Fall Newsletter 2018

Dear VFMC Members,

Summer has drawn to a close and my favorite season of the year has arrived – Fall.  I love the cooler weather and the beautiful trees and, along with that, another exciting year with the VFMC.  Please take a few moments to look over the summary of upcoming events for the 2018-2019 season and record them on your calendars.

Fall Board Meeting:  Much business was accomplished at the Fall Board Meeting that took place on August 25th.  Thanks to all who attended and made this event a success.  I have included the minutes as an additional attachment for you. You can also find them on the VFMC website. 

District Meetings:  I am looking forward to the District Meetings coming up in October and hope to have an opportunity to visit with many of you during this time. 

               District I            Saturday, October 6, 2018 – Hosted by Tazewell Music Club
                                         Tazewell Baptist Church, 483 Tower Street, Tazewell VA 24651

               District II           Friday, October 5, 2018 – Hosted by Shenandoah Valley Music Club
                                         New Hope Alliance Church, 2311 Papermill Road, Winchester VA

               District III          Saturday, October 27, 2018 – Hosted by Rappahannock Music Study
                                         Indian Creek Yacht & Country Club, 362 Club Drive, Kilmarnock, VA

Spring Convention:  If you haven’t done so yet, please mark your calendars now for the 98th Annual VFMC Convention.  District III is planning this event, and I am hoping for a tremendous turnout this year.  It will take place May 16-18, 2019 at the South Hill Presbyterian Church in South Hill, Virginia. Rooms will be available at the new Holiday Inn Express located a short distance from the Church.  Please refer to the website for more complete information as the time grows nearer. 

District III Invitation to the Convention

              District III invites you to the town of South Hill for the 2019 state convention,
May 16-18.  The meetings will be held at South Hill Presbyterian Church and rooms
will be available at the Holiday Inn Express.  This will be a change as we will not be
having the meetings at the hotel.  But South Hill is a small town and the church and
hotel are 1.4 miles apart.  There is little traffic and no stoplights.  The town is a
crossroads with I-85 and Route 58.

Website:  Our website continues to grow and evolve.  Website maintenance is a continuous job for any organization because information is ever changing.  Several members have now been trained by Bill Riski as content editors to enable us to manage our site and keep it up to date.  I want to give a warm welcome to Sharon Hale, a member of the Piedmont Music Club who has graciously consented to taking on the role of website editor for the VFMC.  Working alongside her is Kathryn Peters, President of the Piedmont Music Club and District II Director of the VFMC.  I feel we are very lucky to have such competent members in our organization.

Future Fall Board Meetings:  Based on the slightly more limited turnout for this past year’s fall board meeting, I am asking for your input to help me schedule upcoming fall board meetings.  Please send me a quick reply and let me know which month you prefer to hold the meeting.

If you feel so inclined, let me know the rationale for your choice.

  • August (just before school begins – as we’ve done it frequently in the past)

  • September (mid-month to late in the month)

 I look forward to your replies. 


Elaine Brady
Doctor of Musical Arts
President, Virginia Federation of Music Clubs