The Arc of Decatur County held its annual meeting Monday, Nov. 12 at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center.
Arc board president welcomed the more than 80 folks present and introduced special guests John Dickerson, Executive Director of the Arc of Indiana, Bill Hadar, Executive Director of Developmental Services, Inc. and Kim Crawley, national president of Psi Iota Psi Sorority.
During a brief business meeting, officers and board members were elected for 2013: President - Lynda Smith, Vice President - John Bokelman, Secretary - Patti Wenning, Treasurer - Paul Pank, and board members Dale Crites Jenny Maddux, Jan McClure, Jacqui Pratt and Jeff Rumsey. County Coordinator is Teresa Hooten.
The business meeting was quickly adjourned and attention turned to the highlight of the evening: the debut performance of “On the Road,” a riotous variety show written by the newly-formed Decatur County Self Advocate Front and Center Players and directed by actor and arts advocate Jeff Kuehl .
The next 30 minutes were filled with lots of laughs, singing, dancing and skits including vocal solos by Cindy Taskey, Emily Pank, and Tom Malone, and dance numbers by Morgan Hooten and Ann Smith.
Jack Shafer, Amy Bright, Candy Reese, Judy Mize and Jonathan Rumsey brought smiles to the crowd in various sketches including a scene from Judge Judy’s courtroom.
The show ended with a rousing rock and roll finale featuring the entire cast. An after-show celebration and refreshments followed.
Special thanks for their help with the performance to Psi Iota Xi Sorority, First Baptist Church and the Columbus Area Arts Council.
Inspired by a 2005 performance by the Dreammakers inclusive theater troupe from Greensfield, a group of Arc members decided to create a performance opportunity for Decatur County Self Advocates.
Psi Iota Xi Sorority provided a monetary grant for the project. The group was fortunate to be able to engage Jeff Kuehl who worked with the group for six weeks, finding their talents and helping them create and produce this fun show.
After the show Kuehl commented, “Our performers were so ready. There wasn’t a bit of hesitation anywhere. It’s all about trust. They trusted their skills and talents. They made a very enjoyable evening for themselves. Eighty people just happened to be there to witness it.“
The Arc of Decatur County plans to continue the Front and Center Players and would love to have more people join the group.
Anyone interested in getting involved either as an actor or a stage crew member can contact county coordinator Teresa Hooten at 663-8587.
More information about The Arc of Decatur County can be found at www.thearcofdecaturcounty.org.
— Daily News