Annual Report | Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua 2015 - Page 2

Letter from the President and Board Members

Letter from the President and Board Members

Dear Friends of the Big Top :
This year Big Top completed our four-year Strategic Plan started in 2012 , and launched the next phase that will take us from 2016 through 2020 . The plan included fiscal frugality , marketing investment to increase attendance , program changes especially for families and youth , and customer service improvements . That plan helped us grow from a less-secure organization to a place where we have been able to retire all debt , invest in our technology and infrastructure , and better handle our seasonal cash flow and any unplanned expenses .
I am extremely proud of these accomplishments and know that it was a monumental effort by a huge team of people that have brought us to this healthier financial place . Those team members include a talented team of Board Members who have tirelessly led this organization through the Strategic Plan and the governing of the organization , giving of their time , talent and resources . That team also includes all of the donors and sponsors who support the performances and our operations . It includes our volunteers who show up for every performance and ensure the smooth running of the events . It includes our team in the office and on the tent grounds , our staff and our crew that oversee the whole operation . Each of you can be proud of your role in making Big Top a healthy non-profit organization , heading into its 30th Anniversary year , positioned very well to ensure many more years to come .
Our resident band and performers , our Blue Canvas Orchestra and the guests that sit in with them , and the visiting artists that grace our stage are all part of the team that makes this all worth doing . While we have not always been as strong financially , we have ALWAYS been strong artistically and musically . When everyone is in their seat and the house lights dim , and the music starts to fill the tent … that ’ s when we all recommit to our piece of the organization over and over again . Because we love being a part of this MAGIC , the magic of the big blue tent . Thanks to all of you for being part of this MAGIC . Long may we continue !
With great appreciation ,

Board of Directors

Kim Ogle President Iron River , WI Essentia Health – Ashland , Physician
Kevin Hunt Vice-President Washburn , WI Captain ’ s Spirits of Bayfield , Owner
Larry Gansluckner Secretary Bayfield , WI Insurance Consultant
Therene Gazdik Treasurer Washburn , WI School District of Washburn
Matt Crowell
Washburn , WI Chippewa Valley Bank – Ashland , Vice-President
Cheryl Fosdick
Duluth , MN CF Designs , Owner
Ron Harrold
La Pointe , WI Motion to Go , Owner
Kim Ogle Board President
Craig Haukaas
Ashland , WI Haukaas Law Office S . C ., Attorney
Jim Perry
Larsen , WI UW Fox Valley , CEO-Retired P and B Motorsports , Owner
Kimberly West Rymer
Bayfield , WI The Bayfield Inn , Owner
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