President’s Report, January 2021
Welcome everyone to 2021. We can only hope that what lies ahead has to be better than the one just gone. We look forward to bigger and better things with ‘OnStage Manawatu’ this
Some of you will have seen the new signage on the outside of the building in Campbell Street, and I have to say it looks great. I would like to thank Ngaire for the time and effort she put in to get a good design to present to the
signwriters (are they still called that when everything is now done by computers?)
Also we now have two Covid tracing signs up by the doors where people can scan in for concerts etc. In addition, the building warrant of fitness required by the
City Council, has been done and approved, and Alan Horsfall and Keith Jacob have been checking some wear and tear around the areas under the roof above the main entrance, and some low cost repairs are under way.
Early in December,
the President’s Dinner was held at the Masonic Hotel, and was attended by about forty members, a very enjoyable night was had. As well as a lovely meal, we were entertained by Dave Cohen with a collection of vocal numbers from previous decades which
brought back some old memories.
The final event for the year was the Christmas concert in a very relaxed atmosphere, with tables set out instead of the usual more formal seating. The concert itself was great with many numbers reflecting the Christmas
atmosphere, and the feedback was so positive, the committee has decided that we should repeat it next year, and probably add it to our concert programme.
Because the provisional date for the February concert coincided with
Waitangi Day, it was decided that our first concert of the year, will be on the 8th March, with monthly concerts going through to December. We will also hold the AGM before the first concert, so please note the
the AGM will start at 6.30pm, with the concert itself beginning at 7.30.pm.
One thing that needs to be discussed at the AGM will be whether the members want to continue with concerts on Monday
nights. It has been suggested that Monday nights do not suit everyone. one factor is that some older members find they prefer not to have to drive after dark, and may have to rely on other members for transport. It was noted that a lot of other musical clubs
and groups have weekend concerts. Some of the options suggested are (a) the 3rd Sunday of the month from 3-5.p.m . (b) Moving from Monday night to Thursday night, or simply leaving things as they are. Please give some thought,
and if you want to give some feedback, you could email either me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Nancy at email@example.com
One other suggestion was that we set the hall for each