DEAN’S REPORT – Summer 2021
If you received your July copy of The American Organist, I hope you noted the write up of our long-time friend, Robert C. Sabourin, on page 18. Bob served our chapter in myriad ways through many years. He is deeply missed by many.
Hopefully, you're having a good start to summer, and enjoying more opportunities to be out and about. This past 15 months or so has had a profound impact on A.G.O. chapters all over the country, and it has been difficult to gather together. However, I'm extremely proud of our own SVC, as we produced three fine virtual concerts in less than 6 months. If you've not seen them, by all means check them out on YouTube:
2020 Saginaw Valley AGO Pipescreams (released Oct. 30, 2020)
2020 Saginaw Valley AGO Virtual Holiday Concert (released Dec. 18, 2020)
2021 Virtual Bach Concert - Saginaw Valley AGO (released on Bach's birthday, March 21, 2021)
Perhaps you've not checked out our chapter site: saginawago.com
There is occasionally confusion, as our former site can get mixed up with this one. We will be updating things in the near future. To that end, as your Dean, I've been receiving news from the national office about memberships expiring, and would like to remind everyone to check on when their annual dues are, well, due! National AGO offers about a 2 month grace period, so if yours expired on May 1, you will be dropped from membership on July 1. We don't want to lose anyone, and you can renew online. All you need is your code (which is on the address label of each copy of The American Organist magazine). Simply go to www.agohq.org, click on the icon for Membership, & update your information. You can accomplish it in a few quick minutes, paying by credit card. You will receive a receipt by email. Feel free to make a special contribution to our chapter, if you're so inclined, to assist with programming. And .... this is IMPORTANT .... please SHARE YOUR IDEAS for what you'd like to have included in future programs for our Saginaw Valley Chapter. Jot down any ideas you have, include specific details if possible, & fire me an email, or give me a call. Diane & I have recently cut the landline, so you can simply call my cell phone. The Board joins me in being eager to hear from everyone!
I look forward to hearing from lots of you as we prepare for a new program year.
James H. Gladstone, Dean