Thursday, September 14, 2017

Looking Back on the Sept. 12th Chapter Meeting
There was an extra rehearsal on Thursday, Sept. 7th at Plymouth Haven at which there was vigorous drills on the contest set.
In other news from that meeting, president Randall Eliason reported that Steve and Jerri White and their families want to thank the Harmonizers for their many condolences and contributions to the Harmony Foundation in memory of Ben Smith, Sr., Jerri's father and a former Harmonizer. Randall noted that they are just a bit short of the $1,000 goal for contributions to the Harmony Foundation "Keep a Melody Ringing" program to have Ben's name inscribed on the wall at BHS headquarters is a little short of the $1,000 goal. So if any Harmonizers were still considering a donation in Ben's memory that would be greatly appreciated."
Tuesday nite Sept 12th was another great rehearsal session at Plymouth Haven. Associate director Tony Colosimo did the warm ups and brought our coach, Kevin Keller (sporting his own Harmo shirt!)  from the Ambassadors of Harmony.  Tony and director Joe Cerutti worked with Kevin to polish the contest songs even more.  Kevin continued his terrific work started at HU to motivate the singers and his help to the musical leaders on their role up front.
They worked on the ballad the first half of the nite and the uptune after break.
The hall was full of guests and friends.  Some guys from other chapters.  Many family members. Two guests from Savannah, GA here to escape Hurricane Irma stuff - Colin Harrison who directs the chorus down there and sang with Adam Afifi, and Colin’s dad, Goeff. And some guys we have not seen for a while – Bob Wachter, Mike Schwartz, Nick Murane and Jeff Taylor. Mike Everard was present too and Joe presented him his 50-year membership pin from BHS. In that presentation, Joe shared remarks about Mike’s years of service as a barbershop leader, quartet man and communications worker.
Executive director Terry Reynolds conducted a chapter meeting and reminded everyone that there is a rehearsal Wed nite, Sept. 13th at Plymouth Haven (YeEd will not publish a Looking Back report for that meeting.) AND we will be back at Durant on Sept. 19th for one nite.
He reminded all to post the afternoon gig on Oct 7th.  And reports that tickets will be on sale for our “Rock My Soul” shows Oct 13 and 14.
Sandy Stamps has brought the White House Ornaments in for the start of the sales this year.
Terry also prompted all members to read carefully all the email messages about the busy weekend ahead of competition, hosting the fall district contest and the appearance at Carnegie Hall. Ian Poulin, Bob Rhome and Shawn Tallant are key players in this weekend’s schedule.
Terry reports that we will have new pocket stuffers issued in Reading for the contest.
Finally, Terry reminded all that the first chorus gathering time in Reading will be rehearsal at 10:15 pm Friday nite in the Crowne Plaza Dior Ballroom.
President Randall Eliason encouraged the chorus singers to support our quartets at the competition on Friday evening.  That contest starts at 4:57 pm at Santander Performing Arts Center. Mic testers will be our own DA CAPO with Ryan Griffith, Tony Colosimo, Joe Sawyer, Andrew Havens.

As is our chapter’s tradition, Randall presented a check of support for our chapter-member quartets:

Singing 12th - CAPITAL CITY CLOSE HARMONY CLUB with Mario Sengco, Jordan Headtler, Chuck Hunter, Ken White

Singing 21st - SILVER ALERT (seniors quartet) with Rick Savage, Mike Edison, Will Cox, Steve Murane

Singing 22nd - NATURAL SEGUE with Scip Garling, Noah Van Gilder, Jeff Burkey, Terry Reynolds

Singing 23rd - YOUTH RECLAMATION PROJECT (seniors quartet) Mike Wallen, Roger Tarpey, Hardman Jones, Vic Owen Jr.
Note also that the following chapter members who are District Quartet Champions will be performing on the Saturday Night Show with the Mid-Atlantic District Association of Quartet Champions . Bill Colosimo, Tony Colosimo, Will Cox, Andrew Havens, Mike Kelly, Rick Savage, Rick Taylor, Mike Wallen, Ken White, and Steve White.
Joe asked all the members to wear their Harmo black camp shirt for a quick video shoot Wed. Sept. 13th for our possible making contact with CHICAGO when they are performing in DC.
Membership director Dave Kohls reported that Ben Watsky   and Will Theuer passed their auditions last Tuesday nite. Congrats to them.  He asked for the section leaders to audition another prospect tonite.  Welcome to guests this week – Nick F, Jon, Collin, Goeff and Bill.
Secretary Chris Buechler presented membership renewal cards to Don Dillingham for 8 years; Todd Ryktarsyk for 12 years; Ken Henderson for 14 years; Randall Eliason for 22 years; Tony Colosimo for 23 years; Jeff Taylor for 25 years plus his lapel pin; Mike Geipel for 26 years; Chuck McKeever for 31 years; Terry Reynolds for 33 years; Mike Kelly for 36 years; Mick Stamps for 37 years; John Santora for 40 years plus his lapel pin; Carl Kauffmann for 45 years, and Jack Cameron for 48 years.
After the break there was a quick review of “New York New York” for the Carnegie Hall show. 
Then CAPITAL CITY CLOSE HARMONY CLUB SANG their two contest songs for us and earned loud cheers and applause from the chapter. 
The second half of the nite was used for work on the uptune and then a run-thru of the whole set.
Coach Kevin gave final remarks and we closed the hall and loaded the truck.
Until next time – editorjack!
(This message is prepared for your review if you were there, for your information if you had to miss, and as a historical record of the great things going on each week during the 70th year of the Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter. —YeEd

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Looking Back on the Sept. 5th Chapter Meeting
This week’s meeting was back at Plymouth Haven Baptist Church on Ft. Hunt Road where we had met years ago when the Durant Rec Center was under reconstruction.  According to executive director Terry Reynolds, the Rec Center was not available for our use. 
NOTE that we will be at Plymouth Haven for the extra rehearsal Sept. 7th, for Tuesday Sept. 12th and for the extra rehearsal Wed. Sept. 13th. We are back at Durant for at least one week on Tuesday Sept. 19th.
Lots of extra group meeting were at the church at 6 pm – basses with director Joe Cerutti, front row dancers outside on patio drilling their routines, and then tag singing with associate director Tony Colosimo.
Tony did the vocal warm ups and also conducted a silent drill with visuals of uptune.
Then with trumpet fanfares from the loudspeaker, he introduced director Joe to take over!
With the fall contest so much earlier this year (Sept. 15-16 in Reading PA) Joe worked hard to help the singers prepare for that performance. He also was preparing the chorus for the coaching session with Kevin Keller on Sept. 12thJoe also thanked all the men who came to the Dog Days event in Manassas and those who came to the extra rehearsal last week with Joe and choreographer Carlos Barillo.
Terry conducted the chapter meeting. 
To confirm, the uniform for contest is black suit, thin tie, black shiny shoes.
President Randall Eliason reported on a number of members health situations:  Kevin McKenzie is recovering from some serious back issues but happy to report a no-cancer test result; Brad Jones had a bad shoulder issue; Bob Mattes has back issues; Don Thompson is recovering from knee surgery; and Bob Wachter and Jean are both in the hospital – he at Mount Vernon and she at Alexandria. Word is that Bob was due to go home on Wed. 6th.
Randall also spoke about our busy weekend with hosting the district contest, competing early Saturday morning, and then the appearance at Carnegie Hall in NYC.  And then home again for our fall show weekend!
Carnegie Hall tickets are available from Walt Page.
Secretary Chris Buechler reported that all members have paid their dues and eligible for competition.
Membership chairman Dave Kohls remarked about his request for helpers in various membership duties – he is working hard to create a team instead on one many doing it all. Then he welcomed Nick Murane, plus guests Nick, Will and Ben.  During the break, a learning quartet worked with the guests preparing for their auditions.
After a break, Joe worked with the chorus to revive “New York, New York” for Carnegie Hall.  The front row guys who had done the chorus line routine stepped up and performed it too!
Then after confirming riser positions, and the correct spacing on the risers, Joe had the chorus perform the contest set several times.
Ken Rub directed “Keep the Whole World Singing” and we adjourned.  A group of guys went to Southside 815 on South Washington Street for an afterglow. 
Until next time – editorjack!
(This message is prepared for your review if you were there, for your information if you had to miss, and as a historical record of the great things going on each week during the 70th year of the Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter. —YeEd

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Looking Back on the August 29th Annual Dog Days Multi-Chapter Event
The annual gathering of Northern Virginia choruses to sing for each other and share a nite of fun barbershop was hosted for the 37th time on Aug. 29th by the Prince William County Chapter at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Manassas.

The Harmony Heritage Singers from Mount Vernon were the first to perform, directed by Drew Fuller. One of their songs was "Old Bones" with Bob Wachter doing the solo that Bix Doughty had sung for many year. Bob received a standing ovation.

Fairfax chorus had Drew Fuller, Art Medici, Bruce Minnick and Sam McFarland singing with them.  Former member Richard Lewellen directed.

Loudoun County followed with a full set of chorus songs and chapter quartets

Prince William County, directed by former Harmonizer Glenn Williamson, performed a set with chorus and chapter quartets. Bruce Lauther sang in both the chorus and one of the quartets. Their chapter provided refreshments.

Our chapter riser crew brought the risers and the host chapter’s crew set them up. Mike Kelly set up and monitored our sound equipment.

Harmonizers were the last group to perform and received a standing ovation at the end of the set.

The group sang "Happy Birthday" to Tony Colosimo at the suggestion of director Joe Cerutti. One of the quartets saluted former member Larry and Cathy Silva on their 37th anniversary (a couple of months in the future). 

We had 57 active chorus members onstage and performed the contest set (without choreo) and two gospel numbers.

Joe also invited any former members interested to join the chorus on the risers to perform the "Armed Forces Medley" and "I'll Be Seeing You." Nick Murane, Keith Jones, Bruce Minnick, Bob Wachter, JT Price, Lew Klinge, Mike Everard and Austin Cotton (hoping we didn’t miss anyone) came up and sang with us.  

Dog Days was well-attended by families and friends of the various chapters.

(Thanks to Keith Jones for reporting the event for these notes.)

Until next time – editorjack!
(This message is prepared for your review if you were there, for your information if you had to miss, and as a historical record of the great things going on each week during the 70th year of the Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter. —YeEd

Monday, August 28, 2017

Looking Back on the August 26th Alexandria vs. Hershey Softball Game           
What a day!!  Fun, fellowship, songs, laughter and All-American-Patriotism!!
A huge local home team from Alexandria (26 players) was on hand for the inaugural
Alexandria – Hershey BHS Softball Classic.  The big game was on neutral ground at Centennial Park in Ellicott City, MD, Saturday August 26th.
After leading with their 8 runs til about the fifth inning, the Harmonizers rotated every player onto the field.  The final score was 8 for Alexandria and 16 for Hershey.
Organizer for this event was “Slugger” Steve WhiteJack Cameron helped get the field and park in MD since it is near his home. Steve was sort of emcee for the event and he and Sean Devine from Hershey set the stage for the game.
Surprise umpire for the game was Chip Gallent, COO of the BHS in Nashville.  Chip reviewed the rules agreed upon in advance by the team captains – Don Dillingham from Alexandria and Brandon Brooks from Hershey. Chip was home plate ump and stationed for the softball game behind the pitcher’s mound.  First and third base umpires were BHS contest administrators Chris Buechler and John Santora. Terry Reynolds was score keeper.
The game started about 10 am after the choruses sang the National Anthem together. It was a seven-inning game. The first pitch of the game was delivered by Joe Cerutti who had declared a few months ago that he’d be the quarterback for our team – so accordingly he tossed a football onto the field?!!
Both teams had baseball jerseys for the game with their names on the back, and our guys’ shirts had the new AH logo on the front.
Mike Kelly had brought enough sound equipment for a rock concert and he and game announcer Cerutti had picked out song clips to blast for all to hear each time a new batter came to home plate. The songs were fun and brought lots of laughs all around.  There were many family members on hand for the fun too.
Before the picnic feed, the two teams each lined up at home plate for a team photo and then a combined game photo. The intermingled singers then sang “God Bless America.”
And adjourned to the chow and drinks.  Chuck McKeever was one of the cooks and he had a 100 hotdogs and buns ready to serve – he only had 8 left to take home.  Carl Kauffmann was also cooking burgers and brats on a grill.  YeEd hears there were lots of desserts and plenty of goodies to go around that were brought by the nearly 100 barbershoppers on hand for the event.
Pick up quartets did some singing for sure before folks departed late afternoon.
There were some injuries to report tho!  Steve White a badly scraped knee sliding into first base was first.  Then our first pitcher, Shawn Tallant, who had kept the Hershey team scoring down to a minimum was injured trying to catch a fly and needed to have 911 called for an ankle injury. Ironically, Shawn’s wife was the nurse on hand for the game and had to call for help.
Then our second pitcher, Art Medici, also fell while on the mound and has a messed up shoulder issue!
Dennis Ritchey went to the mound from first base and finished the game without injury!
Tho he didn’t play, Terry Jordan was in the audience after his months of foot and back problems.
Just to make certain quarterback Joe got a chance at bat, both teams took the field and someone pitched to him.  He hit a good ball into the infield, but ran straight to third base from home!!! So much for his baseball quarterback skills!!!!
It was a fun day and a wonderful start of what is likely to become a tradition for the two chapters.
Until next time – editorjack!
(This message is prepared for your review if you were there, for your information if you had to miss, and as a historical record of the great things going on each week during the 70th year of the Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter. —YeEd

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Looking Back on the August 22nd Chapter Meeting
This week’s meeting was held at Durant as usual.  The proposed plan to meet at an Arlington Church was cancelled.
There was a good crowd at Durant on Thursday nite, Aug. 17th for the extra work session with choreographer Carlos Barillo to review and drill the plan for “Gabriel.”
Earlier this year, director Joe Cerutti announced that we would be working harder to find more singing opportunities for inactive and non-performing Harmonizers. He has identified another opportunity and would like to invite ALL Harmonizers (performing and non-performing/active and inactive) to join us at Dog Days.

That event is on Tuesday, August 29th, at the Dog Days gathering hosted by the Manssas chapter at Sacred Heart Catholic Church (12975 Purcell Rd, Manassas, VA 20112), starting at 7pm. We will be ending our performance with a performance of “I'll Be Seeing You” and “Armed Forces Medley.” ALL Harmonizers are invited to join us on the risers to close this show.

Several former singers were at the meeting this week.

All singers should note that we will not be warming up at Dog Days, nor will we be rehearsing the songs before we perform them, so everyone should come to Manassas prepared and warmed up. Uniform will be the black camp shirt, jeans and black shoes. Members who are coming from the city should come on to Manassas even if they can’t get there at 7 pm because our chapter sings last on the program.  Be sure to work out car pools or rides from a Metro if needed.

Beginning August 17 and every Thursday thereafter until June 14th 2018, the Alexandria. Virginia Chapter will be posting a "Throwback Thursday" photo of the Harmonizers on Facebook/Alexandria Harmonizers in honor of and in preparation for our 70th anniversary as an organization. I know you will enjoy these looking back moments and sharing with others!

Thanks to Martin Banks for taking on this idea and making it happen in cooperation with the chapter communications team headed by Steve Murane and the rest of the chapter history committee Bob Blair, Howard Nestlerode, Jack Pitzer and  Bob Rhome.

As you would expect, it was a musical work out on Tuesday nite.  Director Joe Cerutti was back from his vacation and the chorus had done their home work on their music, and on the visual plan for the uptune!  It was a productive nite in preparation for the Sept. 15-16 fall district contest in Reading, PA.

The chapter meeting session was conducted by executive director Terry Reynolds. Details about the Dog Days (a summer gathering of barbershoppers during August each year when most chapters are in a less-busy mode) are listed above.

Chief softball organizer “Slugger” Steve White reminded everyone about the big game on Sat. Aug. 26th near Baltimore with the Hershey Parkside Chapter!  Game is 11 am – 2 pm.  The pavilion area is reserved from 10 am til dusk.  Come make a day of it at Centennial Park West, 4651 Centennial Lane West, Ellicott City, MD 21042. Look for signs – we are at the west entrance of the huge park. Team shirts were issued Tues nite!  But a name tag and Harmo gear is also a good idea. It is a bring-your-own-food-and-drinks event but word is that Chuck McKeever is bringing a hundred hotdogs and will have the grill going to cook them for you. Steve says bring yourself a chair too!

Some details about the fall contest:  our stage time is 9:30 am on Sat. Sept. 16th, so stay tuned as musical leaders decide when we will gather first – perhaps Friday nite. For those riding the bus to Reading, it is mandatory that you have a parking pass in your car window in order to leave the car at the designated parking area.

The uniform for the appearance at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, Sept 17th is the casual outfit with the black camp shirt.

Terry reminded those volunteer singers who know the audition song were reminded to meet and assist the many guest in preparing for their audition.

Co-bass section leader Tom Jackson invited basses to come early to the Sept 5th meeting for some work.

Everyone is encouraged to note the meeting locations on the Tuesday nites in September – many will be at Plymouth Haven Baptist Church on Ft. Hunt Road at 8600 Plymouth Rd, Alexandria, VA 22308.

Secretary Chris Buechler reminded everyone to get their dues paid before contest!

On behalf of the chapter, Terry Reynolds presented Joe a framed picture of the chorus from Harmony U appropriately framed by Mark Klostermeyer.  If you want a print and/or a framed picture, see Mark.

Ken Rub introduced a number of guests present for the evening – welcome to Nick, Will, Thompson, Paul Ritchey, Joseph Ritchey, Nicola and the Payton family.
Thanks to all who brought in goodies to share at break – they are always welcome!
After break it was back on the risers to continue the preparations for district.
Until next time – editorjack!
(This message is prepared for your review if you were there, for your information if you had to miss, and as a historical record of the great things going on each week during the 70th year of the Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter. —YeEd

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Looking Back on the Aug 11th Market Square Show and Aug. 15th Chapter Meeting
Well the rainy weather won this year again!  About 7:15 pm it started to rain and the chorus scattered fast and got the risers put back on the truck and helped Mike Kelly get the sound equipment back into his car.  Mike had sensed the approaching storm was about to start, so he had begun moving speakers and such under the stage pavilion at Market Square.  Matt Doniger was load master for the Harmo truck and things got put away fast.
A good sized chorus had assembled and was warming up in City Hall with associate director Tony Colosimo when the rain started. TBD was prepared to sing and had done their sound checks. The audience had begun to assemble too.  New membership director Dave Kohls had set up an info table to help recruit new singers too.
After loading our equipment, many Harmonizers went to nearby restaurants for dinner and such. And so the fellowship continued.
This is not our first rain out at Market Square over the many years we have done a Friday nite summer concert for the city. Fun that new technology helps us get the word out faster than the old telephone tree we used to use to contact the members!
Tuesday nite’s meeting and rehearsal was another busy one in preparation for the fall contest.
Associate director Tony Colosimo taught a tag at 6:45 for early arrivals, then did the warm up session at 7 pm.  He used “Happy Birthday” for some demos and then we sang it so Clyde Crusenberry could record it for his wife, and then we sang it again to Chris Huber (who brought a big tray of great cookies to share at break from his wife).
Tony and assistant director Chuck Hunter tag-teamed the director duties for the nite while director Joe Cerutti was on vacation.  Chuck worked on the ballad including refreshing the new notes in the transition between songs of the ballad.  Tony worked with choreographer Carlos Barillo on the uptune combining singing and learning the visuals for the song.
The dancers for this song had a special rehearsal last Saturday and worked in the lobby before tonite’s meeting as well as always when the chorus was learning their moves. They joined the chorus a couple times before the nite ended.
Executive director Terry Reynolds conducted the chapter meeting. He reminded everyone that if they will miss any meetings/rehearsals in Sept., they should indicate those dates on Gropanizer.
In that regard, the extra rehearsal that was scheduled for Thursday, Sept 14th has been cancelled and will be held on Wednesday Sept. 13th.  This is a major change for those who have already made plans for that week.  Take note!
The annual gathering of Northern Virginia Choruses to share a fun nite of fellowship and harmony, called Dog Days and hosted by the Manassas Chapter, is Tues. Aug. 29th at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 12975 Purcell Rd, Manassas VA 20112. Former members are welcome to come sing two songs also.
The special session with Carlos to review the new presentation plan for the uptune is Thursday nite, Aug. 17th at Durant.
The big softball game between the Harmonizers and the Hershey chapter is Sat. Aug. 26th at 10 am.  Everyone is invited.  Watch for details.  YeEd has heard that our team with have “shirts” and are ready to go to battle on the diamond!  He also has heard that there will be hot dogs for all.  Watch for details as to what other goodies you should bring. 
Some M-AD leaders reminded the guys that tonite was the last few hours to order registrations for the fall contest.  So at the afterglow, several guys bought their tickets at the reduced rate.
Chapter secretary Chris Buechler reminded all contest singers that they must be fully paid up on their chapter and society dues.
The winning name in the internal contest for the fall show is “Rock My Soul” submitted by two guys – Rob Barnovsky and Brain Ammerman.
There was a straw poll taken to see how many guys might wanna attend an afterglow following the sing at Carnegie Hall.  One bus will stay for it.
There was a report that Kevin McKenzie is under-the-weather health wise.
Membership director Dave Kohls reminded the “learning quartet” formed to help guests with their qualification song to meet at break. Dave welcomed Nick, Will and Purev. Members are encouraged to bring other guests during these months – tho we are working hard on the contest songs now, the guest can get in on the ground floor of those two songs for the year ahead!
Ike Evans took mug shot photos for guys to update their pictures on the photo board that is in the hall every week.
After break, we were back to work on our contest music.
Until next time – editorjack!
(This message is prepared for your review if you were there, for your information if you had to miss, and as a historical record of the great things going on each week during the 70th year of the Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter. —YeEd

Friday, August 11, 2017

Looking Back on the August 8th Chapter Meeting
It didn’t seem like there was any summer slump in attendance at chapter meeting.  Everyone is eager to prepare for the fall district contest, our appearance at Carnegie Hall, our summer show for the City of Alexandria on Market Square, and getting our softball team organized for the battle with Hershey Parkside.
Associate director Tony Colosimo did the warm ups and was musical director for the nite.  His first task was to voice place another 15 guys for their position on the risers – a continuation of the work from Harmony U and from last week’s meeting.  In the end, we all got new positions for the coming contest season which includes a row on the floor plus another row of dancer performers.
While Tony and assistant director Terry Reynolds worked on deciding the riser line up, Chuck Hunter worked with the chorus on the new ballad and taught us the change in the arrangement from Brent Graham for the transition between the two songs in the ballad medley.
Before the nite ended, we also sang thru some of the songs we will be singing Friday nite Aug. 11th at Market Square.  Great to see our guests getting on the risers and learning the new songs.
Membership director Dave Kohls announced plans for a practice quartet to work with the guests as they prepare for their audition.  Rick Wagner made introductions of our singing guests.
The chapter meeting was conducted by executive director Terry Reynolds
NOTE – there will be a regular chapter meeting at Durant on Tuesday Aug. 22nd and no gathering at a church on the 23rd.
Bruce Roehm is retiring from the military and has asked the chorus to sing at this ceremony on Sept. 8th – chorus members can sign up to sing on Groupanizer.
The Market Square Show is Friday, Aug. 11th – chorus call at 6:30 pm, show at 7:30 pm. Report to the square near the fountain on King Street. Be sure to bring your parking receipt if you park under the square so it can be validated for you (YeEd assumes that will be possible again this year.) Uniform is black camp shirt, jeans and black shoes. It will be possible for new singers to step off the risers if they don’t know one of the songs we end up singing. Invite your family and friends – suggest they bring a folding chair too.  Many guys go out to eat afterward there in Old Town.
Dog Days is Tuesday Aug. 29th at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Manassas.  More details to come.  Any former member of the chorus is welcome to join us on the risers for “Armed Forces Medley” and “I’ll Be Seeing You.” Dog Days is a summer annual event when choruses in the area gather to sing for each other, visit and enjoy refreshments and share the hobby.  Director Joe encourages all singers to join in this fun. 
President Randall Eliason reported some family news items: former member Ben Smith died..  He was a member from 1989 – 2012 and commuted from Lynchburg to sing with us. He was 87, He is father-in-law of Steve White – sympathy to Steve and Jerri and the family; Carl Kauffmann’s wife Kathy has an appendicitis attack; and Terry Jordan is home from the rehab facility.
Private Voice Instruction sessions will resume next Tuesday nite. See Keith Jones to schedule an appointment with Vickie Dennis for the PVI.
Ian Poulin is our chairman for hosting the district fall contest and convention in Reading PA Sept 15-16.  He asked for some volunteers who could get up to Reading extra early on Friday and he got all he needed!!  Great.  As a reminder, each singer needs to have gotten a room at the Crowne Plaza.  As YeEd understands it, there is a Harmonizer block of rooms.
Secretary Chris Buechler reminds all members that they must have all dues paid in order to compete on the stage in Reading.
Members should also respond immediately to the Groupanizer request about bus transportation from Alexandria to Reading and on to Carnegie Hall and back home.  There will be stops in Maryland too.
After break, we were back on the risers for more singing and work on our music.
Until next time – editorjack!
(This message is prepared for your review if you were there, for your information if you had to miss, and as a historical record of the great things going on each week during the 70th year of the Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter. —YeEd