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By: Anne Uruburu
For: Red Rock News
Date: June 22, 2012


Upcoming Events

  • June 25, 1:00 p.m.  Flicks for Kids.  For title, call 282-7714, ext. 19
  • June 25, 1:30 p.m.  Community Book Discussion of "Vanished Arizona" at Sedona Winds
  • June 25, 6:00 p.m.  Monday Night Movie.  For title. call 282-7714
  • June 27, 1:00 p.m.   Wildman Phil presents a live animal show for the whole family

Library Thanks Outgoing Trustees and Welcomes New Trustees

At the June 19 annual meeting of the Sedona Public Library (SPL) Board of Trustees, two longstanding Trustees retired and two new members were elected to begin three year terms.  As a non-profit organization that provides the services of a public library through contracts with local government, the volunteer Board of Trustees is responsible for administering the affairs of the Library.

Since it is a governing Board, the following are some of the more important duties which the Board executes:  1) Make and enforce all policies, rules, regulations and bylaws necessary for the administration and government of the SPL and all Library property.  2) Exercise and administer any trust declared or created for the Library.  3) Employ a Library Director, determine compensation, and empower the Director to administer the policies of the Board of Trustees.  4) Authorize the sale or purchase of books, journals, publications, real estate, equipment or other property or services of the Library and to pay for same.  5) Accept or reject donations to the Library.

The SPL Board is grateful for the service of two trustees who have contributed significantly to future growth and sustainability of the library in our community. 

Sheila Hoffmeyer joined the Board in 2006 and led many changes including:

  • Chaired the 50th Year Anniversary Committee in 2008, a year-long celebration to thank the community for their support and to honor the volunteer entrepreneurial spirit that founded and developed SPL as a community meeting place for our residents and visitors.
  • Chaired the Director Recruitment Committee and managed the process to complete a nationwide search for a new SPL Director which culminated in hiring Virginia Volkman in June 2009 as the new Library Director.
  • Served three years as President of the SPL Board of Trustees (FY2009, FY2010, and FY2011) focusing on providing the new SPL Director with the counsel and support required to make a successful transition possible.
  • Chaired the Nominating Committee from FY2010 through FY2012 which led to bringing a new, diverse composition of trustees to the Board.

Roger Shlonsky, Treasurer, worked closely with the SPL Business Manager to improve and streamline accounting practices.  Highlights of his four-year term include:

  • Reorganized the accounting and reporting to fully comply with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and financial reporting for larger, multi-fund not-for-profit entities and trusts.
  • Initiated and carried out the long range facility cost and replacement study for use by current and future Boards planning.
  • Reorganized internal accounting controls.
  • Initiated the plan to set up and start long range planning for large funding for the future of the library.

Thank you to these two dedicated, wonderful volunteer Board members for your many contributions to our future welfare.

The FY2013 Board is pleased to welcome new members Abbie Denton Lander and Lynda Brown, Ph.D.  Serving on the Board this year are President Anne Uruburu, President Elect Pat Jansen, Treasurer (Abbie Denton Lander), Past Interim President-elect Annette Lustgarten,  Secretary Sandy Immerso, and Members-at-Large Jan Aranoff, Harvey Bershader, Lynda Brown, Laura Lawrie, Gary Rubin and Pat Whitfield.

Abbie Denton Lander lives in West Sedona and has an accounting practice in the Village of Oak Creek, with emphasis on Financial Accounting, Income Tax Preparation, and Payroll Services.   She has served on many boards throughout her career and is currently Treasurer for several non-profit organizations.  She is active in several Sedona Area organizations including Keep Sedona Beautiful, the National Association of Women Business Owners, Cornucopia Community Advocates, and the Rotary Club of Sedona/Sedona Business Network.  One of her many interests is cooking foods from different countries, hosting dinner parties for friends, and creating artistry through food.  Abbie also volunteers time for the annual Rotary Chili Cookoff at Tlaquepaque.  She is married to John Lander, has three daughters, six grandchildren, and two pets.  Abbie was confirmed as SPL Board Treasurer for the coming year.

Lynda Brown is a recent transplant to Sedona.  Originally from Pennsylvania, Lynda and her husband relocated from the Texas/Mexico border where Lynda was teaching at Texas A&M University.  Her professional and academic experiences encompass marketing, public relations, advertising, fund-raising, strategic business planning, teaching, curriculum and program development, writing, researching, community relations and various business goal implementations. Lynda is a Subject Matter Expert for South University and designs and creates online courses in public relations.  She is grateful to be a part of this community and professes being bitten by the ‘Red Rock Fever’ bug.  Her other interests include working trade shows with her husband for his banjo-building business, beading, hiking, gardening, relaxing with friends and enjoying music.

The Sedona Public Library is a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, supported by donations and grants.  Your tax-deductible donation may be sent to:  Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road, Sedona, AZ 86336.

Anne Uruburu
Library News appears each Friday in the Red Rock News and is also presented on: Gateway to Sedona and Sedona Biz.
Anne Uruburu is President of the Board of Trustees of the Sedona Public Library.

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