Magazine article The American Organist

From the President

Magazine article The American Organist

From the President

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Dear Colleagues,

I welcome Lois Toeppner to the President's column this month. Lois has worked in a variety of capacities for the Guild and she has a passion for people and the way they relate to each other that is making a great impact in the area of Membership development. Lois, thank you for sharing your wisdom with us!


IT IS a privilege and an honor to serve as your National Secretary. Thank you for your vote entrusting me with this level of professional leadership. Upon being placed in nomination for this office, I reviewed the official documents detailing the duties and responsibilities. The two major tasks: "take the minutes at all national meetings, national council/executive committee meetings" and "attend to membership"

The "attend to membership" responsibility is an exciting, challenging adventure. I regularly meet via conference calls with the creative and diligent members of our National Committee on Membership Development and Chapter Support. Major highlights of the year:

* We conducted a highly successful Phonathon campaign resulting in many membership renewals.

* We created and sent a Student Member Survey to our 500+ student members. The 170 students responding were between 9 and 30+ years of age, and offered 176+ suggestions on how to attract young organists to the AGO!

* We continue to explore the use of technology in reaching new members.

* We are finalizing a "Lifetime Membership" category.

Our national committee will consistently work to increase membership and serve chapters, but the bottom line is that membership is an every member task. Do your part by inviting at least one unaffiliated organist or organ aficionado to a chapter event - attracting members is the first step. The Guild is made up of people from all walks of life, at all levels of musical abilities, at all stages of musical achievement, and in the widest imaginable set of circumstances. …

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