Magazine article The Tracker

From the CEO

Magazine article The Tracker

From the CEO

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Dear Friends,

I am excited about the process of preparing Stoneleigh to serve as our home, and I want to share the current news. A recent meeting introduced me to an account executive at Comstar Technologies. We discussed OHS requirements for IT and such equipment as computers, phones, alarm systems, and more. Relocation frees us from the clumsy copper wire system we now use, allowing for wireless and cloud-based technology. I'm thrilled by that prospect, and that our budget will provide for these services. Separate conversations are under way regarding two high-quality copy machines, one suitable for digitization of archival quality.

It's no exaggeration to say that nothing in the Richmond office has intrinsic value, except for the things we've produced and the stock that we sell. We have lived with fitful plumbing and HVAC, a leaky roof, single pane windows that lost their caulking long ago, and a landlord who hopes to never, ever hear from us. We are singularly blessed with two wonderful women who show up early every day and who do their best while working with a cranky internet and failing computers. Our archivist, Bynum Petty, fares rather better, but Rider University is panting for us to move our library as they rush to shut down Westminster Choir College. Our move is timely!

Developing strategies that support our new operations require unremitting focus. Regular planning sessions were held for the past two years. I generally attend two to four meetings per month, along with about a dozen others, each of whom represents a specific discipline. Minutes are meticulous and the process is both exciting and demanding. Decisions hold real consequence!

Our preparation concludes with installation of the Aeolian-Skinner, No. 878 residence organ, and its companion piece, a Concertóla. If you've not encountered one of these marvelous contraptions I recommend that you Google "Concertóla-John D. Rockefeller, Jr." It's worth the trip! The organ chamber required a six-foot excavation that produced the only major hitch in the schedule. A test probe was used to check the water table, and it prepared the way for excavation-or so it seemed. In fact, a major deposit of schist was uncovered that required a tremendous effort to remove, by jack hammer and shovel, with rocks carted to the rear entrance in many wheelbarrows. …

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