Ville Platte Rotary Club members today (Tuesday) were introduced to the new incoming director of the Evangeline Parish Library Board system: Margaret “Margie” Mealer. Mealer lives in Alexandria and has been in charge of the Children’s services for the Lincoln Parish Library in Ruston. She has 18 years of public library experience in Lincoln and Rapides Parishes. The search committee identified three strengths that she would bring to the director’s position: 1-computing, bookkeeping and budgeting skills, 2- a talent to train and motivate people and 3- temperament. She told club members that her office doors will always be open to the public.
Rotary Club President Wayne Vidrine presented a bouquet of flowers to retiring parish librarian and club member Mary Foster Galosso who will retire in August. Galosso said she enjoyed working with the library staff and many members of the rotary club through the year. The library system has six facilities, a staff of 23 people and 1.2 million dollar operating budget.
Also speaking was Susie Lemoine, outreach coordinator who reported that 106 young people have signed up for the Summer Reading program.
Rotary club member Susan Saunders was in charge of the program.
In other news, it was announced:
--the annual Rotary Club installation banquet is set for June 12 at 6:00pm at La Veille Bank. As a result of the banquet, there will be no noon meeting;
--Mayor Jennifer Vidrine reported that 103 young people have registered for the Boys and Girls Club this summer; Also over 90 young people have registered for the new summer basketball league in Ville Platte.