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Little Ole Opry History

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The history of Little Ole Opry 1982 n- 1984 as written by Martha Houghton.

Little Theatre on the Bay “LTOB” was founded on August 2, 1948, at the home of Eleanor Shank in Coos Bay, Oregon. This initial group of ten developed the charter. Although loosely organized the year before to perform live radio plays on station KOOS, the first big public meeting was held August 14, 1948, at which 44 people attended. The charter was closed October 28 of that same year, and LTOB listed 76 names as “charter members.” Eleanor Shank was elected President for the first year, with Leonard Love as Vice President. The organizational setup included a nine-man board of directors: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Business Manager, House Manager, Stage Producer, Radio Producer, and Educational Director. Board members were chosen by a popular vote of the membership, and those elected balloted among themselves to assign board positions. It was noted that all profit gained through stage productions is kept in a special “building fund,” and no member is ever paid for any work they do in connection with the Little Theatre on the Bay. (1)