Project Committee

 

he name of this copyrighted project is “Bookcase for Every Child,” but the name of each local project should bear the name of the town, city, or county where it is located. Because this is a community-wide project, to do otherwise would severely limit its scope and potential. For example, the name of our project is Conway Bookcase Project, and our committee members represent a broad cross-section of the entire community. To state the obvious -- the character, quality and commitment of your committee members will determine the overall success of the project. Most of your committee members should be people who are already involved in improving literacy, such as librarians, educators, media people, craftsmen, pastors, retired public officials, and those involved in agencies where the needs of children in disadvantaged homes are being met.

ere is a brief word of caution. Invite only public officials who are retired and are not currently serving in an elected office to serve on your committee. While most of them are wonderful people, they often are polarizing and could detract from the goal of helping young children develop a passion for reading and education. Your Project Leader should be involved in inviting local people to serve on your committee, along with a couple of others who could form an inner circle. Later, as more people are added, make sure you have a consensus of the other committee members before inviting someone to serve. Your committee could have up to fifteen members but can function with as few as six to eight members. There should also be room to add a representative from each civic club in the community, along with several at-large members who can get things done.

fter your committee is formed, you should set a date for your first committee meeting. The Project Leader should establish an agenda and someone should be asked to take minutes for future reference. One of the first things you should do is set a date to begin a “book drive,” sponsored by your local newspaper, as this will enable your local people to get involved. There will be more about this in the next section, The Role of The Media. The best way to communicate with committee members is to get everyone’s e-mail address and set up a group e-mail file. We have only had a couple of committee meetings in seven years because all the details for the Bookcase Literacy Banquet and Annual Awards Ceremony have been handled by group e-mail. Many of your committee members may still be working and we all are busy people. They will appreciate the fact they are not asked to attend unnecessary and often unproductive meetings.

ollowing will be a list of the Conway Bookcase Project Committee. With the exception of two of our members who moved out of state, they have all been serving since we began back in 2005. We have replaced them with two highly qualified people. The names are not important but please note the title and position of each committee member as this will give you insights into who you want to invite to serve on your committee. Once the project is up and going, there is room and open arms for everyone in your community to get involved. Subcommittees can be formed as the need arises.

The Conway Bookcase Project Committee

   
Jim Davidson
Archie Musselman
Founder/Syndicated Columnist/Chairman
Director/ CAPCA
   
Stanley Russ
Nancy Mitchell
Retired/ State Senator
Retired/Educator 
   
Ruth Voss
Cliff Garrison
Head Librarian/ County
Retired Coach & AD
   
Larry Pillow
Linda Linn
Pastor
Businesswoman
   
Amanda Moore
Ken Ingram
Head Librarian/ College
Architect
   
Mary Boyd
Linda Hammontree
Director/ Housing Authority
Retired/ School Counselor
   
Mickey Cox
Jerry Glover
Retired Utility Executive/Craftsman
Civic-Minded Citizen
   
Phyliss Fry Dr. Tammy Benson
Retired/CAPCA Director
University Professor

 

 

Arkansas Governor
Mike Beeebe
On August 18, 2008 our committee, featured in the banner above, was presented a "Proclamation" by Governor Mike Beebe proclaiming the week of October 12-18, 2008 as “Bookcase Literacy Week” in the State of Arkansas.