To the Editor:

I am extremely grateful for the help of the Keizer community in the completion of my Boy Scout Eagle project. I could not have completed my Eagle project without the help from many members of the community. The goal of my Eagle project was to collect 5,000 books. We collected over 8,125 books, CD’s, DVD’s, and books on tape. These materials will be added to the library’s collection or sold to fund library operations.

I received help from many different sources. I want to thank those family members, fellow scouts, leaders, friends, and library staff that passed out flyers and then collected, counted, and sorted donated items.

I would like to give a special thank you to three local businesses. Roth’s Fresh Markets, True Value Hardware, and the Keizertimes allowed me to place collection bins at their businesses. The bins received many donations. At the end of the project, True Value Hardware offered to keep a collection bin in their store for continued donations.

I would like to specifically thank the following citizens and associated businesses: Rick and Iva Curry with Budget Rent a Space. They graciously donated a storage unit for storage and sorting activities. Mark DeWilde with Select Impressions helped prepare and then donated thousands of flyers. Lyndon Zaitz of the Keizertimes helped significantly. He helped promote the project with coverage in the Keizertimes, housed a collection bin, and coached me on leadership skills. Lastly, I would like to thank Art Burr, the Keizer Library Director, for all of his support. He volunteers countless hours for the library. He patiently helped me by providing ideas, advice, sorting help, and other volunteer sources. He was an enthusiastic supporter of my project from day one. I could not have completed the project without his help.

This project sparked my interest in the library’s operations. I hope the project also increases the interest of all Keizerites. Perhaps that interest will grow enough to place the library funding issue on the special March ballot.

Again, thank you to everyone. I could not have done this without you.

Grant Gerstner
Keizer