Supporting Welles-Turner Memorial Library, Glastonbury, Connecticut
The Welles-Turner Memorial Library Second Century Fund is a not-for-profit organization which provides permanent financial support for the library, as well as funding to help meet future large-scale needs.
The Fund was established in 1993 by a small group of Glastonbury citizens. Its initial purpose was to raise private donations to help reduce the amount of town funding (i.e. taxpayer cost) for the expansion of the then overcrowded library. In the beginning, there were eight people and a dream. Within a year, they had the support of hundreds, then thousands of town citizens who gave of their time and money to make the library expansion a reality. On November 5, 1996, when Glastonbury voters passed a $5.7 million referendum to finance the project, the Fund was able to donate nearly $700,000 toward the library expansion. The Fund’s cost to raise that sum was less than 4%, a remarkably low figure achieved by the all-volunteer group. On September 17 2022, the library celebrated a Grand Re-Opening of another expansion and renovation. The Second Century Fund donated $1.0 million to the building of this new space. The primary goal is to continue generating income forever for this valuable institution.
Officers are elected at the Annual Meeting of the Fund, held in the spring, and serve a one-year term:
Trustees, totaling not less than ten nor more than 18, serve staggered three-year terms and are elected at the Annual Meeting of the Fund.
Current board members are: