Chatham Film Club Gains Two New Board Members

June 7, 2012

The Chatham Film Club’s Board of Directors approved two new members at a recent meeting in Chatham. Both are full-time residents of Columbia County, enthusiastic movie-goers, and active participants in the local community.

Sara McWilliams, East Chatham, brings financial, volunteer recruitment, and community outreach skills to the board. Through her executive search company, Kent McWiliams, she provides human resources, training, and organizational development for client companies nationwide. She has served on boards of diverse community organizations, including Rotary, the YWCA, the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie, and Marist College School of Management; she is currently vice president of Columbia County Habitat for Humanity. She and her husband have been members of the Chatham Film Club since its start.

Fred Ulrich, Valatie, brings skills of marketing, public relations, and fund raising to the film club. He is an Account Supervisor with the advertising firm Media Logic, where he manages electronic and print support materials including direct mail, email, web, and social media campaigns. When the film club purchased the Crandell Theatre, he was instrumental in launching a Facebook page for the theatre and continues to serve as the page’s primary manager. He and his wife have two children ages 6 and 4.

“As we enter our next phase of improving and renovating the historic Crandell Theatre, the Chatham Film Club welcomes the skills brought by these two new board members,” says Sandi Knakal, president of the film club.

The Chatham Film Club is a volunteer, nonprofit organization that owns and operates the Crandell Theatre and produces FilmColumbia, an annual five-day film festival held in October. To learn more about the Film Club, or to see what’s showing, go to or