October 2014

Camano Island Library Friends Meeting Minutes

October 23, 2014


Present: Jackie DeFazio, Linda Fogg, Pam Fredericksen, Inez M. Hushagen, Lyn Kelley, Rose King, David Menard, Norma Mouton, Nancy Patton, Karen Schmidt, Barbara Scott, Mike Shea, Sue Shea, Kaye Sodt, Liz Tarbet, Bill Thorn, Becky Wietzcke

The President called the meeting to order at 7:00pm.


Secretary: Jackie DeFazio moved to approve the minutes of the last meeting as printed and Kaye Sodt seconded the motion. The members approved the motion unanimously.

Treasurer: Linda Fogg presented the Treasurer’s report stating that we had $11,145.53 in our account as of October 23, 2014. Interest accrued on our balance as of September 30, 2014 was $1.30.  We have had no expenses in the past month, but we have taken in one new member. Book sales have brought in $230.66 for a total income of $236.96.

VP/Membership: Oren Campbell is out of town and so there was no report for October.

President: Becky Wietzcke had no report.

Advisory Board: It was reported that the Building Committee’s work was mostly done, but that there is a delay of about one month because of the holiday. Our library can remain at its present location until the new facility is ready.

Sno-Isle: Nancy Patton reported on the Board and Friends Forum held on September 20. There was a particularly well-received break out session on the Foundation and the Friends working together. The question that kept coming up was how to get new members. To that end United for Libraries, the National Friends organization will be showing webinars at four sites beginning around the first of the year.


Last night the “Issues that Matter” program held at the Edmonds Center for the Arts covered end of life issues. Nancy said that anyone who would like to see that session could find the entire program on the web site by clicking on the link for Issues that Matter located on the site banner.

This week is National Friends of the Library week and Nancy expressed heartfelt thanks for all our group has done to establish a permanent library on Camano Island. She presented us with two proclamations: 1) signed by Island County Commissioners with three whereases and a therefore and 2) signed by the Board of Trustees with five whereases.

Nancy also mentioned the value of the “Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em” reading challenge for third graders. She said that this is a pivotal time for reading and Becky urged that we support this program. This program is funded in part by the Sno-Isle Foundation and also by the Paul G. Allen Foundation. The program consists of the children reading six books on a voluntary basis and then answering questions about what they’ve read. Then they go on a school to school challenge. The students love it and it teaches them teamwork as well.


Camano Island Library: David Menard commented that our application form needs to be updated. He said that he is working on a mock-up that he will bring to our group for approval. He also stated that Mary would like a budget of two thousand dollars for the summer reading program for 2015.

Jackie DeFazio moved that the two thousand dollars be allotted for the 2015 summer reading program. Rose King seconded the motion and it was approved unanimously.

Old Business

The subject of membership categories was addressed. It was suggested that a Business/Corporate membership be established. Liz Tarbet moved that this category require $50.00 per year for membership. Barbara Scott seconded and the motion passed.


Norma Mouton reported that as Permanent Art Committee Chair she has contacted Jeanne Crisp at Sno-Isle requesting the guidelines needed before contacting the local art community. She is waiting for a response.


The holiday party and December meeting was discussed. It was decided to have the December meeting on the 18th at 7:00pm. Program suggestions should be made to Oren Campbell.

New Business

There was no new business.


At the conclusion of the business meeting, the floor was turned over to Dan Koffman who explained that the elephant sculpture at Freedom Park as well as the flag of peace and freedom originated with the story he wrote entitled The Man and the Elephant. He read the story and told of his efforts to distribute the flag to countries throughout the world.


The meeting was adjourned at 7:47pm.


Respectfully submitted,



Norma A. Mouton,


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