Letter: Town’s actions have cost Clarkdale large volunteer base


I have been a volunteer and member of the Library Advisory Board from 2012 until its dismembering in 2015. This board did more than just advise the staff. We also worked the Ice Cream Social, which earned about $500 every year. We worked the Book Sale when we were able to, and that earned at least $1000 each year. In fact the last year it was held it earned over $2,000.

When the Ice Cream Social was cancelled, staff did not notify donors or the public. Clarkdale citizens who would donate baked goods to the Social year after year were bringing them to the park not knowing they were not needed.

The Library Board had amassed $9256.98 by September 30, 2014. The Board gave at least $4000 to purchase the equipment for “Movies in the Park”. This was done in 2015, and yet there still hasn’t been a movie in the park. That is out of our hands as we have been dismembered.

The town has lost a great bunch of volunteers because of this.

John Sherman



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The_Uppity_Peasant 1 year, 11 months ago

This is unfortunate but happens all too often around here. I have donated many quality items to the Cottonwood Library, but they won't even look at me let alone talk to me (good thing I'm used to this!). I guess they think everything they say is unoffensive, true, and not motivated by political correctness at all. I have donated my labor and time to a couple of organizations and events around here, only to be left feeling that my contribution was not appreciated or even noticed. Even though I was (and still am) homeless and unemployed I was doing volunteer work for one organization, and when they created an actual paying job based on what I (and others) were already doing, they proceeded to give their support to a guy who said all the right things, and then took off with a bunch of one's members tools. I guess they prefer smooth-talking liars and thieves to an honest taciturn pot smoker like myself. I have little to no sympathy for these groups anymore (except for animal and woman's shelters). FTH! They say "You got to network, volunteer..." Yeah, I tried that, what a crock of sh-t!


ItsyBitsySpider 1 year, 11 months ago

Thank you for your service, Mr. Sherman. Small towns like Clarkdale need people like you to keep them good places to live and raise their children.