Monday, October 26, 2009

Looking Back on the October 20th Chapter Meeting

Looking Back on the October 20th 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.)

One thing that was different about this week’s meeting was guests kept rolling in. Director Joe was thinking we might need to buy more risers!! And membership vp Dan was really busy signing in, making name tags, issuing guest books and blowing the pitch pipe when needed.

Director Joe thanked him for his good job as pitch man too.

Joe seemed back to good health and was ready for a good workout and rehearsal. It was that and more. He was happy to remind us all that we will have web casting for the fall show. He asked the guys to be sure to plan to attend the joint rehearsal next Monday nite in Baltimore with the ladies of POB. And finally he told the men on the risers that if they were not a guest, zip the lip and be ready to sing, not talk.

First work session after warm ups was for the Holiday show. Good to hear some of those annual songs again and to hear guys step up to do the various solos in the holiday show.

Then it was work on the songs for the join show in Nov. Joe announced we will drop “Summertime” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing” for that show but will do “Meetin Here Tonight” with the new visual plan. So the troops worked for about 35 minutes on that number. Front row worked in the lobby on their part of the plan. (They even planned a prank on Joe when they came in and added a crazy move near the tag.)

Before break during membership time, Secretary Buechler presented a six year renewal card to Dean Martin, and a 35-year pin and card to Randy Lazear.

Membership Dan O introduced all the guests and K12 helped him pass out the many First Time Guest pins.

YeEd was blown away by the birthday surprise for break. Thanks.

During the break there was a plug for all the usual sales. As a reminder, we should all plan ahead to use Script cards for holiday purchases like Honey Baked Hams, Book Stores, Bed Bath and Beyond, or gift cards for stocking stuffers.

Announcements included word that the M&P Committee was cancelled for Wednesday; the board retreat is this weekend; don’t forget to plan ahead and arrange to car pool for the joint rehearsal on Nov. 26th in Baltimore.

President Brad reported that former director Scott Werner was the first one to sign up for the web cast of the fall show. He then presented You Make a Difference pins to Jim Lucey for his dedication and years of service on our behalf in developing and supporting relationships with the Arts community in Alexandria; and to Terry Jordan for his coaching and support of chapter leaders.

Then it was back to work on the music for the fall show especially in preparation for the joint rehearsal.

Joe pleaded for a good crowd next Monday nite!

Until next time – editorjack!

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