Jean Frazier, President
Virginia Federation of Music Clubs
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About the President
I was born to Robert and Irene Frazier in Warrenton, Virginia. I have 2 sisters, 1 brother; 1 nephew, 5 nieces, 5 great nephews, and 3 great nieces; 2 stepdaughters as well as 2 grandsons in California; 1 granddaughter who is a junior at Virginia Tech.
During my senior year of high school, Mrs. Betty Wilson, from the Department of the Navy in Washington, D.C., came to our high school recruiting senior girls for jobs with the Navy. My first position held was with the Personnel Division of the Bureau of Naval Weapons in the Munitions Building on Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C. My second position held was as Executive Secretary to the Inspector General Dental, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Navy Department, Washington, D.C.
I embarked on a 3-year Navy tour from Washington, D.C., to Barbers Point, Hawaii, with my husband. We lived in Aiea on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii. While working for the Industrial Hygiene Department of the Naval Medical Clinic, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, I was given the opportunity to tour the inside of Diamond Head Volcano. Due to my husband's promotion and new job as Executive Officer of the Naval Medical Clinic, Pearl Harbor, we flip-flopped working arenas. I became the first Executive Secretary to the newly formed Department of the Navy's Naval Medical Command Pacific Region located in the Branch Medical Clinic, Barbers Point, Hawaii. I experienced my first earthquake at Barbers Point.
During the last 12 years of my Civil Service career, I was promoted to Executive Program Coordinator to the Deputy Surgeon General of the Navy, Naval Operations/Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Washington, D.C. I worked for 12 Navy Rear Admirals during my 36-year career, 2 of which were promotd to Vice Admiral and to the position of Surgeon General of the Navy.
Upon my retirement as a Civil Service employee, I was awarded the Department of the Navy's second highest Civilian Award - the Superior Civilian Service Award with Medal, Ribbon, and Pin.
Moved to Vinton, Virginia, in October 2005. I joined Thursday Morning Music Club and its Chorus, Roanoke, Virginia, in October 2006.
Effective 1 June 2011 I became the President of Thursday Morning Music Club ending my tenure 31 May 2015. Effective June 2015 I became the President of Virginia Federation of Music Clubs.
VFMC MISSION STATEMENT
The Virginia Federation of Music Clubs is a not-for-profit organization, under the umbrella of the National Federation of Music Clubs, which is chartered by the Congress of the United States. It’s mission is to foster and promote American music and American musicians, and to be a community advocate for the cause of good music. Membership includes performers, teachers and people who love music and are willing to support its cause. Payment of dues accomplishes a threefold purpose – funding at the local level, a portion to the state and thence to the national coffers. There are three categories of membership – Junior, Student/Collegiate and Senior. Competitions held at all three levels of membership form the majority of the mission goal. The most popular event is the Federation Festival, held at the local level which provides a unique, not-competitive opportunity for juniors and seniors to perform under friendly conditions. VFMC has been in existence since 1922 and NFMC is over one hundred years young.