For the past two years, the Cleveland Chapter
has been able to give a significant amount of scholarship money
to aspiring organists. In 1999, we gave $3,000, and in 2000,
we gave $4,000. This money came from two sources: The Gladys
Hanabeck Scholarship Fund and interest from our Magellan Fund
Account (which was established with funds earned and subsequently
invested from the 1974 national AGO convention hosted by the
Cleveland Chapter.) As anyone who follows the stock market at
all knows, those years of high investment return were followed
by this year of little or no investment return.
If the Cleveland Chapter is to continue giving
annual scholarships, this fund must be replenished. Many of
us want to encourage the study of organ. The scholarships have
been awarded to junior high and high school musicians, to college
organ majors and to older students wishing to improve their
skills. Few chapters have been able to give even this amount
of aid. Let's work to ensure that our chapter will be able to
continue to offer some level of support for years to come.
We will be receiving an offering to benefit our
scholarship fund at our March 4 meeting at the Church of the
Covenant. If you are unable to attend or prefer to send a check,
you may do so by making it out to the Cleveland AGO and sending
it to Treasurer, Juanita Schubert. All who send checks will
be acknowledged at our annual meeting.
I hope to see you at the March meeting.