The White Pigeon Rotary Club’s Perri Saunders is a recent recipient of an esteemed honor.
Rotary District Governor Terry Allen earlier this month presented Saunders with a certificate, recognizing her as a Paul Harris Fellow.
The distinguished recognition was given to Saunders for her relentless effort in serving her community. Saunders, director of the White Pigeon Township Library, has been a member of the White Pigeon Rotary Club for eight years and has served as club president for two terms.
Dan Cropsey, White Pigeon Rotary president, said Saunders is a hard-working and dedicated member of the community, and a valuable member of the WP Rotary Club.
The White Pigeon Township Board of Trustees approved its 2013-14 fiscal year budget this week.
The five-member board Tuesday approved its $455,000 budget, which is less than its budget one year earlier.
Clerk David Girton said projected expenses from the general fund are $221,467, while expenses from the township’s fire department and cemetery fund are expected to be $177,300 and $78,000, respectively.
Girton said the budget is lower this year because the township a year ago purchased a fire truck, which made its fire fund expenses for the 2012-13 fiscal year an anomaly because of the costly purchase.
The township also agreed to continue to levy three-tenths of a mill and more than six-tenths of a mill for operations related to the White Pigeon Township Library.
White Pigeon Township Library is promoting a guest speaker who will be on hand for a program next week.
Perri Saunders, library director, said Jackson Kaguri will appear at 7 p.m. Jan. 30 to discuss his book, “A School for My Village: A Promise to the Orphans of Nyaka.”
Born in Uganda, Kaguri has been involved extensively in international community efforts as a human rights advocate, fundraiser and inspirational speaker. In 2001, Kaguri founded the Nyaka AIDS Orphans Project in response to the devastating effects of AIDS in his hometown.
Saunders said the library is fortunate and grateful to draw someone of Kaguri’s caliber.
A longtime employee of the Three Rivers Public Library has been named director of the Colon Township Library.
Dave Stewart, a native of Peoria, Ill., started the job in late September following nine years of employment with the facility in Three Rivers. The 31-year-old Stewart, who remains a Three Rivers resident, replaces Patti Miller, who retired in the fall.
Stewart, who has degrees from Western Michigan and Wayne State universities, said he enjoys reading all genres of literature but is especially fond of fantasy, including Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings.
More than 75 people attended Saturday’s finale of the “Geek the Library” promotion at White Pigeon Township Library.
The Geek the Library program started in June and was a campaign that allowed people to talk about subjects they like. The concept, according to library officials, was to remind people that information about their favorite subjects is available at the library.
Eight artists and entertainers were on hand and kept the mood festive.
An audience of more than 100 people crowded into Three Rivers Public Library Wednesday for the culmination of the latest St. Joseph County “One Book, One County” program.
The author presentation featured a 90-minute discussion and question-and-answer session by Nick Reding, author of “Methland.” The book was the second chosen this year by the “One Book, One County” selection committee and eighth overall.
Reding elaborated on what he witnessed in a small Iowa town plagued by meth production and use.
The book was chosen as the featured novel because of the rural and socioeconomic similarities between Oelwein, Iowa, and St. Joseph County.