tables

  • Best spots for baskets

    • Risers-Seasons or Glen Rock's book sale

Head Table-need to confirm # of people

  • Harlan & guests-Georgene to confirm

  • Cindy, Kurt, Dave Hanson, Pat Tumulty, Jean Marie Ryan, Bergen County Freeholders (Cindy to invite; send letter after Labor Day; Darlene to follow up), Ellen?

Email campaigns

August 6-following Seasons meeting:

  • Breakfast Announcement & Reservation Form

  • Subscription button for Friends emails

August 13

  • Call for Baskets-google form from Laurie

  • Share your success stories!

  • Upcoming fundraisers

August 27-Friends Focus

  • Plug the Breakfast; bring a reservation form to your next organizational meeting!

  • Call for Baskets-repeat google form

  • Build Your Capital Campaign Recap

  • Any other upcoming BCCLS events pertinent to Friends

  • Content from Friends groups

On our radar:

January program: Topics??

Next BFG meeting:

Tuesday, August 7, 9:30 am, Glen Rock

For vase assembly

Submitted by Ellen O'Keefe

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