Why I give… Jerry Reed

Jerry ReedJerry Reed is in his fourth year as treasurer of the Friends of the Library. He enjoys his work with the Friends but he also relishes his Thursday mornings volunteering in the Sabatini Gallery. Jerry greets gallery visitors and explains what he knows about the exhibits and what the next show will be.

Jerry started his volunteering at the library by giving tours as a docent when the library reopened in 2002. When that volunteer work was over the Treasurers of the Czar exhibit was in Topeka so he was a docent there. He enjoyed the art so much that once it was over and there was a need for a volunteer at the Sabatini Gallery, he jumped at the opportunity.

Growing up in Kansas and getting a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from K-State, Jerry and his wife Judy went to New Haven, Connecticut where he studied for his Ph.D. His education took him to Las Cruces, New Mexico before it was completed. Then he was off to Oklahoma to work for Phillips Petroleum in 1968. He transferred to Greenville, South Carolina for six years but then transferred back to Oklahoma for another 22 years working in Research and Development and the Patents and Licensing division. He retired in 1998.

Jerry and Judy have two daughters and four grandchildren. His daughter Barbara living in Topeka is what brought them to move from Oklahoma.

As a retired employee of Phillips Petroleum, now ConocoPhillips, Jerry is eligible for the company’s Matching Gift program which matches gifts to an eligible 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dollar-for-dollar, up to $7,500 annually. Also, in recognition of the various volunteer activities that employees and retirees dedicate to charitable organizations, and to further encourage these efforts, ConocoPhillips donates $500 for every 20 hours an employee or retiree volunteers with an eligible 501(c)(3) non-profit organization up to 40 hours annually. Jerry has taken advantage of both of these programs and the library has certainly benefited. Jerry said he encourages all donors of the library to check with the company they work for or have retired from to see if they might have a similar program.

We are grateful to Jerry and ConocoPhillips for their long-standing support of the Sabatini Gallery at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library!

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