Friends Board Chair Mickey Gomez's tenure is over after eight years of service, and HCLS President & CEO Tonya Aikens provided some lovely departing words for her at this year's Evening in the Stacks:
Thank you for eight years of dedicated service to HCLS through your service on the Friends and Foundation Board of Directors. Your love for our library system shines brightly!
Through your service, and under your leadership, the Friends helped the library realize projects and initiatives that will have deep and lasting impact across our community for years to come.
Thank you for your firm belief in HCLS’ ability to provide the best in public education and to transform lives in doing so.
In great appreciation of your time, talent, and treasure. Your passion for HCLS is ever apparent in your smile and through your actions.
You can read Mickey's thoughts about her tenure here
It’s been both an honor and a privilege to support the Howard County Library System through the years, first fundraising through Evening in the Stacks and then being elected to serve on the Friends & Foundation Board of Directors beginning eight years ago. During that time, I served first as Donor Engagement Committee Chair, then as Vice-Chair, and now as Chair.
It’s also been both an honor and a privilege to work to support my very favorite Library System.
With your help and support, we’ve achieved an incredible amount over the past three years:
Simply stated, I love our library system.
Now more than ever, access to high quality public education for all ages is critical, and witnessing firsthand the many ways in which HCLS takes this mission to heart is inspiring. From On the Road to Kindergarten to the new Maker Space at Glenwood; from Undesign the Redline to Brave Voices, Brave Choices; from Teen Spaces to Battle of the Books; from the DIY Collection to the Art Collection - watching HCLS grow and thrive even in the most challenging of times is such an extraordinary gift.
Thank you so very much for the opportunity to serve as the leader of Friends & Foundation of HCLS.
I’ll end back where I began: it has truly been an honor and a privilege.
Yours in gratitude,
Mickey Gomez | she/her/hers
Friends & Foundation of HCLS Board of Directors
You can read a farewell message from HCLS President & CEO Tonya Aikens to Mickey here
Thank you to Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz for 6 years of outstanding service on the Board of Directors of Friends & Foundation of Howard County Library System.
"Under Buffy's leadership as Chair of the Communications Committee, Friends built a robust communications strategy, created our own independent website, grew our online presence, engaged with donors at an unprecedented level, and celebrated our very favorite Library System in every possible way. We are so grateful." - Mickey Gomez, Board Chair
She demonstrated that Friends Make It Happen each and every day through her enthusiasm, creativity, dedication, and leadership.
Our Howard County community is stronger and brighter thanks to Buffy.
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