Friday, March 3, 2017

Looking Back on the Feb. 28th Chapter Meeting

When most of the members arrived at Durant this week, there were chairs set up in the hall (on the lobby end of the room) for the special presentation.

Also there were a lot Harmo things free for the taking – they had been removed from the storage units and any not taken by members were gonna be tossed like Harmo LPs from the past and  glass Harmo mugs. For the record, here are the folks who helped with the move to the new storage facility on Saturday, Feb.25: Ken Fess, Ken Henderson, Dean Sherick, Terry Reynolds, Don Harrington, Steve Murane, Robyn Murane, Clyde Crusenberry, Gary Fuller, Bob Blair, Matt Donniger, Tom Kern and Jack Pitzer. Two huge storage units were completely emptied and then lots of stuff discarded, donated or purged in order to put what was left into one new less expensive rental unit.

Director Joe Cerutti did a brief warm up and had us sing thru the three songs we will sing Sunday evening when we host the Whiffenpoofs at Convergence. Call time is 6 pm. Uniform – black suite with thin black tie.

Executive director Terry Reynolds conducted a chapter meeting early. He thanked Dean Rust for preparing the grant request to submit to the City of Alexandria.

Reed Livergood, producer of the Aca Challenge on March 25th, asked for some responses about singers plans including meal time. He asked guys to speak with Robyn Murane to fill jobs needed to be done by non-singers.

Chapter secretary Chris Buechler presented membership renewal cards to Jerry Foil for 1 year; Bob Rhome for 16 years; Ken Henderson for 13 years, and Bob Wachter for 65 years!  Alan Kousen was presented his 9th Man of Note for bringing Jerry into the chapter.

Clyde Crusenberry is taking reservations for the Little Theater of Alexandria performance of “The Fabulous Lipitones” on April 29th.  Tickets are $22 ea.  Tell Clyde if you want them.

Then Joe introduced guest presenter and fellow M-AD chorus friend/director for the Brothers in Harmony, Jack Pinto.  Jack spoke to us about an invitation to go to St. Petersburg, Russia, in 2018.  His audiovisual slides will be sent to all members.  We would sing two or three concerts there with other a cappella performers. Joe confirmed that there would be a minimum number of singers who must sign up for us to go.

After the presentation, the whole chapter and all guests adjourned to Old Town to Vola’s Dockside Grill in the Torpedo Factory.  Joe picked up the first round and everyone ordered food.  The chapter will earn a return of 20% of all tabs as part of our participation in Alexandria’s Spring2Action program. The place was packed and lots of fun. DA CAPO sang several songs for us 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 68th year of the Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter. —YeEd