Copyright 2017 Friends of the Torrance Library

WHO ARE THE FRIENDS?

The Friends of the Torrance Library is an independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to raise funds for the library's adult and children's programs and new library services. We were organized in 1967 as a 501(c)(3) corporation.

 

Through membership dues, contributions, and book sales, the Friends have donated over $2 million to the library. We operate with minimal overhead. All the work is done by volunteers; we have no paid staff. All funds raised go directly to support the library.

Board of Directors

 

Gayle Saito

 

Gayle is the president of the Friends. She is also the Membership chair and Booksale chair. Gayle maintains members’ contact information for member mailings and renewal notifications. She retired from the aerospace industry, having worked as a secretary and in finance. A love of reading led her to volunteer with the Friends, and she likes giving our donated books a new home. 

Marcie Hines

Marcie is vice president of the Friends and chair of Lobby Sales, the large display of over 700 books which we offer for sale in the lobby of the Katy Geissert Civic Center Library. During her 40 years in Los Angeles public schools, Marcie taught English and served as a high school counselor and administrator. Originally from Indiana, she moved to California for graduate school at Berkeley and fell in love with our beautiful state. Marcie loves being surrounded by books and people who love them

Cynthia Page

Cynthia is the Friends Secretary. She is a native Californian, born in Long Beach and attended local public schools and UCLA. Retired after 26 years with LAUSD working in Adult Education. An avid reader and a member of 2 book clubs led her to volunteer with the Friends. Being retired allows Cynthia to work with FOTL and enjoy time with family, especially grandchildren.

Ron Kimmel

Ron serves as treasurer of the Friends and is co-chair of the Internet Committee. For over 30 years, he was an optical engineer at commercial and aerospace companies. He joined the Friends to give back to the community some of what he has received. He is an avid reader of mystery and suspense novels.

Burt Dobratz

Burt is immediate past president of the Friends. After a 35-year career as a research and development engineer/scientist in the aerospace field, he retired to spend the next 20 years with the Friends. He has enjoyed seeing the book world adapt to new technologies, and books become far more available in digital format.

Kris Bettinger

The newest board member, Kris as book chair helps to coordinate the quarterly Friends book sales. She also helps with internet book sales. Kris graduated from Loyola Marymount and worked for 20 years as a systems programmer. She graduated from L.A. Culinary Institute and changed careers. Now retired after almost 20 years as pastry chef for King’s Hawaiian Bakery, she enjoys meeting and working with the very generous Friends volunteers. Kris’s favorite section of the library is cookbooks.

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Geneva Martin

Geneva is Publicity chair. She solicits articles for the newsletter and does the editing and mailing. She also sends requests to local newspapers and city sites to publicize sales dates. Previously, she worked on many different aspects of the airline reservation system computers. Geneva reads ebooks, but finds that reading actual books is a better experience.

Teresa Covey

Teresa has served in various capacities since the establishment of the Friends in 1967. Over the years, her positions have included president, secretary, membership chair and publicity chair. "It's always stimulating to work with books and readers."

In Memoriam

Pauline Kosanke

Pauline began volunteering with the Friends in 2012. Bright, funny and full of energy she served simultaneously as the Vice President, Secretary and Book Sale Chair.