Calling All Members…Bring a Friend!

Calling All Members…Bring a Friend!

by Deb Gemma

June is here, and with it the call to renew our membership in the Guild. We are fortunate, as members of the Greater Hartford Chapter, to be part of a large, healthy chapter with many resources available to us. However, the realities of the 21st century are with us; many of our traditional institutions and organizations are experiencing declining membership. We ignore this trend at our peril. It is no longer sufficient to expect participants to seek to join our association, we must proactively reach out to others.

It is not simply about the numbers. We want to encourage new people to get involved with the Guild, not so we can boast of having a large chapter or keep the dues money rolling in, but because we value what the Guild has to offer and think others would benefit as well. Why do you belong to the American Guild of Organists, Greater Hartford Chapter? Is it so you can list affiliation on your resume or receive the journal, or does it go beyond that? I belong to the Guild in part for the workshops and concerts produced by our chapter and in part for the resources online and through the journal. But most importantly, I belong to be part of a community of colleagues. I value my affiliation with all of you: those whom I have sought for advice through the years and those who have sought help from me, friends and acquaintances, people who love the organ and choral music, and understand the particular joys and challenges of our profession. Why do you belong to the Guild? If you care to share, I’d love to hear! (I’ll be at the Regional Convention or email deborahg@aya.yale.edu; please mention AGO in the subject line.)

Our chapter’s next program season will open with an Anthem Reading Session
on Saturday, September 21st from 10:00am-1:30 pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church in West Hartford; details to follow in the September newsletter. We are en- couraging everyone to bring a non-member to this event. Who are the organists in the town where you work or live that do not belong to the Guild? A personal invitation is always more effective than a blanket announcement…who can you invite to come? I wish each of you a summer of refreshment and renewal, and look forward to seeing you (and your guest) in September!