Volunteer of the Year 2018
Congratulations to our 2018 Volunteer of the Year Julie Pecka! Originally from Transylvania, Julie moved to the United States in 1973 and has lived in several Midwestern states and the South. She moved to Chelsea eleven years ago and says that she likes living in Michigan the best! Julie is fluent in Hungarian, and though she can’t speak Romanian anymore, she can still understand it.
Julie’s son Adam lives in Ann Arbor, along with his wife. They have two children: Sydney, a sophomore in college; and Jack a senior in high school. Both good athletes, Julie has enjoyed watching them compete throughout the years.
For more than 18 years, Julie and her husband owned an optical lab business. After retirement, she was a hospital volunteer for nine years. She began volunteering at the Chelsea District Library (CDL) in 2007, where she clipped obituaries from the local newspaper for CDL’s Family History Index. Her next volunteer assignment was helping with the Friends Used Book Sale, where she still volunteers to this day. Julie shares her love for community by also volunteering at the Purple Rose Theater and Adult Learners Institute. In addition to her volunteer hours, Julie became a library employee in 2015 shelving returned materials.
Julie loves to keep busy and when asked what she loves the best, she replied, “mostly books, the theatre, and music!” We love that Julie has chosen CDL to volunteer and work, helping make CDL the special place that it is!
Age Has Its Benefits!
Are you a volunteer who is 55 years old or older? If so, we have a partnership with the Corporation for National & Community Service (funded by Americorp) that offers supplemental medical insurance that covers you as you travel to and from the library, and while you are here volunteering! To find out more and get signed up for this perk, contact Linda Ballard at 734-475-8732 ext 202 or email her.