Thank You Tevis Laspa

This is the last update on what’s happening with the library’s building campaign for this year, and I want to give a shout out to Tevis Laspa, who’s retiring from the Building Library Team after five years of service. He gave his notice a year ago, so it’s nothing we didn’t expect, and I want to honor Tevis for his years of help.

Tevis was always there when we needed him. He drove the library’s truck, Old Blue, to pick up books for all our book sales and then take them to the distribution center when the sale was done. This meant a lot of lifting and carrying and his back probably won’t ever be the same. He also made signs for the tables and used his wood-working skills to create many items for the Friends.

Tevis was auctioneer for many of our events and because he knew most of the people in the audience he was able to cajole them into spending more than they had probably planned to. We raised a lot of money from the Dewey Decimal Pizza Party, two CHAIR-ity events, etc.

We had successful golf tournaments because Tevis found some great raffle items and he kept the tournament fun.

When asked why he volunteered to help raise money for the library building fund, Tevis said it was in honor of his wife, Gwen, who died of cancer in 2015. He has done way more than honor Gwen through his support of the library.

Personally, I will miss our long conversations as we drove to all the FVRL’s Trustees meetings every month. We wanted to keep Ridgefield uppermost in the minds of the seven Trustees who guide the library. Of the three cities building new libraries, Tevis and I were the only two who attended every single meeting and I think it made a difference. August is the month that our Ridgefield Friends’ group hosts the meeting, and Tevis is known for the barbecued pork and onions that he provided for several years. He brought his huge barbecue and set it up under a canopy in the alley to make the dinner. We’ll certainly miss that.

I will miss being his ‘girl friend’ even though I’m old enough to be his mother. (That’s an inside joke.) So Tevis – I know you’ve got lots of projects in the fire and you’ll be happy to have more time to work on them, but please know that the Friends of the Library, and especially me, Kathy Winters, will miss you and your positive attitude.

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