Chelsea State Bank ad

CDL Announces 2022 Friend and Volunteer of the Year Award Recipients

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Virginia Krueger for the information in this story story.)

Chelsea District Library (CDL) staff and volunteers were excited to gather at our annual Volunteer Appreciation Party on Saturday, Dec. 3. At this celebration, CDL honored two individuals who have been particularly generous in their service to the library.

The awards originated in 1992 as a small way to recognize the enormous gratitude CDL has for those individuals who help to further its mission. These dedicated individuals provide great value to the library by doing work above and beyond the normal scope of the CDL staff. This year CDL celebrates the services of 2022 Friend of the Year Bill Personke and 2022 Volunteer of the Year Marilyn Kuehl.

Personke and his wife Shawn moved to Chelsea 33 years ago and raised their two children here. Bill worked as a sales representative for Ecolab for 29 years and retired in 2017. Since retirement, he has been involved with the Friends, mostly on the book sale.

“It’s a great time sharing the love of books with so many people,” Bill Personke said in a press release. “I have been a library supporter all of my life as the Garden City Public Library was my home away from home as I was growing up. I became involved at the CDL after we first moved here, becoming a board member on the last elected village board and an appointed member of the first Chelsea District Library Board.”

Personke brings a love of nonfiction to his work at the library observing, “I have loved reading all my life and especially like nonfiction, particularly history and social issues. With a great writer crafting a story, history becomes alive. As Mark Twain once said, ‘the difference between fiction and nonfiction is that fiction has to be believable.’”

CDL’s Volunteer of the Year, Marilyn Kuehl, moved to Chelsea in 2017 and immediately shared her talents and joy for life with Chelsea District Library. Marilyn said, “I view life as a wonderful adventure—good, bad, happy, or sad, it is ever changing and ever challenging. I love reading—specifically fiction, fantasy, mysteries, and history (especially women in history). And I’ve loved creating a myriad of different things throughout my life.”

CDL has been the grateful recipient of Kuehl’s joy in creating things as she first helped with CDL’s table at Chelsea Senior Center’s Festival of Tables. Her design skills and imagination were immediately recognized and the staff at CDL quickly put her generosity of time and skills to use to create displays in the library lobby.

Most recently, she has taken her skills to help create and sell merchandise for the Friends of Chelsea District Library and spearheaded the successful purse and jewelry fundraiser in the summer of 2022. Kuehl generally prefers to keep her talents out of the spotlight and shares that “I wish I could share this with all the volunteers. Every volunteer is special. If someone gives you an hour of their time, that is precious.”

The staff at CDL could not agree more with this sentiment and gives thanks to all of our wonderful Friends and volunteers. It is with the help of many hands that we are able to engage, inspire, and equip our community.

For information about volunteering, please contact Linda Ballard at 734-475-8732 x202. For more information on becoming a friend, visit www.friends.chelseadistrictlibrary.org.

About Us: Chelsea District Library (CDL) is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to engage, inspire, and equip through evolving services and resources. CDL currently serves 16,126 residents in the Chelsea library district—City of Chelsea, Lyndon and Sylvan Townships, and the portions of Lima and Dexter Townships within the Chelsea School District.

For more information visit www.chelseadistrictlibrary.org.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

More News

Chelsea Planning Commission OK’s Amendments to Heritage Farms PUD Area Plan

January 27, 2023

Chelsea City Notice: Synopsis of Jan. 9 City Council Meeting

January 27, 2023

Sunday Brunch Returning to the Comfort Inn and Village Conference Center

January 27, 2023

Consumer Alert: New T-Mobile Data Breach

January 27, 2023

State Treasurer: Individual Income Tax Filing Season Underway

January 27, 2023

Recent Obituary: Lois Ellena Thurston

January 27, 2023

Chelsea Board of Education Commends Brad Bush; Needs Bus Drivers

January 26, 2023

Jan. 31: Western Washtenaw County Service Center Input Session in Chelsea

January 26, 2023

Feb. 3-5: American Legion Post 31 Annual Winter Carnival

January 26, 2023

Feb. 8: Malorie Evans to Speak to the Chelsea Evening Primrose Garden Club

January 26, 2023

Recent Crime: Identity Theft, Traffic Stop Leads to Warrant Arrest

January 26, 2023

Feb. 2: The Great British Baking Tour from Chelsea Library

January 26, 2023

Feb. 4: Grand Opening of ‘The Fourth Grade Project’ at Chelsea District LIbrary

January 25, 2023

In Photos by Burrill Strong: Chelsea Hockey

January 25, 2023

Chelsea Police Department December Report

January 25, 2023

Best Practices for ‘Stress-Free’ Snowy Owl Viewing

January 25, 2023

Jan. 29: ‘Animal Tracks’ Program at the Discovery Center

January 25, 2023

Reminder: Chelsea Baseball Casino Night on Feb. 4

January 25, 2023

Feb. 3: Teen Gaming Club at Chelsea District Library

January 25, 2023

Jan. 26: What’s on the Chelsea Transportation Working Group Agenda

January 25, 2023

Meet Jason Morris: Voice of Bulldog Football, U-M Baseball, Hockey, Gymnastics

January 24, 2023