Allow us to introduce you to Charlie Krinsky, our new treasurer. Charlie has the challenging task of guiding Grey Havens through what we hope will be a period of growing financial support as we become a 501(C)(3) non-profit corporation. Charlie also helps to ensure that we don’t blow all your generous donations on one incredibly shiny object but, instead, devote all our resources to promoting our values of literacy, imagination, community and inclusion.
Charlie joined the Grey Havens Group in Jan of 2011 after the group’s founder, Kelly Cowling, saw him in front of Barbed Wire Books and lassoed him. He has been a Tolkienophile since he was 15 in 1974 when he discovered The Hobbit in the Cheyenne, Wyoming Library.
This is what Charlie has to say about why the Grey Havens Group mission is important to him: “At first, I simply enjoyed the book discussion groups and ignored the other programs/events. Then, one fateful day, I heard Kelly’s Kmart Vision* and realized there is more here than simply entertainment. I was hooked. Her Vision was an awe-inspiring thunderclap to me. I am now very humbled and honored to be a part of this worthy cause for literacy, and most importantly the cause of the Imagination!”
*The "K-Mart Vision" is a completely non-diabolical dream of, one day, taking over an abandoned mega-store to turn it into a center for the critical enjoyment of books and the imagination, a place for deep, philosophical discussion, hobbit-like celebrations and as much nerdines as any former K-Mart can hold!