Alumni Association of the 1929 – 1973
Northern Conservatory of Music
August 19, 2001
The third annual meeting of
the Alumni Association was held at the Isaac Farrar Mansion in Bangor. 23 of the attendees signed the
President Everett Simpson
called the meeting to order at 3:30 PM.
- Secretary’s Report:
Read by Bea Milewski and
- Treasurer’s Report:
Treasurer Everett Simpson
reported a checking account balance of $1,685. A discussion ensued concerning the best way to make our
money work for us. It was
suggested that we open a Money Market Account or CD with the treasury
balance. It was
motioned and seconded to give Everett authority to investigate the most
appropriate usage of the Alumni funds in order to gain the best
return. The vote was
- Introductions: All former students of the Conservatory that were
in attendance, introduced themselves and gave a brief description of where
they are living now and what they are doing.
- Election of
- President: Lou Harper
- Vice President: Bruce Brown
- Treasurer: Everett Simpson
- Secretary: Doretta
- Board of Directors:
- Stan Buchanan
- Art Lagasse
- Arnold Poland
- Lou Harper
- Jerry Burns
- State of Maine
regulations require that we have at least 3 directors. Currently our directors serve a
one-year term. It was
discussed that in future years we might want to elect the directors for
terms that end in different years.
That way we would not have to elect all 5 every year. This will mean a change to the
By-Laws. In the future we
will need committees made up of our directors to research the
organization of our scholarship.
In order to fill out our 501 (c) (3) forms, we may also need a
group to make decisions. Our
directors might be called upon for that.
Dues: Currently our annual yearly dues are $20 per year
or $100 for a lifetime membership.
It was discussed that the lifetime membership was low compared to
other organizations with $20 yearly memberships. In order to increase our income for the Scholarship
fund, it was decided that we would
increase the lifetime membership dues to $200 on January 1, 2002. It is hoped and encouraged that
people take the opportunity to sign up for lifetime memberships before the
January 1st increase.
- Transcript files,
Augusta: At the Semi-Annual
meeting in May, Roger Whitney volunteered to contact the Department of
Education in Augusta for the Conservatory’s transcript files. It was hoped that the research
project would produce a list of students, addresses, Major course of study
and attendance years. Roger
was told that the transcripts were in a warehouse in Kenebec County. Bea said that when she needed her
transcripts, earlier this year, they were on file in Augusta. Everett said he visited the office
in Augusta and was refused access to the files and was told that the most
he could hope for was a list of names. Roger requested a letter of authorization from newly
elected President Lou Harper, to present to the Augusta office in hopes to
get any information he could.
- 501 (c) (3)
Nonprofit Application: It was motioned, voted upon and
approved to have the directors meet and establish a scholarship format
(see item 9 below) and also to fill out the forms for this application.
- Scholarship: At
the Semi-Annual meeting in May, Stan Buchanan volunteered to research
scholarship information. Stan
(and his lesser known sidekick Spike) delivered his report to the
meeting. Since there will be
no more graduates from NCM, the income generating potential of the Alumni
Association will diminish over the course of time. Stan suggested that we raise
$10,000 and put it aside as capitol.
We could then take $500 per year interest off that, to present as a
cash award. His suggestion
was to give it to a first year music teacher as a stipend and have the
MMEA recommend and present this at their annual award meeting. The reason is that $500 does
not go very far toward college tuition anymore. There was much discussion about this.
- Suggestions and
rebuttals were as follows:
Give it to a freshman
they need it the most.
No not a freshman
because they leave the music course of study all too frequently and we would be
subsidizing other courses of study.
Give it to a Junior or
Senior since they would be more apt to finish the course of study.
Present the scholarship
$500 will go further as
a 1st year stipend than tuition and it would be encouraging for a
What we really want is a
Legacy and Recognition of the Northern Conservatory of Music and that might got
further if it was presented as a stipend at the MMEA annual meeting.
- It was decided to
continue to discuss and research this as we acquire the first $10,000.
- Meetings, 2002: It
was decided that the semi-annual meetings were best held during the All
State Festival in May. There
was discussion concerning the time and date of the Annual meetings. Some schools are starting very
early in the year now and some who would like to attend cannot make the
trip on the Sunday before school starts. After much discussion it was moved, seconded and so
voted to move the Annual meeting from the 3rd Sunday in August,
to the 3rd Saturday in August. The time and location of the meeting will remain the
same. The Isaac Farrar
Mansion at 3:00 PM.
- Other Business: None.
The meeting was
adjourned at 5:05 PM. Many in the
group went to Miller’s Restaurant after the meeting, for a meal and a lot of
reminiscing about the old days.
Josef Roggenbauer, daughter Heidi and her two children joined us, along
with many other old friends.