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Nora King hands over her gavel — now she is Chair of Fundraising!

Posted on: December 11, 2009

Nora King hands Friends' gavel to Elo-ly Bailey

Nora King has resigned as president of Friends of Murphy Public Library due to increased travel plans and time away from Murphy.   But never fear – she has placed the gavel into the capable hands of Elo-ly Bailey.   And Nora takes on the role of Chair of Fundraising.  Retired she certainly is NOT.

Elo-ly has been working closely with Nora and often running meetings in Nora’s absence.  She will do a great job as president.  

 Nora has been reminiscing about her tenure with the Friends:
I knew the staff at Murphy Public Library was dedicated and talented, however, being President of Friends I became even more aware of their abilities–that was an exciting discovery. 

Librarians Melissa Barker and Jeff Murphy

I was acquainted with many of the Friends’ Board members and knew they were a dedicated and talented group.   However, I learned the full extent of their dedication and talent during these last couple of years.
I have the memory of Sonia and Frank Roberts loading, without one word of complaint, yard sale items into their truck during a light rain.

 And Julie Chautin being able to take any Friends’ activity and make an interesting newspaper story out of the tidbits she was given. 

 The generosity of individuals and businesses in the Murphy area constantly impresses me.  I remember how excited we were when Teresa Thomas and I went to the home of Bob and Faye Strang and realized the treasures they were giving the library for its 2009 auction. 

Corey Bailey and auctioneer Bob Grove with King Tut

 I had a small sense of the thrill experienced by Howard Carter who discovered King Tut’s tomb in 1922.  Mr. Carter couldn’t have been any happier than Nora King!  Of course one of the items the Strangs gave us was a replica of King Tut’s sarcophagus.
(By the way, Larry and I are going to Egypt in March and will certainly visit the Valley of Kings.)
I remember the moment in May when the management at KIA gave us ten oil changes for the library auction–I had tears of joy because of this generosity in difficult economic times. (I’ve seriously thought about buying a KIA although I’ve never owned any vehicle that wasn’t a Ford product.)

Matt Nadler from Kia

I remember when Vivian Schell told me that Friends could have the “leftovers” from the Appalachian Crafters yard sale for our October yard sale and how exciting it was to see how much of value there was in those boxes. 
 I think about Bob and Judy Grove and their willingness to share their building space for our auction and Bob’s willingness to serve as auctioneer for these five years. 

Larry King helped the Friends with his "Bird Condo"

And, there are many more memories but I’m getting too sentimental so I’ll close with one final comment.  As the Friends’ Chair of Fundraising, I look forward to building even more memories in 2010.  Bob Hope said, “Thanks for the memories” and I thank the library staff, the Friends’ Board and members, and the Murphy community for all the wonderful memories.

1 Response to "Nora King hands over her gavel — now she is Chair of Fundraising!"

Wow. I hadn’t looked at the blog in a while (I forget to look, my bad) and it is a stunning piece of work. Julie, I hope you know you should pursue this as another! new career.

Nora, what a loss to the library your leaving will be though I know you are leaving it in good hands. As a fundraiser, you certainly will have no equal! Enjoy retirement and the upcoming trip to Egypt. That will be a good topic for a general meeting.

I am always amazed ,when I go to the library,at the numbers of people who are in and out and hanging around. It has to be one of the major centers of knowledge , socializing and fun anywhere around. The town and county are very lucky to have this remarkable resource along with the people who work and volunteer there.

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