To all of our Friends in ATOS:

Let me first take a moment to offer this – from Chairman of the Board Bob Dilworth and all of the members of the board and the staff of ATOS, we hope this holiday season is a truly wonderful time for you and your family and friends. Whether it is Christmas, Hanukkah or however you celebrate the season, we wish you the best for now and for 2015.

It is with sadness we report the passing of Fred Bruflodt of Lansing, MI, a long time ATOS member who among other things, was a talented recording engineer. He was 72 years old.
In addition to the outstanding work Fred did for ATOS on the EMCATOS 2011 Convention Highlights recording, he was working on the Indianapolis event. His passing will delay final production on the convention recording.

ATOS will notify all when we know more. Our condolences to the Bruflodt family and all in the theatre organ world in Michigan who knew Fred, and will miss him.

It was an experiment that proved successful.

After many years of the popular Summer Youth Adventure, once again ATOS was asked by the adult players among our members, “Hey, where’s our program like that?”

I am home, getting ready to enjoy Thanksgiving with friends in Atlanta, and reflecting on the better part of the past 30 days spent on the road. Lots of things to reflect on, including:

  • One new Chapter (Old Dominion, Richmond VA) going strong and one potential chapter to be added
  • A pledge from people who make things happen there to renovate the Mosque organ in Richmond (now the Altria Theatre)
  • Progress on the historic Byrd Theatre Wurlitzer as work progresses and fundraising continues

As has been reported in the pages (three articles) in the current issue of Theatre Organ, and also on this ATOS website, the organization is beginning to take the first steps toward reorganization following the September retreat in St. Louis.

A recent Facebook posting offered some alarming statements, assertions and assumptions that were in error on every front. Social Media being what it is, quite a bit of commentary followed.

Following the ATOS retreat in September, the organization is now embarking on several tasks as it moves forward implementing the recommendations from the event. ATOS Chairman Bob Dilworth has appointed the first two committees.

Jack Moelmann has updated the Theatre Organ Journal Index. Wanna find an article on Ann Leaf. View or download the 2015 edition here. If you appreciate Jack's work, let him know.

An Overview of the ATOS Retreat

Twenty representatives of the American Theatre Organ Society spent nearly 14 hours over two days in a corporate retreat, held September 20-21 at the Hilton Hotel at the St. Louis airport.

Watch the Video Preview here.

Overture on July 2
Longwood Gardens with Jonas Nordwall
Welcome Cocktail Party with cash bar (Open to all, not just Overture)
Macy's (Wanamaker organ) with Peter Richard Conte

Day 1 July 3
Membership Meeting
Macy's Greek Hall with Ron Rhode -- Group A
Colonial Theatre with Mark Herman
Dickinson with Dave Peckham

Day 2 July 4
Membership Forum
Macy's Greek Hall with Ron Rhode - Group –B


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