Monday, August 27, 2012

Change

The only thing in life that is constant is change.  This wisdom was printed on a card I bought when I was in my late 20s, and I go back to that sentiment more often than I'd like.

At MYA we have had several recent changes.  Yesterday's Music & Family Fun Fest was moved inside after weeks of planning for an outdoor event.  Volunteers stepped right up and helped with the change in plans, we made the best of it, and although the inflatables and some of the "fun" was missing, our true mission, the music and rehearsals, went off well, in crowded rehearsal rooms packed with students, parents and our dedicated music directors.

Another big change at MYA is that we are saying good bye to our Volunteer Coordinator, Gena Andreasen.  We had a party at Bridie McKenna's last night after the Fun Fest to show our appreciation for her 10 years of dedication to our mission, and to wish her well as she goes back to school full-time to become an occupational therapist.  Those of you who know Gena can picture her patients laughing and trying their best to do whatever she asks them to.

We also received a phone call about a week ago that the print shop we have used for 20 years, Mumm's Print Shop in Evanston, had sold their press and was going out of business.  We will miss working with Bernice, Lester and their nice, Marilyn, who would take all those program ads and information in almost any format we gave them and deliver our program books within an impossibly short deadline.  They always pulled through and we're sorry they had to close their business.  Our Xerox copier/printer in the office does so many jobs that we used to also have them print.  If anyone has any contacts or connections to a good printer, please let us know.

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