106 East B St, Iron Mountain MI 49801

December, 2009
Dec 2009

P O Box 156
Iron Mountain, MI 49801


When we sent out our last newsletter, we were in the exciting early stages of organizing our Board. The following months were spent doing a lot of careful work on our Bylaws and Constitution. It may not sound like the most earth-shattering news to report, but the work which has been done will ensure that "Friends of the Braumart" has a strong foundation as we move forward! Our goal is an ambitious one: to SAVE and UTILIZE this historic building!

Our Mission Statement . . .

. . . is to purchase, restore/renovate and operate the historic Braumart Theatre, developing a dynamic art center which embraces all arts and artists and provides cultural, educational, and economic stimulus for the tri-county area.

In 2009:

  • We have joined the Dickinson Area Partnership;
  • The Board has developed our constitution, articles of incorporation, and bylaws;
  • Our elected Board Trustees have elected Officers;
  • We incorporated as a non profit as of January 2009 with the State of Michigan;
  • We obtained a Federal EIN for tax purposes;
  • We have applied for 501(c)3 status;
  • We have obtained insurance; and
  • We developed our own website: www.friendsofthebraumart.org


Over 240 people from EIGHT different States have joined Friends of the Braumart.

The ending balance for the October financial report was $5,645.63. These monies were from dues collected and gift donations. Over $2,000 came from the 2008 Zonta Tour of Homes fundraiser. Thanks again to Zonta for their generous gift and hard work!

Board Officers are:

  • President……Jinx Brew
  • Vice President….Duane Peck
  • Treasurer….Barbara Kramer
  • Secretary….Shanna Champeau
  • Other Board Members: Kathy Denny, Sally Jacobs, Robin Tchokreff

Monthly meetings are the THIRD Tuesday of every month at 7:00 pm and are open to the public. The board has agreed to meet at a board member's home during the winter months. Persons wishing to attend should contact Jinx Brew at 906-774-8837 for the meeting location.

We have continued our membership in The League Historic American Theatres, which has proven to be a great resource of ideas and information about theatre restoration! Their website is www.LHAT.org.

Are you a member of a service group in our area? We want you to know that Board Members are available to speak to your group about the Friends of the Braumart!

We are still discussing a LOGO for our BRAUMART ART CENTER. Send your ideas (can be roughly drawn or described) to Duane Peck, Vice President; P.O. Box 156, Iron Mountain, MI 49801.

We are seeking members to fill the committees that are being developed by the Board to make this project successful. Committees include Fundraising, Public Relations, Grant Writing, Building Acquisition, and Maintenance. If you wish to join this army of doers please send your name and address to us with the committee/committees you wish to work. We all, the volunteers, will determine the success of this project.

What people are saying about Friends of the Braumart:

"Wonderful! We're excited to see such appreciation for the arts, downtown and a beautiful historic landmark!!!" "A project like this will serve the community for generations to come. Thank you for leading the charge!" "… I'm so glad to see this effort!"

Membership dues for 2010 are DUE!

Membership is just $10.00 per person

Send Checks to:
Friends of the Braumart
Attn: Barbara Kramer, Treasurer
P.O. Box 156, Iron Mountain, MI 49801

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