Tuesday, July 6


Charles Scroggy, our treasurer, reminds us that 2010-2011 AGO dues are past due. Several members have already sent him their dues. Several members still have outstanding dues. Regular membership is $70.00. Of that amount, $55.00 is sent to the national office, and $15.00 remains in our Chapter treasury. Special Memberships for those over 65 are $52.50. We keep $37.50 in our treasury, and pass $15.00 on to the national office. Charles’ address is: 218 W. Bogart Rd., Sandusky, OH 44870. Please mail your dues promptly, payable to “Sandusky Chapter AGO” so Charles can take care of this important task.

If you have any program or chapter ideas for this coming year, contact me by July 26 so that we can incorporate them, If possible, into this coming season. We welcome any and all ideas that you may have.

In sorting out papers from a bulging filing cabinet, I found a page from the June 1999 AMERICAN ORGANIST titled, “A Survivor’s Manual for the Church Organist” by James Pethel. He admits some of his suggestions are silly and some serious, but you will recognize all of them contain an element of truth. Here is a sampling from the article:

It’s a good idea to hit the cancel piston before you get on or off
the bench.

Don’t walk on wet surfaces in your organ shoes on the way to the

Be careful getting onto a freshly waxed bench too quickly.

Learn to talk and play at the same time during the postlude.

When playing a hymn and you forget what stanza you are on,
watch the pastor’s eyes and hands. He will look away from the
hymn and start to close his hymnal on the last phrase.

If you accidentally make a sound during a silence, don’t react
at all. Look up at the chambers as if somebody in there did it.

And if you still have your copy of the 1999 AMERICAN ORGANIST, you can enjoy the rest of the suggestions.

Have a harmonious summer!

Laura Stellhorn,