Library Board president honored for service
The Hazel Mackin Community Library in Roberts has never existed without Dora Rohl's involvement. From its conception to its future home, Rohl has been there.
On May 8, Rohl was honored for her efforts by being named St. Croix County Trustee of the Year at the Indianhead Federated Library System's 30th Anniversary Dinner and Awards Banquet in Eau Claire.
And Rohl didn't have any idea it was going to happen.
Hazel Mackin Library Director Brenda Hackman said she and assistant Kathy Miller secretly nominated Rohl for the award after receiving an e-mail about it.
To be eligible for the award, candidates must have served during 2007 as a local or county library trustee and have rendered outstanding or special service to the libraries.
The award is based on accomplishments such as advancement of the library service and the development of sound library policies, effectively working to integrate the library into the community, using wisdom to increase library service and efficiency as well as other contributions.
Rohl's involvement started in 1974 with the Community Women in Action group that got the Hazel Mackin Community Library going.
Since then, Rohl has served as the Library Board president every year except three. Those years, she said, she was secretary.
In all that time, Rohl has had responsibilities ranging from purchasing materials to hiring new directors.
One thing she's always done though, is fund raising.
She said in the early days when trying to first establish the Library, they would have bake sales, auctions and softball games.
These days fund raising consists of grant writing and talking to community members. These funds, though, are going toward building a new library.
The library the Community Women in Action started is too small for its increased use.
Rohl is pleased with how well the library has done over the years.
She said, "The people in the community working together make it a success."
The inviting feeling of the library and the caring librarians were also contributing factors, Rohl said.
Those people and groups made the award possible, Rohl said.
Rohl's community work doesn't stop with the library. Miller said Rohl is one of those people who when retired, doesn't know how there was time to work.
Rohl currently leads Bible study at the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Hudson, is president of the local Catholic Knights Insurance group, volunteers weekly at the Caring and Sharing Hands Homeless shelter in Minneapolis, Minn. and is active with Roberts High School Alumni.
Rohl said her work with the Hazel Mackin Community Library has been worth the time.
"It has been a great satisfaction to see it used as it is. This library has increased its use more than any others in St. Croix County."
As current president of the Board and member of the Fund Raising and Building Committees for the construction of the new library, Rohl doesn't appear to be quitting any time soon.