LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE CHAMINADE MUSIC CLUB - AUGUST 2013
Once again, the Executive Board of the Chaminade Music Club gratefully thanks its members for your efforts toward the very successful 2012-2013 Chaminade season. Yet again, despite our busy lives, we did our best to support the Club, despite occasional bad weather and our crowded schedules. Once again, we presented an excellent concert series and this year, a competition. We celebrate those who make the season happen: our faithful performers; our resourceful hospitality committees, who allow us to preserve our unique blend of music and friendship so graciously; our treasurer, Laura Ouellette, who continues to manage our finances superbly; Mary Whelan, for continued good publicity and amazing logistical support; and Nathan Johnson, for directing the competition. We are also deeply thankful to the many who made donations in addition to paying their dues. having completed another year in good financial shape, we are well positioned to continue concerts during the coming season, and we plan to offer more generous prizes at the annual scholarship competition this year.
At the business meeting on September 8, 2013, postponed from last May, we will present the following slate of officers for the coming year:
- Ann Sears, President
- Mary Whelan, Vice-President for Hospitality, Publicity and Piano Maintenance
- Gary Thies, Secretary and Auditor
- Laura Ouellette - Treasurer and Webmaster
- Beatrice Ruiz - Historian
- Nathan Johnson - Scholarship Chair
The Club is into its second century of offering great music to the community. As always, we still need to act enthusiastically if we are to flourish into a second century; we still need all of us to be more involved. Please plan to perform this year, even if it is a short selection; and please respond to our messages and inquiries as quickly as possible to expedite planning and advertising. If you are able, please accept a hospitality assignment. Even if you think you can't cook, we can all help with setup and clean up. And finally, please seek new members and invite your friends and family to hear you perform. Once again, I quote Helen Keller: "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." Together we make a great difference in our community through supporting the arts.
This year we will make further changes to our bylaws and constitution as we continue to adapt to life in the twenty-first century and as we keep our club documents reflective of our actual practices. The most important change is a slightly altered name: we would like to become the Chaminade Music Society. We are adding a new officer position: historian. We hope this will attract new members, allow us some grant opportunities, and preserve our past. Also, this year we are going to try beginning our concerts at 2:00 p.m., so we have fewer difficulties with the short days of winter and conflicts with evening events.
As we look toward our upcoming season, we remember with gratitude and sorrow our recently departed beloved friend and Chaminade member Robert Johnson, who graced us with good cheer, fine performances, and many years of managing the scholarship auditions beautifully. Such kind and generous colleagues are rare, and we are so fortunate to have enjoyed working with Bob and his wife Maxine for so long. The Chaminade Music Club has made a donation to the Alzheimer's Foundation in Bob's memory.
Thanks you for your continued support of our historic music club. we look forward to seeing you at our 2013-2014 concerts. As always, enjoy the music!