The Jolidon Fund – Where We Are Now

The Jolidon Fund – Where We Are Now

-by Dean, Kari Miller – from Chattervox, June 2014

Everyone knows by now of the marvelous bequest that was made to our chapter by Marge Jolidon. The announcement at last year’s Annual Meeting stunned the assembled crowd.

There were absolutely no stipulations in the will for how the money was to be used. No strings are attached. Clearly, we want to use it in a way that honors her memory.Earlier this year, the “The Jolidon Fund Subcommittee” was formed. It is a subcommittee of the GHC-AGO Board of Directors. The terms of reference state that the subcommittee shall “solicit and consider all ideas and proposals that advance the mission of the AGO in the Connecticut area.”With that goal in mind, one of the first tasks of the subcommittee will be to “create a written proposal procedure that fairly considers short term, long term and recurring ideas, projects and plans.”Without presuming to speak for the subcommittee, we are confident that there will be nothing unusual or difficult about this procedure.

We know that you have been thinking, wishing, dreaming. At least we hope you have, for the time is coming, in the not-too-distant future, when you may advance your ideas to the Jolidon Fund Subcommit- tee for review and consideration. They will then make recommendations to the GHC-AGO Board. Remember, there will be a place for many types of ideas/proposals: Do you want to see Cameron Carpenter come to Hartford? Would you like to host a POE? Would you like to buy organ shoes for needy students? Or maybe the chapter could subsidize a tour of great European organs! A few free lessons for new chapter members? Perhaps a scholarship bearing Marge Jolidon’s name? Or an educational program bringing the organ right into the schools? A weeklong festival of recitals by the world’s greatest? A public organbuilding project? A silent movie competition? The list could go on and on. What do you think will unite and excite us as a chapter and get our collective juices flowing?

Jolidon Subcommittee Members 

Jim Gower (chair)

Jason Charneski

Deb Gemma

Sue Hertel

Joan Pritchard

Christa Rakich

Nancy Robbins

John Coghill, Board liaison