Thursday, March 5, 2015

Looking Back on the March 3rd Chapter Meeting

The set up crew was at First Baptist early this week to get risers up and lots of recording equipment in place for the evening’s session.  A number of men brought pieces of carpeting to put on the floor – we used the middle section (under the balcony where the quartet sings Five Golden Rings for the holiday show) with the divider walls up.  The FRIENDS IN HARMONY  staffed the guest set up in the first hall once the recording session was underway.


Mike Kelly, Doug White, Dennis Ritchey and Jack Cameron worked with the sound set up and the sound engineer who came to help.  Many hands worked for all the other setup. Bob Blair kept his handy WD40 spray can at the ready as squeaks were discovered in the risers – even after an early evening effort to prevent the noises.


Carlos Barillo and Rich Hewitt did the warm ups this week.


Director Joe Cerutti and associate director Tony Colosimo worked with the chorus and recording session on “Thriller,” “Lullaby,” and “Someone Like You” for the nite.


Chapter learned that Steve White’s brother died unexpectedly this week and that Alan Kousen’s son was in an accident.


The combined sectionals last Saturday were a profitable time for the chorus. They were held at
Convergence Church on Quaker Lane.


Operations vp Todd Ryktarsyk conducted the chapter meeting. He reminded all that next week’s meeting is back at Durant and coach Brandon Guyton will be with the chorus again.


This weekend’s gig is with SingStrong.  Chorus call is at noon at South Lakes High School, 11400 South Lakes Drive, Reston. Uniform is black casual logo shirt and blue jeans, comfortable black shoes. No medals and no visible t-shirts.  NOTE:  Sunday is also time change date for DST!!


Ken Rub plugged Aca Challenge advertising sales for the printed program. Contact him if you personally or have a business contact that might want to purchase a half-page ad.  Price sounded pretty reasonable.


Sandy Stamps invited members to invite their wives or significant others to attend a meeting of the FRIENDS IN HARMONY next Tuesday nite at 7:01 pm at Durant.


Pittsburgh International convention coordinator for us, Craig Kujawa, will be issuing another newsletter with details about an economical chapter travel opportunity to Pittsburgh. Also he AGAIN reminded guys to make housing reservations in the chapter hotel block.


Membership vp Rich Hewitt introduced guests – several as a result of our Open Auditions.


After the meeting, we stopped recording and worked on the performance plans for the shows for the SingStrong show on Sunday including “Sweet Caroline.”



Christina Ammerman and the FRIENDS IN HARMONY remind us of buying scrip cards this time of year.. If you wish to purchase gift cards, please order by 10 AM on this Friday, March 6. Your cards will be available at the March 10 rehearsal; please be prepared to pay that evening or send a check ahead of time. Great uses for scrip include purchases you make anyway, such as groceries, Honey baked ham or turkey for religious holidays, gas, restaurants, travel, and gifts. (You can give the scrip as gifts or use it to buy the gifts.) The full list of merchants is available alphabetically or by category on the home page of This is also a great time to think about your upcoming spring projects. For example, Home Depot and Lowe's both offer scrip.


YeEd was at lunch with Craig Kujawa this week and watched him buy a scrip card at the restaurant, and use it to get the Harmonizers a good rebate for his purchases. He used his cell phone to make the transaction. Pretty cool.  He has a number of scrip cards he uses routinely.  Ask him for more details.


A good crowd made it over to the afterglow this week too!!


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 67th year of the Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter. —YeEd.


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