The meeting was called to order at 5:32 p.m. by President Rich Burleson. Board members present were Larry Baker, Kathy Madonna, Kathy Seidling, Ken Trusty, RC Wilkins and Marty Burleson. Board member Donna Murphy was absent. Board Advisor Beryl Baker was present. Kathy Kennedy was a guest.

Volunteer time sheets were completed by Board members to record their volunteer hours.

Kathy Kennedy spoke to the Board about the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Rialto in 2023. She proposed writing a book about the history of the Rialto that would be published for the centennial of the Rialto. The Board was pleased to have her write the book and will make documents available to her. The Board thanked Kathy and she was excused from the meeting.

The minutes of the April 16, 2019 meeting were approved upon the motion of Ken and seconded by Larry.

Kathy S. presented the Treasurer’s Report. The report was unanimously accepted upon the motion of RC and seconded by Larry.

Steve Steele has submitted his letter of resignation from the Board and Lisa Steele has also submitted a letter of resignation as a Board Advisor. Upon the motion of Ken and seconded by Larry, the resignations were accepted.


The Business Plan workshop on April 28 was reviewed. A decision was made to have only one logo. Decisions regarding advertising, marketing and PR were discussed.

KRLN Radio has a show every week. Call the Chamber to reserve.

The Rialto annual membership plan has been tabled for now. The Board would like to honor those that have donated to the Rialto in the past with engraved name plates to be displayed in the entrance to the theater. The Board is in the process of getting a list of these donors.

Rocky Mountain Bank and Trust has donated two four-drawer file cabinets to the Rialto.

The Board discussed having a food collection box for Manna House in the entrance for attendees to donate canned goods or non-perishable items. No decision was made.


A pickup backed into the railing on the west side of the building. The Board is waiting for to hear from the Police Department regarding the driver’s auto insurance.

On May 14, there will be a Florence Chamber Marketing class from 5- 6 p.m. Barna will be the presenter. Register by May 10. The class is free.
Set up for the FEDC event is May 15 at 10:00 a.m. The FEDC Business to Business Spring Roundup will be Thursday May 16th from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The “Bull Session” Pitch Contest will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. RC will be making the “Pitch” for the Rialto.

The registration for the Florence Car Show will be at the Rialto from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. We will serve coffee and donuts at the registration. A video of last year’s car show that was featured on Dennis Gage’s TV show will be running in the theater. We will be selling root beer floats.

Projects Committee

RC and Tom Mongan are making a valance for the top of the stage. Kathy Kennedy has taken a picture of the ceiling in the hallway to the restrooms. The resurfacing of the theater floor will begin when we have purchased the materials needed and have the days needed to prepare the floor.

Play Committee

The play committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. on May 8th with Kathy Herrin.

The set for Deathtrap is almost completed. The $600 for royalties plus $80 for the scripts for Dracula play in October were approved to be paid upon the motion of Kathy S. and seconded by Ken. $500 was also approved for the Junior Players Camp upon the motion of Larry and seconded by Ken.

Barb Brierley has been notified that we will not be able to participate in the Steampunk event.


The next regular meeting will be Tuesday, May 21 at 5:30 p.m.

There being no further business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 7:55 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

Marty Burleson, Secretary