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December 23, 2013


Meeting Notes

Thanks go to everyone who made our 2013 Holiday Concert such a wonderful success!


Orchestra members;
Ken Kunec for emceeing;
Joan Grauman for conducting;
Tom Leonard for the photo displays;
Connie Racioppa for all the decorations;
Everyone who brought delicious food to share;
Friends, family, and newcomers who sat in the audience;
Sally DiGiovanni and Teddy Kunec for running the “box office”;
Greeter Nancy Leonard for starting off the concert/party on a festive note;
Sleepy Hollow United Methodist Church for letting us use its beautiful space; and
Eugene, Ronny, and everyone else who managed the potluck and cleaned up the kitchen.


Note from Joan Grauman:

I want our members to know that the flea markets I held at the November and December meetings brought in $560. We have sent all of the money to the college fund for the children of accordionist Amy Hatfield, who passed away suddenly this past summer.  Thanks to everyone who contributed to this fund!


January and February Meetings

Our next meeting will be Sunday, January 12, at 4 pm at Sleepy Hollow United Methodist Church. This will be a jam/play-along session, so please bring your accordions and invite family and friends who play other instruments. We will be concentrating on simple songs that everyone, or most people, know. Please let us know if there are any songs you would like to play with the group so we can find lead sheets – not everyone is comfortable playing by ear. Better yet, if you have lead sheets for any of the music you want to play, please bring about 20 copies to hand out. We will also have sheet music to distribute and ideas for music to play by ear.

During the business portion of the meeting, we will elect officers for 2014. The current officers – President Peter DiGiovanni, Vice President Joan Grauman, and Secretary/Treasurer Mara Cherkasky – are willing to stay on, but if you would like to nominate yourself or someone else to run for president, vice president, or secretary/treasurer, please let us know.

Please note that both our January and February meetings will be held on the second Sunday of the month (Jan. 12 and Feb. 9), rather than the third, so we can avoid holiday weekends. 

Best wishes for a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!