Monday, December 15, 2008

Looking Back on Dec. 9th Chapter Meeting

Looking Back on Dec. 9th Chapter Meeting

(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 an Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter meeting. —Ye Ed.)

Since we were not gonna be in Durant much past 8:15 Tues nite, the crew didn’t set up risers. But set up chairs instead.

So it was funny when they called out “chairs” at 7 pm to get the guys to sit down.

After some warm up time, Ken Fess and Ken White did a teaser about the 2009 Spring Tonic, May 8 and 9. Mark your calendars. REVILLE from NY will be headliner quartet.

Director Joe worked on 2 or 3 songs we used to sing that will be coming back into the song list for shows. He kept the guys singing til it was time to “go a caroling” in Old Town. The guys got the hall empty in a hurry to be on time to gather at Market Square and head out to restaurants and eateries.

Mark Klostermeyer and crew had gone in advance and arranged for our visits.

It was great fun and the street crowds really got into it. More than once, a couple would hear us at one place, then follow us to the next stop to hear us again. Will and Mike each got turns at directing a song with Joe. We did three at each place – a fast, slow and fast. Then exited quickly on “We Wish You…”

Before we left Durant there were a lot of business matters on the docket. Sales of scripts for holiday gifts were selling well. And many guys decided to bring a check book next week for photos, President Banquet tickets ($30 ea. for a great buffet and fun – let’s all go this year), WHOs and Entertainment books. Next week is the deadline for some of these items.

Also take note of deadlines for Anaheim room reservations and ticket orders. Bob Rhome is prompting us on those important items.

Don’t forget to collect Campbell Soup labels and bring them in.

Gary Bibens gave extensive thank you words for those who put in extra efforts to make it another successful Holiday show. The FRIENDS group did a brisk business selling decorated Harmo bears, and special holiday tree ornaments which Linda Odell personalized on the spot for customers.

The cookies trays were fun – many thanks to all who brought in goodies for the tables. There were just a few leftovers and they got consumed before the chapter meeting started! And thanks to Gayle Nelson for the chocolate reindeer cupcakes which were the centerpiece of our cookie trays at the show. Until next time – editorjack!

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