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Roy L. Williams            
Director of Public Relations        
Birmingham Public Library             
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067            
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BPL Trustee member Welch inducted into Council's Gallery of Distinguished Citizens

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-Four people who have made a positive difference in Birmingham have been inducted by the Birmingham City Council into its Gallery of Distinguished Citizens.

The honorees named during the Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 meeting included Gwendolyn B. Guster Welch, a member of the Birmingham Public Library’s Board of Trustees. The other three selected were Heager L. Hill, retired U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development official; Anthony Marino of Marino’s Associated Foods; and the late Maxine Parker, former President of the Birmingham City Council.

The Birmingham City Council’s most important honor is induction into the Gallery of Distinguished Citizens. The Council selects one individual per year to represent the years of that Council’s term in office. Welch, Hill, Marino and Parker were selected out of 14 nominees.

Read more about the Gallery of Distinguished Citizens at the link below:

For more information, contact the Office of the Birmingham City Council at 205-254-2294. You can also refer to the Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 council agenda, addendum Item 79.

Welch was named earlier this year by the City Council as one of Birmingham’s hidden Figures who have made a difference in the city. An avid supporter of Birmingham’s 19 libraries, Welch has served on BPL’s Board of Trustees since 2002 and is a past president. In 2012, she received the American Library Association Trustee Citation Award, the highest honor that the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations gives its members.

Welch has a varied background in the education field. She retired from the Birmingham Board of Education after 35 years, having worked as a school media specialist, attendance/hearing officer, and executive assistant to the superintendent. Welch has a bachelor of arts in business administration from Miles College and a master of arts in education and advance study in education from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. She is married to Arthur L. Welch and the mother of one son, Eric L. Welch Guster.

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