Three Trustees honored for their service
by William T. Beverly, Ph.D.
Walsenburg — This past Sunday, the Spanish Peaks Library Director, staff, Board, Friends of the Library, and volunteers from La Plaza Inn celebrated the incredible service and the retirements of three longtime Board Trustees with a good old fashioned English tea. Retiring Board Trustees Norma Lou Brunelli Murr, Elaine Lenzini and Liz Schneider enjoyed friends, admirers and well-wishers at the event.
Around 80 of Walsenburg’s movers and shakers showed up on this sunny Sunday afternoon with ties and bells on to enjoy the elegantly served finger sandwiches, fruits, cheeses, cakes, gluten-free cookies and candies. Of course there were the teas — all served with real silver tea services.
This was a joyous occasion when Walsenburgers expressed their sincere appreciation for well over a century of volunteer service to the libraries in Walsenburg. Trustees recalled how the library had grown.
A new trustee, Suellen Levy, MC’d the event, with help from other trustees, Dr. Margaret Hecht, Gerry Skryznear, and Stephen Savageau.
Norma Lou Brunelli Murr, whose mother had been very active in the library, has volunteered in the library for over 60 years. She first joined the board in 1951. Murr noted that one of the greatest days of her life was that day as a child when she was finally given her own library card. Prior to that, she remembers having to use her mother’s card. Mrs. Murr went on to co-found the Friends of the Library organization along with Ben Ree who was also present for the celebration.
Retiring trustee Elaine Lenzini recalled, “My introduction to the library began with my tenth birthday. I went to live with my grandmother on Main Street between the park and the Masonic Lodge. Next door was a little white house which was the library. I was allowed to go to the library on Fridays after school and check out two books. What a wonderful experience! I would read them and return them the next day. I think I was their best patron.”
Retiring trustee Liz Schneider, who joined the board in 1997, said she felt honored to have served on the library board with so many amazing people. Schneider remarked how the new Board of Trustees will have many unique challenges before them and she wished them luck.
All trustees expressed gratitude for the out-standing community support the library has enjoyed for many decades. Many people present recalled how the Spanish Peaks Library has moved from one location to another, better location and how with that, the library and its services to the community have evolved and improved.