Arkansas Federation of Music Clubs
Ninety-fourth Annual Convention

April 20-21, 2018

First United Methodist Church
400 E. 6th St.
Texarkana, Arkansas 71854

Hosted by
Southwest District
Dannie Morrison, District President

Registration Fee: $20
Registration Deadline: Friday, April 6
Registration Form: Download

For more information about Junior Day, and to download schedule and forms, visit the Junior Day page.


Convention Meetings
First United Methodist Church (Google Maps)
400 E. 6th St.
Texarkana, AR 71854

Friday Night Dinner
Café 511 (Restaurant Website & Menus)
511 E. 51st St. (Google Maps)
Texarkana, Arkansas 71854

The Friday night dinner is a set menu with your choice of three entrées and two desserts. Please indicate your choices on your registration form.

Convention Hotel

The Wyndham Gardens (Hotel Website)
5301 N. Stateline Ave. (Google Maps)
Texarkana, Texas 75503
Phone: (903) 792-3222

  • $60.00 (+ tax) per night King
  • $65.00 (+ tax) per night Two Queens
  • In-house restaurant and bar has a full menu
  • Complimentary Breakfast

When booking rooms at The Wyndham Gardens, remember to mention you are with the AFMC Convention to get discounted rate.

Friday, April 20
2:00 p.m. Registration
2:00 p.m. Finance Committee Meeting
3:30 p.m. AFMC Board & Executive Committee Meeting
5:00 p.m. Dinner at Cafe 511

7:30 p.m. Concert
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
4505 Elizabeth St. (Google Maps)
Texarkana, Texas 75503

The Texarkana Regional Chorale & AR-TX Music Connection present
Franz Josef Haydn’s Mariazell Mass
conducted by Marc-André Bougie

Saturday, April 21
8:00 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. District Meetings (at hotel)
9:00 a.m. General Session
10:00 a.m. Yick Awards
10:30 a.m. Junior Day and IPFAC Scholarship Auditions
11:15 a.m. Bell Tower Demonstration (First Presbyterian Church)
12:30 p.m. Luncheon
2:30 p.m. Dismissal

From the President

On a Happy Note:

Spring has sprung in Texarkana, and we are certainly enjoying the sunny days following that season of constant rain in February. I imagine you were as tired of it as I was. And even though we can expect a cold snap or two, the flowers and trees are standing as witness to nature’s continual cycle.

We are laying our plans for what we believe will be an excellent Convention for you to attend in April. If you have never been to Texarkana, we hope you will leave appreciative of our uniqueness and cultural awareness. If it’s been awhile since you were here, you may be surprised by the changes.

The location of our convention is the First United Methodist Church of Texarkana AR. Yes, there is a First United Methodist Church of Texarkana TX, but our club meets in Arkansas, and the FUMC is so gracious to us. They have plenty of meeting rooms and locations for our particular needs. I know you will love their sanctuary, filled with light from enormous stained glass windows. This church has an interesting history which Larry De Dymott, their Organist/Choir Director, will share with you.

The day will start with registration at 2:00 p.m. while the Finance Committee meets. We will have an opening Executive Board Session, and then go to dinner about 5:30. Our dinner will be at the Café 511, which you will pass on your way into town on I-30. It is a white tablecloth restaurant, and we have arranged for a fixed price dinner of $15.00, to include your choice of three entrees: shrimp alfredo, eggplant parmesan, or blackened chicken. The dinner will include common beverages and dessert – again your choice, both homemade: banana pudding or bourbon bread pudding.

Then we will travel a very short distance to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church where Marc-Andre Bougie is Organist/Choir Master. Maestro Bougie (pron. Boo-zhee) is finishing his tenth year as Conductor of the Texarkana Symphony Orchestra and the Texarkana Regional Chorale. We will hear these fine groups perform the Joseph Haydn Mariazell Mass, which the Chorale will be doing with over 100 singers the very next week in Carnegie Hall. This will be their hometown sneak-peek before their trip to New York.

On Saturday morning we will have our various district meetings followed by our General Session, which will take place in the FUMC Sanctuary, where we will also hear the Yick Awardees and the Junior Day Honor Recital, the participants of which will also be vying for a summer scholarship to Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony.

Following that morning of musical selections, we will venture two blocks away to First Presbyterian where, coincidentally, they are holding a very unusual event – a gathering of church bell ringers from all over the country; not handbells, although they use handbells for practice, but actual church bell tower people who pull heavy ropes to peal thrilling church bells. Some of us who are physically able will have the opportunity to climb up to the tower and actually observe a peal in progress. The rest of us will be treated to a special presentation by an authority on the subject of tower bells.

Then it will be back to the church for a Texas Barbecue lunch with our featured speaker and national guest, Harriet Coker. We will also memorialize our departed members before sending you on your way.

I do hope you will join us in Texarkana, April 20-21.

Vicki Carr, President
Arkansas Federation of Music Clubs

National Guest

Harriet Coker

Our national guest, Harriet Coker, was born and bred in South Carolina, which accounts for her southern charm. She has always enjoyed music in addition to reading, bridge, sports and the beach, of course. One thing she knew about herself that she wouldn’t enjoy – being married to a preacher or a teacher. That is, until she met and married Lowell Coker, a high school principal! And sure enough, she made the classroom her comfort zone, too.

After serving as a substitute teacher for many years, Harriet decided to go to college at the age of 40. She taught seventh grade social studies until retirement following the death of her husband in 2000. After only a few months, she was asked to serve as the elementary school library assistant, which she continues, part time, and enjoys very much.

Living in Bamberg, SC, Harriet has two sons and a daughter, along with six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. She is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, the Chancel Choir and Amy Whitaker Handbell Choir.

Harriet has been a member of the Apollo Music Club in Bamberg for over 45 years. She has held multiple offices with the South Carolina FMC—Recording Secretary, SC representative to the NFMC Board of Directors, Vice President of the Central/Eastern Regions, SCFMC board member-at-large.

Nationally, she has been Individual Membership Chairman, National Music Week Chairman of the Southeastern Region, she currently serves on the Ellis Duo Piano Competition Committee, the Protocol Committee, the Policy Resolutions Committee and as Coordinator of Divisional Activities (CODA), NFMC Executive Committee, NFMC Board of Directors. She is a NFMC Life Member and Rose Fay Thomas Fellow.

Harriet writes, “It is such an honor and pleasure to be a part of the National Federation of Music Clubs! Being a part of the Federation has been one of the most gratifying and fulfilling experiences in my entire life. I am looking forward to the Arkansas Federation of Music Clubs convention in Texarkana!”

AFMC William Yick Award Winners

AFMC is pleased to announce the 2018 winners of the AFMC William Yick Collegiate Award.

Cody Harp is a senior music major at Williams Baptist College from Van Buren, Arkansas. He is a pianist, a trumpeter, and a four-year member of the Williams Singers, a select vocal ensemble that presents music worship services throughout Arkansas and neighboring states.

Cody plans to graduate from Williams this spring with a B. A. degree in music with an emphasis in music composition and a minor in psychology. His senior music composition recital is scheduled for March 15, 2018. Cody currently serves as president of the Zeta Alpha chapter of the co-educational music honor society, Mu Phi Epsilon.

Shane Valencia is currently an organ student at Texarkana College under the tutelage of Mr. Larry Dymott. Organ is his principal instrument but he also plays piano, harpsichord, saxophone, flute, clarinet, tuba and the recorder. Shane plans to finish his studies at Texarkana College and receive an Associates in Music degree with concentration in organ, and then go on to get a Bachelor degree in Music Education, but is undecided as to where he would like to finish his studies. Shane was the 2017 recipient of The AR-TX Music Connection Texarkana College Scholarship, has been part of the TMEA TTCCDA All State Choir for the past 3 years, and is also a member of The Texarkana Regional Chorale. He works full time with special needs students in New Boston ISD. Additionally, he is the Pianist and Organist for Wards Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Simms, Texas.

Cody and Shane will perform at the AFMC Convention in Texarkana on Saturday, April 21, 2018.

AFMC Convention Memorial Service

During the Luncheon on Saturday, April 21, AFMC Chaplain Willete Atkins will lead a memorial service honoring the AFMC members who have died in the past year.

Senior Club Presidents: Please send a list of those in your club who have passed away in the last year to:
Willete Atkins, AFMC Chaplain
#9 Ruthwell Dr.
Bella Vista, AR 72715
Names must be received by Monday, April 16.

For information about upcoming events, visit the Calendar.
Visit the Federation Days page to learn about this summer’s event.

Proposed Bylaws Changes

Sec. 2
Remove the statement “there will be no program” as we do have scheduled workshops which constitute a program.

vi 2-b
Approve non budgeted bills in consultation with the Treasurer and Finance Chairman.

All endowed funds are managed by Vanguard funds. [Funds would be listed under this heading.]

Sec. 5 i
The Treasurer will file annual tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service and fill out the on-line report for the Arkansas Secretary of State for Non-profits.

Standing Rules Inspiration Point – State Auditions
Eliminate this section as there are no longer state auditions.

xv 2c
Replace November 1 with: by the date specified by NFMC in the even numbered years.