Lions Club Raises $12,200 for New Crozet Library’s Large-Print Section

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From left: Skip Thacker, Tim Tolson, Phil Best, Jane Kulow, Bill Schrader, John Halliday, Karl Pomeroy, Wendy Saz, Allie Haddix, Rhonda Johnson, Pam Grammer and Anna Thomas.
From left: Skip Thacker, Tim Tolson, Phil Best, Jane Kulow, Bill Schrader, John Halliday, Karl Pomeroy, Wendy Saz, Allie Haddix, Rhonda Johnson, Pam Grammer and Anna Thomas.

Beaming with satisfaction over one its most successful fundraising drives ever, the Crozet Lions Club presented three ceremonial checks totaling $12,200 to the Build Crozet Library committee at a supper meeting at The Meadows April 22. The money is meant to support the large-print book section of the new library.

One check for $4,000 represented the personal contributions of the members of the club. The second for $5,000 was from the Lions of Virginia Foundation (the first-ever contribution from them to a cause championed by the Crozet club) and the third for $3,200 was the net from the Lions’ well-attended Pancake Supper at the Field School in March. Lion Skip Thacker called that check “community support.”

“Our mission is to help the visually impaired,” said Club president Karl Pomeroy. “We’re doing it in historic fashion. This is the first time in the history of the club that it has been able to donate so much money to a single cause.”

Crozet Librarian Wendy Saz told the club members, “My heartfelt thanks to you Crozet Lions for such community spirit. The library’s motto is that we are here to help citizens grow, learn and connect. We’ll be doing that better in our new library.”

As a token of exchange, she presented Pomeroy with a Crozet Library baseball cap.

Bill Schrader announced that Crozet furniture maker Dan Hunt has been selected to build the new library’s circulation desk and that he will build it out of locally harvested wood.

Schrader said that the furniture and computer equipment for the library has been ordered, paid for from the $750,000 (including the Lions’ gifts) that the committee has raised so far.

Jefferson-Madison Regional Library director John Halliday told the Lions, “The J-MRL is the second largest library by geography in Virginia and one of the most heavily used libraries, per capita, in the U.S.” He noted that he first spoke to the Crozet Lions Club about the need for the new library 12 years ago.

“I think Crozet Library is going to be one of the most beautiful in Virginia,” he said. “We’ll be moving in in less than six months.”

BCL committee member Tim Tolson, a former J-MRL trustee, won the Lions’ traditional 50/50 raffle that night, $26, and immediately donated it to the BCL fund.

In other club fundraising news, Phil Eaton reported to the membership that their persistent efforts to collect aluminum cans for recycling had netted $15. Every bit counts.