Every year has its ups and downs, but for me 2012 was one of those roller coasters where the downs were steeper and the ups were higher than we've experienced for some time. There were plenty of moments (and days, and even a few weeks) that I hope never to have to live through again, but there were also many blessings.
A good portion of the blessings have to do with where I work and who I get to work with. The PVLD staff is an amazing and energetic group that continuously seeks out ways to make our libraries better and better. This year we've taken on some really major projects - from overhauling our library collection to a comprehensive renovation of the Miraleste Library - and countless more incremental improvements to services, programs, and operating practices. Much of the work on all of these projects was done by the staff in addition to their normal daily and weekly duties.
We also have more than 200 vwonderful olunteers, from teens through older adults, who help with everything from shelving books to library programs to fundraising. Without them we simply could not deliver the quality of library services we do.
Plus I am blessed with 5 wonderful bosses on our Board of Library Trustees. Next month we will be saying farewell to Trustees Nancy Mahr and Bill Lama, who have served on the Library Board for my entire tenure as Director and welcoming Jim Moore and Debby Stegura both of whom have all of the attributes necessary to provide the leadership the Library District needs. I am grateful that both Bill and Nancy have indicated their willingness to continue their involvement with the library and that they will have such capable replacements.
I've also been fortunate to be able to serve with many wonderful community members on the Palos Verdes Chamber of Commerce Board. They are a hardworking bunch and dedicated to sustaining the Peninsula as a wonderful place to live and work.
Lastly I am blessed to have a spouse who is willing to do more than his share of cooking, cleaning and yard work so that I am free to spend the time that my job and community/professional commitments demand.
On this Thanksgiving eve I am feeling very blessed despite the personal and family challenges the year has brought. Thank you to everyone who has supported me this year, and a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all!