In 2006 Tibbits Board of Directors and staff sought a way to recognize its many volunteers and better elevate them to the importance they play in everything that happens at the theatre. They created the Tibbits Boosters organization which celebrates 10 years this summer.
In August of 2006, the very first membership luncheon meeting was held at the former Martell’s Tavern, known now as Bill’s Grill House. Tibbits volunteers were invited and encouraged to learn more about becoming charter members and the opportunities to be offered.
The Tibbits Boosters were created with the goal of helping organize the Tibbits volunteers more efficiently, as well as help coordinate fund-raising efforts. There are nearly 300 Tibbits volunteers, many of which devote countless hours of personal time to support the theatre.
The Boosters will celebrate the tenth anniversary during an Ice Cream Social on Aug. 2, 2016. The event, scheduled at 5:30 pm, will take place at the Coach Eby Center in Coldwater. All Tibbits volunteers will have a chance to reminisce over scrapbooks from the last decade while socializing and enjoying ice cream sundaes.
Tibbits volunteers do far more than just usher for shows. Tibbits is always looking for people who would enjoy helping the theatre through its many events and activities. In addition to ushering, volunteers act as tour guides and hospitality hosts, house summer company members, chauffeur performers, assist in the gift shop, work in the costume shop, the scene shop or backstage, help plan events like the auction, golf and the music festival. They also represent Tibbits at the downtown events and the fair. They do everything from cleaning and gardening to helping in the office. There are also those who lend their specialized computer and design skills.
Those interested in becoming a volunteer with Tibbits, should contact Pam, Tibbits Volunteer Liaison at 517-278-6029.