1-Dec-15: Weekly Update - Information and Events

posted Dec 1, 2015, 8:58 AM by Mark Nowicki   [ updated Dec 1, 2015, 8:58 AM ]

Laura Hendry, Tuesday, 12/1/2015


Dear all,


Welcome to December!!!  I hope that all of you had a good Thanksgiving holiday and weekend.  Here is my weekly update (another long one!):


Thank you to John and Celenne for the pancake breakfast for our band members on Thanksgiving morning.  Many happy faces and good energy for the game.  Great job to the drumline for the escort of the football players onto the field.  We have such great kids!


Reminder that the Band Banquet is Thursday at 6:30pm.  I look forward to seeing many of you there!  If you have not submitted your check, please do so in the forms dropbox.  I will stop by to pick them up.


The presentation from the November 24th BPA Member Meeting is posted on the website.  Primary topics:  winter programs, scholarships, fundraising ideas.  It was a good meeting and I appreciate the exchange of information and ideas.  Your support is much appreciated as we navigate the big red machine!  http://www.ramband.com/board-business/bpa-member-meetings


Speaking of winter programs, we have great interest in both the percussion and guard winter programs this year!  Brendan and Colin Mason will be heading the winter percussion and Whitney Muthig will head up the color guard program soon.


Participation in the winter programs is not mandatory, but I know that the kids are excited about it.  Dues for winter programs this year will be $100.00 and the color guard has a $100.00 activity fee in addition to dues (this is due to the funds provided by the BOE).  Being able to continue our competitive season and to compete at the Group V level are two of the main reasons for having winter programs, but the enthusiasm of our band members to participate is the driver.  Fundraising is key to the BPA’s ability to support all of the band programs, winter being no exception.  Charms account balances can be used to cover costs to participate in the program as follows:

·    Any program expense over $100

·    Does not include dues or activity fees


Brendan and Colin shared their plans at the BPA meeting on the 24th.  Whitney was not able to attend, but has provided me with this special note for color guard families:


We are looking forward to starting our 2015-2016 winter season this Saturday from 10am - 5pm in the East Gym with Tuesday/Thursday rehearsals starting Tuesday, December 8th.  A full schedule for the season will be sent out in the coming weeks.


Dues for this year's program will be $100 + $100 CHS Activity fee, costumes and travel/hotel for our 2 day WGI regional.  Your CHARMS accounts can be used for costs over $100, excluding dues and activity fee.


With the cost of this activity being what it is, I cannot stress enough the importance of fundraising.  We are working on ways to increase the profitability of a couple fundraisers and encourage you to share ideas for fundraisers throughout the season (and beyond).


Thank you all for your time, efforts and support.  Looking forward to bringing another show to life with the Cheshire Guard!


Whitney Muthig



Upcoming Events:




I know, I know, you thought there would be a day when I would just send an email that said we are all on vacation for the rest of the school year!!!  Alas, though our biggest commitment is to marching season, we are an organization that must keep the show going all year long.  Let’s keep the momentum BPA!!!!


Sign-ups for the December 10th Winter Concert and for NEMFA on the 12th are up on the parent volunteer sign-up page.  We need chaperones for the concert, parking, concession and monitors for NEMFA.  NEMFA is a fundraiser and has a few shifts so please help out for a few hours!!


Our next big fundraiser is the Christmas Tree pick-up on January 9.  Joe Campbell and Mark Nowicki have set us up to go!!

1.      Link to the on-line form is up on ramband.com.

2.      Phone number is ready.

3.      Download and print flyers – band members can place these in mailboxes in your neighborhood or bring to your local businesses to post!

4.      Parent and student sign-ups are ready!


I plan to place some of the flyers at tree farms in Cheshire and to run this in the Cheshire Herald and Citizen.  Let’s get those trees!!!!


As mentioned, if anyone is interested in heading up the nominating committee for the Board elections in the spring, please sign-up on the volunteer page.  It is not a huge time commitment, but will require some coordination and leadership.  We need to have this in place no later than March 1, 2016.


We are also looking for members of the BPA to participate in a by-law review committee.  As you are aware, we are a non-profit organization governed by the IRS.  A solid review of the by-laws and practices is due to ensure that we are operating efficiently, in accordance with our primary purpose, and in accordance with IRS regulations.  Having a committee will ensure that the membership is able to participate in the process.  The committee will review and suggest amendments that will be reviewed by the Board of Directors.  The by-laws will be presented to the membership for vote to be implemented in the new fiscal year commencing July 1. 


I will be setting up a meeting for the Pasta and Jazz Event shortly.  The date is February 26th, but we all know how fast time goes.


I have contacted USBands and we are able to purchase the custom shirts and sweatshirts from Nationals.  The front of the apparel is the Nationals Logo with date and the back has the name of each of our band members and our show logo.  They are working on the design.  Stay tuned for an order form shortly!!


As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Thank you for all of your work and support for our band programs.  Remember, volunteers do not get paid, not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless!




Laura Vuolo Hendry

President, CHS BPA