President’s Message

Welcome to the OCRS 2016–2017 Season. We are fortunate to have Russ Wilson lead us again with our opening meeting. In addition, we will have Dorcas Gazelle and Jim Forrest starting us off with several beautiful Cantigas on Baroque flute and classical guitar for the Prelude at 7:20, so please try to be there early to enjoy what they have for us. The OCRS Board members met in July and we had a good planning session for the coming year. Included in the newsletter is the listing of conductors that we are fortunate to have planned for this year. I was at the SFEMS recorder workshops this summer in Oakland at St. Albert’s and had a chance to talk with recorder enthusiasts and ARS chapter officers from around the country and they were envious of the conductors that we are able to host from Southern California as well as the workshop conductors we have hosted over the years. Speaking of the workshop, Mary and Miranda are hard at work setting up ours in February and should be able to announce the details shortly. Notice also, given the success of the BYOB in May that Mary instituted last season, we want to have this again this year. So start thinking, getting together a group, and plan to get started rehearsing, time has a way of sneaking up on us.

September is also time to renew your OCRS membership and I encourage each of you to please get your checks and completed membership application to Susan at the September meeting. (See her announcement in the newsletter). I would also like to make a special appeal that you consider making a donation to help support our operating expenses. As discussed at the Annual Member’s Meeting in June, membership dues only cover ~75% of the operating costs to bring you such wonderful conductors and pay for the venue. The dues would need to be at $61 to actually cover expenses, so you can see how much we depend on donations, so again, please consider making a donation in whatever amount you are able and that reflects your appreciation for what we have with OCRS—one of the best chapters in the country. The other issue that we need to address this year is membership, so if you have a friend who plays recorders, bring them to a meeting. If you go to a concert, a senior center, church- plan to take an OCRS postcard so people know about us—get the word out.

See you the 9th,

—Win Aldrich