ACLD Foundation recognizes Guy Hudspeth Award recipient and nine others in annual Katherine’s Tree award ceremony

March 30, 2015
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The Alachua County Library District Foundation recognized Anita Jenkins-McCarter, manager of the Library Partnership Branch, as the 2014 recipient of its annual Guy Hudspeth Award. In honor of Jenkins-McCarter's dedicated service to the Library District, a leaf was placed on Katherine’s Tree at Headquarters Library on Sunday, March 22, during the annual Katherine’s Tree award ceremony.

Jenkins-McCarter was recognized for 35 years of impressive service at the Alachua County Library District. She started as a Library Page in Circulation Services and was quickly promoted to Library Assistant. She helped in the Library District’s transition to its first computer system and also served as the first Library Assistant at the Jail Library. Jenkins-McCarter then became a librarian and helped develop procedures and implement services at the Jail Library. She served as librarian at Tower Road Branch and in Headquarters Adult Services. She then served as Outreach Services Library Manager before becoming the Branch Manager at Library Partnership Branch after it opened in 2009.

The Guy Hudspeth Award, sponsored for the past eight years by the Kosman Foundation, was named for Guy Hudspeth, former library manager at the Archer Branch Library and the first recipient of the award in 2007. Previous award recipients including Memree Stuart (2008), Martha Roberts (2009), Phillis Filer (2010), Ike Welch (2011), Darba Owens-Simmons (2012), and Bruce Stewart (2013) also have been honored with a leaf on Katherine’s Tree.

The Friends of the Library (FOL) also honored two of its members with leaves placed on Katherine’s Tree. Becky Davis was recognized for her 20 years of FOL volunteering, and Peter G. Roode, M.D., was recognized for serving as president of the FOL 2012-14.

Also honored with leaves placed on the Tree were Foundation Board Chair Hunt Davis, Jr. and Board member Jeanne G. Davis along with Arlyn Lee Austin and Matilda Hudnall Cockrell (daughter and mother of Board member Mitzi Austin).

Hallie and Ted McFetridge and the Quinn Family Charitable Foundation gave a leaf in memory of Ted McFetridge’s mother Neta Fallas McFetridge. Valerie M. D'Ortona provided a leaf in memory of her son Kenneth Anthony "Tony" D'Ortona. Lynne and Robert Holt gave a leaf in memory of Lynne’s mother Ilse G. Weissmann.

 “Katherine’s Tree is a wonderful and fitting way to recognize the generosity of so many individuals, the Kosman Foundation and the Quinn Family Charitable Foundation, and the Friends of the Library in support of our mission,” said Vice Chair of the ACLD Foundation Board Dr. Pushpa Kalra. “Libraries have played a meaningful role in the lives of the individuals these gifts have honored or memorialized with leaves on the Tree.”

Each leaf on the tree represents a gift of $2,000 to the Alachua County Library District Foundation to help advance its support of the Library. The Foundation is a support group for the Library District and provides supplemental funding to the Library District with an emphasis on long-term support and planned giving. For more information on the Foundation and how to honor or memorialize a special person, visit or email

For additional information, Chair of ACLD Foundation Board Dr. Hunt Davis at (352) 226-6744,

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