FLS Minutes

FLS Annual Membership Meeting Minutes
and Annual Reports

November 17, 2020 FLS Virtual Membership Meeting

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This year's FLS Annual Meeting for the Membership was like no other that we have had before. COVID-19 changed so many things this year - including the NYLA Annual Conference being offered as a virtual event and hence the FLS Annual Membership Meeting happening in the same way. But the positive side of this development was the time to really explore all that FLS has accomplished in the past year, as well as having representatives from the TWO Friends of the Library Groups that received the 2020 FLS Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award in attendance. The new FLS long-range plan Frontiers for Friends 2021-2023 was unveiled, along with some background information, and a review of the FLS Membership Survey conducted earlier this year.
Lisa Wemett gaveled the meeting to order, completing her second consecutive term as FLS President. During the meeting she "passed the gavel" virtually to incoming President Karen Sperrazza who concluded the meeting and gaveled us out.
The meeting, which used the GoToMeeting platform, was recorded and will be available for viewing soon.
You can read more about the recipients of the FLS Casey Award, The Friends of the Clifton-Park Halfmoon Public Library and the Friends of the Olean Public Library, in the August September issue of the Friends News and Notes newsletter.
2019-2020 FLS Annual Report
FLS Long-Range Plan: Frontiers for Friends 2021-2023 and the Executive Summary


November 15, 2019 Annual Membership Meeting
Saratoga Springs, NY

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This meeting concluded the fifth year for FLS as a section. We were privileged to have both of our inaugural FLS Randall Enos Conference Scholarship recipients, Marianne Michaud and Meg Sgombick, and Randall Enos himself, at the meeting. We were also honored to present the FLS Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award to Helen Rados during the meeting. The September 2019 newsletter highlights the achievements of Marianne, Meg, and Helen. In a humorous moment, the gavel was passed from the right hand of Lisa C. Wemett to her left hand as she continues for another year as the FLS President.
2018-2019 FLS Annual Report


November 9, 2018 Annual Membership Meeting
Rochester, NY

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This meeting concluded the fourth year for FLS as a section. The 2018 Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award recipient, Bonnie Shannon - Friends of the Kinderhook Memorial Library, was announced and an Honorable Mention certificate was presented to Nancy Bauder - Foundation for the Geneva Public Library. The gavel was passed to Lisa C. Wemett.
2017-2018 FLS Annual Report


November 10, 2017 Annual Membership Meeting
Saratoga Springs, NY

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This meeting concluded the third year for FLS as a section. The 2017 Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award recipient, Colleen Powers of the Wadsworth Library in Geneseo, was announced. The gavel was passed to Rebecca Fuss.
2016-2017 FLS Annual Report


November 4, 2016 Annual Membership Meeting
Saratoga Springs, NY

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This meeting concluded the second year for FLS as a section. The 2016 Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award recipient, Anne Andrianos,President of the Friends of the Onondaga Free Library, was announced. The gavel was passed to Janet Kreason.


October 23, 2015 Annual Membership Meeting
Lake Placid, NY

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This meeting concluded the first year for FLS as a section. The 2015 Daniel W. Casey Library Advocacy Award was presented posthumously to Don Riplinger, a volunteer for the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library. Also, FLS honored Randall Enos with the title of FLS President Emeritus.


November 7, 2014 Annual Membership Meeting
Saratoga Springs, NY

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This meeting concluded the business of the Empire Friends Roundtable and began the business of the Friends of Libraries Section. EFR became FLS at the NYLA Annual Membership Meeting on Thursday, November 6, 2014.