FOFL President’s Letter

February 2014


Dear Friends,

Well, 2014 has started off in the deep freeze.  Let us hope that spring will come sooner than the groundhog predicted!  As you may know, our past president, Jeanie Sieling, is off in warm, sunny Florida with her husband for these cold months.

At the end of last year there were a number of changes to FOFL.  Jeanie resigned as president.  She did such a good job as we transitioned to a new relationship now that we have our library.  I was elected president.  Ann Koski became vice president and has agreed to work closely with me. Christine Gregor, our secretary, informed us that she needed to resign due to an increased workload.  We thank her for her dedicated work, not only as secretary but also for helping with our new website.   We will miss her.  Nicki Troia was elected to fill her spot.  We are thankful to have Karen Grimmer remain as our treasurer.  Barbara Rottman is in charge of our book sales. The remaining board members are David Olein, Ali Bram, and Mary Power.  I am so grateful to be working with such a dedicated board.

I am happy to report some good news that may help to lift our spirits from this winter weather.  FOFL received many generous donations from our friends and supporters at the end of the year. We received $9,668!  This money will go to the library’s North American History Collection.  It is heart-warming and amazing to see the support for our library.  Thank you.   Another fundraising effort was the Dine Around Fitchburg.  Thank you to all who ate out at the restaurants that participated: The Great Dane, Veranda, Funk’s, Roman Candle, Papa Murphy’s, and Pizza Hut.  We raised $1,811 for that. As a result of these donations, we were able to fund many projects for the library that will encourage even greater enthusiasm for it. 

On another note, we are down in the number of books we have for our upcoming sale on February 21 and 22.  If you have any books that you were thinking of donating, this would be a good opportunity.  Just drop them off at the front desk.

We will share more information at our breakfast at the Egg and I on Thursday, Feb. 13, at 9:00. Please register (see events page) to attend.  Watch this page  to stay connected and involved; we also welcome your suggestions on the types of news you want to hear.  You are vital to our entire success.  We hope to have some kind of gathering every two months. It will certainly be easier in warmer weather.  We hope to see you on Feb. 13; remember we have door prizes!


Alice Jenson

President FOFL


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