Betty Scott, President, Friends of Pomonok Library
Community Involvement: Betty Scott is the president of the Friends of Pomonok Library (FPL), where she is always trying to bring in new ideas for fundraising and to set new, attainable goals.
Scott, along with Assemblymember Michael Simanowitz and support from Camille T. Barrett and Jennifer Manley, from The Central Queens Library, together organized a reception for retired Assemblymember Nettie Meyersohn with all proceeds going to the Buy-A-Book campaign.
Recently, FPL held a flea market and participated in the Electchester Street Fair, where not only did they sell books, but collected hundreds of signatures to help save local libraries.
“We are proactive in advocating for books for the community’s education and enjoyment” said Scott. “More volunteers are needed to increase our fundraising ability.”
Scott is also president of the St. Cecilia Guild of St. Gabriel’s Church in Hollis, for which she books musical performers.
She is also a volunteer member of the Pomonok Cancer Action Council [PCAC], where they strive to raise cancer awareness by educating the community through innovative methods.
Personal: Scott is currently retired and living in Flushing. She is a graduate of Hunter College and attended graduate school at Hunter and Adelphi University. She has two sons and two granddaughters. She enjoys reading and jazz and classical music. Scott also sings with the jazz vocal workshop at Center Stage.
Inspiration: Her inspiration came from her mother who was an art teacher in Oregon and volunteered in the recreational center. In New York City, her mother worked as program director for the Children’s Aid Society, and was active with the Boys and Girls Club.
Biggest Challenge: “The biggest challenge is to inspire more people to volunteer in their communities” said Scott.
Favorite Memory: Her favorite memory is the picture taken of Meyersohn at her reception with several VIP guests which was published in The Courier.