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Friends & Trustees Committee 2019-20 Assignments & Charges

Friends & Trustees Committee 2019-20 Membership

Ellen O'Keefe, Co-Chair Glen Rock
Tom Madru (Trustee), Co-Chair Park Ridge
Emiliana Tuohey Fair Lawn
Georgene Betterbed (Friend) Glen Rock
Lisa Traina (Friend) Hasbrouck Heights
Larry Bergmann (Trustee) Livingston
Peter Wendrychowicz (Trustees) Mahwah
Mike Banick Millburn
Jeanne Sylvester Nutley
Jenifer May Secaucus
Lynn Kloss (Friend) Teaneck
Darlene Swistock BCCLS


  1. Work with Scholarship Committee to host Annual Friends Breakfast in October.
  2. Provide regional continuing education opportunities for Trustees that support the state requirement of 7 CE hours per year.
  3. Continue to build awareness of best practices on how to successfully advocate among trustees, friends and elected officials for increased funding under the Johnson Legislation passed in 2017.
  4. Research and present a program on fostering thriving Friends organizations that build and strengthen relationships with the library board, director, staff and the public.
  5. Research and present a program on library foundations. What roles do foundations serve in the long-term support of public libraries?  What's the difference between a friends group and a foundation?  What are the concerns with starting a foundation?  Is a foundation right for your library?

Commitment Expected:  Meets as necessary to fulfill the charges.

Who may join: Open to trustees, friends, directors and staff who are interested in ensuring that all key stakeholders remain informed and active proponents of library services. 10-12 members.

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