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    Posted June 7, 2010

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Eastern Regional Director Rick Berg joined about 12 members from the Buffalo Rochester area at our Membership Meeting on May 24th at Empire State College. He opened the meeting with the announcement of Debra Cole’s resignation as Chair of the Liaison Committee and thus, as Area Liaison. Committee Member Susan Forbes announced the agenda, and Rick unveiled his brand new (yet not quite airline-friendly) retractable Equity banner. He then shared the Developing Theatre Committee’s proposed changes to our Agreement (which expires in August), including the addition of a new entry-level Category. Membership passed a resolution recommending small changes to that proposal.

Don Gervasi then reminded the membership that local hero Stephen McKinley Henderson is not only nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in August Wilson’s FENCES, but was also named to receive the annual Richard Seff Award, presented by Actors’ Equity Foundation, honoring both a veteran male and female over 50 for the best performance in a supporting role. Also receiving the award is Helen Stenborg.

Don also reminded membership the Buffalo Rochester Area Hotline is updated on a weekly basis. 1-877-AEA-1913 x. 814.

By group acclamation, four members (Tom Owen, Ellen Horst, Ed Simone and Sheila McCarthy) were selected to two-year terms on our Area Liaison Committee. Susan Forbes, Don Gervasi and Anne Reid are still serving out their terms through 2011.

The first order of business for the Liaison Committee was to select Officers. Recently elected by unanimous decision were: Don Gervasi, Chair (Area Liaison); Susan Forbes, Vice-Chair; and Tom Owen, Secretary.

SAVE THE DATE! Monday, September 6th is Labor Day and we’ll be co-sponsoring a float along with members of I.A.T.S.E. Local 10. If you would like to join the Labor Day Float Committee or ride the float to Cazenovia Park, contact Area Liaison Don Gervasi at

Also, be on the lookout for more info regarding our Annual Meeting which will be held on September 13th in Buffalo. To submit agenda items for discussion, contact Area Liaison Don Gervasi at

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