Friday, August 22, 2008

Looking Back on August 19th Chapter Meeting

Looking Back on August 19th 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.)

Will took the troops thru a solid warm up and then passed the baton to Director Joe who worked the singers hard on three or four songs needed for the up-coming Market Square show.

Kirk Young, our coach, was in the house and jumped in early to help reinforce concepts and to jump start our energy. During the nite he also concentrated on our contest package.

Before break, the guests were introduced (some potential new singers and some friends from the past came out). Mike Kelly was given his 27-year membership card. And Ron and Ben Nelson, the father and son team, were welcomed as new members. Dad got the Man of Note pin for son!! Cool.

We sang happy birthday for Gary Bibens and enjoyed a great cake with him. It also turns out to be the 90th birthday of one of our chapter icons, Bud Arberg. Congrats to both.

After consuming the cake and coffee, and the usual buying of things, signing up for things, chatting with guys from the other side of the risers, and greeting guys who were back after being gone for work etc., we got back into session.

The business meeting included the launch of the 2009 Entertainment Book sales effort by Chuck Harner. Gary Plaag reported on his visit with Greg Lyne’s chorus in CA and offered some suggestions of ideas he saw there that we could all “borrow” for our chapter.

Dean Rust took just a couple minutes to share how he sell a bunch of show tickets. Secret is to make contact early – email, calls, cards, person talk. Follow up.

Then it was back to singing and more work for the package shows. Including the reminder and prep for singing at Dog Days, the annual August gathering of local chapters where we sing for our brother barbershoppers. It is fun and an important gig for our chapter. So that means we will not be at Durant next week. Mark your calendar.

Until next time – editorjack!