•  Reynolds Auditorium

    A message from Board Chairman Harry Corpening to all members of the Board of Trustees of "The Frieinds of Richard J. Reynolds Auditorium":
    The full Board of 'The Friends of Richard J. Reynolds Auditorium' ("Friends") met on June 12th.  The Board accomplished 3 things:
    * added new members and approved the membership of the Board
    * discussed some of the maintenance/repair/renovation projects that will be coming up in the future
    * created a "Priorities Committee" and established that committee's membership.
    This Prioroties Committee met for the first time at 6:00 pm on Monday, October 14th.  The committee had been asked to look at all the major maintenance/renovation projects, and come up with a priority listing for these.  While doing this, they were also asked to come up with a committee-approved opinion as to how these projects should get funded (i.e., do they think the School System should pay for a particular project, or should "Friends" try to find other funding).
    Those Committee members in attendence were:
    * John Weiler (a retired General Contractor who, among many things, oversaw the construction of the Walkertown High School)
    * Ed Thomas (the retired predecessor of Liz May)
    * Robert Kratz (Liz's assistant)
    Those Committee members not present were:
    * Spencer Bennett
    * Andrew Halverson.
    Also present were:
    * Liz May (Auditorium Manager)
    * Harry Corpening (Chair of the Board).
    Liz prepared a 2-page handout for this meeting.  Click here ( * ) to view/download it.
    In this meeting, each of the projects listed on the handout (given at the last full Board meeting) were described and discussed. 
    The next meeting of the Priorities Committee took place in the (downstairs) Green Room of the Auditorium at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, October 29th.  Those Priority Committee members present were: John Weiler, Ed Thomas, Robert Kratz and Stan Elrod.
    Those committee members not present were Spencer Bennett and Andrew Halverson.
    Also present were Harry Corpening and Liz May.
    The following is a link to an audio recording of this 95 minute meeting:  ( * ).  The recording starts about a minute into the meeting....and the discussion is about "securing" the washer and dryer and (soon to be gotten) refrigerator in the Green Room.   The sheets of paper that are referred to are the 2-page handouts that were given out at the full Board meeting.
    Each of the projects listed on the handouts (given at the full Board meeting) was discussed at this meeting. A determination was made for most projects as to when each project should be completed, and also what entity this Committee thinks should pay for that project (i.e., the School System or some other entity...such as "Friends").
    Three of the projects could not be prioritized. The reason:  before the committee can prioritize any particular project, they need to determine its cost. The costs for 3 of the projects is presently unknown.
    One such project is to install "points" on the wall adjacent to the stage. The "Friends" Board approved (by email/text vote) the paying of the expennse by "Friends" for hiring a structural engineer to see if structurally the existing infastructure could support such points.  This engineer did come in, and told us the points could be installed.
    Click here ( * ) to go to the Alumni website homepage.