At the Jan. 13 Lions meeting, Dwaine Heinrich introduced guest speaker Joe Rector, director of James River Valley Library System. The James River Valley Library System was established in 2009 when the Alfred Dickey and Stutsman County libraries were legally combined. Rector became the director in 2012. Alfred Dickey underwent extensive remodeling that culminated with its centennial celebration in February 2019.
Due to COVID-19, the library locations are currently closed to the public with plans to reopen on Jan. 25. They were closed initially in March, reopened in June then had to close again when COVID-19 cases spiked in the fall. During the closure, the libraries are providing curbside and bookmobile services. The public can request book packages based upon a theme or binge bags that might include DVDs, games, puzzles, crafts or tools, Rector said. Plans are in the works to purchase property with the possibility of building a new facility that will offer services in conjunction with the Alfred Dickey Library location. No additional tax revenue for this project is planned as funds likely will come from savings, operational efficiencies, donations and borrowing, he said.
In other business, Kathy Boe opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and Glen Nagel gave the table prayer. Boe reported the club and individual donations to the Salvation Army exceeded $2,000. Boe also reported the club received the Membership Satisfaction Award from Lions Club International. This award is given to clubs for meeting or exceeding expectations in recruiting new members and membership satisfaction and retention.
The next meeting will be at 6 p.m. Jan. 27 at Sabir's Buffalo City Grill. The speaker will be Lisa Jackson, JRMC Foundation director. Guests and prospective members are welcome. For information on membership, contact Randy Lebahn, 701-320-1678.