Kaufman was selected as the NEFLIN Library Champion of the Year

Kaufman was selected as the NEFLIN Library Champion of the Year at NEFLIN’s Annual Meeting

Dee Kaufman, FB FOB President and Brad Ward, Director of NEFLIN at the NEFLIN Annual Meeting.

Dee Kaufman, FB FOB President and Brad Ward, Director of NEFLIN at the NEFLIN Annual Meeting.

FB FOL President, L. Dee Kaufman was selected as the NEFLIN Library Champion of the Year! The award is given each year to one individual in North East FL who has shown exemplary support of libraries.  Dee was awarded for her tremendous contributions in support of the Fernandina Beach Branch Library for fundraising and advocacy.

First elected Vice President in 2013, she then took on the additional role of Capital Campaign Chair.  She managed the capital campaign, creating a public awareness campaign, approached donors, and wrote several grants totaling $175,000.  She also spent numerous hours addressing  both County and City Commissions.

Dee is dedicated to learning at all levels, and specializes in early literacy development.  She volunteers approximately 1,000 hours each year with the FB FOL and currently serves as its president.  When asked ‘why do you volunteer?’  Dee said I believe in giving back to the community.  I had a great career and remain passionate about education, literacy and building the capacity of the next generation.