Thank you to the LION Board for the opportunity to serve as your president this past year. Fortunately the year was relatively quiet, marching along steadily with a stable LION staff, Board officers, and Board members.
The implications of a weak economy continue to plague our state budget and our libraries have also felt the pinch. Fortunately, LION is in a solid financial position, although we are always looking at ways to save money and use our funds effectively.
The Strategic Plan was finished and accepted by a vote of the Board. The work on implementation has already begun, especially in the realm of what Alan and his staff are responsible. The Planning Committee continues to meet to make sure the Board is on track with the tasks we have outlined. We continue to talk about growing our membership and what that will mean to our organization.
The LION staff has worked very hard this past year under Alan’s excellent leadership. The new website was launched in the spring and put a positive, contemporary appearance online for our organization. There weren’t any libraries under construction, as there were last year, but there were still many projects and tasks to keep everyone busy and productive. The membership in LION held constant with no new member libraries and no members leaving the group.
All of the committees of LION have worked hard this year on various tasks ranging from OPAC design to loan rules. There are always things that come up throughout the year and we are lucky to have committee chairs that call meetings and accomplish their tasks in a productive manner.
I would like to thank Richard Conroy, Treasurer, Vince Juliano, Secretary, and Cindy Muhlbach, Vice-President for their leadership. Also Suzanne Bartels for her continued work with presenting the Strategic Plan for a vote and helping the planning committee with implementation of the plan. We were sorry to see Peter Ciparelli leave our Board after many years of serving as a member and several officer positions.
Thanks again to all of the LION staff, Board members and committee chairs for their continued excellence in providing service and addressing member needs. I look forward to 2010 the probability of positive changes in our future.