OFS Board of Directors
OFS Needs board members!
The Olympia Film Society is seeking dedicated individuals to serve on our board. If you would like to help preserve the Capitol Theater and strengthen the arts in Olympia, please consider applying for the board. Application is available online here
For questions, email Tim Sweeney, OFS Board Vice President: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monthly Board Meetings – Open to the public and held the 4th Tuesdays of each month at Mixx 96 Radio Station Conference Room (119 Washington St NE, Olympia, WA 98501).
Daily operations at OFS are shared between a small paid staff collective and a committed team of nearly 125 volunteers, and overseen by a Board of Directors. Download our Bylaws, Download our 2009-2014 Strategic Plan, Download Amendments to the 2009-2014 Strategic Plan
You can also stop by to chat with our Board Development Committee on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 3:00p in the OFS Office or contact our Board Vice President, Tim Sweeney, email@example.com. You may also want to read about our accomplishments in 2010. Download our 2010 Annual Report
Why become a Board member at OFS?
We are seeking dedicated OFS members with experience in fundraising, managing budgets, community outreach, human resource management and/or marketing. In the coming term we will be working to improve our fiscal health, strengthen our connections with the community, and work towards improving our permanent home at the Capitol Theater.
It is an exciting time to be a Board member at the Film Society. As new owners of the Capitol Theater, we have of variety of important projects and initiatives that touch all aspects of the organization – programming, personnel, community outreach, fundraising and finance. At this important moment in our organizational history we can use your help to build our organizational capacity and tackle these exciting projects.
Joining the Board has great perks for you too! Not only will you feel great about contributing to the success of OFS, but you will also have the opportunity to join an interesting and creative community of art enthusiasts and attend most film screenings and concerts for free!
What are the qualifications and expectations?
The Board seeks individuals with a background or experience in fundraising, managing budgets, community outreach, human resource management, and/or marketing. For more details about desired skills and leadership duties, please read the Board of Directors job description in the application packet. Application packets are available online, download here.
I’m interested, but want to learn more. What should I do next?
A good first step is to visit one of our Board meetings. We meet the fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:00p in the Mixx 96 Radio Station Conference Room (119 Washington St NE, Olympia, WA 98501).
OFS President, Bylaws Committee
Term Ends: Fall 2014
Personal Statement: I moved to Olympia for a job at the Temple of Justice – which is not where super heroes work as it turns out – but was totally awesome nonetheless. I started volunteering at OFS in 2010, when a festival program promised me friends if I did. Before joining the Board, I suped the lobby, sold tickets, cleaned the theater, worked security (fun!), and provided free legal advice. I love that I can show up to any film at OFS and it is probably going to be worth talking about! Occupation: Attorney
I’m a devoted OFS member who feels guilty running in at 8:55 pm, paying $5.50, grabbing a seat in the mezzanine and enjoying amazing cinema that I wouldn’t otherwise see. OFS exists because of the work of dedicated staff and committed volunteers. My experience is that good things don’t last unless you work at keeping them.
Occupation: Marketing Director at Workforce
Personal Statement: I’ve lived in Olympia since 1999. When I moved here, my favorite places downtown were Bulldog News, the Spar, Otto’s, the Harlequin, and OFS. I remember being amazed at my first Olympia Film Festival. I remember the excitement of being in the Banff Film Festival crowd. I remember seeing Gillian Welch live. OFS was a big part of my transition to Olympia, a big welcome wagon of movies and events.
Now that I’ve been here for a while, I’m noticing changes. Downtown isn’t so healthy. Big multiplex theaters have sprung up in the suburbs and the mall. The whole movie theater experience is in question with on-line options and rentals. OFS has done a superb job of providing unique movie options, fun entertainment alternatives, and events that pull the community together. I want to be part of that. I want my eight year old daughter to have fond memories of going to a beautiful theater and watching movies that shaped her life. And maybe when she comes to visit me from her fabulous life in Paris or wherever, she’ll be able to go to that same theater and think Olympia is pretty cool after all.
OFS Secretary, Fundraising & Development Committee
Term Ends: Fall 2014
Personal Statement: Whether we decide to usher in a new era at OFS is being decided by this election. I co-authored the petition for the special membership meeting because I believe we need to adopt a shared vision of the strategic priorities that will deepen OFS’s impact on the community. I was concerned by our board’s solution to take control of our finances and not engage the staff in doing so. We need a board that is ambitious, networked, creative, and hard-working. I want to be part of a board that pushes OFS to develop more complex partnerships and program structures and most importantly a board that fundraises.
For 4 years I served on the board of Gay Straight Alliance Network, 2 years as vice chair and 1 year as secretary. My hobbies include projecting at OFS and producing a cooking show on TCTV. You can watch the special membership meeting at http://tinyurl.com/ofsmeeting or throughout May on channel 22 Wednesdays at 9 and Saturdays at 8.
Fundraising & Development Committee
Term Ends: Fall 2014
Personal Statement: I love having OFS in our community. My family has always attended many events at OFS over the years. I present so many entertainment and other forms of educational and community-building events at Traditions because I believe in there being public spaces where people can come together and feel connected to their neighbors and their community. I believe this not only makes us feel good about the place in which we live but offers us many opportunities to respond to needs to make us a healthier community. OFS is part of that process.
Occupation: Owner/Traditions Cafe & World Folk Art
Finance Committee, ByLaws Committee
Personal Statement: Coming soon.
Term Ends: Fall 2013
I have been attending and enjoying OFS movies since it started. Now that I’m retired from the State’s Employment Security Department after 27 years, our children grown, my mountain climbing, and distance running a lesser activity, I saw an opportunity to give something back to OFS. Hopefully, I can provide some help for OFS to achieve its mission to enrich our community by presenting and fostering the development of independent and underrepresented films, music, and allied arts.
My current activities include bicycling, hiking, spending time with 5 grandchildren and one great-grandson, seeing movies and enjoying plays at the Seattle Repertory Theater and the Olympia Little Theater (OLT) (Season ticket holder for 33+ years at each) Additionally, my wife and I volunteer as “down stagers” at OLT, and I volunteer as a traveling, free Notary of Public for “ shut-ins” at retirement and assisted living homes. I am happy to be a member of the OFS Board and serve to the best of my abilities and available time.
John Chadwick – More information coming soon