Westlake Porter Public Library named Patsy Spisak the 2015 Myrna Chelko Volunteer Award recipient and Karen Alfred the Thomas A. Fox Distinguished Trustee Award recipient at the annual Volunteer Recognition Reception on April 21. The Library’s 122 other volunteers were also honored at the event.
The Myrna Chelko Award is given annually to the library volunteer who exhibits the spirit of volunteerism and service to the library embodied by the late Myrna Chelko. Spisak was selected to receive the award in recognition of her 15 years as volunteer, during which she has staffed the Reception Desk with a sunny smile and a cheerful greeting.
The Thomas A. Fox Distinguished Trustee Award is given to a past trustee in recognition of their long-term commitment to the development of library policies and service, community, statewide and/or regional library advocacy, and service as a liaison between the library and the community.
Alfred served as a library board member for 16 years, for two years as the President of the board of the Friends of Porter Public Library, and was the chair of the library’s 2013 levy campaign, which resulted in a 70% passage rate – the highest in library history. In her post with the Friends of Porter Public Library, Alfred initiated an open house “meet-and-greet” in an effort to recruit new members, and helped with the organization’s many events, such as the Ice Cream Social and the annual Book Sale. She is an enthusiastic and tireless advocate of the library.
The library’s volunteers perform tasks as varied as shelving materials, staffing the reception desk, running Portables and the Book Nook, and serving on the Teen Advisory Board and the Board of Trustees. Their time and efforts enable the library to provide services and programs it wouldn’t be able to offer without them.