Chairman's Update, March 22, 2020

News: Chairman's Update, March 22, 2020

Video update from Dave Calendine on ATOS Issues, March 22, 2020.

Hello! My name is Dave Calendine, Chairman of the American Theatre Organ Society. Today’s update brings some very important news regarding things with ATOS.

Convention Rescheduled

Due to the concern and seriousness of the COVID-19, or Coronavirus, this year’s convention in Indianapolis is being rescheduled to the summer of 2021. The board of directors and the host chapter had hoped to not have to do that, but with taking many things into consideration, we feel that this is the best thing to do at this time. For those that have registered for the convention, you will be contacted by email regarding your registration very soon. Now, while that means that there is not an annual convention this year, that does not mean that there are no ways to enjoy the theatre organ. There are a lot of videos on various social media sites, there are podcasts that you can subscribe and listen to, and there’s always Theatre Organ Radio. The Dickinson Theatre Organ Society just did a live stream of a full concert with Jelani Eddington and Donnie Rankin. We will post a link to that concert on the ATOS website, and we ask that if there are other concerts online that you would like to let us know about, we can post links on our website as well. Send information on links to me at chairman [at] atos.org and I’ll make sure it gets to our website as soon as possible so that we can continue to enjoy the thrilling sounds of the theatre organ!

Board Election

We will still be having our election for the Board of Directors. Each year, three director positions are up for election. This year, we have one board member that terms out, and two that are up for re-election. Board members can be elected for two consecutive terms. After that, they term out, and have to wait at least two years before they are eligible to run again. This year, Michael Fellenzer terms out, and Taylor Trimby and Tedde Gibson are running for re-election. There are four other candidates running for the board, which means that there are six people on the ballot. This year’s ballot, which will be mailed in the Spring, will have the following candidates, in alphabetical order:
Kevin Cartwright; Ed Garcia; Tedde Gibson; Jerry Myers; Luke Staisiunas; and Taylor Trimby.
Ballots are being prepared now and will be soon out in the mail. Please make sure to vote and return your ballot!

Appointment of Officers

Along with the election for the board of directors will be the appointment of officers for the following year. Each year, the officers are chosen at the annual board meeting. Officer positions are Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer. You do NOT have to be on the board of directors to be considered for an officer position, however you do have to submit your name to be considered. All incumbents are interested and eligible to serve another year, however, if you are interested in running for an officer position, please sending your information to our secretary, Taylor Trimby, at t.trimby [at] atos.org. Due to the fact that the board meeting will now be a virtual meeting, the board has suspended the rule in the bylaws that the nominees have to be present in order to be considered. All nominees for an officer position will instead be in attendance virtually. Information on the virtual meeting will be sent out to all that are running for an officer position.

ATOS Archives

For the past several years, our archives were at the University of Oklahoma. Unfortunately, they have had a change of heart regarding housing them, and we are soon to move them to a new home. Thankfully, there is a new home lined up, and that is with our friends at the Organ Historical Society in Pennsylvania, where their archives are already housed. They have made preparations for all of our archives to be delivered, and once there, work will start again on the important archival of each item in our collection. More on this as the move happens and everything gets settled into its new home.

Summer Youth Adventure

Due to the Coronavirus, we find it necessary to reschedule this year’s Summer Youth Adventure to next year. It will still be held in Detroit. More information on this will be posted to the website as soon as possible.

Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for various ATOS awards, such as the Hall of Fame, Organist of the Year, Honorary Membership, Member of the Year, and other awards for special merit or achievement. If you would like to nominate someone for an award, please email Tedde Gibson at t.gibson [at] atos.org. More information about the awards can be found on the ATOS website. This year’s awards ceremony will be done “virtually” and broadcast online for all members to see. Information on this will be on our website once it is set.

Fall Adult Escape Adventure

Back by popular demand is the Fall Adult Escape Adventure, scheduled to take place over the weekend of October 9 through 11. We will be in Maryland at the fantastic Wurlitzer residence installations of Jack and Mildred Hardman, and Richard Kline. Guest instructors are Lyn Larsen and Christian Elliott. Full program details and complete information will be posted soon to the ATOS website as soon the final details are set.

Chapter Communications

One major topic that I want to continue working on is the communications between chapters and ATOS. We know that each year, there can be changes to who is in leadership positions in each chapter, yet, many chapters don’t send that information on to ATOS. Over the next few weeks, each chapter’s leaders that we have on file will be contacted via email, phone, or if needed, snail mail, to make sure that we have the most current information about each chapter in our records and on our website. You can help with the time-consuming process by contacting membership secretary Donna Parker with your chapter information, such as the names, emails and phone numbers of your chapter leadership, and what organs your chapter supports. Donna can be reached by email at membership [at] atos.org. Please take a moment to help us keep our information up to date!

In Conclusion

One last thing before I end this update, and that is, again, about the Coronavirus, or COVID-19. Many events are having to be postponed or cancelled due to the outbreak and mandated closures of public places. This means that many performing arts organizations are losing a vital part of their income. I encourage you to continue supporting all the various performing arts organizations, and if they have to cancel a show, please consider donating the price of the ticket back to them so that they can continue to survive during these challenging times.

That is all for this update. As always, I want to hear your thoughts on this, and anything else related to the American Theatre Organ Society. Any comments are greatly appreciated, good or bad, positive or negative. I want to hear from you. My email address is simply Chairman [at] atos.org. I look forward to hearing from you!

Normally, each update ends with a listing of theatre organ events that we have been notified about, however, as you well know, not much is happening in public venues, so I will end this by simply saying – be safe, be healthy, take care of yourself and others, and we will get through this crazy time. Be sure to check the ATOS website for any announcements and updates regarding our programs, and I look forward to getting things back to normal as soon as we can. Take care everyone! For the American Theatre Organ Society, this is Dave Calendine wishing you a great musical day.

--Dave Calendine, Chariman, ATOS