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Area 9 Events

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Events in Area 9

August Adventure
August 13, 2016 @ 8:30a
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GDHA Fall Workshop
September 10, 2016 @ 8:00a
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July 2016 Ringing News

Committing the Uncommitted

After a handbell performance, a woman approaches some ringers and talks to them about their choir. When she expresses an interest in playing handbells, the ringers invite her to the next rehearsal. She enthusiastically agrees to come. However, she never does. Unfortunately, this seems to be a collective experience in the handbell world. How do we turn interested people into committed members of our handbell program?

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Handchime Loan Program
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Area 9 is excited to announce that one set of handchime is available for loan to a school or other qualifying program. The educational opportunities of handchimes and the accompanying information and tools supplied to the recipient will help maximize both your budget and your time with students. One set of handchimes has already be awarded to El Sistema in Oklahoma City to continue the work and mission of that program; you can read here about El Sistema’s success last year.

Click here for full details and the downloadable application.

National Address Update

Please note that any payments sent to the Guild should now go to the following address:

Handbell Musicians of America
PO Box 221047
Louisville, KY 40252

This includes membership renewal, contributions, event registration payments, invoice payments, etc.

All general correspondence that does not include a check payment should should be sent to:

Handbell Musicians of America
201 E. Fifth Street
Suite 1900-1025
Cincinnati, OH 45202

In Case You Missed It…

Due to an apparent typo by the International Olympic Committee, men's and women's handbells have been added to the Olympic Games. According to a source who wished to remain anonymous for this story, the error occurred when spell check changed handball to handbell shortly before publishing the final schedule for the 2016 games in Rio.

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Summit 2016: The Blog & Snaps

Did you know that our communications/social media chair took a stab at a daily event blog on the Area 9 website? Did you know there were pictures uploaded to Facebook almost every day? If you didn’t, you should check out the fun and activities of Summit 2016: The Ocean Journey!

Read the blog posts | View the photos

Please contact any of the 2014-2016 Area 9 board members with ideas, suggestions, questions or concerns.

Chair – Ruth Seiwell
Chair Elect – Wilson Van Tine
Treasurer – Marci Corey
Secretary – Patty Highland
Past Chair – Michelle Tejada
Financial Advisor – Wilson Van Tine
Education – Venita MacGorman
Publications – Kari Daelke
Social Media/Communications – Jeremy Springer
Oklahoma Representative - Paula Barnes
Texas Representative - Adam Samuels
Texas Representative - Dellinda Ebeling

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