Annual Meeting Minutes - Phi Beta Mu - Illinois - January 25, 2013

President Vroman called the meeting to order at 11:40 a.m.

New members, Dan Brame, Matthew Bufis, Josh Chodoroff, Janene Kessler, Stacey Larson Dolan, Jeff Neavor, Matt Thomas were initiated.

Business Meeting

With a motion from Ann Lusher and seconded by Joe Lawrence, the 2012 meeting minutes were approved as presented.

Financial Report

Charles Groeling, Executive Secretary submitted the Fiscal Year 2012 Annual Financial and Membership Report in full. The year-end balance was $6326.74 a gain of $155.27. The membership summary shows 107 total members, down 3 this members year. With the modest loss and the 7 new members joining the group, a stable membership trend continues.

Mr. Groeling also reported on the continuation of the chapter newsletter aimed at sharing skills and strategies with our members. The newsletter may also be found on the chapter website. He asked for help from the membership in writing articles and suggested several possible topics that could be addressed.

With a motion from Mike Fansler and seconded by Charlie Menghini the financial report was approved.

Outstanding Bandmaster Award and Hall of Fame Award Reports

Nominations were made, researched and accepted for both committees.

Both committee chairs, Rex Benson (President Vroman reported in his absence) and George Caton encouraged the membership to consider making nominations. There was discussion about the necessity of a physical display for the Hall of Fame Award winners. The current home for the display is at Northwestern University in the rehearsal hall. This building is being replaced. Dave Foder, manager of the display, will be contacted for a report on the display status.

IMEA Committee Report

Bernie Potter reported that the IMEA Committee (Bernie Potter, Stephanie Kirk, John Springbrunn, Bill McClellen) had several discussions about the presentation. They looked forward to the 8:00am session to be presented by

Web Page Report

John Springbrunn encouraged members to send biographies and pictures of past award winners.

Old Business

President Vroman asked for feedback on the e-newsletter. He suggested that we might ask guest writers to add articles along with our own members’ articles.

It was agreed that the IMEA Committee should continue to meet and plan for next year as there is usually enough money in the budget to support a presentation.

New Business

There was discussion about how long we should let a membership lapse before we stop sending information and drop the membership. National dues must be paid for each member whether or not he/she pays dues causing a financial loss to our membership.

It was suggested to contact the inactive member’s sponsor, but President Vroman commented that records are not available to match the inactive member with his sponsor. Bernie Potter made a motion that when a member has been inactive (no dues, no meeting) for two years, a notification should be sent to the member stating that the membership would be dropped after the third year of inactivity. Donna Martin Seconded the motion. Motion Carried.

The question of inactive past dues payments generated much discussion. Charlie Menghini agreed to form a committee to resolve this issue. In the meantime, Charles Groeling is trying to track down lost member addresses.

Outstanding Bandmaster Award was presented to Joseph Manfredo

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The meeting was adjourned for lunch.

Hall of Fame Award was presented to Wiliam McClellan

William Braddan McClellan is the former Music Curriculum Supervisor for the Chicago Public Schools Office of Arts Education. He is currently the Director of the Academy of the Arts for the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center of the Salvation Army located in Chicago, Illinois. He is a product of the Chicago Public Schools.

He was a four year band member and music major under the tutelage of the late Dr. Edgar B. Gangware and graduated from the Northeastern Illinois College (now University) in December, 1970 with honors with a B.A. in Music Education); the first African-American student to graduate with a 4-year degree in music education from Northeastern. He also holds degrees from Vandercook College of Music (M.M.Ed. 1976) and roosevelt University (M.A. Education Administration and Supervision - 1984).

He was stationed at Marine Barracks-Washington, D.C. as a member of the world- renown United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps from 1972-1974.

Mr. McClellan resumed his teaching career in 1974 as the band director at John Hope Middle School. He has served as the band dirctor at Fenger High School (1976-1981), Orchestral Director at Chicago Vocational High School (1981), Curie Metro High School (1982-1988), George W. Collins High School (1989-1993), Steinmetz Academic Center (1993-1995) and Kenwood Academy (1995-2003). During his 30 years as a high school band and orchestra director, the goups under his baton earned 22 Superior and 2 Excellent ratings at city and state contests.

His administrative career began in 2003 when he was appointed as Assistant Principal at Kenwood Academy; a position that he held until June, 1005. He was then appointed

the Instrumental Music Specialist for the Chicago Public Schools Bureau of Cultural Arts in June, 2005 and was appointed the Music Curriculum Supervisor for the CPS Office of Arts Education in November, 2006; serving in that capacity until his retirement on June 30, 2011.

In 2000 he was inducted into the Wendell Phillips High School Hall of Fame as a music educator. He was the first recipient of the Outstanding Music Alumnus Award by the Music Department of Northeastern Illinois University in March, 2009.

Mr. McClellan led the Curie High School Jazz Ensemble in concert at the 60th Annual Midwest International Clinic. He presented two clinics at the Midwest in 2006 and 2007.

In 2007, he became the 5th Principal Conductor of the Chicago Public Schools All-City High School Concert Band and served in that capacity until his retirement in 2011. He is also a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America (1969), IMEA District 1 Chicago Band Chair (2005-2007), Chicago Bandmasters Association, and 6-time recipient of the “Who’s Who Among Americas’ Teachers” Award. He received the prestigious Theodore Charles Stone Award for excellence as a music educator from the Chicago Music Association and was awarded special recognition from the Illinois Grade School Music Association-South in 2011.

William Braddan McClellan is a lifelong learner who still practices his trumpet daily. He is an accomplished adjudicator, clinician and performer in Illinois and Indiana. His love and passion for music and music education is unceasing and ongoing.

President Vroman closed the meeting at 1:05pm