Thursday, February 2, 2012

Looking Back on the Chapter Award Banquet for 2010 and 2011

A good crowd of Harmonziers and their guests attended the Award Banquet at Durant Center on Jan. 28, 2011.  This year’s banquet was used to present both the 2010 and 2011 major chapter awards. (The 2010 banquet was not held.)

President Steve Murane and his team organized the event.  The chapter provided the main course, bar b q chicken breasts, as well as stocked an open bar.  The rest of the meal was potluck and thus good homemade goodies and plenty of it.

Steve enlisted a crew of volunteers to set up early that afternoon.  Immediate past president Brad Jones helped with many of the details.  Brian Ammerman and Clyde Crusenberry helped decorate and set up.  Robyn McQueen was bartender. Chapter secretary Chris Buechler helped with ordering the awards.  Bob Rhome made arrangements with the Rec Dept. for use of the hall and obtained the proper permits for our usage. Scott Kahler had the sound set up for the evening. Alan Wile was official photographer. The FRIENDS of HARMONY helped too.  Social hour began at 6, dinner at 7 and awards at 8.   

Steve’s three nephews helped check in all the guests, collected $20 each, and waited on tables as needed. The hall was decorated with balloons and table decorations.  Barbershop music was playing in the background. 

There were some quartets formed during the social time and after the program, as you might expect.  The guys also sang tags with Steve’s nephews too. Before the program got underway, the chorus guys stood in place and sang “Heart of My Heart” with Terry Reynolds directing.

Steve was emcee for the nite and started the program with an installation ceremony for the 2012 board.  Executive Vice President for the M-AD, Bill Colosimo, conducted the ceremony.  He shared that this was a great opportunity for a district leader to ensure the continuation of the grand traditions going of the Alexandria Harmonizers.  Bill and several of our guys had hurried back from a district meeting in PA in order to attend the banquet.

Steve thanked the past presidents for their service to the chapter and recognized those present:  Jack Pitzer, 1973; Chris Buechler, 1995; Alan Wile, 1997-98; Ken Fess, 2004; Ric Wagner represented by his wife Peggy, 2005; Mike Stamps, 2008; and Brad Jones, 2009.

Here are the major Harmonizer awards and who received them for 2010 and 2011:

New Note of the Year Award

 (Nominated by the President, VP-Membership/Chapter Development, and VP-Operations; selected by the Board of Directors).  Given to a Harmonizer who has contributed outstanding service to the Chapter in his first year of membership.  All new members for the previous 18 months prior to October 31 of the current year will be considered.  Attendance, attitude, and accomplishments of duties, both volunteer and assigned, shall be considered.

2010 recipient – Steve Lingo

The 2010 recipient arrived with a bundle of energy and a willingness to dive in and help whenever and wherever he could even going so far as to host the Harmo Hospitality Suite at International followed by accepting the nomination to be the VP Marketing.

2011 recipient – Clark Chesser  (presented on Tues. Jan. 31st)

The 2011 recipient also was eager to help and was there his first week to help with the risers, new member programs and became editor of THE ECHO, our chapter bulletin and important document sent to all friends and customers and members.

Spirit of Harmony Award

 (Selected by the Board of Directors).  Presented to the Harmonizer who during the past year best exemplified the fundamental Society membership qualities of congeniality and good character and worked hardest to encourage participation in vocal harmony by Chapter visitors and members.  The awardee must reflect the spirit and ideals of O.C. Cash (Society founder) by his enthusiasm for good fellowship and good harmony and by his unselfish dedication to and obvious joy in barbershopping.

2010 recipient – Jack Pitzer

The 2010 recipient is an obvious choice given his untiring behind the scene efforts to make every member of the Chapter feel welcomed, while constantly seeking to get every member, new and old, involved in Chapter activities. He has also been a never ending source of information and assistance to me personally. 

2011 recipient – Bob Blair

The 2011 recipient is also a behind the scenes kind of guy.  Always smiling and giving encouragement. Always willing to help and above all always ensuring that all the tools and resources the Chapter needs to practice our wonderful hobby arrive safely in the Harmo Truck. 

Ibbianne and Wilbur Sparks Award

 (Selected by the Board of Directors).  Given to recognize the important contribution of Harmonizer family teams to the success and well-being of the Chapter.  The award will be made only to a truly outstanding team which has contributed greatly both in volume and quality of services over a period of time.  The team can be a Harmonizer and any family member or significant other.

2010 recipient – Bob and Maggie Eckman

The 2010 recipients worked tirelessly and consistently over a very extended period to time to support almost every facet of our Chapter’s and the Friends In Harmony financial activities, Scrip sales, and running the Usher program for our performances

2011 recipient – the Colosimo family – Bill and his wife Linda, daughter Catherine, and Tony and his wife Elizabeth

The 2011 recipients could replace the definition we use to determine who will receive this award. They are truly a family team helping out through all aspects of Harmonizer activities. Directing the chapter, coaching, assisting in production of shows and afterglows and shows.

Harmonizer Honor Award

 (Selected by the Board of Directors).  Given to a Harmonizer for service which is above and beyond the usual service expected of members during the past year.  It is not intended as a reward for discharging a single specific duty, but for continuous service in several activities.

2010 recipient – Brad Jones

Our 2010 recipient is another obvious choice among all the obvious choices we’ve presented awards to so far.  It seems that no matter what the Harmonizers are doing this individual has his fingers involved in it.  Probably though, the most important activity he is known for is his nearly single handed running our annual Youth Festival.

2011 – Scott Kahler

Our 2011 recipient is also a guy who is always everywhere when it comes to Harmonizer activities.  Helping out in running our weekly rehearsals, involvement in show production, hosting extracurricular social activities, ensuring that our Chapter leaders can be heard at all times and even occasionally singing a solo at our Holiday show. 

Oz Newgard Memorial Award

 (Nominated by the President, VP-Music & Performance, and Musical Director; Selected by  the Board of Directors).  Presented in memory of Oz Newgard (Musical Director 1962-70).  It is given to the Harmonizer who has made a significant contribution to the musical program of the Chapter during the past year.  The awardee's contribution need not be highly visible or of a technical musical character, but it must be related directly to the musical program. It should show the intent to make the musical program superior and enjoyable for all members.  The awardee should be a dedicated Harmonizer who has endeavored to improve the Chapter image in the Society and in the Alexandria community through musical excellence.  Any Harmonizer who has been a chapter member for more than one year shall be eligible for the award.

2010 recipient – Tony Colosimo

The 2010 recipient came to the Chapter somewhat recently and has grown to be an integral part of the Chapter’s music team. From filling in as director when needed, leading the chapter through technical warm ups to improve our overall sound and always imparting his knowledge of good vocal technique.  

2011 recipient – Ken Ives (presented on Tues. Jan. 31st)

The 2011 recipient is a long time baritone section leader, advocate for learning your part, learning quartet and audition quartet singer, and often a member of a registered quartet representing the chapter.

Harmonizer Memorial Award

 (Selected by the Board of Directors).  Presented in memory of those men who died while members of the Chapter.  It is the highest recognition which the Chapter can bestow on a member.  It is given to the Harmonizer who, during his entire period of chapter membership, has devoted himself most unselfishly in rendering outstanding service to the Chapter.  The award is made only to a truly outstanding member who has regularly attended Chapter activities and who has contributed greatly both in volume and quality of services over a long period of time.

2010 – Mark Klostermeyer  (presented on Tues. Jan 24th)

The 2010 award was presented to the recipient at our Chapter meeting last Tuesday because he was not going to be able to make this evening’s festivities. For those of you who were not in attendance and did not get a chance to hear who that was I am pleased to tell you that it was a very obvious choice for a guy who kept the wheels of the chapter oiled and everything moving forward in lockstep.

2011 – Bob Rhome

Our 2011 award recipient is also somebody who plays a very key role in keeping this organization moving forward.  I know that once I start listing his accomplishments you will probably guess immediately who I’m talking about so I’ll try to do this quickly and hopefully some of you will have had enough to drink tonight that I can get through them before you catch on.  Our 2011 recipient is known for his administrative skills and attention to detail in the tasks he does for the chapter.  And at times although he might sound a bit gruff when reminding folks when he needs to get certain information from them in order to get everything done on time he always ends up smiling about it.  He is good at ensuring the Harmonizers Board always has a place to meet, the Harmonizers always have a place to rehearse not only in our own backyard but also during our competitions and also keeping the liaison with the city of Alexandria cordial when we start worrying about air conditioning in the summer.

This year’s banquet ended early enough for a good bit of tag singing and still time to pack up and be gone by the 10:30 closing. Everyone pitched in to help.

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 at as part of the Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter. —Ye Ed.)

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