2020 'Pandemic Year' officers recommit for 2021

Type of post: Chorus news item
Sub-type: No sub-type
Posted By: Marlin Weidler
Status: Current
Date Posted: Tue, Jan 12 2021

By Jerry Meier

Central States District President Duane Lawson installed the Kansas City Chapter's 2021 officers with a resounding “Hell Yeah” to renew their commitments to serve and support the chapter.

President Mike Schumacher counted 37 chapter members and four guests who attended the 2020 Awards and 2021 Installation (non-)Banquet via Zoom video conference on Tuesday, Jan. 12. Guests were Duane, Chris Walker, Charlie Hill and Dale Neuman.

The 2021 officers are as follows:

President                               Mike Schumacher
Immediate Past President      Barry Sanders
Secretary                               Tom Hadley
Treasurer                               Harvey Shapiro
Executive VP                          Harvey Shapiro
Marketing VP                         Adam Singleton
Chapter Development VP      Don Fuson
Music & Performance VP       Carter Combs
Operations VP                      Steve Keisker
Program VP                          Jerry Meier
Members at Large:               Tony O’Brien, Vince Perry IV and Marlin Weidler

You might recognize the fact that all 2021 officers agreed to return to serve another year, since 2020 seemed to be “not an actual” year on duty. Thanks were given to former Board Member Greg Busch, who did not re-up because he's returning home to Indianapolis.

Bob Velazquez, Heart of America Chorus director, renewed his commitment to lead the 2021 Heart of America Barbershop Chorus and to improve the chapter and each member this year.

President Mike Schumacher reminded us that the Heart of America Chorus is “our chorus.” He encouraged all members to continue promoting our chapter and our chorus, while conversing with potential new members and customers. He challenged chapter members to continue working through the pandemic to prepare for future performances – they will come and we will have fun!

John Braden stepped in again as the “Official Organizer of the Awards” to recognize and honor the 2020 award recipients:
-- Ron McIntire was recognized and honored with the John Cross Award for 2020.
-- Marlin Weidler was recognized and honored with the 2020 Barbershopper of the Year Award.
-- There was no Oz Newgard “Ozzie” Award given in 2020 for Outstanding Musical Service to the Chapter.
-- There was no Joe Stern Chapter Lifetime Achievement Award given in 2020.