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friends of the orcas island library

FRIENDS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization

November, 2015

Welcome to the Friends Corner

Hi Friends –

At our last meeting on November 10th, we voted in our newest Board Member, Tom McDonough. Tom comes to us from California where he has had previous experience with libraries. We welcome you, Tom, and thank you for jumping right in and becoming immediately involved with our activities.

We discussed pro-active reasons for having our finances audited. Treasurer, Lynn Carter, would like to have outside validation of her work. Our treasury is larger than ever because of the significant additions from Bob Heningson and Bob Lundeen. Compilation of suggested names is under way.

A few board members gathered before the scheduled meeting and folded, stuffed and stamped our membership letters so you should receive them in the mail this week. They went out to all Friends of the Library. Extra copies and return envelopes are available at the front desk. You have two things to do: First, enjoy the letter and Second, return the envelope with your continued membership. New memberships welcomed!

Save the dates for two Events sponsored by the Friends:

The first is December 5, 2015. Friends presents our 59th Holiday Tea between 12 – 3 as our thank you to our community. This festive event is free for everyone and features a table full of cookies and small crust-less sandwiches as well as tea and coffee poured by the Library’s Board of Trustees. Jean Soderquist is chairman of the Holiday Tea which features a special table for the children featuring foods prepared for their pleasure. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive about 1 p.m. Crafts for the children will be provided by Nita Couchman, the Children’s Librarian. Music will fill the air compliments of various island musicians. A sale in the lobby will feature wonderful books that have been donated to the Friends who know that at this time of the year we all have gift lists—and sometimes we are on them ourselves. At the Tea, Friends will present Head Librarian Phil Heikkinen with the annual check to the Library from the our organization.

The second date is February 27, 2016 from 10 – 2. Our Winter Book Sale will feature all newly donated books. We,ll have the usual bargains and look forward tosharing them with you as you peruse this bounty. More details to fill in as we get closer to February 27.


Your Board,
Lynn Carter, Leif, Tim Lunde, Tom McDonough, Kathy Morris, Elane Phipps, Anjie Reagles, Jean Soderquist, Jim Wiemeyer, Sandy Wilson.

Contact the Library or any Friends member about joining the Friends Board, and about the many different volunteer opportunities.


  • To establish and maintain an association of persons interested in a public library on Orcas Island;
  • To focus public attention on and develop public support for the Library;
  • To encourage and receive gifts, endowments, and bequests for the Library;
  • To conduct fund raising activities for the benefit of the Library and to manage funds at its disposal for the benefit of the Library;
  • To support and cooperate with the library in developing services for the community; and
  • To stimulate more extensive use of the Library's resources.

Areas of Interest

  • Endowment Fund
  • Capital Improvement Fund Children's Services
  • Community Awareness Collection Development
  • Technology Landscaping, Furnishings & Building Enhancement
  • Staff & Volunteer Staff Training
  • Freedom to Read

Annual Events & Activities

  • The Friends Corner — Online Newsletter
  • Winter Book Sale — Smaller book sale held in February
  • Library Fair — Art auction, silent auction, book sale, crafts and food booths, music, quilt raffle

Officers of the Board

  • President — Tim Lunde
  • Vice President — Elane Phipps
  • Secretary — Jean Soderquist
  • Treasurer — Lynn Carter

Committees & Chairs

  • Book Sale — Library Fair: vacant
  • Book Sale — Winter: vacant
  • Holiday Tea Chair: Jean Soderquist
  • Library Fair Chair: James Lobdell
  • Booths: Tim Lunde
  • Quilt: vacant
  • Property Coordinator: James Lobdell
  • Traffic Control: James Lobdell
  • Publicity/Media Chair: vacant
  • Library Representative : Phil Heikkinen

Friends of the Orcas Island Library Board

Lynn Carter — Treasurer
45 Waldron View Lane Eastsound WA 98245 360-376-4287
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P. O. Box 1893 Eastsound WA 98245
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James Lobdell
45 Waldron View Lane Eastsound WA 98245 360-376-4287
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Tim Lunde — President
5178 Orcas Road Eastsound WA 98245 206-399-7657
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Kathy Morris
478 Old Pottery Road Eastsound WA 98245 360-376-5599
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Elane Phipps — Vice-President
170 Montgomery Lane Eastsound WA 98245 360-376-8131
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Anjie Reagles
P.O. Box 1766 Eastsound WA 98245 360-376-4006
Email Anjie

Carol & Jerry Salvas
P.O. Box 50 Eastsound WA 98245 360-376-4190
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Jean Soderquist — Secretary
P.O. Box 50 Eastsound WA 98245 360-376-4190
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Jim Wiemeyer
P.O. Box 266 Orcas WA 98280 360-376-5358
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Sandy Wilson
P.O. Box 339 Deer Harbor WA 98243 360-376-4524
Email Sandy