The Worthen Society

How do I become a Worthen Society Member?

The Worthen Society has been established to recognize people who have made a financial commitment to ensure that future generations of Champlain Islanders will have a robust library. Local taxpayer dollars only cover current operating expenses. Your private donations are needed to create an endowment to support your new building and additional services, to perpetuate a truly great public library.

The Worthen Society recognizes two special groups of donors to the South Hero Library Foundation:  the Diana Clebourne Circle, for members who provide current gifts to the Foundation, and the Muriel Jacoby Circle, for members who make a bequest to the Library Foundation in their estate plan.

The Diana Clebourne Circle

The Diana Clebourne Circle recognizes members who have provided current gifts to the Foundation. Donations can be in the form of cash, real property, or irrevocable gifts of life insurance. The Clebourne Circle includes those who have made gifts in memory of others, and all who have previously made contributions to the Building or Operating endowments.

Levels of recognition for cumulative lifetime donations include:

Level  /  Cumulative Lifetime Donations

Benefactor: $500,000 and up

Underwriter: $100,000 to $499,999

Philanthropist: $50,000 to $99,999

Patron: $25,000 to $49,999

Donor: $10,000 to $24,999

Backer: $5,000 to $9,999

Supporter: $1,000 to $4,999

Contributor: $500 to $999

Friend: $100 to $499

Member: $25 to $99

As the Librarian at the South Hero Community Library (SHCL), Diana Clebourne was cherished by patrons during her tenure. Her deep background in the arts, long experience as a public librarian, love of reading and ability to work with people made her terrific at her job.  

It also made Diana aware of the limitations of operating a public library inside a school. Diana followed her time as Librarian with a term on the Library Board of Trustees. In that role she was a strong advocate of a stand-alone library.

Diana’s understanding of the benefit of light and air as an essential element of a vibrant public building led her and her husband Rockwell to make a generous donation to the new Library for the purchase of windows. Diana and her husband continue to be avid supporters of the Library.

The Muriel Jacoby Circle

It is a common misconception that only wealthy people leave money to charity. The reality is that most bequests (gifts made through a will) are made by ordinary hard-working people who want to make a difference in their community.

The Muriel Jacoby Circle of the Worthen Society recognizes people who have included the Library Foundation in their estate plan.

Muriel Jacoby embodied a life well lived. A lifelong learner and teacher, Muriel believed in the empowerment of education. As a member of the Library Board of Trustees, Muriel, a retired educator and nurse, was a valued contributor to the Library’s evolution.

Muriel was a true citizen of the community. In retirement, in addition to her service to the Library, Muriel served on the Boards of CHAMP and Camp Hochelaga, taught reading and ESL, wrote a newspaper column about gardening and sang in the Church choir. And of course she loved to read.

The Worthen Library is proud to recognize Muriel’s family’s generous gift to the new Library by dedicating the Directors Office in her memory.