SASKATCHEWAN LIBRARY TRUSTEES' ASSOCIATION
Honorary Life Membership
In Recognition of
The Grenfell Library Board is proud to submit the name of Noreene Ross for Honorary Life Membership in the SLTA. Her contributions have spanned the best part of twenty-five years at both the local and regional level.
Noreene has been Grenfell's regional representative for the past 16 years. She has regularly attended the trustees' meetings in Weyburn as well as some annual library conferences and she attended workshops with librarian Grace Welch.
During her twenty-five years as board member, Noreene spent seven of those years with the added responsibility of chairperson. She has seen the board through many changes; from an advisory committee in the 70's to a progressive fundraising board of the 90's, in an attempt to keep our library current. She led the debate to purchase a microfiche and when that became obsolete she encouraged the board to computerize.
Not only has Noreene faithfully served on the board for 25 years, she has also helped the librarian in many ways. In the late 70's, Noreene conducted a weekly story hour for pre-schoolers. She willingly volunteered her time to work as assistant librarian, as well as packing and unpacking books. She has helped with many activities sponsored by the library from puppet shows to soup and sandwich lunches.
Noreene has always actively participated in the community. She was a charter member of the Order of Eastern Star; she is a member of the Summerhill Women's Institute, and while she was a member of the I.O.D.E. she was responsible for bringing their traveling Art Show to our two local schools.
She is an active member of the A.C.W. and of the Friendship club.
Noreene was the area representative for the Red Cross for many years and she continues to be active with the local Donors Choice. Noreene has volunteered many hours to the Pioneer Home Auxiliary and the Meals on Wheels. In 1972 she was one of the original people to see a need for a community museum. Through much hard work and organization, Grenfell has a museum to be proud of. Noreene continues to be a part of the Museum board.
Noreene sponsors the Ross-Neff Scholarship, p resented to a Grade Twelve student entering the teaching or nursing field. This is a scholarship started by her late husband Eric's mother, Mildred Ross and her friend Mrs. Garnet Neff.
Noreene and her husband, Eric, were avid square dancers and belonged to the Bells and Beaus square dance club from 1952-1978. Noreene also enjoyed curling for many years. These days, Noreene spends her spare time bowling, golfing, and playing cards. In the summer, Noreene faithfully swims at the 'Early Bird' swim at the local pool and she travels to Yorkton during the winter months to swim. She spends as much time as possible with her daughter Ann and her husband Dwight and with grandchildren Tammy and Terry.
We appreciate your consideration of Noreene as a recipient of the Honorary Life Membership.
Respectfully, the Grenfell Library Board.
Librarian, Anne Neuls
Chairperson, Sandra Reeve
Presented by: Isabelle Butters
President, Saskatchewan Library Trustees Association
Moose Jaw, May 6, 2000