Greetings From The President

 Dear Friends, 

Our first business meeting of the 2018/19 fiscal year took place on September 19. The room literally buzzed with energy as our committee chairs updated us on their activities and we discussed a variety of new initiatives planned for the year ahead. A number of these are highlighted in this month’s newsletter. 

As our membership continues to grow, it is heartwarming to see so many new people stepping forward and asking how they can lend their time and talents to our efforts. To make it easier for members to match their interests with our needs for volunteers, we will be launching a new Help Wanted email communication that will be sent periodically throughout the year. 

An area of discussion at the September meeting centered around the creation of a multi-use hardscape on the library property. This Friends-led initiative was originally undertaken several years ago, and, due to its complexity, it proved challenging to move it forward. Last spring, a committee chaired by Jean McKinley took on the task of identifying a list of desired specifications for the hardscape and researched potential partners to design and do the work. Catawba County took over that initiative and has since selected a landscape design firm to work with the county library staff and the Friends to advance our efforts in the design and implementation of the hardscape. A first meeting with the selected firm is scheduled for late October. 

Three wonderful programs on the docket between now and year-end are featured in this month’s newsletter: 

Our October 8 Meet the Candidates event offers our residents a terrific opportunity to discuss issues and concerns directly with 21 of the 24 candidates running for local office before heading to the polls this Fall. 

Back in July, the Program Committee invited crisis and emergency management expert Courtney Stuckey Jones to prepare a customized analysis of potential disaster scenarios specific to our geographic locale and to lead a discussion in November of ways we can all prepare for such scenarios in advance. Little did we know at the time that Mother Nature would send us powerful and devastating Hurricane Florence as a case-in-point. Our November 12 program, now entitled “Lessons Learned from Hurricane Florence” promises to be a timely and riveting presentation of important “do’s and don’t’s” Courtney will share with us based on her experience on the ground in active emergency situations. 

Santa will be at the Sherrills Ford-Terrell library on Saturday, December 8, this year. Christmas on the North American Continent is a new twist on this popular annual event, and we hope that local residents with ancestral roots in foreign lands will share traditional food and customs so that we can appreciate the many different ways families celebrate the holiday.. 

It is a pleasure to share all of these exciting happenings with you and to invite you to participate in whatever way and to whatever degree you can! 

Thanks, Jeanne Lebens 

 **Help Wanted communication is in response to feedback we’ve received  from members looking to get more involved with the Friends.  We plan to keep you informed of our volunteer needs as they arise throughout the year.  Please see SFT Library Programs**