The Annual Neewollah Thank you Dinner held at the Independence
Country Club on Saturday, March 2nd. Sean
Clapp, Chairman of the Board, hosted the evening with Karen Turner where past
Generalissimos were introduced and welcomed.
Turner, 2012 Generalissimo, thanked her committee heads and members for all
their hard work and reported on the success of Neewollah 2012. She was presented with a collage depicting
events of this year’s Neewollah and was welcomed into the Past Generalissimos
Club receiving a Past Generalissimos shirt and certificate from Val Defever.
sponsors were recognized and thanked by the celebration.
board members Gina Botts, Karen Turner & Marty Reichenberger were
recognized and presented with plaques of appreciation for their service to
Gettler was introduced as Generalissimo for 2013 and Lisa Paige as introduced
as Generalissimo Elect for 2014
Hines, Jay Jones & Lori Wesselowski were introduced as the newest members
elected to the Neewollah Board of Directors.
They were elected to the board at the annual critique meeting held
New officers for the Board
of Directors were introduced. They
included: Sean Clapp, Chairman; Tom
Posch, Vice Chair; Stacey Yakshaw, Treasurer; and Lisa Hugo, Secretary.
Mr. Gettler announced that
this year’s theme will be Neewollah 2013: Its Alive! Also announced was this year’s musical "Young
Frankenstein”. Lisa Paige & Lois
Lessman were announced as Co-Directors, while Lori Wesselowski and Sarah Wilson
were announced as Co-Producers. Finally,
Mr. Gettler announced that he is actively working on securing a professional
show for this year’s festival.
Jeffrey Gettler was born
and raised in Independence. He is a 2000 graduate of Independence High School,
2001graduate of Independence
Community College, 2003
graduate of Loyola University Chicago and 2005 graduate of the University of
Kansas School of Law. He has been actively involved with Neewollah for several
years having served as Co-Chair of the Grand Parade and Security Committees,
and is currently a member of the Board of Directors. He is a Partner in
the law firm of Emert, Chubb and Gettler, LLC. He is President-Elect of
the Kansas Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and will advance to President
in July 2013. He is a member and Past-President of the Independence
Rotary Club and a Chamber Ambassador.
Lisa Paige is originally from Emporia, Kansas. She graduated from Emporia State
University with a Bachelor's
degree in Elementary Education and a Master's degree in Educational
Administration. Lisa taught
kindergarten for 19 years and is now the Assistant Principal and Kindergarten
Title Teacher at Eisenhower
Elementary School. Lisa has been involved in 21 Neewollah
musicals as an actor, choreographer and director for 9 productions. She has also served as Queens Pageant
director, Talent chair, Neelah Deb co-chair and the Neewollah website co-chair. Lisa was selected to join the Neewollah Board
in 2009. Lisa is the founder &
Artistic Director for the Independence Children’s Summer Theatre. She has
served on the William Inge Festival Steering Committee and The Memorial Hall
Task Force. She is currently serving on
the ASTRA Festival Board and as an Elder of the First Presbyterian Church. Lisa received the Margaret Goheen Award for
Outstanding Contributions to Community Theatre in 2005 and was named Elementary
Master Teacher for USD 446 in 2009. Lisa and her husband Mark live on a ranch south of
Dearing. They have a 10 year old son,
Jaxon, who loves sports and plays for the Indy Force basketball team.
native, Denise Messenger-Hines, graduated from local schools and attended Kansas State
University where she
received her Bachelor of Science degrees in Business Management and
Marketing. After graduation, Denise and
her husband Scott moved to the Kansas
City area where she worked in marketing for a
wholesale screen printer and later as a legal assistant for Consumer
Advocate. In 2007, Denise and Scott
moved back to Independence
to raise their family. They have two
children, Landon (10) and Hadley (7).
Denise was employed by Cable One as Marketing Director for Kansas systems from 2007
until 2010. Denise is currently employed
by Tri-County as a Para-Professional.
Denise has served as a Neewollah Ticket Queen for the past 5 years and
as Advertising Chair for the past 4 years.
She is also involved with Eisenhower PTO and Independence Main Street, serving as
Board President this year. Denise is
excited about the opportunity to become more involved in Neewollah.
Jay Jones is an Independence native. He
is employed as a Certified Athletic Trainer with Mercy Health for Life and
provides athletic training services to Independence High School.
Jay has served as the Race Director of the Neewollah 5K & 10K run for the
past three years. He is a member of the Tyro Christian Church, and a trustee of
Independence Community College. Jay and his
wife, Valerie, have two children: Whitley and Deacon.
Lori Wesselowski has lived
for the last 19 years. She is married to Barry and has three children -
Erin, Alex and Anna. She has been involved in several civic organizations
including PEO, Junior Child Study Club. She is currently on the
Independence School Board. She is an active board member in the
Children's Summer Theater, First Leadership Board member and a consultant for
the Entreprenourship/ Junior Achievement class at the high school. Her
Neewollah involvement includes helping with the Neewollah Fun Run, serving on
the Queen's Talent, Coronation, Window Display, tickets and chair/co-chairing
Queen's Tea, Brunch, Queen's Ball, Pop Party, Summer Workshop, Escorts,
Candidate Co-chair and Queen's Director. "I enjoy participating in
all that Neewollah has to offer and my dream is to be a judge for the dessert
competition at the Chili Cookoff...hint, hint."