The Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library’s Vinciguerra Citizen Laureate Award was presented to Ed and Francine Rodger at a reception on December 10th, 2016. The reception was also to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 475 Moe Road library building.
Background of Award
The Vinciguerra Citizen Laureate Award was established in 1999 to honor Stephen and Beatrice Vinciguerra for their generous donation of land on which the library was built. The Award was intended to be bestowed on future individuals whose contribution to the library was above and beyond the normal expectations of a volunteer. It has only been awarded to the Vinciguerras in 1999 and to Joe Conroy in 2007.
Ed and Francine Rodger
In December 2016, the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library celebrated the 10th anniversary of the opening its current building on Moe Road in Clifton Park. As part of the anniversary celebrations, long time library supporters and library trustees, Ed and Francine Rodger were presented with the library’s prestigious Vinciguerra Citizen Laureate award. This award was established in 1999 and is bestowed on individuals whose contributions to the library are above and beyond the normal expectations of a volunteer. It has only been awarded to two other people prior to the Rodgers.
Ed and Francine have been involved with the library for nearly 50 years. As far back at the late 1960’s Francine was a volunteer, doing membership drives to help develop a library for the community. The first library opened to the public in 1969, and soon after in 1972 Francine was appointed to the library board and served until 1985. Ed has been on the library board since 1997 and his current term runs until the end of 2020. Between Francine and Ed, there will have been a Rodger on the library board for 36 years of the library’s 50 year history.
During their terms, both Francine and Ed have each served as president, treasurer and vice-president of the board, and they have worked tirelessly to make sure the library services that are provided are exemplary.
Several years ago in conjunction with the 40th anniversary celebrations, the Friends of the Library commissioned an artist to create renderings of the different locations of the library over the years. And when we received the images, Ed noted that one was missing – an image of the very first purpose built library that opened 1981.
This particular library had a special significance for Ed and Francine. Not only was Francine the president of the board and then treasurer during door-to-door campaigns that raised a quarter of a million dollars for the construction, but the Rodgers, along with another local family, personally guaranteed the 250,000 dollar mortgage for the library building.
Francine continued to serve on the Board throughout the campaign to establish a tax district in 1985, which provided a sound financial footing for the future of the library. Francine resigned from the Board in 1985, but continued to be involved in committees and volunteering.
In 1997 Ed was appointed to the board to fill the term of a resigning trustee and has subsequently been elected four times, and is beginning his 21st consecutive year as a library trustee. Ed has been the president of the board at two different times as well as the vice president and treasurer.
Current Board President, Jason DiGianni, on behalf of the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library Board of Trustees, presented the Citizen Laureate Award to Ed and Francine Rodger on December 10, 2016.
In addition to the award, the Local History Room will be named in honor of Ed and Francine. It will be the Ed and Francine Rodger Local History Room.