Friday, April 25, 2008
Gleason Library Trustee
I have resided in Carlisle, along with my family, for the past 16 years. I have volunteered in the community for the past ten years.
I was on the Board of Directors of the Carlisle Extended Day Program serving two years as a parent member, followed by two as Treasurer. I handled all the financial records and reporting, tax and annual report filings, and secured mortgage refinancing for the property, etc. while working with the board towards transforming the program into what is now the Carlisle Kids’ House.
I then spent the past several years volunteering at the Carlisle School. I served on the Carlisle School Council, a state-mandated advisory council to the principals, for three years, two of which I served as co-chair with the lead principal. I also served in room parent and other volunteer roles.
I decided to run for the position of Library Trustee as I have been looking for something new and fresh within the community to become involved in. My family has always loved and frequents the library! As I have seen Carlisle evolve as a community, so too, has the Gleason Library as a core member. It has become both a rich source and provider of information for people of all ages and interests, as well as a friendly social gathering place in the town center. Its diverse monthly program offerings provide avenues for literary and information enrichment as well as socialization to the community.
Two major challenges I see the library addressing over the next few years are maintaining its current level of services and funding of the restoration and preservation of its historical building, given the current town fiscal situation and tight budgets. This will require solid program, project and financial planning as the trustees work with the town to balance community needs. I believe my experience in management, engineering and leadership positions on boards and advisory councils throughout my career and in the community will enable me to effectively work with the Board of Trustees to move the Gleason Library through this next phase. I welcome the opportunity to join the team!
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