ELSIE J. BROWN
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD
It is our distinct privilege to announce that ANNE DEELY has been chosen for the eleventh annual Elsie J. Brown Volunteer of the Year award for 2017.
Anne has served as a library trustee twice in her time living in Deerfield: once in the early 2000's for two terms and at the present time, she has just been re-elected to a second term in last month's election. During that earlier time Anne served as the chairman for two years and as a dependable member helping hire personnel, drafting policies, researching subjects, and generally making the library a more welcoming place.
Anne is an empathetic listener. Working on difficult issues, she is respectful of others' views, listening carefully to both sides of a tough subject, then using both her head and her heart along with her dry wit to diffuse potentially sticky situations. A winning combination!
Anne, along with her husband Jim, has instilled in their three sons a love of reading and an excitement about learning that will serve them well as they grow in maturity. Anne quietly works in the background advocating for our library and encouraging others to make use of the resources available here.
Anne takes initiative. She volunteered for the vision committee last year when Evelyn announced her retirement. Anne came to one of the first meetings with a clear idea of how to proceed: an agenda, a timeline, monthly goals, questions to be asked and answered—clearly a leader!
Anne's willingness to tackle any job, no matter how large or small is an asset. For example, she researched and arranged for the purchase of the braided rug in the childrens' room. Her most daunting task to date is finding a new director. She is an invaluable team member (along with Janice Clark and Chris Carr) in this search.
If you use the town library you have benefited from Anne's quiet advocacy for our community library. Thank you, Anne, for your continued service on the Library Board of Trustees.
Evelyn Decota and Anne Deely