Nemec, Ida
Acceptance Speech, Muriel Fuller Award, Wisconsin Library Association
Acceptance Speech, WLA Awards Banquet, October, 2001
Wisconsin Library Association, Awards and Honors Committee, 2001
Original Date
  • Bookwood Historical Collection, Star Lake

Ida Nemec, Recipient, 2001 Muriel Fuller Award Acceptance Speech, WLA Awards Banquet, October, 2001

     In the past few days, the stories I have heard about Muriel Fuller, who she was and what she stood for makes me feel absolutely "blessed" to be receiving this award. But, I didn't do it by  myself. I had the help and support of so many people including many of you here without even  realizing it, through newsletters, conferences like this, and youth services. I wish the entire Sayner- St. Germain community could be here to share this honor. They have been my inspiration and my motivation.

     I need to especially thank my family. They have been rolling their eyes and shaking their heads for the past 20 years, but they've been behind me every step of the way.

     My fellow librarians at NWLS, thank you for sharing your ideas and your frustrations. And my lifelines, my special friends and colleagues, Diana Anderson and Judy Goeckermann, they are just a phone call away!

     A special thank you to my staff of one, Nancy Minx, who has been my right hand person for  almost 15 years.

     I have a very supportive and encouraging library board, led by our fearless leader, Chuck Figer, a volunteer staff of 18 men and women and the most OUTSTANDING Friends of the Library group, a director could ever want.

     Thank you to the staff at Northern Waters. They are the greatest. Thank you to Joan Airoldi for her support, her direction and her friendship, and to Linda Stobbe, for being there when Joan  is not. At my husband's retirement dinner, someone said. "It takes the best in each of us, to bring out the best in all of us". Thank you all for sharing your best with me.

Thank you.