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.

Open House, Guest Night is June 23


Thursday, June 23 will be a special night dedicated to inviting men of all ages to experience the excitement and fun of four-part men’s harmony. Whether you get a specific invitation from one of our current members, or just decide on your own that you’d like to see what Barbershop Harmony is all about, you’ll feel welcome! We’ll show you what happens in a rehearsal, learn a tag to sing in a small group, and see a demonstration of how we learn our music. If transportation is an issue, we’ll pick you up! RSVP to Jack Ray [[email protected]] or just stop by. There will be cookies!