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    Posted March 18, 2010

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by Irene Adjan, South Florida Equity Liaison

The South Florida General Membership Meeting was held on Monday, January 18th, 2010 at the Caldwell Theatre in Boca Raton. Our guests included Kate Shindle, the Eastern Regional Vice President, Rick Berg, Assistant Executive Director/Eastern Regional Director, and Doug Truelsen, South Eastern Traveling Representative from the Orlando office. Our guests also took the time to have dinner beforehand with myself, John Felix, Secretary and Hotline Coordinator for the Liaison Committee, and Committee Member and National Councillor, Margot Moreland, to discuss some issues that we've been wanting to address. I believe it was a productive meeting, as well as an incredibly pleasant time.

Our meeting focused on some local business, and we had our re-selection process for the liaison committee. We discussed the impact the economy has had on the theatre community and the arts, in general. It was discussed that, under the circumstances, it could be a lot worse. South Florida is weathering the storm and theatres are making the decisions they need to make to keep operating as usual.

Rick Berg gave the membership an overview of the events planned for the 100th Anniversary. Along with other festivities, South Florida plans to celebrate by having a community service event each month of the year-long celebration. The community service events planned for this year are the Share Our Strength Great American Bake Sale, to combat childhood hunger, and a waterway cleanup through the Ocean Conservancy. Rick and Kate also addressed the restructuring of Actors' Equity with the exit of John Connolly and Mark Zimmerman.

back row: Dave Corey, Margot Moreland, Wayne LeGette, Tom Wahl, Terry Hardcastle
front row: Irene Adjan, Margery Lowe, and John Felix

The Liaison Committee also took the opportunity to share with the membership the retirement gifts we got for Carol Waaser. Though she could not be at our meeting this year, Carol has attended countless membership meetings here in South Florida and we wanted to thank her for all her years of service to us and to Actors' Equity. We wanted to get her something she could use, as well as something reminiscent of our state, so we got her a crystal pitcher with Florida's iconic palm tree etched onto it. Knowing of Carol's great passion for biking, we also got her three books to entice her to come back to Florida for recreation: Road Biking in Florida, Bicycling in Florida, and Bed, Breakfast, and Bike Florida.

It was a good meeting and I'd like to take this opportunity to thank, once again, Kate Shindle, Rick Berg, and Doug Truelsen for being our guests, and all the members who took the time to attend. I'd also like to thank the rest of my Liaison Committee for their hard work and contributions: Oscar Cheda, Dave Corey, John Felix, Terry Hardcastle, Wayne LeGette, Amy London, Margery Lowe, Margot Moreland, Marjorie O'Neill-Butler, Barbara Sloan, Laura Turnbull, and Tom Wahl.

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