Voice of Music News (Newsletter)

Dear VFMC Members,

Summer is drawing to a close and my favorite season of the year will soon arrive – Fall. I love the cooler weather and the beautiful trees. Along with that comes another exciting year with the VFMC. I welcome all new and returning members to the VFMC and look forward to seeing all of you during this next year. Please take a few moments to look over this summary of upcoming events for the 2019-2020 season and record them on your calendars.

Fall Board Meeting: Much business was accomplished at the Fall Board Meeting that took place on August 23rd. Thanks to all who attended and made this event a success. For those who weren’t able to attend, soon you will be able to find out what went on at the meeting by accessing the minutes on the website.

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

District I Saturday, October 5, 2019 – Hosted by Thursday Morning Music Club
Grandin Court Baptist Church, 2660 Brambleton Ave, Roanoke VA 24015

District II Friday, September 27, 2019 – Hosted by Springfield Music Club
Faith Church Kingstowne, 5725 Castlewellan Dr, Alexandria VA 22315

District III Saturday, September 28, 2019 – Hosted by Cadenza Music Club
The Chesapeake, 955 Harpersville Road, Newport News VA 23601

Convention: If you haven’t done so yet, please mark your calendars now for the 99th Annual VFMC Convention. This is a very special year for Virginia because at the Convention we will be celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Virginia Federation of Music Clubs! With this in mind, we are hoping for a tremendous turnout. District II is hosting the event and set the date as May 7-9, 2020 at the Hilton Garden Inn Woodbridge, 2500 Neabsco Common Place in Woodbridge. Please mark this date on your calendars and note that the date was changed from the tentative date originally mentioned. Refer to the website for more complete information as the time grows nearer.

Website: Our website continues to grow and evolve. Website maintenance is a continuous job for any organization because information is ever changing. Since the Fall Board Meeting, we have been working diligently to update the website. Many changes take place from season to season, but things are really taking shape. I am gratified that, increasingly, more members use the website on a regular basis. It is a fast and easy way to look up information about the VFMC.

Folders: For those who attended the fall board meeting, I brought along copies of updated materials relevant to the VFMC to replace some of the documents in your folders sent to you two years ago. I know that many of you bring the folders to meetings, use them for reference, and update them as they were intended, and I hope that you will pass on these folders to your replacements.

Additional Emails and Attachments: I am sending you another email with 2 attachments – the VFMC Member Directory 2019-20 and the VFMC Personnel Listing 2019-20. I will also be sending a separate email for Senior Club Presidents with numerous attachments and one to VFMC Reporting Chairs, also with several attachments. Please remember to make copies of these documents and put them in your folders for reference. Ultimately this will help your successor learn about the responsibilities they are assuming and how to be successful in our organization. Let’s keep the information trail going.

I enjoyed seeing so many of you at the Fall Board Meeting and look forward to other occasions to meet throughout the year.


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