Circle of Friends Annual Meeting 6.15.2022

Circle of Friends, the community support arm for the NSU Alvin Sherman Library held its Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 15, 2022. Included was the recognition of 4 long time Board Members who, because of their significant contribution to the Circle of Friends over the years have been invited to stay on in an advisory capacity as Emeritus Board Members. The Report of the Nominating Committee also included the Announcement of Officers and Members of the Board for the 2022-2023 fiscal year and Circle of Friends’ accomplishments this past year. Keynote Speaker was Mystery Writer Elaine Viets, whose wit and humor kept the crowd laughing with her anecdotes. Elaine is so devoted to her craft that she does intensive work for each book, everything from taking on a multitude of jobs to autopsy research for forensic mysteries.

As of May 31st of this year, Circle of Friends has 119 memberships, compared to 113 memberships for the prior year at this time. We gained 4 new Board Members during the past year.

Emeritus Board Members honored:

Rona Levitt, past Secretary, long time member of the Circle of Friends and LifeLong Learning Institute and a wonderful ambassador for the Library and Circle of Friends and has recruited not only several new members over the years but also past and current Board Members.

Ann Porterfield, also a past Secretary, is a major supporter of the Library and NSU over the many years, whose generosity knows no bounds, between the Ann and Bill Porterfield Study Room, the Digital Media Lab, the Maker Space, support for the NSU Oceanographic Center Library and so much more!

Janet Speth, Past Program Chair, long time Library supporter never stops recruiting friends and neighbors for membership, events, group Library tours, and even Library cards on her own and together with her husband Dr. Robert Speth of NSU.

Ronnie Oller, former CoF President, longtime supporter of the Library and University, and along with her husband Dr. Robert Oller of NSU, she is co-founder of A Day For Children.

FY 2021-2022 Circle of Friends Funded Projects / Events:

· 3 year Strategic plan with Library Strategies for both the Library and CoF are in progress.

· 20th Anniversary of the NSU ASL- reception catering supported

· Support for the Pen To Purpose 4 part Author Series in collaboration with Dr. Efrat Friedman, a Creative Writing Professor of the Halmos College of Arts & Sciences

· Support for Starmark for content and creation of marketing plan

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im Hutchens, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian, University Libraries welcomes the guests.
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Presentation by author Elaine Viets
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Circle of Friends Board Member Dr. Douglas Ford with Elaine Viets and her recently published book, Life Without Parole
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Author Elaine Viets
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Chuck Morton, President of the Circle of Friends, with Emeritus Board Members Janet Speth, Rona Levitt, and Ann Porterfield. Not pictured: Ronnie Oller