We LOVE our Volunteers!
Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner & Fun
Nearly 100 volunteers were welcomed by staff at the annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner & Fun this spring. This event is a formal thank you to our fabulous, dedicated, lovely volunteers. The theme was Garden Party and volunteers enjoyed a delicious dinner amongst lovely flowers and trees. Volunteers were recognized for their incredible support of the library and the second recipient of the Phyllis Davis Volunteer Service Award was announced and celebrated.
Phyllis Davis Volunteer Service Award
Introducing Paul Jeffery, the 2016 recipient of the Phyllis Davis Volunteer Service Award. Paul has volunteered regularly at the Beaverton City Library since December 2009. In addition to shelving materials several days a week, Paul supports the library in the annual Beaverton Celebration Parade and has arranged tours of the library for his classmates to see the work he does. Paul is incredibly proud of the work he does for the library, and is passionate about what the library does for him. He has contributed nearly 1,000 hours of service to the library. We were thrilled to recognize his service to the library and the community.
I love the library and love working here. I like to learn new things and help others. — Paul Jeffery, 2016 Recipient of the Phyllis Davis Volunteer Service Award
Phyllis Davis worked or volunteered at the Beaverton City Library for 69 years. A Beaverton High School graduate, she began volunteering in Beaverton’s one-room library in 1944. Phyllis and her husband Ray reared their family just a few blocks from the Main Library on 5th Street.
When the librarian stepped down in 1953, Phyllis was hired and helped open a new library in 1958. Phyllis happily became an assistant in 1968 when Beaverton hired its first professional librarian. She retired in 1986 and almost immediately began volunteering at the library five days a week, three to five hours a day. “I couldn’t stay away,” Davis said. “I had to come back.”
Known and admired for her patience, quiet wisdom, gentle spirit, kindness and love of books, ‘Phyllis Davis’ is synonymous with the Beaverton City Library. Indeed, she contributed well over 20,000 hours in her 35 years of volunteer service at the library. Phyllis retired (again) from the library after celebrating her 94th birthday in December 2013. In honor and recognition of her passion and service to the Beaverton City Library, the Phyllis Davis Volunteer Service Award was created in 2015 and is presented to a volunteer who, through example and accomplishment, has provided outstanding volunteer service to the library. (Additional content provided by B. Schmidt, 12/16/09, The Oregonian)