November Calendar:

  • November 2nd: Performance at S/W Sr. Ctr., 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM, 715 Pacific St, Sedro-Woolley
  • November 10th: Meeting/Jam at Mt. Vernon Sr. Ctr., 6:30 PM – 9 PM, 1401 Cleveland
  • November 13th: Performance at Creekside Retd., 2:00 PM, 400 Gilkey Rd, Burlington
  • November 24th: Jam at Mt. Vernon Sr. Ctr., 6:30 PM – 9 PM, 1401 Cleveland

October Highlights:

  • The group enjoyed successful performances, notably at S/W Senior Center, LaConner Inn, Schuh Farms, Mountain Glen MB, and Mira Vista, where their music was well-received.
  • Monthly Meeting at Mt Vernon Sr Center:  Important discussions included topics such as increasing the suggested donation amounts for performances, deciding how to manage donated fiddles and T-shirts, and initiating efforts to establish a scholarship fund to support student musicians.
    1. The 2 x play and join rule passed to us from previous chair, do we want to continue that rule?
    2. Do we want to raise our suggested donation from $50.00 to $ 75.00, or $100.00, it has been at $ 50.00 for a long time?
      1. Suggested donations will increase to $75 in January
      2. Goal is to build the Scholarship / Student Fiddle / Instrument fund to a point that District 4 can support a student for at least 1 year of lessons
    3. What to do with the Fiddles, and t shirts gifted to us?
    4. Is the Calendar and emails sufficient for reminders; is it better or necessary to get phone numbers to text; would it help our turn out?
    5. Election Month: Sirkku nominated Fred for the Chair position; Fred is willing to carry on as Interim Chair as we proceed for a time
    6. Once upon a time there were 8 leaders of the district, now there are 2.  How many do we need?
  • There was a heartfelt acknowledgment of Bruce McCormick’s passing. He was remembered for his musical contributions and the positive impact he had on the group. Details about memorial services were shared, including a memorial service at St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Mount Vernon on October 7th, 2023, at 2:00 PM, and a Celebration of Life at Shawn O’Donnell’s restaurant (the old Farmhouse Inn) at 4:00 PM on the same day.