Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Looking Back on the Oct 25th Chapter Meeting

This week’s meeting was a good work session in preparation for some patriotic show packages and the annual holiday show.


Associate director Tony Colosimo did the warm ups and was in charge of the music program for the nite. Work time included time spent on the two new holiday songs issued so far, “Gloria” and “What’s This.”  He also had the chorus review the other holiday songs for the show which we have sung before.


Chapter president Randall Eliason reported that Phil Ashford is still recovering from the auto accident months ago, and Phil asked us to record “Happy Birthday” for his Dad Cecil who turned 90.  Cecil was a Harmonizer first and then his sons Phil and Jeff joined.


Keith Jones submitted news from the SAI International contest in Vegas.  Greater Harrisburg Chorus with the Pride of Baltimore finished 13th.  Joe Cerutti was co-director. Rick Taylor’s wife, Sue, was in the 19th place quartet.  Heather Krones was in the 5th place quartet.  She sang with us in Nashville. Carlos Barillo was choreographer for the 4th place chorus from Colorado.   


It was announced that Saundra Dillingham will be coordinating a silent auction at the Harmonizer holiday show.  Members are encouraged to approach local businesses for gift cards and services they could coordinate.


Two more holiday songs are coming on the website, so be looking.


Tickets for the show are now on sale too.


Thanks again to Todd Ryktarsyk for his leadership for the fall show.

The annual chapter meeting was held and officers elected: President- Randall Eliason; Immediate Past President- Rick Wagner; Secretary- Chris Buechler; Treasurer- Al Herman; Members-At-Large- Dave Branstetter, Don Dillingham, Art Medici.

President Ken Fess spoke on behalf of the Harmonizers, Inc. organization to report that the group had gotten 501c3 status in late spring.  That board meets quarterly with their major focus being fundraising.

Membership director Rich Hewitt welcomed two new applicants and some singer guests.

Chapter secretary Chris Buechler presented membership renewal cards to Tommy and Garret Garner, Carlos Barillo, Gary Fuller, Todd Ryktarsyk and Bob Blair.  Randy Lazear was the longest renewal with 43 years.

After break, it was more work on the show songs including time for sectionals.


All members should be sure to note the weekly announcement report sent by the chapter to the yahoo group.


Quick review here:


The Holiday Show – Dec. 16 at 8 pm and Dec 17 at 2 and 8 pm; at George Mason’s Harris Theater. Theme is “A Family Christmas” TICKETS on sale now online.


Sun Nov 6 – Old Dominion Boat Club – Wounded Warrior Benefit. In the afternoon


Fri Nov 11 – Veterans’ Day Performance at Oakton Elementary School – chorus call about 8:30 am


Sun Nov 13 – Benefit Concert at First Presbyterian, Arlington, 7 pm, 601 N

Vermont St., Arlington.  Call time about 7 pm.


Thurs Dec 1 – Holiday sing for Ladies Luncheon at 11:30 am at Fairfax Country Club.


Sat Dec 12 –  all sectionals rehearsal 9-12 at First Baptist.


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 68th year of the Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter. —YeEd