Friends of Georgia Libraries Board of Directors Meeting
Athens-Clarke County Library, Athens, Georgia
June 1, 2009, 10:00 a.m.

Attending: President Wally Eberhard and members Liz Camp, Arlys Ferrell, Chuck Gibson, Claudia Gibson, and Lyn Hopper
Attending via conference call: Bede Mitchell, Bill Starr, and Elaine Yontz
Absent: Jane Hildebrand, Cindy Perryman, Lamar Veatch

Wally Eberhard called the meeting to order at 10:10 a.m.

Minutes of the April 16 meeting were distributed beforehand. Lyn thanked Claudia for taking minutes at the last meeting. There were no additions or corrections. Bede moved the minutes be approved and Bill seconded. All were in favor.

Christine Hoskins was absent, and there was no Treasurer's report. Wally indicated that we will post one later.

Committee and old business reports:

(Note: Bylaws currently state in Article IV, section 4.8: “By virtue of their offices, The Chancellor of the University System of Georgia, Board of Regents; the Director of the Georgia Public Library Service; and the President of the Georgia Library Association, or a representative as appointed by each, shall be members of the organization and serve on the Board and will hold a non-voting status.  Ex-officio Board members shall not count toward a quorum and shall not count toward the total number of Board members (Section 4.1).  The Board may appoint additional Ex-officio members.”
and in Article VIII, section 8.1:
“Amendment to the Bylaws.  Upon the recommendation of the Board, the bylaws may be altered, amended or repealed by a two-thirds majority vote of the members present at any membership meeting duly convened after not less than thirty (30) days notice from the Board to the  members.”)

There was no response to fill the open seat of the board. Bede suggested an author, perhaps Terry Kay. Bede moved that the nominating committee broaden its search to find an author to fill the vacancy. Liz seconded. Motion passed unanimously.

Liz asked if there is any standing relationship between FOGL and authors. She described the Chattanooga book festival. Bill Starr said that the Georgia Center for the Book sponsors the annual Georgia Literary Festival and the Decatur Book Festival, which are similar to the Chattanooga event. Wally said there is no standing relationship with any particular author. Lyn would love to see an author speak at every FOGL event. Bill described Georgia’s “We the People” program now under development with a grant from NEH. Library directors were asked to indicate their interest and select potential authors for programs at their libraries.

Claudia suggested getting an author for the Smyrna fall workshop. Bill will try to get someone. (Note: Bill immediately secured a commitment from Joshilyn Jackson!)

New business:

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 11:40 for lunch and a subsequent planning session.