CMT News

June Meeting Highlights

posted Jul 9, 2013, 5:28 PM by OregonSpirit   [ updated Jul 9, 2013, 5:28 PM ]

Your 2013/2014 CMT has been working hard since taking office.  Here are the highlights from our June 2013 meeting.  Just go to the Management Team tab above and choose CMT Meeting Minutes to see the agenda and full minutes for each month.

June 19th via Skype:
  • The CMT eagerly gave consensus to accept Janice LaCombe as Assistant Finance Coordinator.  In this capacity she will help Lisa Fieber, particularly in managing the individual budgets and accounting for OSC fundraisers and shows.
  • Lisa configured Quickbooks to include and track the chorus budget.  The CMT reviewed the new reports, gave consensus on the new format and will distribute the final budget to the membership for review and approval.
  • Our Scrip fundraiser is up and running and generating income for OSC.
  • The annual beach trip has 15 members planning to stay at the beach house for the weekend.  Plans are still open for things to do on Saturday.
The next CMT meeting will be held via Skype on July 10th at 7:00pm.  Please let Lori McGinty or any CMT member know if you have business for us.

March Meeting Highlights

posted Mar 13, 2013, 10:12 PM by OregonSpirit

Here are the highlights from the March management team meeting: 

· Young Women in Harmony’s “In the Can”: Each year OSC presents a donation to the Young Women in Harmony program at Regional Competition. A donation jar will soon be available at our chorus rehearsals. Please consider donating to this worthy cause and keep this exciting art form alive for generations to come.

· CMT Elections: The Chorus Management Team (CMT) is looking for a few good women to join its ranks. Elections will be held in April and four team positions are open! More details, including job descriptions and application forms, will be presented at an upcoming rehearsal. Each person will receive training/mentoring and as much assistance as needed to succeed. Please consider joining the CMT. 

· OSC Installation Banquet: OSC’s annual Installation Banquet will be held on Thursday, May 9, 2013. Please mark your calendars and join your OSC sisters for an evening of fun and celebration. Stay tuned for more details!

· Spirit Award Nomination: We’ve reached that time of the year when we honor one of our chorus sisters for her dedication, enthusiasm, and work on behalf of the chorus by awarding her the Spirit Award. The individual who receives this award will have demonstrated spirit and enthusiasm throughout the past year while upholding the values of OSC and Sweet Adelines International. Nominations for the Spirit Award will take place very soon. More details to follow. 

· Spring Flower Sale: The spring flower sale has officially begun. Laurie Burke will send flower sale order forms to members by email and orders will be due by Saturday, April 11, 2013. If you have any questions about the spring flower sale, please contact chair person Judy Gobat or Laurie Burke. 

· Scrip Program: The new Scrip program will kick off this month. This program will allow you to purchase gift cards for places where you already do business – like Albertson’s, Safeway, Applebee’s, Olive Garden, and much more. When you use the card, a portion of the purchase will go directly into OSC’s bank account. Co-chairs Laurie LaBrasseur and Janice LaCombe will be presenting information on this new program soon. 

· Upcoming Events: Please mark your calendars for the following exciting events taking place in the next few months: 
· OSC Open House (also known as Guest Night) – June 6, 2013 
· Region 12 Summer Spectacular in Redding, California – June 28 – 30, 2013
· OSC Beach Trip – Friday and Saturday, July 12 – 13, 2013

CMT Highlights - February 2013

posted Feb 13, 2013, 8:53 AM by Kathy Scheel

These are the highlights from this month's management team meeting,  

1.       Spring  A’ Cappella Show:  The show will be held on Saturday, April 13, at an exciting new venue located in downtown Salem:  the Historic Grand Theater.  Cascade Chorus, the finest men’s barbershop chorus based in Eugene, will perform on the show along with Oregon Sprit Chorus and several quartets including  Distinction, Heyday, Jabberwocky, All In A-Chord, and Sweet Talk.  Show co-chairs Lori McGinty and Laurie Burke still need volunteers for many show responsibilities including tickets, programs, and decorations.  Crystal Sublette is chairing programs ad sales.  Please volunteer. 

2.       Scrip Fundraising:  OSC will soon be enrolled in a Scrip program.  This program will allow us to shop at many of our regular businesses and earn money for the chorus at the same time!  Co-chairs Laurie LaBrasseur and Janice Lacombe will soon present details of how scrip works.   So easy, you’re gonna love it!

3.       Spring Flower Sale:  Our annual spring flower sale fundraiser will begin in early March.  Judy Gobat has graciously volunteered to serve as chairperson for this event.  More details to follow.


4.       OSC Logo:  Linda Barker, Marketing Coordinator, is still looking for a new OSC logo for our business cards and other marketing materials.  Please submit your OSC logo and design ideas to Linda. 

CMT Highlights - January 2013

posted Jan 15, 2013, 4:42 PM by Kathy Scheel

Following are the highlights from the January management team meeting:
  1. APRIL 13 SHOW:  Lori McGinty and Laurie Burk will co-chair the show.  They will be looking for volunteers in the next couple weeks to participate in various show responsibilities such as tickets, ads, programs, etc. (refer to the newsletter published last month).  Please VOLUNTEER.
  2. REGION 24 CONVENTION/COMPETITION, April 25-28, Boise, ID:  Sue McCaleb has graciously accepted the position of Convention Coordinator for OSC.  She has reserved 16 two-queen rooms at the Hampton Inn for OSC, in addition to a banquet room for our Saturday morning breakfast.  If you have not already done so, please contact Sue with your travel information.
  3. SECRET SISTERS:  We will be starting up the Secret Sisters program again soon.  This short-term, fun program will begin at the upcoming Advance (Feb 22-24) and end at the installation banquet in May.  More details to follow.
  4. OSC LOGO:  Linda Barker is still looking for a new OSC logo for our business cards and other marketing materials.  Please submit your design ideas to Linda.
  5. CANCELLATION PROCEDURE:  Crystal Sublette will be posting an updated rehearsal cancellation procedure soon.  The basis of the procedure is that ALL members check their emails or text messages beefore leaving for rehearsal on Thursdays.  A few membesr who require phone calls will be notified that way.
  6. FOOD DRIVE:  It was reported that 323 pounds of food was delivered to the Southeast Salem Neighborhood Community Center following our Dec 13 show and food drive.  This provided meals for 260 people!  Awesome!
  7. SURVEY:  A survey will be sent to all members for immediately completion regarding several subjects (i.e., Feb 9 performance, flower sales, etc.). Watch for it - and respond quickly!

CMT Highlights - December 2012

posted Dec 22, 2012, 10:45 AM by Kathy Scheel

  1. We are urgently looking for people to fill various positions:
  • Show chair for April 13th show- Co-chair even  NEED THIS  ASAP
  • Associate Member on the Management team
  • Newsletter Editor
  • Secret Sister chair

2.    Talked about our April 13th show and learned that Kathy's quartet is going to sing on our show!  Hope to have a Chair or even Co-chair really soon as this usually a big money maker.  It will take the help of every member to make it a success.  

3.   Membership is working on updating the Member Directory, making a booklet style that will fit into a purse.
4.   Marketing is in the process of putting together a tri-fold brochure advertising our chorus.
5.   Finance is putting together a sponsorship letter to help find companies to sponsor our chorus. We will be mailing letters out to local businesses requesting donations/sponsorship, and need everyone to provide the names and addresses to Lisa Fieber so they can be mailed soon.
6.  General - Discussed possibility of purchasing riser chairs for our members who have a hard time standing during practice. Let Crystal know if you are interested in this so we will know how many to price.
MANAGEMENT TEAM MEETINGS are scheduled to follow the Second Saturday Sessions and are "open" - members may observe the team in action so you can see first-hand how we operate.  Let Crystal know ahead of time if you'd like to visit a meeting.

August CMT Highlights

posted Aug 22, 2012, 2:12 PM by Unknown user

I hope you are all enjoying your summer! The sunshine is so welcome and wonderful!

1) Speaking of sunshine, please take time to welcome and thank our new Sunshine Chair, Diana Nicholson-Nelson! As the Sunshine Chair, Diana will be in charge of sending congratulations and condolences on behalf of the chorus to members, friends and family. Please let her know if there is someone that you would like her to be in contact with.

2) Lori McGinty, Event Chair, is in the process of making roommate assignments for our February Advance retreat. If you have not specified who you would like to room with, please let her know ASAP. Otherwise, it will be completed by the luck of the draw.

3) Don't forget about the Lip Sync Contest scheduled to take place during rehearsal on September 13th! Get a group together, pick out a tune and practice it up.....the wackier the better!  Laughter IS the best medicine :)

4) Thanks also go out to Lisa Fieber, Finance Chair. She was able to purchase a refurbished laptop and download both the Quickbooks and Excel programs onto it. This laptop will now be passed on to each successive Finance Chair, easing their transition by providing the necessary programs and past chorus financial history immediately. Great going Lisa!

CMT Highlights - July 2012

posted Jul 17, 2012, 11:47 AM by Unknown user

The July meeting of the CMT was held during an enjoyable beach retreat that took place the weekend of the 13th and 14th. Amongst our eating, socializing, playing games, walking the beach, shopping and concert going, some serious CMT business took place :) Here are the highlights:
1)   The Area School is quickly approaching (Sept 7-8). If you have not yet indicated whether you plan to attend or not, please contact Klea and let her know. More info will follow about Hotel recommendations, for members who will be spending the night.
2)   April Show venue - We are requesting chorus recommendations for possible venues for our April 2013 Show. Ideally the site would allow for the cabaret style of show that we did last December, but we would like it to accomodate a larger audience. The Salem area is preferred, but all ideas are welcome. Please contact any member of the CMT if you know of a possible location.
3)   Advance Retreat - Lori M. and Klea have been working very hard on planning our 2013 Advance, scheduled for February 23-24. They are going to be signing the contract with the Riverbend Resort in Eugene at the end of this month and need an accurate count of how many are planning to attend. Please reply to the e-mail sent out by Klea earlier this month. It sounds like a great location!
4)   Step up and volunteer! - Judy Kroll is still seeking that perfect person or persons who would like to serve as Membership Chair(s). This is a fun way to get to know the new visitors and members through welcoming them, and following up on their new membership applications, etc. This job has also been know to induce smiling and laughter - both strongly recommemded by the surgeon general as means to promote a more healthful life! Contact Judy if interested. Or...Do you like to scrapbook?  We are in the process of retrieving the OSC Scrapbook that was lovingly cared for by Mickey Logan up until a year ago. We would like a current member to take over as OSC Historian, with responsibilities to include updating and maintaining this book of chorus memories. Please contact Judy about becoming membership chair, or Diana H. about taking over as the new Historian if you are able to help us out!
5)   Upcoming Fun Contest!!! - Get your creative thinking caps on and watch your e-mail for details about an upcoming chorus contest! There will be a fabulous prize awarded to the winner, as well as long-term notariety and the love and admiration of your fellow chorus members. Who could ask for more?

CMT Highlights - June 2012

posted Jun 6, 2012, 10:18 PM by Unknown user

The first meeting of the newly elected CMT took place June 2nd at the home of Crystal Sublette. Included below are some of the highlights of the items discussed:

1) More Singing - Many chorus members have stated that they would like to have more opportunities to perform. We would really like to make this a priority, and need you, the chorus members, to help us seek out and schedule these "gigs". Singing events can be paid or non-paid. They can include the full chorus, an octet, a quartet or anything in between. If you, or several of, you would like to be in charge of looking for performance opportunities, please contact Jill Nishbal, our performance coordinator. Let's get out there and SING! 

2) $$$ - Many of you will recall our brainstorming session a few weeks ago targeting chorus fundraising ideas. After the storm settled and the voting was completed, the top 4 choices were (in no particular order): #1 The Scrip Program, #2 Used book rental/sales, #3 Restaurant fundraiser for non-profit organizations, and #4 Bingo at Spirit Mountain Casino. We are now asking members to step forward who would like to chair one or more of these fundraisers. Please contact Laurie Burk to let her know of your interest. 

3) Organizational Issues: With the growth of the chorus, we have outgrown several of our "spaces". In the next few weeks, Judy Kroll, Membership Chair, will be re-organizing/re-purposing the chorus mailbox. In addition, Kathy Scheel and others are going to start cleaning out and re-organizing the chorus file cabinet. What old treasures might she find?

4) Wanted: Women who know Excel! As the CMT finalizes and initiates the Chorus Incentive Program, we need to enlist someone who knows Excel well to Chair the program, and tally each members points on a spreadsheet. Come know you love those little boxes!

5) The BIG Show: Lastly, the CMT discussed a possible alternative to our usual Christmas Concert for this next year. The idea was brought forth to expand the Friends and Family show to include ticket sales, a silent auction, and a larger, more music-friendly venue. Talks are in the early stages. It was decided that an Autumn A'Capella would not be feasible due to lack of adequate preparation time and due to the timing of Kathy's vacation. Please contact any member of the CMT if you have input, ideas or questions.

Here is your 2012-2013 CMT!

posted May 5, 2012, 8:32 AM by Unknown user

The positions have been filled! Here is your newly elected CMT:

Team Leader - Crystal Sublette
Secretary/Communications - Diana Henry
Finance Manager - Lisa Fieber
Director - Kathy Scheel
Events Coordinator - Lori McGinty
Membership Coordinator - Judy Kroll
Marketing Coordinator - Linda Barker
Ways & Means Coordinator - Laurie Burk
Associate Member - Klea Ford

Energy and Support Services - ALL OF YOU!!

The plan is to complete all of the turn over of information and the training by the end of May. 
Off we go!

CMT Election Information

posted Apr 24, 2012, 10:07 PM by OregonSpirit   [ updated Apr 24, 2012, 10:12 PM ]

Members you will find biographical information and personal statements from your slate of candidates for the OSC CMT election taking place Thursday, April 26, 2012. Please consider this information carefully in anticipation of the election and remember than your attendance is important to reach the membership quorum required for a valid election. If you will not be able to attend please check your chorus email for your absentee ballot or call Elaine Rosenberg at 503-949-4559 to cast your votes by phone. Absentee votes must be cast by 5:30pm on Thursday, April 26, 2012 so they can be tabulated.

Linda Barker:
Employment experience - retired, sales, insurance
SAI chorus experience - Beginning in 1960 with Eugene, Mission Valley, Eugene and OSC
SAI chorus management experience - Membership Chair, Marketing Chair, Events Chair - OSC
Management skills - OSC Management team for 4 years and Girl Scout Leader for daughter’s troop
Personal Statement -
 I would like to serve again on the management team because I would like to utilize my experience to help our chorus grow and attract new members.  I learned a lot while serving on the management before and because of that I believe I'll be more effective as a member now.

Lisa Fieber:
Employment experience - vacation sales, accounting
SAI chorus experience - OSC, Columbia River, Blue Lake, Pride of Portland
SAI chorus management experience - President, Secretary
Management skills - Bookkeeping, accounting, secretarial
Personal Statement -
 I have been a sweet Adeline for more than 20 years,  it has given me so much I would like to give back.  I have served as chorus president with Columbia river chapter and secretary with Blue Lake many years ago.  The majority of my background is financial.

Klea Ford:
Employment experience -My work experience has been in retail and restaurant. I was the manager of the JC Cafe for about 4 years. Mostly I have been a stay home mom with part time jobs here and there.
SAI chorus experience - I officially joined SAI in March 2006. I started singing with the Greater Eugene Chorus, as part of the Christmas Chorus, in the fall of 2005. In 2006 I participated in an unofficial  quartet doing Singing Valentines. In February 2007, did it again with other women who in my same community. We enjoyed it so much that we decided to stay together and became 'Diamonds in the Rough' (a SAI registered  quartet). In fall of 2009 I moved choruses from Greater Eugene to Oregon Spirit Chorus and have now been a member of OSC for 3 1/2 years.
SAI chorus management experience - While singing with Greater Eugene Chorus, I served for 2 years as Chapter Secretary and then Chapter President for 1 year.
Management skills - Most of my leadership skills have come through church service. I have served as Girl Camp Director for 3 years and been apart at the leadership team for 11 years. The camp includes 85 to 120 girls each year for 6 days of camp, certification training, meals and over seeing every detail of their experience.Prior to singing with SAI I sang with and directed many church choirs, as well as directed a 75 member choir for a special event presentation.
It was my privilege to be the Relief Society President of a womens group through church (200 members). The focus was on giving service to others and providing spiritual support. Many times it included planning dinners for about 100+ women. In my personnel life, I am the mother of 5. But currently am an empty nester. I love to sing, sew, quilt, craft, cook anything to keep busy so I don't have to think about being an empty nester.
Personal Statement -
 Oregon Spirit Chorus is now a part of me. My goal for OSC is that it will bring happiness, joy, sisterhood and refuge to its members. That all who hear a performance will be taken away from their realities of life and escape in our music, even if just for a moment. That as a management team we can work together to handle all of the administrative duties so the director can focus on just the music and the produce of the performance.

Diana Henry:
Employment experience -
SAI chorus experience - OSC
SAI chorus management experience - Communications Chair (current)
Management skills - Organization
Personal Statement -
When I originally volunteered to take over the position of CMT Communication's Coordinator, I did so with two goals in mind. The first, was to be able to assist the Chorus fill a much needed position. The second was to better myself by increasing my comfort with "all things computer".  I am able to happily report that I have at least partially met both of these goals. Along the way I have had the opportunity to work with and get to know a group of wonderful ladies. I sincerely would like to continue my work on the CMT. I have much more to learn, more assist to provide and more friends to make :)

Judy Kroll:
Employment experience - Retired, Self Employed
SAI chorus experience - OSC, other 1988-1993
SAI chorus management experience - Membership (current and previous), Choreography
Management skills - Jill of all trades, master of none
Personal statement -
 I love Oregon Spirit Chorus, and my visions for the chorus are all positive. I was on the MT when we first chartered and enjoyed having a hand in starting a new chorus..  Now that we are in a routine as a chorus, I would be thrilled to be part of the major advances we will be making, and bigger strides we will be taking.
 Each member to me is like a family, and since I am retired I feel I will be able to have the time and energy to devote to watching our family grow and prosper.
 What qualifications do I have?   I have a lot of love to share.  I am a mother and grandmother, and therefore can handle a "family".  I am a visionary.   I have the usual computer skills, and most of all...I love people. I am good at goal setting, I am a leader in many ways...And I play and get along well with others

Your continuing CMT members are: Kathy Scheel - Director - Permanent Laurie Burk - serving through April 2013 Lori McGinty - serving through April 2013 Crystal Sublette - serving through April 2013 OSC will be electing four members to the fill following four open positions: Vacant - serving through April 2013 Open - serving through April 2014 Open - serving through April 2014 Open - serving through April 2014

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