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    Posted October 21, 2010

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BATON ROUGE MEMBERS MEET LIAISON

On Saturday Morning, September 18th, 22 people including 14 AEA Members and their families gathered for a Meet and Greet with New Orleans' Liaison John Bostic at the La Madeliene Restaurant in Baton Rouge. The social event was sponsored by the New Orleans' Liaison Committee as part of their goal to improve communication between members in the area. Pastries, Muffins, Fruit, Coffee and Mango tea was provided by the restaurant and the committee.

"Last January was the first meeting of the New Orleans' Liaison Committee. At that meeting, we put together a plan to improve our situation in the South Louisiana Area by accomplishing 5 basic steps. The first of these is to improve communication between members which has been our focus this year. In order to do so, we have collected every name in our area that we could get and are in the process of contacting each one personally. So far we have been able to contact 87% personally and have 85% on our current contact list. And about once a month, I get a call from a new member somewhere in the state who wants to be part of our efforts. We have initiated weekly news bulletins, set a schedule for updating the hotline, scheduled a New Orleans get to know you Tony Party and now have had a get to know you Baton Rouge party. By the end of this year, we hope to have our web services in place and can declare step one a success!" stated John Bostic, Liaison Chair.

During the course of the meeting, members exchanged business cards and flyers about their work and projects. Member Kelly Pepper brought grant information from the Division of the Arts. Producing members, Shane Partlow and Rowan Joseph brought info about their company. Member Karli Henderson discussed the children's theater she manages and the Liaison Committee provided the members with a folder of contracts and codes that have been used in the New Orleans' area as well as information about the upcoming Annual membership meeting.

"Baton Rouge has one of our most prestigious theaters, The Swine Palace, and over 30 members who have active careers in film, education, production and stage management, as well as outside fields. Today's meeting was brought about by their desire to expand their own possibilities within the Capital City. " Stated Bostic. "This is the first event of this type help in Baton Rouge. The members went away feeling good about it. We, the committee, hope it is the beginning of a dialogue which will continue and develop new and exciting work in the city which has so rich a talent base. The fact that 45% or the members showed up at the first meeting speaks volumes about their enthusiasm! Hey! They showed up on Game Day before tailgating at LSU. What more can you ask?"

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