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Pacific Shores
Region 12 eBlast
July 2016

Erin Howden has been described as brilliant, unique, and innovative everywhere she goes. As a member of the Sweet Adelines International faculty, Erin has been actively involved in coaching, educating and motivating performers worldwide. Erin's creative and passionate delivery is contagious. She inspires personal belief and enthusiasm as she motivates people to pursue breakthrough levels of continuous improvement and excellence.
 A member of the North Metro Chorus for more than 35 years, and their choreographer and Associate Director for much of that time, Erin has been the creative force behind such powerful International chorus performances as "Newsies," "Sailor," "Paint Your Wagon,” "Mary Poppins," and other packages that have had audiences enthralled, and inspired many standing ovations. Erin has made significant contributions to North Metro's four gold medal performances and the chorus is proud to be the canvas for her artistry.
In addition to Erin's background in modern jazz, choreography and dance, she has an honors degree in business and a certification in human resources management and training. Erin worked in HR management for more than 15 years and is now running her own performance coaching organization called "A Step Ahead," through which she coaches, trains, educates and motivates individuals, choruses, quartets and other organizations worldwide.

Please click link to Register for AIM Weekend 

You do NOT have to log in to register for AIM or make your Hotel Reservations
 AIM News you should KNOW!
The Regional Management Team has decided to make a few changes to our HOW (Help Our Winners) program this year based on the restrictions placed on raffles by the State of California and the absolute prohibition of using the U.S. Postal Service to facilitate one. 

We are strongly committed to encouraging each of our singers to help support those talented women who will be representing region 12 at our upcoming International Convention.  This year, of course, that will be Turbulence.  So, we are providing the opportunity for each of you to make a donation to them through PayPal or, of course, in the form of a check made out to the region. 

When you register for AIM, you will be given the chance to make that donation, right there and then.  Even if you are unable to attend the AIM weekend, you will be able to make a donation using your credit card or via check through the same link.  How much easier could that be?
Traditionally, the raffle that was held to help fund our International quartet competitors resulted in drawing names of winners who would receive an all-events ticket and VIP seating for the next regional convention, as well as having the honor of presenting the roses to next year's Quartet Champion.  Since we're not able to require a payment for a submission into the drawing, the RMT has decided that we will have a form at the September AIM registration table for anyone to complete with their name and chorus affiliation.  There will be one form per person but anyone may complete a form for another Region 12 singer who may not be able to attend. So, if you can't go be sure to ask one of your friends who is going to take care of that for you. 

At the Pep Rally, two names will be drawn to receive the prizes mentioned above.
Song of Sonoma Chorus
Wednesday Night Market Night has been a standard community get together for over 20 years in Santa Rosa. A few years ago Song of Sonoma Chorus decided to participate in this yearly event as part of our community outreach program to invite new singers to join.
It worked!! We now have several amazing women who are part of our Chorus and contribute tremendously with their wonderful sounds!
 It is always a little crazy trying to sing where the roof of the venue is as high as the sky…well it is the sky. We have learned to sing to those smiling faces standing in front of our tent and ignore the crowds of kettle corn eating folks passing by.  We have learned to enjoy the fragrance of yummy pizza, hot dogs and tri tips grilling all around us and giving in to them only after we are done singing.
We compete with heavy metal bands down at the corner “stage.” We compete with classical guitar music and piano too.  We just politely wait until they take a break and then we start singing!  Or we move further away and stand on the street corner and just sing! The crowds are supportive and delighted. It is just so much fun!
This year a young man of about 5-6 years old came by with his Dad as he had last year.  This year he sought us out because we had sung one of our favorite up tunes directly to him last year.  This time we had just completed our repertoire and were ready to pack up the tent and go home when he showed up …. who could resist?  We serenaded him with the same song.  He beamed the biggest grin. It was the best feeling to watch him watching us. His pure joy beamed in other children his age to stop and watch alongside him and his dad. 

What the world needs now is our Song…….and oh how we know it!

Exciting things happening in July:  We will be hosting a Tea at the Luther Burbank Home and Gardens on July 16th!  We are taking our fanciest hats out and practicing our pinky lifts!  After the cucumber sandwiches and petit fours Song of Sonoma will entertain the guests! It is our first “Tea” experience and we are all looking forward to it!
Then on July 23rd Jim Arns is in the house!! We have blossomed under his tutelage in previous years and we are looking forward to this experience again to bring out things in us that are new, fun and amazing!

Happy Summer singing to our Region 12 Sisters!
There’s Still Time!!!
The Silent Auction is back, and The Young Singers Foundation (YSF) Silent Auction is now accepting donations from individuals, quartets and choruses.  If you are one of the creative artistic members in Region 12, please consider donating one or more of your creations to the Silent Auction---or if you know one of those talented people in your community contact them to see if they will support our efforts to raise funds for the Foundation with a donation to the Silent Auction.
Oh! By the way---
YOU could donate something such as travel vouchers, a vacation rental for a weekend or week or gift cards from corporations such as Bed, Bath and Beyond, Home Depot, Best Buy, etc.  The sky’s the limit!
Hey choruses we need your help too. Imagine what kind of donation a whole chorus could give.  I’ve seen the beautiful baskets that Region 12 choruses have created to help our quartets and choruses fund their trip to the International stage.
The only requirements are: 
  • Retail value of at least $25
  • Must be new unless they are antique in nature
  • Items of lesser value (gift cards, etc.) can be grouped together to meet the minimum value.
Our goal this year is to raise $20,000 at the Silent Auction this year.  The money will be used to enrich the lives of young women by promoting educational and performance opportunities for vocal music within the barbershop style.
Please help us to bring music into the lives of our girls and young women, consider a donation to the Silent Auction or a cash donation to the Young Singers Foundation.
 If you have any questions or want additional information, please contact me, Donna Prochazka, Region 12 Liaison to the YSF and member of the Silent Auction team. 
 Phone:  831-713-6066 email:

The PEC Buzz
With Regionals over and summer officially here, the women of Pacific Empire Chorus are in full fun mode spending time learning new tunes for our November ‘60s show and having a little down time to relax and enjoy each other.
So what have we been up to? Our annual Recognition Dinner (themed “Everything’s Coming Up Roses”) was held in May at San Rafael Joes and was the perfect ending to a challenging and fun filled year. After cocktails and a delicious dinner, the real show began! It takes a village to run a chorus which was clearly demonstrated with so many members receiving small gifts and being honored for stepping up to help. PEC member extraordinaire Linda Feeney was voted our “Empress” of the year for her full on dedication to our chorus. She consistently displayed initiative, enthusiasm, and hard work all year long, wearing many different hats and helping in so many different ways. Congrats, Linda! The night ended with our dearly loved quartet Surprise! Serenading us with their sweet sounds.
Fast forward to June and our annual A Cappella Workshop which brought in new faces to sing with us. The day began with director Patty Pennycook giving prospective new members a brief intro to the tools and techniques of barbershop harmony followed by snippets of some of the best a cappella groups around. Sectionals followed where we spent time helping our new singers learn their parts to our workshop up tune. After breaking for lunch, the day ended with THE SHOW. It was indeed a Crash Course in A Cappella Technique with each new singer learning the basics of barbershop harmony and ending their day having performed an entire song with other chorus members. It was a fun and inspiring day for all of us.
We’re so proud to be Region 12 Mid-sized Champions and we have a busy summer ahead including performances at the Marin County Fair in July and at our Napa Valley Harmonizers BBQ Sing-out in August. Awesome Joe Connelly comes to town to coach us this summer, too! Stay tuned for more exciting news including the scoop on our ‘60s Concert scheduled for November 12.
Submitted by Karen Culver
Oregon Spirit Chorus
So much happened for Oregon Spirit Chorus during contest weekend. We loved joining the other winning choruses on the stage for “The Winner Song.” It’s a real treat for small chorus members to be part of such a large chorus each of us surrounded by a wall of sound. At our chorus dinner that Saturday as we talked about contest and the chorus; someone had a great idea--we should have a Bring a Friend Night. And so we did!
Our Bring a Friend Night ended with refreshments, laughter and lots of chat. One of our guests said, “I liked this. I have missed singing.” Another said, “Singing makes me feel good.” Another guest was overheard saying, “It’s therapeutic. Since this was such a success, we’re planning to have a “Bring a Friend Night” every first Tuesday rehearsal of the month. FUN!
Kathy Wilson
Oregon Spirit Chorus
Regional Financial Information - FY'16
In the spirit of giving you as much information as possible about the Region and its workings, we have created two pie charts that visually represent the finances of Region 12 for the fiscal year we have just completed - one for income and the other for expense.  You will see from both that education and the sharing of musical information and support is paramount in the minds of your RMT in serving you and your needs.
We finished the year well into the black.  This was in spite of the fact that we were able to offer you two LAW schools, two Regional Weekends, two Area Schools though one was postponed because of minimal registrations, our YWIH Mt. Harmony Camp and a special workshop for our youth to support the future of our region.   This is especially significant since all but one of these events ran in the red. Our Regional convention once again supported these other educational opportunities and allowed us to offer the day and weekend training sessions at as low a cost as possible. 
In addition, transportation costs for visits to each of our choruses for the purpose of supporting music education and membership issues were covered by the region.  We were able to successfully seek reimbursement from our International organization for at least a portion of these expenses - another big plus for all of our singers.
As a result, we are beginning our year in excellent financial condition.  We are proud to have two of our choruses, Song of Sonoma and Mission Valley, representing us at our upcoming International Convention, along with our reigning Quartet Champion, Turbulence.  And, we are so pleased to say that the healthy state of the Region's finances will allow us to assist each with their expenses. 
The upcoming year will be filled with educational opportunities for each of you.  The first, our L.E.A.D. school (Leadership Education and Development) was just held on June 18th in Eugene and there will be much more to look forward to over the next ten months. As always, don't hesitate to contact any of us if you have any questions.
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