Farewell to Vivian Selecman
By Jane Bennett
Indianola, Iowa is being enriched in April when Vivian Selecman moves there to be closer to her family.
This amazing Friends volunteer has served in many capacities for the library, including doing the price stickers for the book sales, creating flyers for the library, Friends events and book sales, setting up and facilitating the Books for Soldiers program, moderating the Library Wednesday Morning Book Club, shelving special sections of the book sale basement collections, and generally encouraging and befriending people at the library. Time does not permit elucidating her entire community participation but it can be said that there are many vacancies in many volunteer programs all over Maryville now.
Vivian is going to missed soooo much and all of the Friends wish her a continued enriched life helping others in many organizations in Iowa.
Kellie Frasier has volunteered to take over Books for Soldiers. You can reach Kellie at email@example.com
Please welcome our newest Team, Marcy Delozier and Dick Burgess.
They are training to take over the Friends Membership Committee. Here they are in their own words:
I am Pennsylvania born and raised but moved to Atlanta 20 years ago where I met my husband, Art, who is from right here in Maryville. I worked for various healthcare organizations over the years in medical administration. We both retired in 2010 and decided to make Blount County our new home.
I have two daughters in Pennsylvania and seven grandkids, several of whom are married, or in college, and two are Marines. My husband has three children and one grandson who is five. My 89 year old mother recently sold her farm in Picture Rocks, PA and has downsized into independent living quarters.
I travel to Pennsylvania four times a year to spend time with family and make sure I am not forgotten! We also have two senior kitties, Patience and Buddy, who make their very comfortable home with us. I cannot imagine life without them!
My life is now filled with volunteering opportunities. I have been delivering Meals on Wheels for about five years now. I am very active in our church and sing in the choir and volunteer in the library. I am somewhat handy with a needle and a piece of thread so I keep our choir robes in good repair.
I am so excited to be involved with the Friends of the Library and I love working in Membership already. It affords me great satisfaction to be the very detailed person that I am! I can do most of my work from home but I always love to come to the library for meetings. I have met so many nice folks and there is no better way to enrich your life. Dick Burgess and I are combining our individual strengths to make our best attempt at keeping the Friends Membership lists in good order. We welcome any suggestions in helping us to grow our Friends of the Library.
My wife and I moved here to Maryville in 1991 from the Houston area where I grew up and graduated from the University of Houston. We both still have a lot of family in that area, including Diana’s mother, sister, brothers, three of our five children, and eight of our nine grandchildren. Two of my kids live here, Adam and wife Elizabeth (Lisa Tipton’s daughter) have my other grandchild, Addison. My youngest daughter, Emily, is just finishing high school and staying very busy as an accomplished potter.
I recently retired from retail pharmacy, and have been pleased to find that my clerical skills can be put to use at the library. This is a pleasant and rewarding place to spend some of my newfound time. The Membership Committee is a niche I feel at home in, and it is very much a group effort. Denise Robertson, the present Membership Chairperson, is a great mentor and encourages Marcy Delozier and me to look on this service with fresh eyes and make it the best we can. I’m looking forward to meeting all the volunteers that are gracious to give their effort and time to the library.
The rest of my time, it seems, is taken up in home repair and projects requested by friends and family. I am an avid wood-worker (not skilled, just avid) and find no end of things to keep me occupied. Then, of course, we drive back to Texas periodically.