Library Board bids farewell to Marty Jenkins

Posted: Wednesday, December 16, 2009, 2:17 pm

The Worthington Libraries Board of Trustees held a reception prior to their regular board meeting on December 15 to honor outgoing board member Marty Jenkins, whose seven-year term expires at the end of 2009.

Martin D. JenkinsIn addition to the current board and library staff, the event was attended by several members of the community, including representatives from the Worthington School Board, Worthington City Council and former library trustees.

Marty was presented with a scrapbook detailing the many projects and initiatives he was involved with during his tenure on the board, including the opening of the Worthington Park Library and renovation of Old Worthington Library and Northwest Library. The Library also received national recognition during Marty's board term when it was selected as the 2007 Library of the Year and as a 5-Star Library in 2009. Board President Janet Brown read a resolution (below) to honor him for his volunteer service, and Marty's fellow board members hailed him as a tireless advocate for the Library whose knowledge will be greatly missed.

Thank you, Marty, for all you've done. You're the best!

Resolution to honor Martin Jenkins

WHEREAS, Martin Jenkins has served Worthington Libraries as a Trustee since January 2003 and will retire from this volunteer position on December 31, 2009; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Jenkins has made significant and lasting contributions to the library’s growth and development; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Jenkins gave seven years of volunteer service and helped guide the Library through strategic planning, and the development of building plans for a northeast library and renovation plans for Old Worthington Library and Northwest Library; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Jenkins served on the Citizens for Worthington Libraries campaign committee and was instrumental in passing an operating levy for the Library on November 8, 2005, thus helping to secure the financial future and continued stability and growth of Worthington Libraries; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Jenkins helped the Library realize its goal of providing library service in the northeast part of the community with the opening of Worthington Park Library on April 16, 2008; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Jenkins established the board’s Intersystem Issues Committee to address the library’s relationship with its partner libraries and has provided expertise in the fields of management, government relations and organizational planning; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Jenkins recognizes the value of public libraries and the role they play in supporting education, building partnerships and enhancing life in the Worthington community and has been a strong advocate for library service; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Jenkins has always been quick to recognize and highlight the hard work of the library staff; and

FURTHER, that Mr. Jenkins has served the board in a manner of exemplary professionalism and dedication and has been an enthusiastic representative as a frequent and regular participant in staff, Board and Board committee meetings, volunteer recognition events and community partnerships;

THEREFORE, be it resolved on this 15th day of December 2009 that the Board of Trustees of Worthington Libraries formally commends and gratefully acknowledges Martin Jenkins for his service to the Board and longstanding contributions to the Library.

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