As your incoming president, I am excited to work with an organization so vital to and supportive of our Santa Barbara music community, be it delightful free concerts on alternate Saturdays, outreach performances in senior centers, or providing assistance to talented young musicians through our scholarship program. First off, I would like to express my appreciation to my predecessor, Bill Berry, for nominating me for this job. He led the organization with a combination of equanimity and determination that fostered a spirit of collaboration among your board of directors. He inspired us to work hard for the benefit of our members and our community. I will do my best to follow his example and I intend, with the efforts of our excellent board, to further the objectives that the board introduced last year. These include:
- Increasing our membership by reaching out to new areas of the community via our updated Web site and social media
- Streamlining our operational processes such as the production of this newsletter
- Significantly increasing the funds available for scholarships via increased fundraising, grants application, and efficiency of operation.
During the coming year, we will start to move more of our membership benefits to electronic format on our Website and/or email, including application forms and the newsletter. Apart from minimizing our imprint on the environment, the cost that we save can be used to augment our scholarship awards. Rest assured that if you prefer to receive materials in print form, we will be happy to mail them out to you. Just let us know.
I wish all of you, our audience, our members, volunteers, and friends, a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year.