Central Hudson Valley Chapter, AGO

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Newsletter - September 2003

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Letter from the Dean

Well, summer is almost over – already! It's time once again to get back into the routines of the school and church year. I hope you were able to use the summer as a time to "recharge your batteries" for the upcoming year.

Our condolences go to Pat Maimone for the loss of her mother. Click here to view a brief obituary.

We kick off our program season with an Evensong Service for organists and clergy on Friday, September 19th at 7:30 PM at the 1st Congregational Church in Poughkeepsie. Click here for directions to the church. In the past we have held organist-clergy dinners, but we thought that this event would be a more meaningful get-together for all of us. Susan Guse is preparing a simple anthem to be performed by an ad hoc choir consisting of chapter members, so please plan to arrive a half-hour early, by 7:00 PM, so we can put it together. Please also plan to stay for the light reception which will follow.

An invitation to this Evensong Service was mailed to every member with this edition of the newsletter. Please be sure to deliver the invitation to your clergy in person. If you need extra copies of the invitation, please contact Susan LaGrande at 845-226-6496.

Keep an eye on the "Calendar of Events" section. There are many wonderful opportunities to be found, and the sooner you see them, the more likely you can arrange your schedule to attend the ones that interest you the most.

We are looking into a way for those of us who usually view the newsletter on-line to be able to print it out so it looks the same as the copies sent by mail. We really do save a good chunk of money by not mailing a hard copy to everyone each month.

Believe it or not, our 2005 Convention committees are not totally full yet; there is still room for a few more folks! If for some reason you have not yet been contacted, please notify one of the board members and let them know how and where you'd be willing to help.

If you haven't sent in your dues yet, you'll want to send them in right away so you don't miss any issues of TAO.

A casual reminder – the most successful way of gaining new members is by personal invitation. If you know of an organist nearby who is not a member of the AGO, invite him or her to the next meeting/event. The personal touch is a much more powerful recruiting tool than a letter or an email.

Thanks to those rooting for the Band softball team – we won the unit-level tournament, and the bragging rights that go with it. I even scored the eventual winning run! Unfortunately it was at the expense of the medical folks and the military police, so the Band is unlikely to get out of speeding tickets or receive the speediest attention at the health clinic!

And of course, it's almost football season… college and pros, NOT the Band. See you in Poughkeepsie!!!!!!!

Directions to First Congregational Church, Poughkeepsie

From the Mid-Hudson Bridge:
Proceed up the hill on NY 55 E to third traffic light. Turn LEFT onto Academy Street, which becomes Catharine Street as you cross Main Street. Turn LEFT onto NY 55 W/Mill Street/US-44 W for three blocks. Church is the large brownstone edifice on your right. Parking is on the premises.

From Vassar College:
Start out going North on NY-376/Raymond Avenue toward College Avenue. Continue on Raymond Avenue across Main Street. Turn LEFT onto NY-55 W/ US-44 W/ Maple Street Extension. Continue to follow NY-55 W/ US-44 W for 2.5 miles. Church is the large brownstone edifice on your right. Parking is on the premises.

Membership Updates

We were saddened to hear of the recent death of Pat Maimone's mother, Dorothy Woodbury Rogers. Mrs. Rogers died at the age of 91 on August 14 at her home in New Jersey. She was a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and from which she received her B. A. with honors in French in 1933.

In 1942 she married Asa Leroy (Roy) Rogers at the Demarest Baptist Church, Demarest, NJ, where they had met. Their marriage lasted forty-four years until his death in 1986. For eighteen years, beginning in 1958, she worked as the secretary of the Presbyterian Church of Teaneck, continuing through the tenure of five pastors.

She was present at the Retirement Ceremony of her elder daughter, Patricia R. Maimone, from the Post Chapel, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY, on June 3, 2003. She also attended the awarding of doctoral degrees to her younger daughter Barbara J. Rogers and her only grandson, Mark Walter Maimone.

A memorial service celebrating her life was held Saturday, August 23, at Kieffer Auditorium, Monroe Village, David Brainerd Drive, Monroe Township. Memorial contributions may be made to:
    Dorothy W. Rogers Memorial
    One Great Hour of Sharing Fund
    c/o First Presbyterian Church
    22 So. Main St.
    Cranbury, NJ 08512

Editor's Corner

This newsletter is published by the Central Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. The editor is:
     Susan LaGrande
     12 Montrose Lane
     Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
     Phone: 845-226-6496 (home)
     Fax: 845-226-1035
All material in this newsletter (except for lists of members' addresses and phone numbers) is available on our web site at www.chvago.org

Newsletter Items Wanted

Contributions to this newsletter are always welcome. We have been very pleased to offer a member profile in previous issues. If you would like to be profiled, you may write your own biography (up to 500 words) or contact the editor to arrange an interview.

We also solicit news of upcoming events for our Calendar page, as well as reviews, particularly of recent chapter events. Articles and news items may be submitted to the editor by mail or by e-mail at the address above. Articles may be edited for length or clarity.

About Our Web Site

We are certainly pleased with the response to our web site, and we encourage everyone to visit it frequently to keep up with periodic updates and improvements. Once again this newsletter (as well as previous issues) is available on the web site. However, please be aware that while the entire text of the newsletter is reproduced on the web site, some sections have been split off into separate web pages. For example, the List of Substitutes is accessible from the Home Page by clicking on the "Sub List" button. This not only avoids duplication of this information across multiple issues of the newsletter, but also makes it easier for a visitor to find it.

Be sure to spread the word about our web site among fellow organists, other musicians, students, and members of the clergy, so that our web site can serve as wide an audience as possible.

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