Sunday, November 27, 2016

Looking Back on the Nov 22nd Chapter Meeting

The early-bird Thanksgiving exodus meant the guys had a hard time getting to chapter on time. Not many were there at 7, but eventually the place was full and the circle had to be enlarged to the outside walls of the hall.


Director Joe Cerutti did the warm ups and then worked with the chorus on the holiday show music.  He auditioned a couple men for solos and told us more about the some of the plans for the show including sharing his excitement for the guest male soloist for the show.


We worked on the show songs til the end of the night with a chapter meeting and break in the middle.


Executive Director Terry Reynolds reported on several donations from Sixth Row supporters, and he reported on the thank you from the recent Red Cross Fundraising show chair person.


He stressed that guys needed to be certain their Groupanizer response for the Ladies Club morning show on Dec 1st was correct.


Don Dillingham shared his experiences with SIGNATURE quartet last week in visiting schools in the DC area telling them about a cappella singing and our youth festival. He was excited to find such enthusiasm from the young singers. They visited 9 schools and about 350 students.


Holiday show producer Mick Stamps reported on a few more details (everyone was glad to see him back up to par after his scare last week). Stay tuned for details about extra rehearsals and tech nite and such.  We will be wearing the colorful sweat shirts like last year.


There will not be an auction at the show but a possible raffle event.


Secretary Chris Buechler reported that John Adams renewed for his 59th year of membership.   John lives in NC.


President Randall Eliason reported that Tom Jackson’s mother died this weekend. Our condolences to Tom.  Also Dave Branstetter’s mother-in-law died recently – our condolences to Dave and Tena.


Randall also is seeking input/nominations from members for the annual Distinguished Service Awards that the chapter will make at the annual Presidents’ Banquet on Jan. 28th.  That event will be at the Elks’ Club in Fairfax.  Stay tuned for sign ups.  Hope everyone attends.


A proposed bus trip to upstate NY (Lake George area) has come to the chapter in a request to sing at a Northeast District contest show the first weekend in May.  Stay tuned to sign up.  We have not done a long bus trip for a long while. Should be fun.


Craig Kujawa took orders for holiday scrip card needs with promised delivery on Tues Nov. 29th.  Likely if you email him, you can get in on that order or a possible pre Christmas order.


Membership director Rich Hewitt welcomed applicants.


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