WOMEN OF THE MOTION PICTURE INDUSTRY
Women of the Motion Picture Industry
You would think it was Spring the way our crazy weather is acting. I’m not complaining mind you, but I really don’t want it to snow in March or April.
Nadine Mummaw and Vicki Evans were the hostesses of our February meeting. We thank you ladies for a very nice meeting. We had our annual “White Elephant” sale at the meeting. For a small group, we can come up with treasures you just can’t live without, and we made money too! What more could you ask for.
I hope you have all marked your calendar with the dates of the Salvation Army St. Patrick’s Day and Easter parties. If you can help or want to provide items, please let Lona Cook and Sue Effie know.
Nadine is very involved with Cinema KC. They are have a program for children at the Crown Center Theatre on March 3 and a few WOMPI’s are going to help her with. At the next meeting, she will be able to give us the scoop on how the children’s program turned out.
The Nominating Committee has the proposed slate of officers for 2012-2013 and it will be in the bulletin. I would like to thank Karen Tuzzolino and her committee for getting it done so quickly.
Date: March 27, 2012
Place: Frontier Steakhouse
94th & State Avenue
Kansas City, KS
Host: Judy Tryon
Order off Menu
General Directions – per Judy:
IF YOU TAKE I-70 EAST YOU CAN TAKE THE 78TH STREET EXIT AND GO NORTH TO STATE AVE. TURN LEFT ON STATE AND GO TO 94TH. FRONTIER IS ON THE NORTHWEST CORNER. IF YOU ARE GOING WEST ON STATE YOU CAN TURN RIGHT INTO PARKING LOT.
IF YOU TAKE I-70 TO 435 NORTH YOU WILL GET OFF ON EXIT 411B. FRONTIER IS 3RD STOPLIGHT AFTER YOU EXIT. IF YOU COME THIS WAY YOU WILL NEED TO TURN LEFT AT STOPLIGHT AT 94TH AND ENTER PARKING FROM THE BACK.
REPORT OF THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE
The Nominating Committee submits the following slate of officers for the year of 2012-2013:
President Patty Lehn
Vice President Doris McGehee
Secretary Lona Cook
Treasurer Sue Effie
As per our by-laws, Article VIII, Section 3, nominations may be made from the floor provided the nominee has consented to serve.
Karen Tuzzolino, Chairman
Mary Grace Riegel
HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISHES
MARCH 7 -- SUE EFFIE
MARCH 20 -- NADINE MUMMAW
APRIL 26 -- LONA COOK
COMMUNITY SERVICE: by Sue Effie / Lona Cook
For February the Club purchased $75 in perishable food for Rose Brooks and non perishable food items were donated by Doris McGehee, Sue Effie, Judy Tryon, Patty Lehn, Lona Cook, Marielle Calon, Nadine Mummaw, and Vicki Evans. Doris McGehee will deliver the items to Rose Brooks.
The following dates have been set up for Salvation Army parties. Mark your calendars and let Sue or Lona know if you will be able to attend or participate.
St. Patrick’s Day - Thursday, March 15, 2012 6:00pm
Easter - Wednesday, April 4, 2012 6:00pm
INDUSTRY SERVICE: by Nadine Mummaw
Red Hatters of Des Moines – December, 2011 Dressed dolls for Salvation Army and worked display stand: Patty Crouse (4 Hrs.)
Movie Lunch Bunch - 2/16/12: Nadine Mummaw (3 Hrs), Marielle Calon (2 Hrs), and Cathy Runyan-Svacina (2 Hrs).
FUTURE DATES OF INDUSTRY SERVICE: Please let Nadine Mummaw know if you will be able to participate in these events.
CinemaKC “Mickey McGee & the Magic Library” – March 3, 2012, Screenland Crown Center 1:00pm. (Will need several volunteers)
Movie Lunch Bunch – March 15, 2012 11:30am, Screenland Crossroads.
CinemaKC “KCWIFT” Showcase – March 15, 2012, Screenland Crown Center, 6:00pm. (Volunteers needed)
CARING AND SHARING: by Karen Tuzzolino
CARING – Let’s keep all our WOMPI sisters and families on our prayers.
SHARING: Hope you enjoyed the new WOMPI Showcase series featuring Dottie Reeves who joined in 1957 and Judy Tryon in 1964.
The WOMPI International Convention will be hosted by the Hollywood/Los Angeles Club and will be held in Las Vegas, NV on October 1-4, 2012. Hope all of you have your calendars marked and plan to attend this convention. The HO/LA girls are planning a great convention for us.
Even as a kid I loved the movies and aspired to be a movie star. Closest I got was when I hired on in the start-up Accounting Dept. with Durwood Theatres (aka AMC Theatres) in 1970, and with Stan Durwood’s famous saying “Stick with me kid and I’ll get you in the movies.” During my tenure at AMC in KC, I transferred around from Accounting to Data Processing to Advertising to working for the VP of Finance. But, back in 1970, I was immediately approached by Fran Frame about joining WOMPI. Being a divorced mother of 3 I did not feel that I could give the time to the Club that being a member required. However, I admired and envied all the WOMPI ladies that worked at Durwood as they always seemed to be doing something and having lots of fun, too. Back then the Club was involved in many projects such as holding Filmrow Bake Sales, hosting a Bosses Day Luncheon, working at the MDA and America Cancer Assoc. offices helpings with mailings, throwing parties for the kids at the School for the blind, having work parties making items to sell at craft shows at local malls, adopting families (sometimes more than one) at Thanksgiving & Christmas time, working at Children’s Mercy Hospital in the gift shop, dressing dolls for the Salvation Army fundraiser, plus making monthly/annual donations to the City Union Mission and the Salvation Army Children’s Shelter. The Club members were continuously selling raffle tickets (local and International) and/or had something going to help boost our Dollars From Dames contribution to the Will Rogers Institute. And, they attended annual International Conventions! The ladies always came back to work after convention with such wonderful stories of the events, the cities visited, the attendees (members and industry related crafts and vendor personnel), and, most importantly, of the camaraderie and fun they had. I wanted to belong to that Club! Finally, when my young son was three years old, I said yes and joined WOMPI in March, 1973 .. and have been proud to call myself a member of this wonderful organization for 39 years this month.
My first convention was in September, 1975 and I will never forget how exciting it was to be staying at the beautiful Drake Hotel in Chicago, IL. I’m not sure of the actual number in attendance that year but we filled the Drake’s large ballroom the night of the Installation Banquet. I have fond memories of that first convention; the sharing of a large suite with three other KC WOMPI, the pomp and stance of the meetings, the Dutch Treat to a Greek Restaurant was remarkable, and the glamour of the Banquet. Most memorable was during the meetings when I really learned what WOMPI was all about and the realization set in of the wonderful charitable works, services and deeds that ladies all across the country, not just in Kansas City, were doing under the good name Women of the Motion Picture Industry (WOMPI). Although I joined in 1973, I became a true WOMPI after the convention in 1975. I have not attended all the conventions since 1975 but an off the top of my head count is 25 or more.
During these 39 years I have Chaired just about every Committee at the local Club level, including President for 3 terms. I am currently Industry Service Chair and Bulletin Chair, both positions that I love. At the International level I have served on the Extension, Membership, and Finance Committees, as well as served as Int’l. Treasurer for 2 terms and as Int’l. Secretary for 2 terms. Currently I’m very proud to be serving my second term as International President of WOMPI.
I was very fortunate to meet and marry a wonderful man, my current husband, Scott, in 1977. He is my rock and is a loving and caring father to our three kids. Together we are grandparents to 6 grandchildren, 4 step-grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren and 2 step-great-grandchildren. We enjoy spending time with our kids and their families, going to sporting events, to dinner theatre, having game night and we almost always take some of them with us on vacation.
In 1981 my husband’s job transferred him to the Los Angeles, CA area and fortunately AMC Theatres also had an opening in their West Coast office and I was able to relocate too. At that time I transferred my WOMPI membership to the Hollywood/Los Angles Club and had the opportunity to get to know and serve alongside those wonderful ladies, with all the glam surroundings of celebrities and Hollywood. By 1985 my husband was transferred back to Kansas City, thus I once again became a Kansas City WOMPI.
Other than family and WOMPI, I keep busy and involved with the entertainment industry by serving on the Boards of The Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee/Kansas City FilmFest, CinemaKC and the CinemaKC TV program, the Kansas City Film Society, the Movie Lunch Bunch, am a member of the Lake Tapawingo Women’s Club and volunteer at The Kansas City Repertory Theatre.
I love going to movies, to live theatre, watch TV, attend musical events, swimming, sporting events (“Go Royals!”-“Go Chiefs!”-“Go Mavericks”), reading, working crossword puzzles, playing scrabble and table games, traveling, love to gamble, and/or just sitting with my feet up in my sunroom or on the deck, with a cup of hot coffee or a glass of wine in my hand (depending on the season) and doing absolutely nothing!
WOMEN OF THE MOTION PICTURE INDUSTRY, INTERNATIONAL
‘Celebrating our Legacy’
INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT’S LETTER – FEBRUARY, 2012
Did the groundhog see his shadow in your neck of the woods? He certainly did here in Kansas City as the weather was absolutely beautiful, sunshiny & bright. Since then we have experienced some winter weather, and prayed that we wouldn’t have six more weeks of it. Prayers were answered and once again we are in the sunshine with autumn like days. Know it will not last, but enjoying it while it does. Do hope you all are staying warm and safe.
Congratulations to the winners of our Super Bowl fundraiser; Alec Smith winner if 1st & 2nd quarters (ticket sold by Doris McGehee in Kansas City), Lili Beaudin, HO/LA, 3rd quarter winner, and Joan Hodge, Dallas, 4th quarter winner! Thank you all for your support of this International fundraiser.
Reminder of the date. Mark your calendar. Plan to attend. Consider this your ‘string around the finger’ that the 59th Convention for Women of the Motion Picture Industry, International will be held on October 1-4, 2012, at the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. I can’t think of a better way to conduct business while having fun, can you? See you there..
News from the Clubs-
CHARLOTTE – Great news that Roger Flesner has returned to work part-time and slowly but surely his health is returning to normal. Imogene & Hans Friedrich could still use our thoughts and prayers as they cope with their individual illnesses.
HO/LA – SHOUT OUT: In addition to the members working hard on the plans for the 59th International Convention in Vegas, from July to December they booked 60 Industry Service hours for BINGO and 92 hours for BLUE ANGEL from July through October. They also kept up with their Community Service projects collecting money and gift cards for Charities for Christmas, and making donations to Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles; Los Angeles Youth Network; S.O.V.A. / Jewish Family Services; and American Indian Families Partnership. Great job, ladies!
KANSAS CITY – “Celebrating our Legacy” Kansas City style, the January bulletin was the start of a series of Showcasing members, starting with those who have been members the longest and going to the newest installed. Dorothy Reeves and Judy Tryon had the honors of being the first two to be showcased. What interesting lives these two ladies have had… and they both are still very involved with WOMPI and going strong. Congratulations ladies! Community Service: Collecting food for Rose Brooks. Industry Service: Coordinated and attended Movie Lunch Bunch luncheon and worked the Welcome table at the CinemaKC Showcase for “Reel Spirit.”
MEMPHIS – Community Service: Collecting jars of Peanut Butter for Memphis Food Bank through the Germantown Presbyterian Church and collections of cash to assist the June Davis family through the holidays.
NEW ORLEANS – Expecting increased attendance to monthly meetings now that the holidays have passed. And, of course, looking forward to Mardi Gras! Community Service: Members worked a total of 70 hours in December on their Barnes & Nobel gift-wrapping project. Anna Gleason worked 12 hours in December for Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (Muscular Dystrophy) and Yvette Cardinale worked 10 hours in December for Operation We Care; assisting military families serving overseas.
AT LARGE – Let’s all remember our dear WOMPI At-Large sisters who could use a card of cheer. Joyce Taylor is experiencing pain in her back. Cards of cheer can be sent to her at her Arizona address. Kitty Dowell is recuperating at home after a short hospital stay. Hildegard Koblich is still doing rehab after hip surgery. We wish the best for all.
Hope you all had a great Valentine’s Day. Can you believe that Lent starts next week? Spring is just around the corner. “Celebrating our Legacy”. Eight months and counting.
Nadine Mummaw - International