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    Shepaug Friends of Music Awards 2013 Scholarships

Shepaug Friends of Music is proud to announce the award of three $1,000 Merit Scholarships and two $4,000 Recurring Scholarships. The Merit Scholarships were awarded to Adrienne Dembeck, Amanda Taylor and Oliver Taylor. The Merit Scholarship is given to a graduating student who has demonstrated commitment and contribution to high school music over all four years. Two new Recurring Scholarships were awarded to Grace Kellogg and Ben Steers, as well as to 3rd year recipient Callie Huber. The Recurring Scholarship is given over four years to a graduating student who has shown outstanding commitment and contribution to high school music who pursues a music-related education. These students have enriched the Region-12 music program throught their dedication and musical leadership.

In addition to the high school scholarships, inscribed plaques were awarded to students in honor of their outstanding contribution to the music programs in their schools.

Shepaug Valley Middle School Awards were given to Maddie Gorra and Jahred Martin.

Burnham School Awards were given to Annika Vikstrom and Charles Brockett.
Washington Primary School Awards were given to Mia Santella and Owen Moore.
Booth Free School Awards were given to Erin Bailey and Gabriel Taranto.
Burnham School 2013 Music Award
    Shepaug Friends of Music Awards 2012 Scholarships

Shepaug Friends of Music is proud to announce the award of three $1,000 Merit Scholarships and two $4,000 Recurring Scholarships. The Merit Scholarships were awarded to Adrienne Dembeck, Amanda Taylor and Oliver Taylor. The Merit Scholarship is given to a graduating student who has demonstrated commitment and contribution to high school music over all four years. Two new Recurring Scholarships were awarded to Grace Kellogg and Ben Steers, as well as to 3rd year recipient Callie Huber. The Recurring Scholarship is given over four years to a graduating student who has shown outstanding commitment and contribution to high school music who pursues a music-related education. These students have enriched the Region-12 music program throught their dedication and musical leadership.

In addition to the high school scholarships, inscribed plaques were awarded to students in honor of their outstanding contribution to the music programs in their schools.

Shepaug Valley Middle School Awards were given to Maddie Gorra and Jahred Martin.

Burnham School Awards were given to Annika Vikstrom and Charles Brockett.
Washington Primary School Awards were given to Mia Santella and Owen Moore.
Booth Free School Awards were given to Erin Bailey and Gabriel Taranto.

In 2012, Shepaug Friends of Music announced the award of two $1,500 Merit Scholarships awarded to John DeFeo and Andrew Stern. The Merit Scholarship is given to a graduating student who has demonstrated commitment and contribution to high school music over all four years. A Recurring Scholarship was awarded to 2nd year recipient Callie Huber who attends The Berklee School of Music. The Recurring Scholarship is given over four years to a graduating student who has shown outstanding commitment and contribution to high school music who pursues a music-related education. These students have enriched the Region-12 music program throught their dedication and musical leadership.

In addition to the high school scholarships, inscribed plaques were awarded to students in honor of their outstanding contribution to the music programs in their schools.

Shepaug Valley Middle School Awards were given to Brenday Gutierrez and John DaFonte.

Burnham School Awards were given to Timothy Murphy and Ellie Schmus.
Washington Primary School Awards were given to Alexandra Noeding and Michael O’Hazo.
Booth Free School Awards were given to Joseph Brunelli and Shealyn Kennedy.
Booth Elementary 2012 Achievement Awards
    2012 New Board of Directors

At the Annual Meeting held September 26, 2012 the new members of the Board of Directors were presented and approved. We welcome Stephen Hardy, Pels Matthew and Kerry Schur to new two-year terms. New officers for the 2012-2013 year were elected and approved: David Kellogg, President; Jeannette Purdy Vice-President; Michael Gorra, Treasurer; Wayne Hileman, Secretary. The Board of Directors thanked departing members Sara Taylor (President), Mark Kaufman (Treasurer), Deb Blank (Secretary) and Barbara Henry for their valuable service to Shepaug Friends of Music. We wish them well!
    2012 Departing President's Report

As we close the 2011 - 2012 fiscal year, we are also celebrating the ninth anniversary of Shepaug Friends of Music.

Over the past year we have maintained our financial stability and continued to offer and provide major support to all aspects of the music and theatre departments at Shepaug, as well as to other community events. This was made possible through the dedication of our board members and the continued generosity of our donors. Positive awareness and support of our organization continued to grow throughout our schools and community. We are also grateful for the collaboration and support of other town – sponsored committees and are looking forward to co – sponsoring more events with them in the future.

In preparation for tonight’s meeting, I want to state how proud and inspired I am by our mission, our board members, our donors and everyone else who participated in our success this year. Our country is still feeling the effects of a recession and like many other non-profit organizations, still face challenges to maintain our membership. The Buck's Rock Auction item, and Tag Sale were excellent examples of trying something new, brought to the organization by the generosity of past and present board members, and they were indeed financially successful. We have been more visible in the community too, with our presence at the Washington Fireworks and the 10-year reception at the Minor Memorial Public Library in Roxbury. This event provided us with the opportunity to recognize and thank from of our founding friends and visionaries, whose shoulders we stand on, and at the same time, engage in conversations with our schools and donors.

Shepaug Friends of Music continued to deliver on our promise to improve the quality of Region 12’s musical education, in fact, we are fast becoming the sole benefactor. We bought instruments, donated sound equipment, awarded scholarships and provided a choreographer for the middle school musical. Our annual Messiah Sing continues to bring great pleasure and bonhomie to our towns and goes from strength to strength. I think it may have become a permanent fixture on the community calendar! All of these accomplishments we can certainly be proud of.

We have four members who are stepping down this year. The board gives special thanks to Deb Blank, Barbara Henry, and Mark Kaufman, each of whom brought unique talents and contributions to our organization. We will miss them very much. In addition, I too, must take my leave. It has been a privilege to serve on the Board of the Shepaug Friends of Music for the past four years. I feel very blessed to have had the opportunity to work with such hardworking, talented and wonderful board members over the years. I wish you well for the future, and look forward to continuing my support of this organization.

Continue to work as a team and share new ideas. Most importantly, always think back to our mission, and that our mission is the benefit the youth of our community.

Sincerely,

Sara L. Taylor, President