Over 130 Friends of Will attended the July 14 recognition event in the WSU Science Laboratory Center atrium. Heather Bach spoke on behalf of the GRSF Board of Directors; Steering Committee Co-Chairs Mary Alice Anderson and Terry Hawkings presented FOW celebration pins to attendees. Founding members Karen Fawcett and Kathy Peterson shared a brief history of FOW (more below) and GRSF Artistic Director Doug Scholz-Carlson shared his appreciation!
Photo: Mary Alice Anderson
~ ~ ~ FOW who did not receive a 10-year celebration lapel pin at the July event or while volunteering during the season should stop by the GRSF office, 79 E. Third Street, to pick up their pin. Please call (474-7900) before stopping by so you know someone is there to help you.
Honoring the Past, Celebrating our Future
The Friends of Will started during a casual discussion in the WSU East Lake Apartments parking lot at the end of Season One. A GRSF volunteer approached the founding directors Paul Barnes, Marc Hauck, and Alec Wild and asked if a volunteer group could be formed. The conversation led to the creation of the official volunteer group known as the Friends of Will. Three hundred volunteers were ready to serve by the opening of Season Two in 2005. During that first year teams were organized for the various roles that emerged and a steering committee with officers and team chairs was formed. Friends learned new Festival vocabulary; a Rochester Friends of Will under the leadership of Sheri Lu Pappas was organized in 2009. The FOW organizational structure continues to work well, providing sincerely appreciated ongoing support to the Great River Shakespeare Festival. (Information shared by Karen Fawcett and Kathy Peterson, July 14, 2013.) Photo: Kathy Greden Christenson
Appreciation FROM Doug Scholz-Carlson
When I walk though the lobby before a show, when I head to dinner on a long day of tech, when I meet an intern who stayed in someone’s house, or when I encounter a volunteer in any of their many other roles, I’m always humbled by the generosity of the Friends of Will. It is amazing to me that so many people of such varied backgrounds give of their time to come together to support our little (yet sophisticated) game of make believe. I suppose communities have been coming together to tell stories since we climbed down out of the trees. But, given all the ways our modern world offers to keep us entertained, the fact that so many of you are willing to give the most precious thing you have, your time, to support live people telling stories to live people all gathered together at the same time and in the same room tells me that we have a strong community here in this corner of the world. I’m so grateful that you’ve allowed me to be a part of your community, and I’m so grateful for all you have done to build this community we share in the Great River Shakespeare Festival. I know my colleagues agree that there is no more generous group of volunteers than the Friends of Will anywhere. Thanks for a great season.
Doug Scholz-Carlson, Artistic Director, August 2013
Photo: Kathy Greden Christenson
Karen Fawcett honored at CallithumP!
Retiring GRSF Board member, founding member of the Friends of Will, and avid Festival supporter was honored at the July 30 Callithump for ten years of outstanding contributions to the Festival! GRSF actor Brian White and Company Manager Rob Thomas presented Karen with an autographed GRSF t-shirt. Photo: Kathy Greden Christensen
~ 330 Winona Friends
~ 30 Rochester friends
~40 new friends in 2013
~ 1,780, the hours contributed by just the Ushers, Will Guides, and other Front of House volunteers.
~ $2,430, the amount raised by the Callithump! Quilt Raffle
~ THOUSANDS, the number of hours worked by FOW during Season 10!
~ Watch for an annual report later this fall!
GRSF actor Jon Daley and FOW Karin Worthley visit at the reception.
Photo: Mary Alice Anderson
Not TO be Missed!
~ WHYnona? The Noisy Neighbor, Arts, Music, Food & Culture Winona MN and the surrounding area. Corey Allen’s blog.
~ Volunteers Bolster Blossoming GRSF. Winona Post, July 13, 2013.
Click the image below to view archived FOW newsletters
and the Season 10 Thank You Poster!