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-Wieting Theatre – 2018 – Year in Review-

Phase II At Completion

March 28, 2019
By Denise Flether - Guild Past-President , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

2018 was a year of changes. Beginning in April some serious safety issues were rectified with the replacement of beams under the seating area, and an internal steel structure was installed to support our new rigging system which can be operated easily and safely. We are all very appreciative of a grant from the Tama County Foundation which allowed for the installation of new LED lights and light board. There are exciting opportunities for creativity in live theatre events at the Wieting in 2019.

With the back of the stage finished in July, it was time to focus on the new addition. The groundbreaking was held in October to begin the construction of our new event center. I am happy to report that the inside is complete, and we are eagerly waiting for a spring thaw to finish the retaining wall and parking lot before renting out this new space to the public.

I want to thank the hard work of the Building Committee throughout this entire process which began in 2014. The members of the committee were: Jim Plantz, Steve Kenkel, Mark McFate, Jeff Shaw, Russ Clemann, R. Lou Snyder, Jim Roan. I also served on the committee.

Article Photos

The virtually completed addition to the Wieting Theatre in Toledo awaits some dry weather so a new parking area can be added on the south side.
Chronicle/John Speer

To save $8,000 in painting costs, volunteers stepped up to paint over 6,000 square feet of wall space with prime and two-color coats. Those assisting were Kim and Kevin Nelson, Russ and Leann Clemann, Steve and Charlene Kenkel, Leland and Cathy Cook, Kendall and Barb Jordan, Dallas Boerm, Heather Hanus, Kathy Holtz and George Kuhter along with my husband, Larry Fletcher and myself.

2018 was also a very busy year for fundraising to make the vision of Phase II a reality for the citizens of our communities.

The Wieting Guild is truly thankful for the great community support shown to help us maintain this regional treasure. In September we were thrilled to find out that the Wieting was awarded $20,000 from the Union Pacific Railroad. One easy way for all of us to contribute is to order on line through Smile.Amazon.

Fact Box

Leann Clemann heads Wieting Guild

The Wieting Theatre Guild held the annual meeting on March 21 to elect new officers, review finances and activities for the year and tour the new addition. The present volunteer caretakers of the Wieting are:

Elected officers

for 2019

Denise Fletcher, Past President, Leann Clemann President, Dallas Boerm Vice President, Marie Mann, Secretary, Michelle Evans TreasurerGuild members: Lori Baier, Mark McFate, RLou Snyder, Charlie Johnson, Barb Jordan, Alan Kline, Jim Roberts, Eric Rosario and Sandy Kapayou with additional support provided by Mary Fasse-Shaw, Steve Kenkel and Jason Staker

The above Guild Members are supported by over 100 essential volunteers to help achieve our mission: "To promote quality cinema, theatrical, and cultural opportunities which are inclusive, accessible, and enriching in the area of Toledo, Tama County, Iowa." Forty of these volunteers have donated their time and expertise for over 10 years with RLou Snyder topping the list at 48 years of dedicated service.

In addition to managing movies, Guild members actively support community events that are not for profit. 83% or 20 of our special events in 2018 were free to the community. The following were some of the local organizations we have partnered with in the past year: Tama County Public Health, Tama County Historical Society, South Tama School District, American Legion and Meskwaki Alcohol Drug Abuse Center, Tama-Toledo Chamber of Commerce and The Community Clothes Closet.

Just designate the Wieting as the charity of choice and .5% of your purchase will be sent to the Wieting. Another opportunity would be to contact Michelle Evans who is selling Kwik Star gas cards.

The Wieting gets 5 percent back for each dollar of gas purchased and a 15 percent rebate when used to purchase groceries at Kwik Star.

The Wieting Super Heroes made an appearance at the Stoplight Festival this past July. That was an opportunity to honor our local contractors who were Super Heroes to us and allow people to join our team with a donation to the project.

For the Thanksgiving Holiday the Guild members put together pans of lasagna as a fundraiser. We were supported with donations from Iowa Premium, Fareway and HyVee.

Trivia Night Coming Friday

Our next event is a fun night of Trivia on March 30 at the Reinig- Toledo Civic Center. Keep watching for other opportunities to help support the Wieting while having an enjoyable time. The fundraising committee will continue to work to retire the debt incurred with this renovation.

I hope everyone has noticed the small sign in front of the theatre for the Iowa Valley Scenic Byway Audio Tour. There are brochures in the lobby with a map showing all 40 key points of interest along the Iowa River Valley.

I am proud to say that the Wieting Theatre is one of those special places and tells the story of our curtain. Just dial 319-213-9003 and enter number 34 to hear the Wieting's message.


Mark McFate is always striving to help us "grow up" with technology. The Guild has introduced the Veezi System to track ticket and concession sales.

Our volunteers have been playing with it for a few months, and we are trying to work out some of the bugs. In the future, it will allow us to sell live event tickets online.

Camp Creamery

"Legend of Blackbeard's Gold" was another successful Camp Creamery Production for 60 youth in our community. This is our sixth summer of providing this opportunity. There were over 350 people in attendance supporting our actors and actresses for the show. Dixie Forcht also produced a new "Movie Manners" ad as part of our pre-show using the Camp Creamery performers.

The last six years as President has been a time of learning, meeting incredible volunteers, contractors, guests and performers, hard work and fun! I have thoroughly enjoyed helping to provide leadership for this unique nonprofit. It is such a privilege to work alongside your neighbors to accomplish a positive goal to enhance the quality of life in the Tama/Toledo area. Leann Clemann had agreed to serve as President for the next year. She has some great new ideas, is a hard worker, has great organizational skills and loves her community. I am looking forward to supporting our new officers and Guide members to fulfill our mission. If you have additional ideas, would like a tour, or join us in our work, please contact a Guild Member.

See ya' at the Wieting!



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