Thursday, April 2, 2009

Looking Back on March 31st Chapter Meeting

Looking Back on March 31st 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.)

The set up crew went to work early tonite and since the risers and everything was in-house, it went fast. Usual pre meeting events took place. And a big crowd was on hand early. Lots of guys eager to get the word on plans for the show and contest and other chapter events in the months ahead. Many guys were busy filling out forms and turning in things as required too.

The gang filled 9 sections of risers tonite. There was a long warm up with Tony tonite and part of the time the basses did their warm down thing with Mike.

Guests were on hand again tonite and Cindy Hansen was here to help us move up the ladder of success in contests and shows!!

Director Joe made several important announcements to the chapter that will set the schedule for the year ahead. We will postpone the Peter Pan Medley for contest for a year – will be so much easier to do it in Philly in 2010. There will be a home audience, we can move and haul all the stuff easier and cheaper, gives us more time to really make it work!

We will use “Clap Your Hands” for Anaheim and a new ballad to be released in a day or two – “You Tell Me Your Dream” which is an arrangement by Clay Hine.

So the chorus jumped right to work on “Clap” to refresh and to show Cindy the plan. Then she met with our SP crew while the chorus worked on songs for the upcoming Spring Tonic such as “Kiss de Girl” now in the show vs. “Peter Pan”; “NY NY”, “Always Look on the Bright Side” and “Cellophane.”

All tenors were present tonite!

K-12 launched the meeting time with review of scheduled things for the chapter. The school workshops for Thrus. April 2 will be at 9 am at Minnie Howard and at 2:10 pm at Annanadale HS. Joe promised an email to all announcing who would be singing, what to wear, where to report, etc.

Secretary Buechler presented membership renewal cards to Ryan Griffith for 14 years, Bob Caldwell for 33 years, Terry Jordan for 45 years, for Bob Wachter for 57 years.

Friday is Dick and Carolyn Hall’s 55th anniversary. Congats!

Dixie Kennett is in Alexandria Hospital. Stay tuned for an update.

Dan O introduced us to the four guests present this week – two were first timers who found us via Facebook.

After the coffee break, Pitzer did a Moment in Harmo History regarding a 1967 Tonic poster. Scipio plugged this year’s show and the use of flyers and cards and posters.

President Brad announced that next week the chapter can stay in Durant an extra half hour. Thanks for work by Jim Lucey and other leaders in making this happen. It is not without some cost, but a good use of our dollars.

He gave You Make a Difference pins to Cindy for her great help and to McKeever and Plaag for their support and training efforts for our entertainment packages.

Brad announced news that the Fall show will be at the U of MD on Sunday afternoon Nov. 8th. Watch for details.

Brad presented a “Harmonizers take Manhattan” to Scott Kahler for his extra efforts at our recent shows up there.

Then it was back to music. The result of Cindy’s meeting with our SP team was WOW!. Her “enHansenments” for “Clap” were just terrific. If you weren’t there, hold onto your hats when you come see it.

The meeting closed with the usual rush to put stuff away, sing a tag and decided who needed rides to the new watering hole – 815 S. Washington.

Until next time – editorjack!

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