President’s Message

It is hard to believe that this is the last meeting of the 2017–2018 Season before we head off for the summer. This month we have Brenda Bittner leading us, and the Windsong Recorder Group will be playing the Prelude at 7:20. It is also the month that we have the Annual Member’s Meeting in which we vote on two issues. The first is the election of officers for the 2018–2019 Season. The Nominating Committee has worked to provide the slate of proposed officers as listed in the included announcement. There is still one position open-Vice President for Membership Development, and nominations for all positions are open to proposals from the floor. 

The second topic is voting on the proposed membership dues structure for next year. Susan Mason has included the Financial Report/Statement of Sources and Uses of Funds for the past 2017–2018 Season, and she will be making a proposal for next season’s fee structure once the Board has voted on and approved her recommendation. Susan has agreed to lead the meeting, discussions, and voting as unfortunately, I will not be able to make it to the meeting. We have our grandson’s graduation ceremonies in Oakland next Thursday and Friday, and additionally, I am fortunate to have the opportunity to play recorders with the Los Angeles Baroque Fringe performance at the Berkeley Early Music Festival on Friday. 

As the season draws to a close, the hope is that you enjoyed and learned something from each of our monthly conductors and the workshop we had in February. As has been obvious, membership and attendance has been down this year, and fortunately we had 7 people join as new members or returned as former members, yet we lost 16 members from last year. We are not unique in this respect, and it is important to bring potential members from your playing sessions, classes, or interested people you meet at concerts. It is also helpful that you bring any and all comments, questions, and suggestions you might have to the attention of the officers.

Best wishes for a wonderful summer, 

—Win Aldrich