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ALUMNI ASSOCIATION of the 1929-1973
Northern Conservatory of Music
Vol. 5 Number 2 Newsletter July, 2003
Friday May 16, 2003
Gorham Campus of USM
Alumni in Attendance:
The fifth spring session of the Alumni Association was held at Bailey Hall on the Gorham campus of the University of Southern Maine. There were 7 members in attendance:
Everett Simpson, Bruce Brown, Frank Walker, Arnold Poland, Steve Orlofsky, Roger Whitney and Doretta York
Standing in for President Louis Harper who could not attend was Vice President Bruce Brown, who called the meeting to order at around 5:10 P.M.
Frank brought a copy of the NCM farewell performance album that was recorded at Peakes Auditorium at Bangor High School in the spring of 1972. Lots of memories.
There was a discussion of Music Education in various schools around the state and how it has changed.
Treasurer Everett Simpson presented the Treasurer’s Report and Member Count as follows:
Currently we have 2 Certificate of Deposits
The 9 month CD comes due in October this year with a value of $ 1700.00
The 1 year CD comes due in November this year with a value of 2300.00
For a CD total of …………………………………………………… 4000.00
Checking balance …………………………………………………… 438.23
Grand Total …………………………………………….……. $4438.23
Everett discussed combining CD’s into one at the end of their term.
Frank asked for yields on CD’s which currently are 1.45% & 2.60 %.
Arnie suggested 2 year alternating CD’s so that they would come due in opposite years.
There was other discussion on investment of our funds including a stock market and other investment options. To really build the fund we need to get to the place where donations become tax exempt. Then we can start a campaign for gift donations which should increase our funds much more quickly. In order to get to that point we have to finish filling out the legal paperwork.
For the year 2002 we had 41 members
16 lifetime members
1 lifetime member 70% paid
1 lifetime member 50%
23 members chose the annual option for 2002
So far for the year 2003 we have 16 lifetime members
1 lifetime member 50% paid
the previous year’s 70% paid member is now deceased
7 members have renewed their annual dues
Total 24 members for this year
By-law changes review:
We need to vote on update to the by-laws at the annual meeting in August. That means that we will need to notify all of you in this newsletter of our intentions to vote on these changes in the August meeting in order to qualify for 10 day rule before the meeting.
These are the proposed voting issues:
- Changes to annual dues 2001 & 2002 life member changes which were the voting results from the Fall 2002 ballot. Membership dues c
- Changes to the term limits of the Board of Directors which were the voting results from the Fall 2002 ballot.
Review of April 2003 Board of Director’s Meeting:
There was a discussion about stipend vs. scholarship. Roger suggested a scholarship to All-state. It seems that some schools require the kids to pay their own way to All-state. It was suggested that we have a Maine Music Camp scholarship.
It was discussed how to administer the fund after we are no longer around. Again reflecting back to the BOD meeting in April where it was suggested that we let the Maine Community Foundation or the Maine Music Educator’s Association handle it.
Roger said he would like to dispense a scholarship this year so that we could make our presence known and possibly stir up some interest in our group. This was also discussed at BOD meeting in April.
Frank suggested that we extend our membership to others beyond those that attended NCM such as interested family members, etc. Bruce said he did not think the incentive would be there to carry on the group which was the general consensus of those in attendance.
The New List Serve hosted by The University of Maine:
We now are the proud owners of a list serve where we can generally converse and discusses past, present and the future of the group. It has generally been a hit with those that are now using it. Usage is easy, just post an email to NCMfirstname.lastname@example.org and everyone on the list receives a copy of it. This will make Newsletter distribution much easier and will facilitate the answers to the paperwork that the group must complete before we finalize our Scholarship program. The cost of the list serve is $5.00 a month and the decision on how to pay for it is yet to be decided. Everett suggested that perhaps there are some donors out there that would be willing to foot the $60 a year cost.
The Annual August meeting of the Alumni Association will be at Miller's Restaurant, Main Street, Bangor
Saturday August 16, 2003 - The business meeting will begin at 3:00.
The meeting this year is important because we will be voting on the recommendations of the Board of Directors for the group’s Mission Statement and Scholarship / Stipend design and the election of officers. After the business meeting we can remain at Miller’s for socialization and nourishment.
Membership Application 2003 Calendar Year
Mailing Address:____________________________Town:_____________St.___ Zip_________
Annual Dues $ 20
Lifetime Dues $200
Contribution to Scholarship Fund _____________________
Total Enclosed _____________________
Make check payable to:
Please send your check with this application form to:
88 Pleasant Vale Road
Corinna, Maine 04928