Looking Back on the March 17th, 2020 Chapter Meeting Situation
The chapter has suspended in-person meetings of the chorus, boards and committees until further notice and discourages any small group gatherings as well. This is in recognition of recent mandates by officials and leaders of the BHS and in cooperation with local health authorities. Thus there was not a meeting of the Alexandria Harmonizers on March 17th 2020.
The music team has worked hard to provide continued materials and tools so all singers can work at home on their music and study. More new songs are being released for members via Groupanizer. Terry Reynolds, who handles the administrative issues for the music team, sent a detailed message to all members in this regard. This includes an update on submitting recordings. Singers should be sure to read it over.
In case you have not heard, the Mid Atlantic District leaders have also cancelled the Southern Division Contest and Convention originally set for June 5-6 in Baltimore. That contest was a preliminary qualifying event for the district contest in the fall. Society contest and judging leaders are working on a plan to determine who will be eligible to sing at the fall district chorus and quartet contests in Lancaster, PA, Oct. 23-24. Similarly, the M-AD has cancelled the International Prelims Contest and Convention that was scheduled this spring, and a plan will be developed for deciding which quartets go to the International in 2020 from our district.
Recently president Stan Quick reminded members to register for their trip to Harmony University this summer. In that regard, he also explained our chapter’s tradition of maintaining an Angel Fund that is available to help any members who may need financial assistance to participate in a Harmonizer activity such as attending Harmony U. Any members interested in being an Angel, just write a check made out to Alexandria Harmonizers and give it to either Stan or Dave Welter. Be sure to put a note of "Angel Fund" on the check. If you'd like to use PayPal, send it to Chapter.Payments@Harmonizers.org. Be sure to select "Friends & Family" and not "Purchase." As with checks, if you use PayPal, add a note to let us know this is for the Angel Fund.
If you so need financial assistance for an activity (such as HU), please send Stan an email , text or call him at 703-629-3835. All requests will be strictly confidential and those who need the help should not hesitate to talk to Stan. Over the years we have found a way to help many members go with the chorus. This might be especially important with the shutdowns in our area from the virus.
If you have been talking to someone about visiting the chapter, explain to them about our current status and offer to keep them posted as to when we resume our meetings.
Let’s stay in touch with each other during this period of no meeting or singing together.
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 71st year of the Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter. —YeEd