Chet Tomczyk,

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Notes from the President and CE0 - November 2009


Wow! I went looking through my thesaurus for adjectives to best describe the series about the national parks that ran last month, but I could not find the appropriate superlatives. The National Parks: America’s Best Idea was one of the best pieces of filmmaking that WTVP has been privileged to air in a long, long time—and that’s saying something.

As I watched the series and my admiration for Ken Burns grew, I had to remember that he was documenting something that was truly awe inspiring and reflective of its Creator. As good as the film was I couldn’t help thinking that it would be nearly impossible for anyone to take a bad picture in the national parks. It’s tough to screw up great material. Mr. Burns certainly did not do that and must be given his due for an outstanding cinematic milestone. To you our loyal members: thank you for making this wonderful series possible. If you missed it, don’t fret. You can watch clips, deleted scenes and untold stories on the program website. And we expect to have the series back in the television schedule this winter.

On a subject closer to home, on October 22 we had the opportunity to honor the volunteers that worked so hard on behalf of WTVP over the past year. WTVP recognized people that stepped up to help with contributions of their time and talent doing everything from answering phones during pledge drives and Auction, to scriptwriting, folding and stuffing, fundraising, running bowl-a-thons and garage sales—and everything in between. Check out for pictures of our Volunteer of the Year and other honorees. All of us who watch WTVP benefit from the efforts of our volunteers who graciously donate services that the station would otherwise have to purchase. To all of our wonderful volunteers, we extend a huuuuge thank you and a hearty well done.

If you’d like to be a WTVP volunteer, we’d love to talk with you. Please call (309) 677-4747, and one our courteous staff members will be happy to get you involved.

Finally, on behalf of all of us here at WTVP—Trustees, staff, and volunteers—best wishes to you and yours for a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.

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