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Every year the Johnny Appleseed District hosts their Leadership Academy (LeadAc), a conference dedicated to improving chorus operation and creating growth for members on an individual level. This edition of LeadAc was held on January 12th and 13th at the Crowne Plaza Worthington in Columbus, Ohio.
The Alliance annual banquet was on December 21st, 2017 and as usual the Board of Directors was installed for the following year. We were lucky enough to have Rusty Cates, Alliance member and 2017 JAD Director of Outreach, on hand for an engaging presentation. Like all of the parts of an apple in our district's namesake, your Board will be working together to operate in service to the vision of the Chapter (core, seeds, flesh, fruit, skin, stem, and all!).
2017 saw some amazing initiatives by members, in many cases behind the scenes.
The Dale Jurgens Award was established to honor the memory of Dale Jurgens and
acknowledges the unceasing contributions of The Alliance members who demonstrate his spirit of
silent, behind-the-scenes service.
2017 had two winners from multiple nominations: Jon Geyer and George Denino. Many thanks to you both for all ofyour behind-the-scenes service keeping this organization alive!
Below: Jon Geyer accepts his 2017 Dale Jurgens award.
Monday, December 18, 2017
Members of The Alliance Chorus performed for the Kiwanis Club of Columbus' annual Christmas Luncheon. The lunch was held at the The Athletic Club of Columbus, a private social club founded in 1912. Several holiday tunes were performed, including Jingle Bells, Sing Dem Herrn, and Carol of the Bells. Photos are courtesy of Scott Lindsey.
End of Year Fundraising!
Are you looking to support your favorite 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization? There are dozens of ways beyond writing a check— and we wanted to share one that you can get something back from, too. GivingAssistant is the AmazonSmile of the rest of the internet, and you can designate a portion of automatic coupons for places like BestBuy, Target, and more to split between your own account and a donation towards The Alliance!
The 2017 Johnny Appleseed District Competition and Convention took place this past weekend in Cranberry, PA. Eight choruses crossed the stage on Saturday, October 21st. The Top 3 Choruses were, in order: Southern Gateway, The Alliance, and Men of Independence! In a contest where the total points possible was 1200, The Alliance was just 8 points out of 1st place!
On September 24th, The Alliance had an amazing opportunity to impact the community, and 10 members of The Alliance delivered smiles to participants and volunteers for the Walk to End Alzheimer's Opening Ceremony. Each member represented the organization gracefully, even with a limited turnout of performers. It was a hot day, but no matter— Mark Morris held down the Bass Section for the performance.
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The Alliance rehearses every Thursday night from 7-10 PM. You can find us at Lord of Life Lutheran Church, located at 2480 West Dublin-Granville Road in Columbus, Ohio. Guests are always welcome!