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Nancy's Notes

Greetings, Mu Phi friends!

I can hardly wait for Mu Phi meetings to start up again! Now I won’t have to wait much longer – our first meeting/luncheon is coming up on Saturday, September 21, at 11:00 a.m. It’s always fun to see old friends, meet new ones, and, of course, eat! We’ll also get to hear Kimla Beasley and her baritone friend Kyle Hancock perform!

In August, I received a very exciting letter from the International Alumni Advisor recognizing our Dallas chapter for a number of achievements:

• Outstanding Alumni Chapter in the South Central Province (We’ve won this award in 8 of the past 9 years, and 22 times since the award was created 65 years ago!)

• Honorable Mention in the Fraternity’s Circle of Winners – The Circle of Winners consists of the top five alumni chapters, based on points, regardless of Province. (We must have been #6).

• Outstanding Alumni Newsletter – Aren’t we lucky to have Mary Williams doing the newsletter for our chapter for so many years?! We’ve won this award 5 times this decade!

• Outstanding Community Service Project (shared with the Oklahoma alumni) – The 82nd year of our Dallas Library Public Library Concert Series was pretty amazing! Many thanks to all of you who assisted with the series, with special thanks to leaders Susan Poelchau, Kimla Beasley and Mary Williams!

• Katherine Doepke Creative Programming Award (tied with the Palos Verdes/South Bay alumni) – This is our first time to win this award!! The Board loved our “Healing Power of Music” theme for our programs last year. And…we won $100!! Congratulations and many thanks to last year’s super-creative programming committee – Kimla Beasley, Susan Poelchau, and Claudia Jameson! Also a big hand for all those who performed last year!! (I had a great time recalling all our programs when I wrote out the President’s report. I’ve attached a copy of the “Creative Programming” part of the report to our Newsletter, in case you’d like to relive last year’s programs too.)

• SERV Hours – I’m thrilled to report that 19 of our members reported service hours this year, including several who received certificates for over 300 volunteer hours. Special kudos to Ashley Bouras, Susan Poelchau, and Jenny Smith, who each logged over 300 SERV hours!

Our theme this year is 2020 Vision. I know I’ve been bragging about all the great things we did last year with “2020 hindsight,” but we have an even more exciting year coming into our short- and long-range field of vision. We have several recent graduates affiliating with our chapter this year, as well as both new and former members re-affiliating! We have some exciting programs lined up for our meetings, and the upcoming library concert series is looking great too. And of course we’ll need to keep the International Convention in Grapevine, July 22-26, 2020, in focus, as we’ll be helping to plan and host the conference! What an exciting year it will be!

Hope to see you September 21!

Loyally,

Nancy Laine, President

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May

Our host was Kimla Beasley and we met at her friend Pam Cates’s house. Pam not only provided a lovely home, but fed us a gourmet spread as well! Many thanks to Pam and our performers.

The program featured Kimla Beasley, Claudia Jameson and Cherie Bell, sopranos.



Program Chair Kimla introduced “The Healing Power of Song:”
• Claudia Jameson sang “Anam's Aria” from a new children's opera still in progress; music by
  Mary Alice Rich and libretto by Claudia, accompanied by Tena Hehn.
• Kimla Beasley sang Nanetta's aria “Sul fil d'un soffio etesio” from Falstaff by Verdi and “Summertime”
  from Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin. She was accompanied by Nancy Laine.
• Cherie Bell sang two of her own songs: “Where I'll Stay,” and “Live and Learn.”

The following slate of officers was installed:

President Nancy Laine
- VP Membership Kimla Beasley
- VP Administration Tena Hehn
Treasurer Lisa Beyer
Secretary Susan Poelchau
Corresponding Secretary Frances Estes
Choristers (Programs) Phyllis Wilson, Claudia Jameson
Chaplain Amy Canchola
Steward Pat Suitt
Historian Mary Williams

Note: The office of Vice President was split for this coming year into Membership and Administration.



         Claudia Jameson, Susan Poelchau, Nancy Laine, Kimla Beasley, Tena Hehn, Mary Williams

The meeting concluded with the singing of Our Triangle.


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Next Meetings

The theme for this year’s meetings is 2020 Vision to celebrate this coming year’s convention in Dallas. We are trying to incorporate 2020 in as many ways as possible into our meeting themes and selections.

Saturday Sept 21 - 11:00 luncheon: 2020 Vision
Location: Chimneyhill Clubhouse, 9223 Emberglow, Dallas 75243 (from LBJ – east of Central/75: north on Abrams, left on Emberglow)
Host: Mary Williams
Co-Hosts: Everyone help provide food
Program: Kyle Hancock, Baritone and Kimla Beasley, Soprano


Invite a Mu Phi friend or a potential member or patron to join us.

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Tuesday October 8 – 7 pm: Seeing Double Double

Location: Home of Pat Suitt, 7006 Currin, Dallas 75230
Host: Pat Suitt
Co-hosts: Sandra McMillen, Mary Ann Taylor
Program: Ashley Bouras and Lisa Beyer: "Mindful Movement"
Elysee Piano Quartet: Pat Suitt, Pierrette Mouledous, Eunice Tavaglianoe, Terri McCoy: Faust Waltz, by Gounod

Note: We need another co-host for November.
A complete list of meetings is in your yearbook and on the Meetings page.

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Our biggest news, as Nancy noted above, were our awards for this year:

Outstanding Alumni Chapter in the South Central Province (We’ve won this award in 8 of the past 9 years, and 22 times since the award was created 65 years ago!)

Honorable Mention in the Fraternity’s Circle of Winners – The Circle of Winners consists of the top five alumni chapters, based on points, regardless of Province. (We must have been #6).

Outstanding Alumni Newsletter – Aren’t we lucky to have Mary Williams doing the newsletter for our chapter for so many years?! We’ve won this award 5 times this decade!

Outstanding Community Service Project (shared with the Oklahoma alumni) – The 82nd year of our Dallas Library Public Library Concert Series was pretty amazing! Many thanks to all of you who assisted with the series, with special thanks to leaders Susan Poelchau, Kimla Beasley and Mary Williams!

Katherine Doepke Creative Programming Award (tied with the Palos Verdes/South Bay alumni) – This is our first time to win this award!! The Board loved our “Healing Power of Music” theme for our programs last year. And…we won $100!! Congratulations and many thanks to last year’s super-creative programming committee – Kimla Beasley, Susan Poelchau, and Claudia Jameson! Also a big hand for all those who performed last year!!

• SERV Hours – 19 of our members reported service hours this year, including several who received certificates for over 300 volunteer hours. Special kudos to Ashley Bouras, Susan Poelchau, and Jenny Smith, who each logged over 300 SERV hours!

In addition to the awards our chapter won this year, we had some local news too.

Outgoing treasurer Sandra McMillen provided Nancy Laine with a closing statement. Susan Poelchau has sent the minutes to Sandra McMillen so that the bank signatures can be transferred to our new Treasurer. Thanks to Sandra for her many years of service as our Treasurer.Tena Hehn and Claudia Jameson will conduct an audit for new treasurer Lisa Beyer.

Dues are now due: International $70.00, local $25 for a total of $95, or $80 with lifetime Triangle subscription, to be mailed to Lisa Beyer. In November we collect our Founders Pennies - $1.16 per member this year and if you like, you can pay this with your dues - $96.16.

New member Korinne West volunteered to do our 2019-20 Yearbook. They should be ready at our September meeting. We are grateful for her contribution to our chapter. Give her a thanks!

Your Newsletter Editor Mary Williams appreciates knowing what you are doing or if you have changes to your information. Your news is our news. Next Newsletter will be Nov 11. Please have all news to her by November 10th - mwilliamstxtravel@yahoo.com

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pread the word! Like our Facebook page and share our posts to your page. You can post your own performances there as well. We just cannot use that space to advertise or sell products.

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Congratulations to Lisa Beyer and Ashley Bouras who prepared an article on transitioning from college to alumni membership which appeared in the last issue of the Triangle.

Lisa and Ashley are also presenting a session on “Mindful Movement: Folk Dance and Social Emotional Learning” at TMEA this year! They are so excited to share their ideas with others and hope you’ll join them if you're at the conference in February. We will hear this presentation at our first meeting.

New Dallas member Amy Canchola was awarded the Bettylou Scandling Hubin Scholarship for World Music/Multicultural Music. Her PhD thesis was related to work on Maria Grever. Amy will be singing some Grever songs at our November meeting. She had a great reason for not being able to attend the luncheon with the IEB in July – she was in California singing with an orchestra on the Bach-Millennium program.

Pat Hill was pleasantly surprised to see her picture in the Triangle recently for her 70 year Diamond membership in Mu Phi, Chapter Epsilon Epsilon. She will be celebrating her 90th birthday on September 15th—she says “thanks for the musical memories!” Happy birthday Pat!

Francis Vu, our recent special election member, has started working on his DMA in Choral Conducting at UNT.


Jenny Smith and Caila Muhlbauer tied the knot March 14 in Naples, Florida and bought a house this summer. Best wishes to this great couple!





Jenny was honored by TCC in Fort Worth. She announced: “Now is an appropriate time to post that my application for tenure and promotion was approved! I'm a full professor with tenure! Something I saw while cleaning out my office made me think back to where I was five years ago, and I am so, so, so thankful for literally everything I have in my life right now. Things were tough for a while. But I persisted, and worked hard, and did my best, and networked, and kept trying to get better, and listened to people, and stood up for myself, and... Well... Here I am. Thank you to anyone that helped me get here.”

Congratulations Jenny on your achievements!

A few Mu Phis joined other Musical Arts Club members for lunch at Fish City in Dallas: Gretchen Nichols, Claudia Jameson, Katie Freiberger, Pat Suitt, Frances Estes and Joan Merriman.

Cynthia Wadley’s daughter Linda shared her email and phone with us so we can keep in contact with Cynthia, who always appreciates a call. (This info is in the new yearbook.)





Be sure to welcome our new members (complete info in the yearbook):
Emma Bjornson
  embjornson97@gmail.com
Melissa Logan
  MelissaLogan@dcccd.edu
Daniel McKay
  daniel_adam_mckay@yahoo.com
Sam Melnick
  samelnicomposer@gmail.com
Julie Schmitt  - jhschmitt@yahoo.com (returning after a long time!)
Korinne West - korinnealaina@gmail.com

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Kimla Beasley is our new Chairperson of the Concert Series and has been working on the new schedule with retiring Chairperson Susan Poelchau.

Three organizations are sponsoring programs on our series this year.
• The Dallas Harp Society will begin the series on September 29th
  with Barbara Biggers, harp.
• The Dallas Flute Society follows on October 6th with a program of local
  flutists.
• Musical Arts Society will celebrate their 100th anniversary on January
  26th with a concert and reception. They will also donate money toward a
  piano tuning prior to their program.

Kimla has a great lineup of concerts. Be sure to support our series by telling your friends and bringing your friends to concerts. See the schedule on the Concert Series page. There are links to Performers and Programs that are updated as the information becomes available.

We will need some volunteers at the first five concerts
. Let Kimla know if you can help. Contact her at kbeasley@kybproductions.com

Mary Williams continues with the series and encourages everyone to visit our website and Facebook page and share our Facebook postings about the artists who perform at the Library. Ensembles are still in process of being formed (and named) but more information should be posted by mid-September.

Kimla Beasley is maintaing a mailing email list of our "regulars" and others who would like to keep informed as to what is happening each week at the concerts. Send email addresses of your contacts to Kimla for this database. She is also open to ideas you may have about promoting our award-winning series.

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NOT NEWS – but reminder that we are the hosting chapter for the International Convention July 23-26, 2020 at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 2401 Bass Pro Drive, Grapevine, TX. This hotel is just north of DFW airport and west of the Hwy 121/LBJ interchange. Put this date on your calendar! You will want to be there.

Planning began this summer when the Mu Phi Epsilon International Executive Board (IEB) held its annual meeting in Grapevine, discussing, among other things, preparation for the 2020 Convention.

Rosemary Ames, the international president, invited our chapter to join the Board for lunch on Tuesday, July 30, 2019. Several chapter members were able to take this opportunity to get to know the Board members and to get in on the ground floor for next year's convention planning.



Pictured are: Julia Scherer (1st VP,Extension Officer); Jenny Smith (2nd VP Collegiate Advisor/ Dallas Chapter); Nancy Laine, President Dallas Chapter; Tena Hehn, Dallas Chapter; Melanie Moseley, Dallas Chapter; Rosemary Ames (President MPE); Marcus Wyche (3rd VP Alumni Advisor); Ellen Sackett (Editor Triangle); Jess LaMore; Sandra McMillen, Dallas Chapter.

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Contact Information
 
Electronic mail / President / General Information - Nancy Laine: intreble@swbell.net
Website - Mary Williams: mwilliamstxtravel@yahoo.com
Concert Series - Kimla Beasley:
kbeasley@kybproductions.com
VP/Membership - Kimla Beasley:
kbeasley@kybproductions.com
Programs - Phyllis Wilson: phylw@sbcglobal.net and Claudia Jameson: cnavjameson@hotmail.com

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