The Foundation’s holiday luncheon, held on December 2nd this year was part celebration, part send-off. Amid holiday cheer and fond reminiscences, Sue T. Noack and George Basye made their retirement from the Board of Directors official. Directors and their spouses came to wish them well, and to celebrate another successful year at the Foundation.
Sue Noack was instrumental in helping then-State Librarian Gary Strong form the California State Library Foundation in 1982. Over her steadfast, thirty-three year tenure on the Board, Mrs. Noack dedicated herself to increasing the public’s awareness of the State Library and to supporting valuable library programs. Her son and current Board President Kenneth Noack, Jr. credited her with instilling an appreciation for the Library in their entire family. So much so that she made each of her children lifetime memberships of the Foundation!
George Basye, former President and Vice President of the Foundation, joined the Board in 1997. His professional experience as an attorney proved invaluable to the Foundation as it programs evolved.
Noack and Basye received crystal recognition awards for their dedicated service to the Foundation, as well as glowing letters of appreciation from State Librarian Greg Lucas and Executive Director Gary Kurutz. Their presence at Board meetings and events will be missed, but they leave an inspiring legacy to the Foundation’s future.