RANCHO SANTA FE — The Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild held its annual meeting on April 15 and encouraged the public to attend. Board president, Art Yayanos, initiated a call to order and welcomed the attendees.
Like last year’s annual meeting, since less than 25 people were in attendance, Yayanos determined there was not a sufficient number for a quorum. Because of this, the approval of the minutes, financial reports, and other matters would be discussed at their regular board meeting immediately following the annual meeting.
At that point, Yayanos introduced Susan Appleby, Rancho Santa Fe Library Guild membership and development manager, to deliver the election results.
The 2014-2015 Guild Board Members are the following: Art Yayanos, Harry Bord, Kathy Stumm, Lynn Terhost, Terry Weaver, Erica Peterson, Nancy Miller, Vivien U, Francine Alexander, Mary Liu, Erika Desjardins and Leslie Barone. At the regular board meeting, Susan Stone Hayes was also voted in as the approved addition of a guild board member and Appleby remained a board member, as well.
“I would also like to let you know that the financials were very healthy this year,” Appleby said. “Both in our membership and fundraising areas, we exceeded our goals by more than 50 percent.” Appleby thanked their community partners Donald E. Johnson of Wells Fargo Advisors, Eveline Bustillos of Coldwell Banker, and Warwick’s of La Jolla for their program support.
Back at the podium, Yayanos went through a brief history of the Rancho Santa Fe Library. The guild was established back in Dec. 1963, the Articles of Incorporation drafted in Sept. 1966, and the library groundbreaking in Feb. 1967.
“We have a number of 50-year celebrations in the following few years,” he said.
A combination of volunteers, employees and directors of the guild, he said, have accomplished or began a “to do” list within the last year.
The first mentioned was the ground floor reconfiguration of their building. The guild space now utilized an improved work environment, more display space, and an attractive sales ambience at the Book Cellar.
“And one of our volunteers obtained permission for a display case at the post office which enormously helped our county librarians, guild volunteers and employees,” said Yayanos, adding how this encouraged the communication of their library effectiveness in the community.
Looking ahead, the library guild’s proposal to the county’s Neighborhood Reinvestment Program was recognized. With the support of Supervisor Bill Horn who has been extremely helpful to a number of nonprofits, Yayanos said, this proposal will help the guild to be fully compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). The guild will receive funds to help them be ADA compliant with its bathroom and offer ADA accessible parking in the library back parking lot.
“The guild is also working on improving the patios in front of the library – the art jury has been incredibly interested in the project,” he said, noting how libraries are becoming a place where community members meet.
Early estimates are ranging at about $250,000 for this project, so fundraising will be essential.
After thanking the board and volunteers for their work, Yayanos touched upon how to help circumvent any diminishing revenue. He said there must be deliberate effort toward fundraising and encouraging people to bequest gifts.
“Without a healthy endowment, any nonprofit organization is going to face difficulties,” he said.