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Wednesday, May 28, 2008 08:36 pm

Time to regroup

SJ-R backs off plan to cut Friend-in-Deed loose

Untitled Document It looks as if the State Journal-Register and Friend-in-Deed will continue to work hand in hand after all. On May 22, the holiday charity organization’s board of directors announced that the newspaper would continue its support despite an earlier announcement that Friend-in-Deed would function as its own separate entity [see R.L. Nave, “Friend-in-Deed in need,” May 1]. Scott Bowers, SJ-R publisher and Friend-in-Deed board member, says the board has had several meetings to determine the newspaper’s role in Friend-in-Deed’s work and made the decision to resume the partnership for “the foreseeable future.”
“We want to be a part of it as much as we possibly could,” Bowers says. “We are going through all these changes with the board of directors, and we felt it was a good time to regroup.”
Barry Locher, former editor of the SJ-R, recently resigned from the Friend-in-Deed’s board of directors after 30 years of service. “With the program headed in a new direction, this is just a natural time for me to offer my seat on the board to a new member,” he told Illinois Times in an e-mail. Bowers also confirmed that Patrick Coburn, who served as the paper’s publisher until 2006, recently resigned from the nonprofit’s board of directors. He says the two vacant spots have not been filled. Other changes in the Friend-in-Deed program, announced last week, include the decision to focus 2008 efforts on providing food and toys for needy families. Clothing will no longer be distributed by the organization.
Contact Amanda Robert at arobert@illinoistimes.com.
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