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USP Launches a New Year; Graves to Hall of Fame


2014 USP Potluck PicnicUnion Street Players annual family potluck picnic was held Monday, August 18th. A good crowd of members and family members gathered at West Market Park to enjoy a gorgeous summer evening, a potluck supper, and a lot of fun together. USP President, Tom Vander Well, presided over a truncated meeting which included a report on USP’s 2013-2014 fiscal year, which was a banner year in many ways:

  • Three profitable main stage productions
  • Record patron support
  • Record advertising sales

The year was also touched with tragedy. Since last year’s annual meeting our group has lost two members. Sherm Van Zee passed away last fall. Early this summer USP Costume Shop Founder and Walk of Fame member, Dottie McGee passed away.

Don Graves rehearsing for his role as Jacob in USP's "Joseph"
Don Graves rehearsing for his role as Jacob in USP’s “Joseph”

It was announced that Don Graves will be this year’s inductee in the USP Walk of Fame. Graves was a founding member of USP and has performed a myriad of roles both on stage and off throughout USP’s long history. He will be honored at USP’s annual Awards Night on October 4th at the Pella Opera House.

The evening concluded with an election of the Board of Directors for 2014-2015. This year’s Board of Directors are:

President: Tom Vander Well
Vice-President: Deb Linn
Treasurer: Wendy Vander Well
Secretary: Anne McCullough Kelly
At Large: Mat Kelly
At Large: Mark Schaefer
At Large: Cody Kooi



2014-2015 USP Board
2014-2015 USP Board of Directors (Back Row L-R) Mark Schaefer, Cody Kooi, Deb Linn, Mat Kelly (Front Row L-R) Anne McCullough Kelly, Tom Vander Well, Wendy Vander Well


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