COLUMN: Mayor’s Corner: Teamwork – Banks Style

Editor’s note: Mayor’s Corner is an occasional opinion column from the City of Banks elected officials and staff.

By Pete Edison, Mayor of Banks.
As we approach the completion of the Jane Moore Community Room, I would like to recount the
journey that got us to this point. Let’s start with some Banks Library Community Room history.

Way back in 2010 the Banks Library Advisory Board knew that the library needed more room for basic
library functions. With their recommendation, the City decided to convert the existing community room
into much needed library space. In July 2012 the library renovation was completed and the community
room became part of the main library.

Since it had been a hub of community activity for many years the
City vowed to create a new community room on the north end of the renovated library. Using a
combination of foundation grants and private donations the plan was to build a new community room
without creating a large financial burden for the City.

Fundraising started in January of 2012 spearheaded by the Friends of the Banks Library which is a
501(c3) charitable organization. Soon after that it was decided that a Friends/City joint Library
Fundraising Steering Committee would be established in order to manage the fundraising activities. The
first thing we did was hire a fundraising consultant who taught us how to raise money. The consultant
told us to get some big donors who would be the catalysts for the fundraising effort.

We didn’t have to go far to find our major donors. County Commissioner Bob Terry heard about our
project and worked with his fellow County Commissioners to allocate $150,000 of Gain Share funds for
the new community room. Not soon after, longtime Banks resident Don Moore became our naming
donor by pledging $50,000 for the project. Don named the new room The Jane Moore Community
Room after his late wife Jane. This completed the circle as Jane was one of the founding mothers of the
Banks Library back in the 70’s. Other major donors include Big Horn Logging $45,000 and Hampton
Lumber $10,000.

The Library Fundraising Steering Committee decided that the goal for private fundraising would be
$150,000 in order to match the County’s donation. With over 200 individual donations, Raise a Glass
Auctions, pie sales, raffles and the major donors, the private fundraising total now stands at $180,000
and continues to grow. This represents a true community effort that we should all be proud of.

The ribbon cutting and grand opening for the “Jane Moore” is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Saturday
November 18, 2017 at the library. Everyone is invited and it should be a great celebration. I am sure
many members of the team will be there to see the fruits of their labor. And by team I mean; The
Friends of the Library, The City, The Library Fundraising Steering Committee, The over 200 donors who
gave generously, Washington County, Commissioner Bob Terry, The Banks Library Community and all
the volunteers who gave of their time. Hopefully I haven’t missed anyone. I can’t wait to see you all at
the “Jane Moore”.