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She has supported the Chamber in many ways. The library is a ticket sales location for the Chamber’s annual Fourth of July Fireworks show and a collection spot for the holiday Toys for Tots drive. Eng has helped the Chamber put together a local business directory, and has spoken at networking meetings.
Joanne Antun, a Chamber board member, former Mayor and past library board trustee, spoke of her admiration for Eng. She described Eng as an excellent steward of the library and all its resources, and a dedicated director who uses innovation and creativity to make the place better.
“I see Mamie as a highly skilled professional who is passionate about her trade,” Antun said.
Gyulay said she and Eng are both lifelong Valley Streamers and went to the same high school, but didn’t know each other until the Chamber brought them together. She is thankful for that connection and was proud to present Eng with the Special Recognition Award.
Eng said she was excited by the honor. “I really consider myself a hometown girl,” she said. “Receiving recognition from the Valley Stream business community is certainly an honor that is very special to me.”
She spoke of the evolution of the library in recent years to incorporate more technology, and mentioned some new initiatives on the horizon. Eng thanked the village board for its financial support, the library board for its guidance and her staff for their hard work. Many library employees were on hand last Thursday night.
So was Ida D’Angelo, president of the library’s Board of Trustees. She described Eng as a motivated leader who wants what’s best for the community and knows the library inside and out.
D’Angelo complimented the Chamber for choosing Eng as one of its award recipients. “They couldn’t have picked a better person,” she said. “She’s so deserving of it. I’m very proud of her.”