Carol Ginsburg Receives 2010 B&F Distinguished Leadership & Service Award
Carol: Thank you, I appreciate your sympathy. Yes, the award is different for two reasons. First, this award is given for service to the larger community in which one lives and not for any specific accomplishment in librarianship. In my case, it acknowledges my involvement over the last 15 years with the Brotherhood Synagogue in the Gramercy Park section of Manhattan, as a member of various committees, President, and Chair of the Board of Trustees, and particularly for leading its annual blood drive for the last seven years. Second, and more importantly, it’s personal. The blood drive is named in honor of my late son, Chuck, who succumbed to a rare form of cancer at age 33.
R: That’s very sweet. How has the blood drive been doing?
C: It has grown wonderfully over the years, from about 40 pints the first time we did it to over 70 pints in 2009. We hold it annually in November because that’s a time of year when shortages often develop. Chuck’s family and friends remember him with love each and every day. Collecting blood so others can be helped the way Chuck was does lessen the pain a little. Jewish faith tells us that we all have an obligation to leave the world a better place than we found it. This is one step towards that goal. If any SLA members would like to participate in the 2010 drive later this year, please contact me for details.
R: The B&F Award was not just a certificate, correct?
C: Yes, it also came with a donation of $500, to be presented to the recipient’s charity of choice. I assigned it to the Brotherhood Synagogue to continue its community outreach work.
R: Thank you, Carol, for sharing your experience with us. Perhaps it may inspire other SLA members to look at ways they may either begin to help their community or to extend existing efforts even further.
C: Yes, that would be wonderful. And thank you for the opportunity to talk about the Chuck Ginsburg Memorial Blood Drive.