Weekly Update, Feb. 18

President’s report

By Larry Hlavacek

A huge thank you goes out to the quartet members who delivered Singing Valentines Thursday. I don’t have the final count, but there were about 30 deliveries. I would also like to thank Bob Handley for coordinating the efforts during the day and to the Lindsays for opening their home and providing food for the quartets. We can accomplish GREAT THINGS when we work together! Tom Read had one delivered at our rehearsal.

Rehearsal on Valentine’s Day was very good, even though there were no tenors. John worked hard with us in sectionals on “I Wish You Love” and “Things Are Looking Up.” We also worked on “Down on the Corner,” “Love Letters,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “Bright Was The Night.”

Ray, hope you are starting to feel better. We got an update from your wife when the quintet delivered the Singing Valentine to Tom Read.

Singing Valentines report

Despite the challenges of having three consecutive chorus rehearsals cancelled due to dangerous weather, our Singing Valentines promotion was quite successful. Our accounting is not yet complete, but we delivered approximately 40 Valentines within a 25-mile radius of Cedar Rapids. Each recipient received a song, a rose, a greeting card and, if requested, a digital photo of the event. New this year was an option of telephone delivery. Bob Handley coordinated this year’s program.

Timeless quartet, one of three delivering Singing Valentines last week, is composed of tenor Cal Birkey, lead Doug Horton, bass Jim Sjostrom, and baritone Cliff Newman.
Profound Sound quartet, one of three delivering Singing Valentines last week, is composed of tenor Kristin Glockoff (stepping in for injured Ray Smith), lead Gary Glockoff, bass Duane Scott, and baritone Al Huneke.
Fab 4 quartet, a novice quartet formed to deliver Singing Valentines last week, is composed of baritone Wendell Aldrich, bass Gary Lindsay, lead Jack Ray and tenor Larry Hlavacek.

Collecting Singing Valentines promotional material

Please bring in any Valentines promotional material you have to the next rehearsal so we can save it for next year. (Business card ads, posters, recipient cards, etc.)

Rehearsal plan for Thursday, Feb. 21

  • 6:30 Aged2Perfection
  • 7:00 Vamp up
  • 7:15 Polecat: Hello, Mary Lou
  • 7:20 “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “A Little Help From My Friends,” “Things Are Looking Up,” “I Wish You Love”
  • 8:00 Business and Break
  • 8:20 “Daddy Sang Bass”
  • 8:50 Perform all sings, twice if time allows
  • 9:00 KTWWS

Upcoming Events:

  • Feb. 22 – New Citizen’s Ceremony
  • Apr. 26 – Spring Contest in Iowa City
  • May 2 – Cookie Festival in Iowa City

Doug Horton nominated for volunteer award

Doug Horton has been nominated for the United Way’s Volunteer Recognition program. Let’s support him with a vote on the United Way’s website. You can vote once a day through March 8.

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Weekly Update, Feb. 11

A quartet from the Harmony Hawks before delivering Singing Valentines, Feb. 14, 2018. The members of the quartet are Larry Hlavacek, Lee Freie, Scott Wilcox and Steve Aldrich. This year’s staging center for deliveries will be Gary and Linda Lindsay’s home, 4653 Northwood Drive NE, Cedar Rapids.

Help today to sell Singing Valentines

No is the time to step up to sell Singing Valentines. Weather cancellations the past three weeks have set us back. We need everybody’s help right now!

If you are on Facebook or your spouse is, share our Facebook event on your timeline.

Go through your address book and send emails to those who might possibly be looking for a Valentines gift idea. Copy and paste this: Hey, I’m wondering if you’ve thought about sending ____ a Singing Valentine. People love getting these. Here is a link to the order form. Remember to fill in the blank in the above with the name of your friend’s sweetheart. Send only individual emails.

Carry the Singing Valentine business card ad with you to give out when you meet people in social situations. This might also prompt a discussion of your hobby. Be ready for that.

When you are out and about, scout for locations we can place our flyer and cards, and report back to Bob Handley about that.

Thursday’s Plan for the Singing Valentines Quartets

We are planning for three quartets to deliver this year’s Singing Valentines, Profound Sound, Timeless, and the Quartet to be Named Later.

The quartets will meet at at 7:30 at Gary and Linda Lindsay’s home 4653 Northwood Drive NE, Cedar Rapids to organize for the day and pick up roses. We’ll have spreadsheets with your deliveries available then, and plan to send them out Wednesday evening for your advanced planning.

Coffee and light breakfast items will be available. Bob Handley will be stationed here throughout the day to take calls and direct the quartets.

Rehearsal plan for Thursday, Feb. 14

Here is the plan for Thursday’s rehearsal

  • 7:00 Vamp up
  • 7:15 Polecat: Hello, Mary Lou
  • 7:20 Sectionals, “I Wish You Love,” measures 1-48.
  • 7:30 Chorus run through
  • 7:40 Sectionals, “Things Are Looking Up,” measures 1-57
  • 7:50 Chorus run through
  • Business and Break
  • 8:20 “Down on the Corner,” “Love Letters,” “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” “Bright Was the Night”
  • 8:50 Perform
  • 9:00 KTWWS

Upcoming Events:

  • Feb. 22 – New Citizen’s Ceremony
  • Apr. 26 – Spring Contest in Iowa City
  • May 2 – Cookie Festival in Iowa City

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Weekly Update, Jan. 27, 2019

Just chillin’. Our warmup runs went so well that Age2Perfection had time to relax before the start of our performance at last Saturday’s New Citizens Ceremony at the Norther District Courthouse. Twenty-seven new citizens from 20 different countries tool the oath of citizenship. Pictured here are Ray Smith, Lee Freie, Tom Read, Gary Glockoff, Cal Birkey, Dale Norby , Harlan Stientjes, Bob Handley, Al Huneke, Wendell Aldrich and John Roltgen. Gary Lindsay, not pictured, also sang.

Rehearsal plan for Thursday, Jan. 31

A very warm thank you to the 12 brave souls who showed up for the Naturalization Ceremony Friday, since it wasn’t warm for you. Gary Lindsay posted a video on his Facebook page of everyone waiting to sing.

Here is the plan for Thursday’s rehearsal

  • 6:30 Valentines Day quartets rehearse
  • 7:00 Vamp ups
  • 7:15 Polecat
  • 7:20 Sectionals, “I Wish You Love,” measures 1-48.
  • 7:30 Chorus run through
  • 7:40 Sectionals, “Things Are Looking Up,” measures 1-57
  • 7:50 Chorus run through
  • Business and Break, Singing Valentines sales info
  • 8:20 Valentines Day Quartets rehearse for 30 min.; Chorus, “Down on the Corner,” “Love Letters,” “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” “Bright Was the Night”
  • 8:50 Valentines Day quartets perform
  • 9:00 KTWWS

Upcoming Events

February 14 – Singing Valentines & Rehearsal
February 22 – New Citizen Ceremony

Help sell Singing Valentines

If you are on Facebook or your spouse is, share our Facebook event on your timeline.

Go through your address book and send emails to those who might possibly be looking for a Valentines gift idea. Copy and paste this: Hey, I’m wondering if you’ve thought about sending ____ a Singing Valentine. People love getting these. Here is a link to the order form. Remember to fill in the blank in the above with the name of your friend’s sweetheart. Send only individual emails.

Carry the Singing Valentine business card ad with you to give out when you meet people in social situations. This might also prompt a discussion of your hobby. Be ready for that.

When you are out and about, scout for locations we can place our flyer and cards, and report back to Bob Handley about that.

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