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Amelia Island Book Festival Updates

Apr 25, 2018 02:00AM
At the recently held Amelia Island Book annual meeting, Dr. John Ruis, 2017-2018 Board president addressed a room full festival of volunteers and members recapping the festival’s work and reporting a banner year of money raised, student participation, and books purchased for our students and presenting authors in the organization’s signature program Authors in School Literacy Program. “The purchase of more than 11,000 books is a significant increase over last year and we had a record number of tweens and teens participate in the Tween/Teen Program and a record number of student entries in the Short story contest,” said Ruis. “Based on results from surveys conducted among the school districts’ media specialists and authors in schools presenting authors as well as Author Expo exhibiting authors and Expo attendees, the festival earned high marks in all areas. These surveys are invaluable in providing feedback on how we measured up against our goals, but more importantly to help us address any areas that need work. We are always looking for opportunities to improve, and we welcome constructive suggestions,” he added.

Dr. Ruis also reported against measures of success against its current strategic plan and some new approaches, He said, “In the three years since our last strategic plan and re-visioning, we have achieved all the goals set, and now need to re-visit where the festival needs to go for the next three years. Therefore the board will undergo a new strategic planning and goal-setting process over the next few months.”

The Board of Directors for the 2018-2019 fiscal year include the following returning directors: Dr. John Ruis, Maurie Dugger, Frances Shea, Terri Ramsay, Raffaela Marie Fenn, Bill Amos, Joelle Crahay, Liz Dunn, Barbara Heggenstaller, and Kim Sartor. New directors elected are Mary Grace Herrington, Mary Elwell, Larry Williams, Betsy Odom and Kristi Simpkins. For more information visit