President Don’s Newsletter August 2020
“Hello Folks!” - As Spike Milligan used to say.
Well here we are in another state of mild confusion, as we all wonder where the current episode of Convid is taking us. I guess all I can say just now is “keep calm and carry on”. Meantime, we have some things coming up which are a bit in
limbo at the moment.
1. September concert on the 14th
2. Olive tree concert on the 30th August. Message to performers please remain on standby.
Levin raid on September 12th
As it is quite possible that we will drop back to level 1 fairly soon, I think it is too soon to pull the plug on any of these yet. We can always cancel at short notice if needed.
So look out for updates as needed.
This also means that bands etc. can still rehearse, although with social distancing please.
The concert this month was also a good one. The orchestra opened with a bright and breezy
Business like Show Business” with an intro from Brian O’Flaherty to get the audience singing, and he also continued the patter to cover the MC who was sitting in the saxophone section. Then Murray
Leonard-Jones raised the roof without the
need for a microphone, with two numbers popularized by Mario Lanza. We had quite a keyboard feast also with items from Gail Price, and Senga Imprie on piano, and Mike Ronowicz combining digital dexterity and electronic wizardry on his keyboard, which seems
to increase in size every time we see it. We also had Janet Williams doing her best to be a female Ronnie Ronalde (remember him) and Alan Parlane with some nifty Jazz guitar with vocals, and Bruce Chandler and his accordion with a couple of bright numbers.
The Campbell Street Boys made up for the technical
glitch which prevented them playing last month, by doing three numbers, and then backing Steve Allan with two more polished efforts.
The highlight of the evening, it would be fair to say
was from our guests, “The Manawatu Overtones” with three really great a-capella numbers. These ladies really make harmony singing sound so effortless, which is a true reflection of the amount of practice they must do. At supper, I tried to put
some suggestions into their ears, that by joining the club, they could also perform as soloists or small group, and extend their repertoire. One or two seemed quite taken with the idea, so we shall see!
One positive thing is that we have been
granted a rebate on the club rates of 50% which amounts to a reasonable amount of money. Peter Elliott made the submission, which has borne fruit.
We are replacing the old Savage Club logo on the front of the building with some vinyl lettering
“ON STAGE” Manawatu in keeping with our ideas of modernisation.
Just a reminder that we will be having a short Special General Meeting preceding the October concert.
The meeting will start at 7.p.m, with the concert hopefully at 7.30.p.m.
This is so we can ratify changes to our constitution to fit in with our dispensing with much of the outdated formality etc. of the club.
Finally just a note that the President’s
Christmas Dinner will be at the Masonic Hotel On Saturday 5th December. Some entertainment has been arranged, and we look forward to a good attendance, and fun night out.
This will be a prelude to the December concert which is planned to be cabaret style with tables and BYO.
Meantime, make the most of things as they are, Remember, lots of people around the world are having
it a lot tougher than we are, so let’s count the blessings we have.
Don Fulton (President)