Kristine shared with me that "Even though there was lots of controversy at what seemed to be a very conservative line-up, that after careful research, it really showed that they were not actually conservatives, but independent thinkers and their lectures proved it."
The series continues to grow and build a larger audience outside the immediate Sarasota area and Kristine is justifiably proud of that fact. First time sponsors, Jabil Circuit from St. Pete had such a favorable experience that they are planning on returning as a sponsor for 2013. Newcomers to our area hear over and over that Town Hall is THE thing to do and Ringling College Library Association, of which Town Hall is the major fundraiser, is a must join organization.
Each year the Town Hall committee is truly the best in town and it is an honor and a privilege to be a part of it. It is basically all volunteer, other than the fabulous Phyllis, and they work hard to make it all seem effortless. You can never guess how much attention to detail goes into making this series a success. Even back when I chaired it in 2000, I said it was the best committee I ever worked with. I have chaired a lot of things in town and there is really no comparison.
Stephanie Grosskreutz is the 2013 chair and has announced her outstanding line-up. You will be receiving ticket information in a couple of weeks. For Town Hall's 34th season in 2014, we will have our first male chair, Jay Logan! Jay finally broke the TH chair glass ceiling. He will be terrific! It will be very interesting to see if there is a perceivable difference, won't it?
A wonderful chair, interesting speakers, a great committee, and lots of money raised for a community treasure - what more could you ask for?! It's the best!
Those committee members not able to attend the party, but still instrumental in TH 2012's success were: Wendy Deming, Marjorie Floyd, Ollie Johnson, and Ginny McCloskey.
Jack Klingensmith with wife, Kristine Nickel
Dan Hoffe, RCLA President - Stacey Corley, and me
Cindy Ommen and Stephanie Grosskreutz
Lindsey de la O and Olivia Thomas
Brian and Kathleen Weiner with Paul Reamer
Phyllis Anderson, Clifford Pierce, and Kathy Standard
Renee Eppard and Susan Hook
Holly and Jay Logan
Linda and Tim Whitacre
Cassie Nisbet and Robert Pope
TH husbands Pat Frye and Walt Eppard