Chet Tomczyk,

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Notes from the President and CE0 - December 2008


’Tis the season!

With the economic news of the past months, the “jolly” part may be a little more subdued this year, but never completely gone. One thing I’ve learned over the years is the need for hope. No year was truer of that than the one just ending.

All last winter, there was a beautiful painting at the top of the stairs leading to the office areas here at your public television station. An early donation to the WTVP Auction, it was a marvelous still life by Bloomington-Normal artist Michael Dubina. At the center of the piece he painted one simple word, “HOPE.”

As we struggled to save the station last winter, I saw that painting every time I went up or down the stairs. Evidently it communicated with me.

To make a long story short, thanks to your support, hard work and hope, the station was saved, and we got on with the tasks at hand like programming, membership and the annual TV Auction. As the items were being carried to the studio for display, I passed someone taking the “Hope” painting off the wall so it could be offered for bid. Only then when I felt a little tightness in my throat did it strike me as to the impact that painting had on me—how its simple message saw me through the crisis. And, as it turned out, it had the same impact on several other WTVP staff members. So with all due gratitude and respect to the artist, the painting was not offered for bid. It had greater than monetary value for WTVP, and so was returned to a permanent place of honor.

And so that is my message and my wish for you this holiday season. Have hope. There is nothing we can’t get through if we don’t give up.

Thank you for all you have done for WTVP this year. Thank you for your time, your talent, your treasure. Thank you for watching and for caring.

From the Board of Trustees, the staff and volunteers at WTVP, best wishes for a happy and blessed holiday season and for a brighter and more prosperous New Year.

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