Quarryland Quickie - News for QMC Members
Season 15, Celebrate!, our Ruby Anniversary
September 19, 2016
A positive performance-based community for gay/bisexual men/transmen and their allies in South Central Indiana. We foster talent, fellowship, pride, and understanding through excellence in vocal music. Founded in 2002.
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Rehearsal tonight is extra-fun (extra-long). Be ready to sing by 7pm and plan to depart at 10pm. Treasurer, Jacob Wooden will be there at 9:45 to collect dues from those who have not paid yet and to return folder/music deposits as well.
Pick-up new music from your folder when you first arrive at rehearsal tonight. Turn in any music from past seasons/concerts/gigs you may still have in your possession.
Save the date! All members, off stage and performing, are welcome to attend our first overnight retreat at Brown County Inn on November 4-6, 2016. Pricing and more details to come. Start asking around to arrange roommates (up to four per room)...the more to a room the less-expensive it will be for you.
Take our post-GALA survey. It only takes a few minutes and it will help jump-start our planning for GALA2020 in Minneapolis. Even if you did not attend GALA2016, please fill out the survey.
If you are unable to attend rehearsal, contact Robert Ping via FB, email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or text (812-345-1065) until a new interim chorus manager is identified. If you are interested in being chorus manager, let Barry know.
Performance and Fellowship Opportunities
If you are interested in performing a vocal solo, duet, or group number for YOUnique Studio's showcase on Oct 15-16 at Harmony School, send an email to email@example.com right away. He would like to have some numbers to fill in between his student dance numbers.
Doug McKinney and Peter Burkholder (QMC alums) organize the monthly Bloomington Gay Men's Fellowship. If you'd like to be placed on their mailing list contact Doug McKinney <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
There is a new speakeasy-style party for gay men, their friends, allies, and other aesthetes (no cover, no requests) organized by Aaron Tilford at the Root Cellar (basement of FARM on Kirkwood Ave by BLU Boy and Buskirk-Chumley Theater) called Monsieur. Every week 8pm-Midnight.
Past rehearsal notes, upcoming rehearsal prep, performance information (attire, call-time, performance order), rehearsal reminders. Link to musetta.
Arrive at rehearsal tonight by 7pm, ready to sing!
Member and Alumni Milestones
Congratulations to our New Members!
Returning member - Nic Newby
4th - Patrick Johnathan Hale
10th - Will Mruzek
11th - Meredith McGriff
17th - James Sullivan and Paul Hatley
20th - Jeff Cisneros
Tim King and Thomas DeCarlo bought new homes (not together, they don't play that way).
It Takes a Village
Helpful hints, words of encouragement, and notes from the Board - all geared toward the success of the chorus. And the donate button is always wanting you to give it a go - or copy the URL and share it with a friend/colleague.
Public Quarryland Facebook page vs. Closed QMC Facebook group page
The public facebook page is our outward facing page. Encourage folks to like it, visit often and like the posts there, share the posts to your own FB page, post comments here if you like but it is set not to make those comments very available (in case someone posts something that is not decent).
The closed QMC group page is limited it who can view and post. Anyone who is a member of the group can post there, like there, communicate with others there. If you try to share something from this page on your own FB page it may not work correctly because of sharing permissions. This closed group consists of QMC alum, current members and volunteers, and anyone who expresses an interest in QMC (they have up to a year to join or volunteer or get booted from the closed group).
New dues structure and elimination of music/folder deposit
Many GALA chorus members pay upward of $300 per year for dues + are required to purchase their own tux/wardrobe and, in some cases, also pay for their own music.
In considering a raise in dues for members, the finance committee (with board approval) has eliminated the music/folder deposit. This means any current members who have paid a deposit can use that to apply toward their dues for this year. Their hope is that this helps to off-set the increase in dues for this year.
The finance committee (with board approval) also came up with a better scholarship application process and approved an increase in the amount of scholarships we will provide. We do not want anyone to feel they are unable to join the chorus because of dues.
Dues for 206-2017 will be $100 per year ($60 per year for students) and may be paid in increments.
Board members' personal donations
Some of you may remember we voted on a new policy whereby board members must donate an amount that is significant to them to the chorus each year. I'm pleased to announce the 10 elected board members and 2 ex officio board members have collectively pledged over $7,500 for this year. This represents 1/5 of our overall income goal for the year!
New season sponsor
Thanks to HONOR Realty, we have our first cash-paying season sponsor. Thank you to QMC member Terry Michael for making this generous donation to the chorus!