Chautauqua , under the awesome big blue canvas tent and on the grounds overlooking beautiful Lake Superior , is incredibly special to me . It ’ s amazing because of the beauty of the art and the atmosphere of this phenomenal venue , but also because of what it means to each of us as we create memories with family and friends . It ’ s impossible to completely describe the intensity of the wonder and delight of listening to and experiencing the performances of the talented musicians on stage each night .
The diversity and depth of performances at Big Top not only provide art and entertainment , but also education on the environment and history of Wisconsin and our gorgeous geographic area . As recognition of this accomplishment , Big Top Chautauqua was awarded the 2013 Arts , Culture and Heritage Award from the Wisconsin Department of Tourism . Congratulations to our outstanding staff and Board of Directors , and to our dedicated and creative Executive Director Terry Meyer Matier . I am very proud and honored to be part of this organization that plays such an integral role in our community and our state .
In 2012 I accepted the Presidency from Ruth Goetz , who led the board with drive , passion , and financial diligence since 2007 . During her tenure , Ruth was a major fundraiser for the organization , leading us to records in sponsorship levels and helping us find funding for new important programs , such as the free family matinees , that we strive to provide at the Big Top . On behalf of the entire board , I ’ d like to publicly thank Ruth for all she has done for Big Top . I look forward to creating many new memories with her and all the amazing board members under the tent in 2013 .
I ’ d also like to thank these members of our incredible Board of Directors who have done so much to put our organization on a firmer financial footing . They give of their time , their expertise , and their personal resources to further our mission of providing entertaining and educational cultural activities year-round . Thank you also to our dedicated staff that puts it all together , and to our incredible musicians and performers that amaze us on those gorgeous summer nights at the tent . Most of all , thanks to all of YOU : our friends , patrons , contributors , volunteers and everyone who supports Big Top Chautauqua in a multitude of ways . We could not do it without each and every one of you .
2012 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Kim Ogle , M . D . President Essentia Health - Ashland Clinic , Internist Iron River , WI
Ruth Goetz Immediate Past President WI Dept . of Tourism , Retired Ashland , WI
Kevin Hunt Vice-President Star Liquor , Owner Ashland , WI
Ted Dougherty Secretary Benefit Integrations , Owner Bayfield , WI
Bob Breunig Treasurer Diesel Forward , Owner Madison , WI
Barb Chapman The 5 Senses , Owner Phillips , WI
Larry Gansluckner Insurance Consultant Bayfield , WI
Therene Gazdik School District of Washburn Washburn , WI
David Lindner Culvert Supply Company , Retired Eau Claire , WI