Vacations, heat and the All-Star baseball game kept our attendance at two dozen, but as usual, we learned and enjoyed each other. Because an Email summary of the International Convention/Contest is in the works, only a few comments were made about the fantastic event. Fortunately our AOH friends won again with a fantastic performance and Bloomington represented us well. The top two quartets were from “Affiliates” (outside the United States)….a first time happening. They were from Sweden and New Zealand. www.barbershop.org has all the scores etc.
Dave Clausing shared his appreciation for the support he felt from CCC members as he received a dozen phone calls while attending to his father who passed away one week ago. Russell Clausing lived in Kansas City and a month ago, he and Dave’s mother celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. On another somber note, CCC members signed “Thinking of You” cards for Mike and Jim Bagby. These long time friends and great barbershoppers were in Portland when they received word that their mother had passed away.
Knowing that most barbershoppers will never see a recognition plaque for Forty years of Judging Service in the BHS, Tom Woodall shared the item he received at the Portland Convention.
Ask Bruce Condill to share his joke about the Atheist and the girl who really understood animal biology. It is a forgone conclusion that you will LOL.
One of the nice things the CCC men have learned and continue to learn, is how to sing in quartets. Last night, at the drop of a hat, men were randomly assigned to one of four groups. There instructions were to sing several Pole Cat songs and then return to perform them for the entire group.
To make is work, some men sang parts unfamiliar to them. Good choruses are made up of good quartet singers. Here is one ensemble: Helton, Wirth, Smith, Blucker and Tidwell.
(Even though he recently received a Service Award from the Illinois High School Association for his work in Journalism at Eastern Illinois and is dropping several pounds, our famous President still agrees to sing with us.)
They sounded great…maybe it was because they had five guys… Check out those mouth shapes on: Tim Woodall, Stewart, Hawkins, Leathers and Roll.
These guys did it right (only four guys) but used a little music… Clausing, Thomas, Jones and Morrison (our token youthful member : – ).
Perfect balance: one tenor and two of every other part. Niepert, Hawkins, Brucker, Heinz, Conlin (the only guy who could get up from a kneeling position), Condill and Finkbiner.
JULY 1st through JULY 31st GUEST NIGHTS Bring a friend….expose him to the CCC and our Musical Fellowship
JULY 29th Sunday CHURCH WORSHIP SERVICES (tentative…Charleston) 8 AM to 11:15 AM)
AUGUST ? Saturday? INFORMAL GOLF OUTING FOR CCC MEMBERS Tell Ron Leathers if you’d like to play. He is coordinating the event.
SEPT 28-29th ILLINOIS DISTRICT QUARTET CHORUS CONVENTION/CONTEST Springfield, IL
OCTOBER 22nd Monday 9th ANNUAL YOUTH IN HARMONY FESTIVAL CCC hosts at EIU…All Day
Some 250 high school boys, girls and their teachers are expect to attend. An excellent staff is being assembled.
NOVEMBER 3rd Saturday ANNUAL CHAPTER OFFICER TRAINING SCHOOL (CSLT)
Charleston (First Baptist Church) All day.
DECEMBER 2nd Sunday ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BENEFIT CONCERTS
3 PM Charleston (Wesley United Methodist Church)
7 PM Mattoon (First Presbyterian Church)
NEED A NEW CAR? Maybe Brad Smith can make you one like this.