PRESIDENT’S REPORT NOVEMBER 2ND 2017
The best news is the most recent. Tuesday of this week saw the return of Rosalie Pederick our MD from her holiday in Hawaii. Rosalie had a fantastic holiday and kept well! So well that she is returning to us for the foreseeable future.
The highlight for the last month was our performance at the Bahai celebration.
The perfect fit between the songs chosen by Marg Duce, relieving MD, were a perfect fit for the occasion focussing on unity and building world peace. Our audience joined in the choruses and took their lead from the choir to hold hands and raise them high while singing. To say we struck a chord would be an understatement, we were perfectly in sync with the values and beliefs of the Bahai’s and it was a wonderful feeling like we were “the icing on the cake” bringing a celebratory tone to cap off an intention of creating an inclusive, peaceful world.
It’s been wonderful how choir members have maintained their solid commitment to attendance and enjoyed the practices with Marg. There have been some delightful moments in “the sweet spot” as we produced soul-full harmonics in a circle. Thank you Marg and choir members. A big thank you also goes to Sue Norminton and Ivan de Rosario for supporting Marg by conducting when needed.
We have welcomed three new members and received calls from a couple of others who intended to come and hopefully will before long. Life member and past MD Roy Hanson has begun singing with us and we welcome him.
The teddy bear sewing bees have resulted in about 30 teddies being stitched up and stuffed (not necessarily in that order). Given that quite a few of us have gathered twice for a couple of hours (maybe 32 hours of work) to achieve this it is amazing that Janet last year produced 50 teddies by herself. Thanks go to the Koombana Bay café who donated the morning tea and made us so welcome.
As we move towards Christmas it is great that we have 3 bookings at which to sing carols. Thank you Ian, Sue and Lyn for helping to make the carol singing bookings happen.
Lastly I acknowledge Ian without whom our choir would not run so efficiently. I so appreciate your organisational skills, computer abilities and your understanding and patience.
We received very positive feedback following our participation in the Men Against Domestic Violence concert. It was wonderful to be a part of this show as it gave us a focus for practice, provided an opportunity for mixing with other choirs, and we shone.
Thank you Rosalie and Elena for your professional support. Terry also added something unique with his digeridoo for “Kakadu”.
Following the concert Rosalie announced she would take leave until she returns from Hawaii late October, a total of 8 weeks. Her health situation remains troublesome and she wants to be able to enjoy her holiday so taking a rest from BelCanto will hopefully help with her healing.
The Ba’Hai celebration on 21st October is providing a focus for learning new songs and we are looking forward to this performance. Thank you Margaret for your wonderful support conducting.
Thanks go to Ivan and Sue for supporting Margaret who because of her health challenges does not want to conduct the whole 2 hours of our practice session.
At our meeting today we will work out dates for Christmas carols at Bunbury Plaza during December. Through Lyn Teede’s partner Peter we have been offered paid gigs which will provide a further performance focus to work on Christmas carols. This focus is most helpful as it feeds motivation and will help our finances. Thank you Lyn.
Some of our members will attend the Dunsborough Songfest in November.
Thank you to everyone on the committee and in the choir for your steadfast attendance and support for the choir during these challenging times.