FOCL Annual Fall Conference
November 16, 2019

The Friends of Connecticut Libraries Annual Fall Conference will be held on November 16, 2019 at Central Connecticut State University. For this conference, FOCL was able to take advantage of the information gathered at the March Fundraising EXPO and will present your two most suggested topics; Managing our Members and Community Relations. We will also share the results of research concerning record retention. We hope you can attend.

 It’s All About Membership

For over three decades, Anne Green has focused on increasing the effectiveness and impact of non-profits. She has traveled the country helping non-profits recognize the importance of developing and managing well-thought out volunteer programs. Anne promotes the use of good management practices including orientation, appreciation and monitoring volunteers, as important components for recruiting and retaining volunteers like our members. Anne Green will lead an audience participation discussion addressing topics such as member retention, growing leaders and handling disruption. Please come prepared with your questions so we all can benefit from a lively conversation. 

Community Relations
When asked at the Fundraising Expo held in March what topics they would like to be addressed at the Fall Conference, the most popular response was Community Relations. To better understand where Friends groups are today, FOCL conducted a survey of our membership to learn how our Friends groups relate to their community. After the survey results are presented, a panel of Friends groups will share their experiences with three examples of community relations: major fundraising campaigns, involving the community in a fundraising event, and building community awareness.

Save or Shred
Just over a year ago, Bart Drennen became Treasurer of the Friends of the Salem Library, replacing the long-time Treasurer. As one might expect, Bart inherited boxes of receipts, reports, and records spanning decades. As a newly retired engineer, he methodically went through all the boxes asking himself what should he keep and what he could ignore and shred. Bart researched the Federal and State regulations and went about reducing the number of boxes accordingly. He will present the results of his efforts, so you, too, can reduce your files. 

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2019 Conference Facts

What is FOCL?

The Friends of Connecticut Libraries (FOCL) is a non-profit organization consisting of local Friends groups, organizations and individual members who believe that libraries are an essential resource for the citizens of our State. 

We provide newsletters, workshops, conferences and visitations that support Friends functions such as fundraising, sponsorship of educational and entertainment programs, advocacy for their library, and in-library volunteer work like shelving and data processing.

Become a member

As a member of FOCL you become a part of a community of Friends groups, as well as individual, institutional, and corporate supporters, throughout Connecticut. 

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