Lyn Moore is back in Taree Arts Council's president's chair.
A working member since the 1981 production of Cabaret, this is Lyn's third term as president, her first term dating from the late 1980s to 1995, and her second from 2002 to 2005.
She has held all executive positions over the years, including secretary for two terms of three years and treasurer for two terms of three years. She also represented TAC on the Arts Council of NSW for a number of years.
The organisation means a lot to Lyn and has been a big part of her life and the life of her family for the past 38 years.
Her husband Don was awarded a life membership in 1991 for his contributions and daughter Rebecca was regularly 'on stage' during her Taree High School years, prior to moving to Sydney to attend uni and continuing her membership.
Lyn's first job with Taree Arts Council was as front of house co-ordinator, a role she has undertaken on numerous occasions.
She has also been an assistant to the director on a number of occasions, an actor, backstage crew, stage manager, director, follow spot operator, publicity officer, publicity team member, program co-ordinator, program seller, costume assistant and general rouse-about.
Her on stage history includes Mame, 1982; East Lynne, 1987; Camelot, 1991; Importance of Being Earnest, 1997; Bye Bye Birdie, 2001; Sound of Music, 2004; Anything Goes, 2007; Nunsense, 2008; Grandfather's Portrait, 2009; The Full Monty, 2012; Dimboola, 2012; Spotlight on Taree Arts Council, 2017 plus many other music halls, melodramas and one act plays.
Comedy is something she really enjoys and her favourite two roles have been as Sr Mary Regina (Mother Superior) in 'Nunsense' and Jeanette (piano player) in 'The Full Monty'.
She has been involved in some capacity with almost all Taree Arts Council shows over the past 38 years and became a life member in 1996.
She was awarded the Manning Winter Festival 'Outstanding contribution to Visual and Performing Arts Award' in 2012 and in 2003 won Best Actress in a Supporting Role for a one act play at the Tamworth Dramafest.
Joining Lyn on the committee for 2019 is vice president Paul Eade, secretary and newsletter editor David Saville, treasurer Patricia Wolfenden, publicity officer Bruce Wiseman, wardrobe co-ordinator Lea Young, assistant wardrobe co-ordinator Denise Greenaway, props co-ordinator Helen Grooteman, shed co-ordinator Dean Snook, assistant shed co-ordinator Paul Eade, and Kylie Cleaver.
Non committee roles are assistant props co-ordinator Sammy Clarke, front of house Dawn Walton and public officer Pam Phillips.
In his outgoing president's report, Paul Eade talked of the invaluable assistance of the "wonderful committee" but also of disappointment that many people who are always ready to perform on stage and bask in the limelight become unavailable to work behind the scenes in anonymity.
"The vast majority of us join Taree Arts Council as performers but brilliant performers alone do not keep us viable.
"As I look around our meeting room each month, I see some of the most talented actors, singers and musicians around this district, but many of the 'seasonal' performers wouldn't even know this because these stalwarts are willing to put their own star performance desires on hold to work tirelessly in the background to 'get the show on the road'."
He said his greatest wish is that members will ask themselves how they can be more actively involved and keep this long-standing, wonderful organisation going and continuing to give affordable and quality entertainment.
Taree Arts Council will present its third Spotlight on Taree Arts Council concert series in June, themed Retrospective, with performances of songs from past shows.
In 2020, the organisation will stage the hit musical Mamma Mia.