ELSIE J. BROWN
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD
It is my great privilege to announce that LINDA McNAIR-PERRY has been chosen for the tenth annual Elsie J. Brown Volunteer of the Year award for 2016.
Linda has served as a library trustee for the past 3 years and what a whirlwind of activity she has been involved in. She immediately agreed to be our treasurer during her first trustees’ meeting. Linda was re-elected last month for another term as trustee and agreed to continue in this pivotal role once again! She has doggedly revamped our bookkeeping so it is more clearly understandable for her successor.
With attention to details that others would have missed, Linda really brought a professional’s eye to the preservation of our historic building. This rehabilitation project, restoring the foundation and retaining walls, required extensive research of historic preservation practices, engineering practices, state of the art techniques and used newly fabricated preservation materials. Linda helped write the proposal and supervised the work endlessly. She worked closely with other library trustees, the Board of Selectmen, the town engineer, and the town administrator in addition to the chosen contractor to ensure that our project adhered to historic constraints, came in under budget, and was successfully completed in time for our Old Home Day celebration.
Linda faithfully attends trustees meetings. Linda is a tireless and positive advocate for the library. Her valued opinions help both staff and trustees assure quality work is done by contractors and has earned her the unquestionable trust of her fellow trustees.
Thank you, Linda, for all you have accomplished in your volunteer service to your community and especially the Philbrick-James Library. Keep up the superior work!
L to R: Linda Meyer, Sara Kjendal, Mary County, Dee Jones, Charlotte Buffington
Linda McNair-Perry and Evelyn Decota