The Friends raise money through annual dues and proceeds from our book sales. Friends members are eligible to attend the Preview Night on the evening before book sales open to the public.
The Friends of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library have been a vital part of the CRRL’s success since the very beginning. In the late 1960s a group of Friends lobbied successfully for the establishment of the regional library at a time when the only library in the area was in Fredericksburg. The Central Rappahannock Regional Library was launched in July, 1969, as a demonstration project by the State Library. The Friends of the Library reconstituted with the goal of supporting the newly opened Regional Library.
The Friends of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library was officially established as a tax exempt organization on July 6, 1973. The goals were and remain to raise funds to enhance the services of the CRRL, to focus public attention on the library, and to support the library in developing library services and facilities for the region.
The Tobin Society is named in memory of Frank Tobin, former Library Board Chair, founding member of the Friends of the CRRL, and stalwart supporter of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.
The Wallace Society is named in memory of Captain Wister Wallace, who in 1907 bequeathed $15,000 to the City of Fredericksburg for the purpose of establishing a permanent library to be called the “Wallace Library.”
The Cote Society is named in honor of Donna Cote, the Library Director from 1981-2015. Donna oversaw the growth of the CRRL from two buildings, the former Lafayette School in Fredericksburg and a storefront in Colonial Beach, to the library system of today with nine new or renovated buildings that serve over 300,000 people. Under her leadership, the CRRL established vital community partnerships that ensure the library is recognized as a resource for lifelong learning, a destination for artistic enrichment, and a welcoming community meeting center.
The Friends of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library are a 501c3 and are governed by legally binding by-laws.
Candace Rhyne Schmidt, President
Please let me introduce myself. I am Candace Rhyne Schmidt and I am happy to accept Larry Towne’s appointment to serve out the remainder of his term as president of the Friends of CRRL. I have a long history of library involvement at many levels - customer, friend, volunteer, librarian, and most recently, retired librarian. Throughout my 40 year career, I have worked in academic libraries, special association libraries, and public libraries in two states, including 23 years with CRRL.
I am grateful for Larry's leadership and dedication over the years, both as a member of the Library Board of Trustees and then as President of the Friends. He has agreed to make himself available to me if needed. I am hoping to continue with the Advisory Committee he established this past spring.
We are fortunate to be part of such an exceptional regional library system, and one of the reasons for its continued excellence is this active and dedicated group of Friends. I look forward to working with all of you as we lend our support to the library’s mission of lifelong learning.
Stephanie Lyles, Vice President
Anne Beals, Treasurer
Martha Hutzel, Central Rappahannock Regional Library Director and Friends of the Library Secretary
Article I. Name
Section 1. The name of this organization shall be Friends of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, Inc.
Article II. Purpose
Section 1. The purpose shall be to maintain an association of persons interested in the welfare of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library, Fredericksburg, Virginia (hereinafter referred to as the library); to focus public attention on the library; to stimulate the use of the library’s resources and services; to receive and encourage gifts, endowments and bequests to the library; to support and cooperate with the library in developing library services and facilities for the region.
Article III. Membership
Section 1. Membership shall be open to all individuals in sympathy with its purposes, and to organizations and clubs desiring to be organizational members.
Section 2. A member in good standing is understood to be any member whose dues are paid for the current year.
Article IV. Organization
Section 1. The organization shall include a President, VIce President, and a Treasurer. In addition, a Treasurer from each jurisdiction (Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Stafford, and Westmoreland) shall also be included. These officers shall constitute the Executive Board along with the Library Director, who serves as the Secretary, and the Director’s liaison, both of whom serve ex officio. A slate of officers shall be chosen by the Nominating Committee presented and affirmed at the annual meeting. (Members in attendance at the meeting will constitute a quorum for voting purposes and any other business that is conducted.) Any person in attendance may nominate candidates for office, subject to the candidate’s approval.
Section 2. Any standing committees shall be appointed by the President. Each committee shall consist of a chairperson, and as many members necessary to conduct the business of said committee. Committees may be appointed by the President as needed.
Section 3. The Nominating Committee shall consist of a chairperson and as many members as necessary to conduct business. The Nominating Committee shall present a slate of officers for affirmation according to the timetable set by the President and in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Corporation.
Section 4. Committees may be appointed by the President as needed.
Section 5. Upon resignation or inability of any officer to serve, the President shall appoint a successor to fill the unexpired term of such officer. A partial term shall not be deemed a term for purposes of service.
Article V. Duties of Officers
Section 1. President: To preside over and conduct meetings of the Executive Board and of the general membership, and to appoint all committees and be an ex officio member thereof.
Section 2. Vice-President: To perform the duties of the President in the absence of the President.
Section 3. Treasurer: To collect dues and keep and maintain the financial records of the organization.
Section 4. Secretary: To keep a permanent record of the minutes of all meetings of the Executive Board and list of the general membership and to maintain such other records as the President may direct.
Section 5. Jurisdictional Treasurers: To keep and maintain the financial records of that jurisdiction. (Jurisdictional Treasurers must reside in the jurisdiction of service.)
Article VI. Executive Board
Section 1. The voting members of the Executive Board shall consist of the elected officers (President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Jurisdictional Treasurers). The Director of the Central Rappahannock Regional Library and his/her designee shall be a member of the Executive Board and all committees, serving without a vote.
Section 2. The Executive Board shall be charged with the management of the affairs of this organization.
Section 3. Meetings of the Executive Board shall be held as needed, with the date, place and time set by the President with reasonable notice given to the members.
Section 4. A simple majority of the voting members of the Executive Board shall constitute a quorum.
Article VII. Meetings
Section 1. An annual meeting shall be held each year, the date, time and place set by the President. All members will be notified.
Section 2. A special meeting may be called at any time by the President upon notification to the membership.
Section 3. A quorum shall be the number of members present at any meeting.
Article VIII. Amendments
Section 1. Amendments to these by-laws may be made at any meeting of the Board by a two-thirds vote of those present, after notification in writing to each member at least two weeks before the meeting at which time the voting is to take place. Such notification shall contain the text of the proposed change, but the text may be changed by motion from the floor.
Article IX. Parliamentary Procedure
Section 1. Robert’s Rules of Order, revised , when not in conflict with these by-laws, shall govern the proceedings of this corporation.