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Front cover: (Tim Gallagher) Back cover: Dwayne, the fouth little pig (Vanessa Van Burek) The Cows Came Home (Lisa Wisely)

West Kortright Centre, Inc 2016 ANNUAL REPORT AND MEMBERSHIP MEETING

49 West Kortright Church Road • East Meredith, NY 13757 607.278.5454 • www.westkc.org

March 5, 2017


West Kortright Centre, Inc 2 016 B OARD OF DIRE CTO R S Elisabeth Searles, President • Barbara Lawry, Vice President Sarah Herger, Secretary • Helen Nershi, Treasurer Daniel Birnbaum • Bobbi Goldman • Bruce Habegger Nancy Haycock • Pamela Peters • Margot Reynolds Charlene Sugihara • Joseph Temming • Elizabeth Walker Kathleen Howarth and George Silvernell, Directors Emeriti 2016 COMMITTE ES Community Outreach/Nominating Sarah Herger, co-chair • Pamela Peters , co-chair Bobbi Goldman • Margot Reynolds Development Charlene Sugihara, chair • Elisabeth Searles Joseph Temming • Elizabeth Walker Facilities Barbara Lawry, chair • Bruce Habegger • Nancy Haycock Pamela Peters • Elisabeth Searles • Joseph Temming Fiscal Management Daniel Birnbaum, chair • Helen Nershi • Elisabeth Searles Charlene Sugihara • Joseph Temming Program Helen Nershi, chair • Daniel Birnbaum • Bobbi Goldman Nancy Haycock • Barbara Lawry Steering Elisabeth Searles, chair • Daniel Birnbaum • Sarah Herger Barbara Lawry • Helen Nershi • Pamela Peters • Charlene Sugihara 2 0 1 6 S TAF F Martha Van Burek, Executive Director David Turan, General Manager Caitlyn Davey, Marketing & Public Relations Director Kitchen renovation committee: Nancy Haycock, Liz Searles, Pam Peters, Marjorie Kellogg

201 6/1 7 Don o rs t o t h e Wes t K o rt rig h t C en t re, In c . Endo w m en t Trus t Fun d & 2 0 17 P ro g ra m D riv e ENDOWMENT Vickie Andritz & Robert Rightmire Anonymous Jacquie & Ed Atkins Joyce & David Barber Maureen C. Boehning Marjorie Bradley Kellogg Tom & Clara Courtenay-Clack Susan Dapkins William K. Davis Joan & David Dehm John & Debra deNicola Nancy Fales Garrett Marthe Gold & Frank Silagy Jeff & Bobbi Goldman Carol & Gary Gundlach Bruce Habegger & Marianne Neuber Rebecca Harrington Don Harris & Susan McLellan Lanny Harrison Mr. & Mrs. Charles D. Hill Laura & John Hussey Robert Landsman & Sandra Lang Mary McDowell & Harry Barnes Thomas Meredith Jeffrey & Lora Meyer Ann & Bob Morris Helen & Tom Nershi William Packard & Richard Squire Pam Peters & Walter Putrycz Werner & Gail Rentsch Robinson Broadhurst Foundation Elisabeth Searles & Richard Friedberg Lee & Julian Shepherd Tom Slavinsky Gary Stephens & Swati Desai Arigo & Charlene Sugihara Betty Tash Stephen & Lynn Tomecek David & Nancy Truscott Martha Van Burek Butch Walker & David Wawro Eric Wedemeyer Ron & Ellen Whipple Thomas Wise & Justine Woolner-Wise A. Lindsay & Olive B. O’Connor Foundation

In Memory of: Mose Allison, Mae Armstrong, Cassie Rose Davino, Edward Frank, Jr., Mark Howarth, Sharon Jones, Grace Kathmann, Charles J. Miller, J.R. Nershi, June & Richard Peer, Henry Sander, Gladys P. Selwin, John Sillitoe

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In Tribute to: Tom & Clara Clack, Jack DeJohnette, Liz Searles & Richard Friedberg

PROGRAM Vickie Andritz & Robert Rightmire Anonymous Jacquie & Ed Atkins Joyce & David Barber Vern & Janette Barnes Ralph & Nancy Beisler Robert Besen & Dena Levine Maureen C. Boehning Marjorie Bradley Kellogg Tom Buckner Anita Buxbaum & Robert Giddis Peter Clark Paul Conway Tom & Clara Courtenay-Clack Bernard D’Orazio Susan Dapkins Alan & Kathryn Davino Mary & Sally Davis Joan & David Dehm Delhi Telephone Company Kathryn Demby John & Debra deNicola Jonathan & Megan Dyer Lisa Eney Robinson Nancy Fales Garrett Marthe Gold & Frank Silagy Jeff & Bobbi Goldman Carol & Gary Gundlach Bruce Habegger & Marianne Neuber Mary Hall & David Barnes Rebecca Harrington Lanny Harrison Alan Herman & Family Kathleen Howarth Laura & John Hussey John C. Kathmann Judith Katz Robert Landsman & Sandra Lang Mary McDowell & Harry Barnes Sarah & Gregory Meredith Jeffrey & Lora Meyer Ann & Bob Morris Marianne & Greg Mukai Helen & Tom Nershi Paul Oakley William Packard & Richard Squire Pam Peters & Walter Putrycz Werner & Gail Rentsch Leilani & Barry Rigby Tony Robbin & Rena Kosersky Bert Santora Charitable Trust Elisabeth Searles & Richard Friedberg Lee & Julian Shepherd Chris Shields Tom Slavinsky Gary Stephens & Swati Desai Arigo & Charlene Sugihara Betty Tash Stephen & Lynn Tomecek Martha Van Burek James Walker & Jane DeLisa Butch Walker & David Wawro Mary Westfall Thomas Wise & Justine Woolner-Wise


A M E S S A G E F R O M T H E E X E C U T I V E D I R E C TO R uch like its first forty years, The West Kortright Centre’s 2016 was a bounty of arts and community programs and we used every inch of our property (and a fair bit of others’) in the process. We renovated and repaired, suffered the loss of longtime friends and made new ones, showcased young talents, and hosted family celebrations. Board members retired and others joined in the effort to plan ahead, balance budgets, serve the public, and raise the money required to perpetuate what we have all come to consider an indispensable institution. For a second year running, The Centre served well over 7,000 people. They came from far and wide for performances of New Orleans funk, blues, Americana and bluegrass, jazz, and Haitian music, country rock dance tunes, western swing, Tuvan throat singing, both Estonian and American experimental music, folk-rock, old-time, and chamber music. They flooded the property for another year of our signature music, arts, crafts, games, and food fair and dedicated 245 hours to learning in our workshop programs. They attended art exhibits, lectures, specialty dinners, films, auctions of antiques, services, and artwork, and a 25th annual landscape and garden tour. The Roberts Room Gallery gained an actual kitchen to replace the 1987 two burners and pint-size refrigerator and we were able to accomplish some interior painting and critical property drainage. After 24 years of service, our theater lighting system quit and will have to be replaced in the spring. Neighbors Henry Sander and John Sillitoe, founding board member Grace Kathmann, and alumni musicians Mose Allison and Sharon Jones all passed away this year, leaving us both saddened and grateful for their contributions to the very fiber of The WKC. And after a fifteen-year hiatus, we welcomed back the sounds of cowbells and a working farm surrounding The Centre! For a 25th season, we flaunted the musical talents of our children in Opening Acts: Young Artists Showcase and the children’s theater workshops and resulting Shakespeare in the Valley weekend marked their 29th consecutive year. We bid farewell to board members Nancy Haycock, Bobbi Goldman, and Joe Temming. Nancy set the bar for contributed time and expertise particularly high in her five-year tenure (and years before that as a volunteer). For four years Bobbi and Joe were there whenever needed. For all we do, albeit with the help of a fully dedicated board of directors and scores of volunteers, ours is small staff. As I look back over the many years of The WKC’s existence, I can say that General Manager David Turan and Marketing & Public Relations Director Caitlyn Davey have been as competent, savvy, committed, and service-minded a team as I’ve ever had the privilege to work with. The West Kortright Centre thanks you, our member donors. You attended, encouraged, endorsed, and contributed more substantially than ever before this past year. The West Kortright Centre’s here for everyone, but its constituents sustain it and make it truly viable, reliable, and healthy. 9.

Martha Van Burek

ANNUAL MEETING OF THE MEMBERSHIP MARCH 5, 2017

— Bull & Garland, Hobart, N.Y. — AGENDA President’s Welcome Minutes of the 2015 Annual Meeting 2016 Financial Report Director’s Report Motion to approve the actions of officers and Board of Directors taken on behalf of the corporation in the previous year Motion to establish the number of directors at 14 Election of Directors Nominees for re-election to three-year terms: Bruce Habegger, Gilboa • Sarah Herger, Oneonta Helen Nershi, Jefferson • Margot Reynolds, Oneonta Nominee for election to a new three-year term: Joan Tubridy, Delhi Looking Ahead The Dorothy Kelso Henderson Award for distinguished long-term service to The Centre, its programs, and membership Adjournment

Jon Cleary (Tom Nershi)

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West Kortright Centre, Inc MINUTES OF THE 2015 ANNUAL MEETING OF THE MEMBERSHIP—MARCH 6, 2016

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resident Elisabeth Searles called the meeting to order at 3:15 PM at the B-Side Ballroom in Oneonta, NY. She established that a quorum was present and welcomed everyone. Liz shared some of the year’s accomplishments, highlighting that we had a spectacular fair and that a kitchen renovation at The Centre has just been completed. A motion to accept the minutes from the 2014 annual meeting was seconded and approved by acclamation. Fiscal Committee chair Danny Birnbaum presented the 2015 Financial Report on behalf of Treasurer, Helen Nershi. The West Kortright Centre is on solid financial footing, as usual. The Centre received $78,652 in memberships, board contributions, and other private donations; as well as $54,000 in state and private grants. Fundraising efforts brought $22,634 to The Centre. Executive Director Martha Van Burek reported that a record 7,737 audience members from near and far came to enjoy our 2015 programs! She described the 40th anniversary season as one that featured artists that had previously performed at The Centre. She commended staff and board members for their hard work on programs, marketing, membership and volunteer development, and the Roberts Room Gallery kitchen design. It was moved, seconded, and passed to approve the actions of the officers and Board of Directors taken on behalf of the corporation in the previous year. Nancy Haycock, a member of an ad hoc Nominating Process Committee, presented a report on behalf of the board, sharing that new processes have been put in place to ensure we are finding board members who are both willing to serve and are a good fit for The Centre. This process will focus on recruiting great board members and also aid in discovering additional volunteers, including those wanting to serve on special or standing committees. A motion that would establish the number of directors at 14, with more to be added in the near future was made and seconded from the floor. The membership approved the motion. The following nominees were re-elected to three-year terms: Daniel Birnbaum, Elisabeth Searles, Pamela Peters, and Charlene Sugihara. There were no immediate nominations from the floor, but all present were encouraged to submit suggestions of themselves or others who might work more closely with The Centre as members of the board, on a committee, or on special projects. 3.

2 0 1 6 G R A N TO R S BERT SANTORA CHARITABLE TRUST Operating Expenses COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF SOUTH CENTRAL NY West Kortright Fair 2016 DEWAR FOUNDATION Operating Expenses

MID ATLANTIC ARTS FOUNDATION Bumper Jacksons Performance & Harmony Singing Workshop

MOLINARI FOUNDATION Programs

NEW YORK STATE COUNCIL ON THE ARTS Operating Expenses and Workshops

ROBINSONBROADHURST FOUNDATION Programs and Endowment

Top: Bumper Jacksons (Tom Nershi) Bottom: Hot Club of Cowtown, joined by Matt Munisteri (Tom Nershi)

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O’CONNOR FOUNDATION Programs and Endowment


West Kortright Centre, Inc

MINUTES OF THE 2015 ANNUAL MEETING

2016 PROGRAM AND MARKETING SPONSORS

Looking ahead, Liz Searles introduced the newly established “Fund for the Future” capital campaign, which we will continue in the coming year. We have wonderful preliminary drawings and will continue to work on the task of building a ticket pavilion alongside The Centre and complete other necessary facilities projects. Retiring board members were thanked and acknowledged for their service and loyalty to the West Kortright Centre.

FIVE STAR SUBARU • 2016 Season PRICE CHOPPER/GOLUB FOUNDATION • Season Printing FRIESLANDCAMPINA DOMO • Gala Dance Under the Stars CLARK COMPANIES, FRANK LUMIA REAL ESTATE PLUS, WALMART, NYCM INSURANCE • Young People’s Theater Arts Workshops & Shakespeare in the Valley STEWART’S SHOPS • Main Street Banner FRAZIER’S LANDSCAPES, INC • Garden Tour COURTNEY FUNERAL HOME • Della Mae Performance BOYNTON PRO AUDIO • Hot Club of Cowtown Performance WSKG PUBLIC MEDIA • Karrin Allyson Performance GOLDEN ARTISTS COLORS • Plein Air Painting Workshop BREWERY OMMEGANG • Gallery Openings & Events HAND IN HAND FARM • Gallery Openings COMMUNITY BANK • Workshops & Bottled Water EDWARD JONES • Season Magnets GORDON B. ROBERTS AGENCY • Shakespeare Tee Shirts CADE, PURE CATSKILLS, PREFERRED MUTUAL , THE DAILY STAR, TOWN SQUARE MEDIA • West Kortright Fair 2016

(continued)

Next, the Dorothy Kelso Award for “distinguished long-term service to The Centre, its programs, and membership” was awarded to Nancy Haycock and Betty Kramer. Their hard work was highlighted, specifically for their work at the Fairs, Shakespeare in the Valley weekends, and gallery openings. An out-of-the-ordinary second Dorothy Kelso Henderson Award was presented to Carleton Clay for his efforts and those of the Catskill Conservatory and Catskill Chamber Players. It was awarded for their programming in the early years and the recognition and support that their Candlelight Concert Series garnered for the fledgling WKC, laying the groundwork for future programs and support. With no new business offered from the floor, a motion was made and seconded to close the meeting. The meeting was adjourned at 3:40 PM. Respectfully submitted, Sarah Herger Acting Secretary

Della Mae concert (Alex Sader)

Members of Blues Maneuver pose with Sherman Holmes (Tom Nershi) Gala Dance Under the Stars with Girls Guns & Glory (Tom Nershi) 7.

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West Kortright Centre, Inc BALANCE SHEET December 31, 2016 UNRESTRICTED RESTRICTED ASSETS Cash $ 95,701 $ 19,802 Investments, market value 18,210 5,102 Receivables 0 0 Due from Other Funds 20 0 Building, Improvements, and Equipment (Net of accumulated depreciation) 188,891 0 TOTAL ASSETS $ 302,823 $ 24,904 LIABILITIES Payroll Taxes Withheld and Sales Tax Payable $ 3,392 $ Deferred Revenue 7,742 0 Due to/from Other Funds 788 20 Total Liabilities $ 11,922 $ 20 FUND BALANCE Unrestricted $ 102,010 $ 0 Temporarily Restricted 0 24,884 Plant Fund (Building, Improvements, Equipment) 188,891 0 Total Fund Balance 290,901 24,884 TOTAL LIABILITIES and FUND BALANCE $ 302,823 $ 24,904

Above: Introduction to Acting (Vanessa Van Burek) Center : Bombay Rickey (Tom Nershi) 5.

S TAT E M E N T O F R E V E N U E S A N D E X P E N D I T U R E S

For the twelve months ending December 31, 2016 UNRESTRICTED RESTRICTED

REVENUES Interest, Dividends, Capital Gains/(Losses) $ 15,255 $ 153 Memberships, Board Contributions, Donations 64,681 1,000 State and Private Grants 69,900 4,000 Playbill Advertising and Business Sponsorships 13,258 0 Admissions, Workshop Fees, and Sales 58,458 0 Fund-raising Projects 20,182 0 Miscellaneous 1,785 0 Interfund Transfers 6,822 0 TOTAL REVENUES $ 250,341 $ 5,153 EXPENDITURES Program Services Maintenance, Operations, Staffing $ 109,155 0 Fees and Production 79,979 0 Management and General Maintenance, Operations, Staffing 43,487 0 Fees and Production 5,184 0 Fund-raising Maintenance, Operations, Staffing 6,219 0 Fees and Production 7,400 0 Interfund Transfers 0 6,822 TOTAL EXPENDITURES $251,424 $ 6,822 Excess/(Deficit) of Revenue over Expenditure (1,083) (1,669) FUND BALANCE 1/1/16 $291,984 $ 26,552 FUND BALANCE 12/31/16 $290,901 $ 24,883

Above: Emeline Michel (Sandra Peevers) 6.


West Kortright Centre, Inc BALANCE SHEET December 31, 2016 UNRESTRICTED RESTRICTED ASSETS Cash $ 95,701 $ 19,802 Investments, market value 18,210 5,102 Receivables 0 0 Due from Other Funds 20 0 Building, Improvements, and Equipment (Net of accumulated depreciation) 188,891 0 TOTAL ASSETS $ 302,823 $ 24,904 LIABILITIES Payroll Taxes Withheld and Sales Tax Payable $ 3,392 $ Deferred Revenue 7,742 0 Due to/from Other Funds 788 20 Total Liabilities $ 11,922 $ 20 FUND BALANCE Unrestricted $ 102,010 $ 0 Temporarily Restricted 0 24,884 Plant Fund (Building, Improvements, Equipment) 188,891 0 Total Fund Balance 290,901 24,884 TOTAL LIABILITIES and FUND BALANCE $ 302,823 $ 24,904

Above: Introduction to Acting (Vanessa Van Burek) Center : Bombay Rickey (Tom Nershi) 5.

S TAT E M E N T O F R E V E N U E S A N D E X P E N D I T U R E S

For the twelve months ending December 31, 2016 UNRESTRICTED RESTRICTED

REVENUES Interest, Dividends, Capital Gains/(Losses) $ 15,255 $ 153 Memberships, Board Contributions, Donations 64,681 1,000 State and Private Grants 69,900 4,000 Playbill Advertising and Business Sponsorships 13,258 0 Admissions, Workshop Fees, and Sales 58,458 0 Fund-raising Projects 20,182 0 Miscellaneous 1,785 0 Interfund Transfers 6,822 0 TOTAL REVENUES $ 250,341 $ 5,153 EXPENDITURES Program Services Maintenance, Operations, Staffing $ 109,155 0 Fees and Production 79,979 0 Management and General Maintenance, Operations, Staffing 43,487 0 Fees and Production 5,184 0 Fund-raising Maintenance, Operations, Staffing 6,219 0 Fees and Production 7,400 0 Interfund Transfers 0 6,822 TOTAL EXPENDITURES $251,424 $ 6,822 Excess/(Deficit) of Revenue over Expenditure (1,083) (1,669) FUND BALANCE 1/1/16 $291,984 $ 26,552 FUND BALANCE 12/31/16 $290,901 $ 24,883

Above: Emeline Michel (Sandra Peevers) 6.


West Kortright Centre, Inc

MINUTES OF THE 2015 ANNUAL MEETING

2016 PROGRAM AND MARKETING SPONSORS

Looking ahead, Liz Searles introduced the newly established “Fund for the Future” capital campaign, which we will continue in the coming year. We have wonderful preliminary drawings and will continue to work on the task of building a ticket pavilion alongside The Centre and complete other necessary facilities projects. Retiring board members were thanked and acknowledged for their service and loyalty to the West Kortright Centre.

FIVE STAR SUBARU • 2016 Season PRICE CHOPPER/GOLUB FOUNDATION • Season Printing FRIESLANDCAMPINA DOMO • Gala Dance Under the Stars CLARK COMPANIES, FRANK LUMIA REAL ESTATE PLUS, WALMART, NYCM INSURANCE • Young People’s Theater Arts Workshops & Shakespeare in the Valley STEWART’S SHOPS • Main Street Banner FRAZIER’S LANDSCAPES, INC • Garden Tour COURTNEY FUNERAL HOME • Della Mae Performance BOYNTON PRO AUDIO • Hot Club of Cowtown Performance WSKG PUBLIC MEDIA • Karrin Allyson Performance GOLDEN ARTISTS COLORS • Plein Air Painting Workshop BREWERY OMMEGANG • Gallery Openings & Events HAND IN HAND FARM • Gallery Openings COMMUNITY BANK • Workshops & Bottled Water EDWARD JONES • Season Magnets GORDON B. ROBERTS AGENCY • Shakespeare Tee Shirts CADE, PURE CATSKILLS, PREFERRED MUTUAL , THE DAILY STAR, TOWN SQUARE MEDIA • West Kortright Fair 2016

(continued)

Next, the Dorothy Kelso Award for “distinguished long-term service to The Centre, its programs, and membership” was awarded to Nancy Haycock and Betty Kramer. Their hard work was highlighted, specifically for their work at the Fairs, Shakespeare in the Valley weekends, and gallery openings. An out-of-the-ordinary second Dorothy Kelso Henderson Award was presented to Carleton Clay for his efforts and those of the Catskill Conservatory and Catskill Chamber Players. It was awarded for their programming in the early years and the recognition and support that their Candlelight Concert Series garnered for the fledgling WKC, laying the groundwork for future programs and support. With no new business offered from the floor, a motion was made and seconded to close the meeting. The meeting was adjourned at 3:40 PM. Respectfully submitted, Sarah Herger Acting Secretary

Della Mae concert (Alex Sader)

Members of Blues Maneuver pose with Sherman Holmes (Tom Nershi) Gala Dance Under the Stars with Girls Guns & Glory (Tom Nershi) 7.

4.


West Kortright Centre, Inc MINUTES OF THE 2015 ANNUAL MEETING OF THE MEMBERSHIP—MARCH 6, 2016

P

resident Elisabeth Searles called the meeting to order at 3:15 PM at the B-Side Ballroom in Oneonta, NY. She established that a quorum was present and welcomed everyone. Liz shared some of the year’s accomplishments, highlighting that we had a spectacular fair and that a kitchen renovation at The Centre has just been completed. A motion to accept the minutes from the 2014 annual meeting was seconded and approved by acclamation. Fiscal Committee chair Danny Birnbaum presented the 2015 Financial Report on behalf of Treasurer, Helen Nershi. The West Kortright Centre is on solid financial footing, as usual. The Centre received $78,652 in memberships, board contributions, and other private donations; as well as $54,000 in state and private grants. Fundraising efforts brought $22,634 to The Centre. Executive Director Martha Van Burek reported that a record 7,737 audience members from near and far came to enjoy our 2015 programs! She described the 40th anniversary season as one that featured artists that had previously performed at The Centre. She commended staff and board members for their hard work on programs, marketing, membership and volunteer development, and the Roberts Room Gallery kitchen design. It was moved, seconded, and passed to approve the actions of the officers and Board of Directors taken on behalf of the corporation in the previous year. Nancy Haycock, a member of an ad hoc Nominating Process Committee, presented a report on behalf of the board, sharing that new processes have been put in place to ensure we are finding board members who are both willing to serve and are a good fit for The Centre. This process will focus on recruiting great board members and also aid in discovering additional volunteers, including those wanting to serve on special or standing committees. A motion that would establish the number of directors at 14, with more to be added in the near future was made and seconded from the floor. The membership approved the motion. The following nominees were re-elected to three-year terms: Daniel Birnbaum, Elisabeth Searles, Pamela Peters, and Charlene Sugihara. There were no immediate nominations from the floor, but all present were encouraged to submit suggestions of themselves or others who might work more closely with The Centre as members of the board, on a committee, or on special projects. 3.

2 0 1 6 G R A N TO R S BERT SANTORA CHARITABLE TRUST Operating Expenses COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF SOUTH CENTRAL NY West Kortright Fair 2016 DEWAR FOUNDATION Operating Expenses

MID ATLANTIC ARTS FOUNDATION Bumper Jacksons Performance & Harmony Singing Workshop

MOLINARI FOUNDATION Programs

NEW YORK STATE COUNCIL ON THE ARTS Operating Expenses and Workshops

ROBINSONBROADHURST FOUNDATION Programs and Endowment

Top: Bumper Jacksons (Tom Nershi) Bottom: Hot Club of Cowtown, joined by Matt Munisteri (Tom Nershi)

8.

O’CONNOR FOUNDATION Programs and Endowment


A M E S S A G E F R O M T H E E X E C U T I V E D I R E C TO R uch like its first forty years, The West Kortright Centre’s 2016 was a bounty of arts and community programs and we used every inch of our property (and a fair bit of others’) in the process. We renovated and repaired, suffered the loss of longtime friends and made new ones, showcased young talents, and hosted family celebrations. Board members retired and others joined in the effort to plan ahead, balance budgets, serve the public, and raise the money required to perpetuate what we have all come to consider an indispensable institution. For a second year running, The Centre served well over 7,000 people. They came from far and wide for performances of New Orleans funk, blues, Americana and bluegrass, jazz, and Haitian music, country rock dance tunes, western swing, Tuvan throat singing, both Estonian and American experimental music, folk-rock, old-time, and chamber music. They flooded the property for another year of our signature music, arts, crafts, games, and food fair and dedicated 245 hours to learning in our workshop programs. They attended art exhibits, lectures, specialty dinners, films, auctions of antiques, services, and artwork, and a 25th annual landscape and garden tour. The Roberts Room Gallery gained an actual kitchen to replace the 1987 two burners and pint-size refrigerator and we were able to accomplish some interior painting and critical property drainage. After 24 years of service, our theater lighting system quit and will have to be replaced in the spring. Neighbors Henry Sander and John Sillitoe, founding board member Grace Kathmann, and alumni musicians Mose Allison and Sharon Jones all passed away this year, leaving us both saddened and grateful for their contributions to the very fiber of The WKC. And after a fifteen-year hiatus, we welcomed back the sounds of cowbells and a working farm surrounding The Centre! For a 25th season, we flaunted the musical talents of our children in Opening Acts: Young Artists Showcase and the children’s theater workshops and resulting Shakespeare in the Valley weekend marked their 29th consecutive year. We bid farewell to board members Nancy Haycock, Bobbi Goldman, and Joe Temming. Nancy set the bar for contributed time and expertise particularly high in her five-year tenure (and years before that as a volunteer). For four years Bobbi and Joe were there whenever needed. For all we do, albeit with the help of a fully dedicated board of directors and scores of volunteers, ours is small staff. As I look back over the many years of The WKC’s existence, I can say that General Manager David Turan and Marketing & Public Relations Director Caitlyn Davey have been as competent, savvy, committed, and service-minded a team as I’ve ever had the privilege to work with. The West Kortright Centre thanks you, our member donors. You attended, encouraged, endorsed, and contributed more substantially than ever before this past year. The West Kortright Centre’s here for everyone, but its constituents sustain it and make it truly viable, reliable, and healthy. 9.

Martha Van Burek

ANNUAL MEETING OF THE MEMBERSHIP MARCH 5, 2017

— Bull & Garland, Hobart, N.Y. — AGENDA President’s Welcome Minutes of the 2015 Annual Meeting 2016 Financial Report Director’s Report Motion to approve the actions of officers and Board of Directors taken on behalf of the corporation in the previous year Motion to establish the number of directors at 14 Election of Directors Nominees for re-election to three-year terms: Bruce Habegger, Gilboa • Sarah Herger, Oneonta Helen Nershi, Jefferson • Margot Reynolds, Oneonta Nominee for election to a new three-year term: Joan Tubridy, Delhi Looking Ahead The Dorothy Kelso Henderson Award for distinguished long-term service to The Centre, its programs, and membership Adjournment

Jon Cleary (Tom Nershi)

M

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West Kortright Centre, Inc 2 016 B OARD OF DIRE CTO R S Elisabeth Searles, President • Barbara Lawry, Vice President Sarah Herger, Secretary • Helen Nershi, Treasurer Daniel Birnbaum • Bobbi Goldman • Bruce Habegger Nancy Haycock • Pamela Peters • Margot Reynolds Charlene Sugihara • Joseph Temming • Elizabeth Walker Kathleen Howarth and George Silvernell, Directors Emeriti 2016 COMMITTE ES Community Outreach/Nominating Sarah Herger, co-chair • Pamela Peters , co-chair Bobbi Goldman • Margot Reynolds Development Charlene Sugihara, chair • Elisabeth Searles Joseph Temming • Elizabeth Walker Facilities Barbara Lawry, chair • Bruce Habegger • Nancy Haycock Pamela Peters • Elisabeth Searles • Joseph Temming Fiscal Management Daniel Birnbaum, chair • Helen Nershi • Elisabeth Searles Charlene Sugihara • Joseph Temming Program Helen Nershi, chair • Daniel Birnbaum • Bobbi Goldman Nancy Haycock • Barbara Lawry Steering Elisabeth Searles, chair • Daniel Birnbaum • Sarah Herger Barbara Lawry • Helen Nershi • Pamela Peters • Charlene Sugihara 2 0 1 6 S TAF F Martha Van Burek, Executive Director David Turan, General Manager Caitlyn Davey, Marketing & Public Relations Director Kitchen renovation committee: Nancy Haycock, Liz Searles, Pam Peters, Marjorie Kellogg

201 6/1 7 Don o rs t o t h e Wes t K o rt rig h t C en t re, In c . Endo w m en t Trus t Fun d & 2 0 17 P ro g ra m D riv e ENDOWMENT Vickie Andritz & Robert Rightmire Anonymous Jacquie & Ed Atkins Joyce & David Barber Maureen C. Boehning Marjorie Bradley Kellogg Tom & Clara Courtenay-Clack Susan Dapkins William K. Davis Joan & David Dehm John & Debra deNicola Nancy Fales Garrett Marthe Gold & Frank Silagy Jeff & Bobbi Goldman Carol & Gary Gundlach Bruce Habegger & Marianne Neuber Rebecca Harrington Don Harris & Susan McLellan Lanny Harrison Mr. & Mrs. Charles D. Hill Laura & John Hussey Robert Landsman & Sandra Lang Mary McDowell & Harry Barnes Thomas Meredith Jeffrey & Lora Meyer Ann & Bob Morris Helen & Tom Nershi William Packard & Richard Squire Pam Peters & Walter Putrycz Werner & Gail Rentsch Robinson Broadhurst Foundation Elisabeth Searles & Richard Friedberg Lee & Julian Shepherd Tom Slavinsky Gary Stephens & Swati Desai Arigo & Charlene Sugihara Betty Tash Stephen & Lynn Tomecek David & Nancy Truscott Martha Van Burek Butch Walker & David Wawro Eric Wedemeyer Ron & Ellen Whipple Thomas Wise & Justine Woolner-Wise A. Lindsay & Olive B. O’Connor Foundation

In Memory of: Mose Allison, Mae Armstrong, Cassie Rose Davino, Edward Frank, Jr., Mark Howarth, Sharon Jones, Grace Kathmann, Charles J. Miller, J.R. Nershi, June & Richard Peer, Henry Sander, Gladys P. Selwin, John Sillitoe

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In Tribute to: Tom & Clara Clack, Jack DeJohnette, Liz Searles & Richard Friedberg

PROGRAM Vickie Andritz & Robert Rightmire Anonymous Jacquie & Ed Atkins Joyce & David Barber Vern & Janette Barnes Ralph & Nancy Beisler Robert Besen & Dena Levine Maureen C. Boehning Marjorie Bradley Kellogg Tom Buckner Anita Buxbaum & Robert Giddis Peter Clark Paul Conway Tom & Clara Courtenay-Clack Bernard D’Orazio Susan Dapkins Alan & Kathryn Davino Mary & Sally Davis Joan & David Dehm Delhi Telephone Company Kathryn Demby John & Debra deNicola Jonathan & Megan Dyer Lisa Eney Robinson Nancy Fales Garrett Marthe Gold & Frank Silagy Jeff & Bobbi Goldman Carol & Gary Gundlach Bruce Habegger & Marianne Neuber Mary Hall & David Barnes Rebecca Harrington Lanny Harrison Alan Herman & Family Kathleen Howarth Laura & John Hussey John C. Kathmann Judith Katz Robert Landsman & Sandra Lang Mary McDowell & Harry Barnes Sarah & Gregory Meredith Jeffrey & Lora Meyer Ann & Bob Morris Marianne & Greg Mukai Helen & Tom Nershi Paul Oakley William Packard & Richard Squire Pam Peters & Walter Putrycz Werner & Gail Rentsch Leilani & Barry Rigby Tony Robbin & Rena Kosersky Bert Santora Charitable Trust Elisabeth Searles & Richard Friedberg Lee & Julian Shepherd Chris Shields Tom Slavinsky Gary Stephens & Swati Desai Arigo & Charlene Sugihara Betty Tash Stephen & Lynn Tomecek Martha Van Burek James Walker & Jane DeLisa Butch Walker & David Wawro Mary Westfall Thomas Wise & Justine Woolner-Wise


Front cover: (Tim Gallagher) Back cover: Dwayne, the fouth little pig (Vanessa Van Burek) The Cows Came Home (Lisa Wisely)

West Kortright Centre, Inc 2016 ANNUAL REPORT AND MEMBERSHIP MEETING

49 West Kortright Church Road • East Meredith, NY 13757 607.278.5454 • www.westkc.org

March 5, 2017

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