Official Call

Ninety-fifth AFMC Convention

April 5-6, 2019

Arkansas State University
Fine Arts Building
2105 Aggie Rd.
Jonesboro, AR 72401

Hosted by
Northeast District
Tom Mason, District President


Registration: $20.00
Friday Night Dinner: $22.75
Saturday Luncheon: $9.75

Registration Deadline

Friday, March 22


Technology in Piano Lab
led by Dr. Lauren Schack Clark

Friday Night Concert

The Role of Music in the Lives of Special Needs Children and Adults

Locations & Maps

Convention Meetings

Arkansas State University
Fine Arts Building
2105 Aggie Rd.
Jonesboro, AR 72401

Friday Night Dinner

Hilton Garden Inn
2840 S. Caraway Rd.
Jonesboro, AR 72401

Convention Hotel

Holiday Inn (Hotel Website)
2908 Gilmore Dr.
Jonesboro, AR 72401
Phone: (870) 333-5100

$98.00 (+tax) per night

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

Convention Schedule

Friday, April 5
2:00 p.m. Registration and Hospitality (FA Lobby)
3:00 p.m. Finance Committee Meeting (FA 119)
3:00 p.m. Technology in Piano Lab Workshop by Dr. Lauren Schack Clark (FA 209)
4:00 p.m. AFMC Board & Executive Committee Meeting (Recital Hall)
5:00 p.m. Yick Award Winners Recital (Recital Hall)
5:30 p.m. Dinner at Hilton Garden Inn

7:30 p.m. Concert (Recital Hall)
The Role of Music in the Lives of Special Needs Children and Adults

Saturday, April 6
8:30 a.m. Registration & Hospitality (FA Lobby)
8:30 a.m. District Meetings (FA 118, 119, 120)
9:00 a.m. General Session (Recital Hall)
9:30 a.m. Junior Day (Recital Hall)
10:30 a.m. The Amazing Musical Overcash Family (Recital Hall)
12:00 p.m. Luncheon


Friday Night Dinner

Fajita Grilled Buffet at Hilton Garden Inn

Saturday Luncheon

Box Lunch catered by Chicken Salad Chick
Choice 1: Fancy Nancy Chicken Salad, chicken salad with grapes and pecans
Choice 2: Sassy Scotty Chicken Salad with bacon and shredded cheddar cheese

Choice of one side: Broccoli Salad or Grape Salad.
Each lunch includes pickle, cookie and crackers.

From the President

Can you believe that we are already registering for the Convention? The year has just whizzed by. I am sure you are as busy as I am. Mostly preparations, right now, for a major event at the end of March, Convention the next week, and a musical the first of May. But heck—what doesn’t kill us makes us strong, right?

If you were unable to attend the AFMC Conference in September, you missed some important announcements and instructions.

  1. We are going to have some real bragging rights at Inspiration Point/Opera in the Ozarks. A generous philanthropist is going to build a state-of-the art performance venue at Inspiration Point. I can hardly wait to see the plans and witness the work in progress.
  2. Each state in our region is taking on a special project to assist with the upgrade to OIO. Arkansas is purchasing new stand lights for the opera orchestra. Currently they have the heavy and hot traditional stand lights which use a lot of electricity. With the LED Mighty Brite stand lights, the players will enjoy plenty of light spill without the heat. They can operate off of electricity (less) or batteries for use in outdoor venues. The Mighty Brite company has made us a sweet deal for our “Eine Kleine Licht Musik” project, so that if every club contributes $110, we can purchase two lights from each club. So far, I have already received checks from Little Rock Coterie, Fort Smith Coterie, and Arkadelphia Philharmonic. THANK YOU! I look forward to receiving checks from the rest of you, too! If you can, go ahead and send them directly to Jimmie Sinquefield, AFMC Treasurer, or bring them to the Convention. Mark Mighty Brite in the memo section. Each one makes me want to celebrate!
  3. As a special feature of our conference, we enjoyed a vocal recital by Keely Futterer. She was fabulous, certainly deserving of the awards she has won, and the excellent education from Juilliard! A number of us encouraged her to enter the Young Artists competition this year. Who knows? She could be coming to a town near YOU!
  4. Attn: Treasurers. If you did not come to the Conference you may not quite be on board about fees, dues and dates. Do not fail to check with Jimmie Sinquefield for anything you are unclear about. She will be at the Convention, so you can chat.
  5. By now, I imagine everyone has enjoyed a successful Junior Festival and recital. Now comes the reporting, which always has me combing over my past files to be doggone sure I am turning in the exact information required. Shelly Brown will be anxiously awaiting the final reports from each of our festivals, which gets combined and sent on to National. Don’t let her down, please, finish up before the deadline.
  6. I am interested in hearing about any particularly successful programs your clubs have enjoyed, this year. A picture and some details, please?
  7. Our National Guest and special speaker for our convention in Jonesboro is Linda Lind. You can read her bio in this newsletter. Linda is the national chair for the Junior Division. So if your club sponsors a Junior Festival, you will SURELY want to hear her and get to know her. She will be the source for all unanswered questions!
  8. You will notice, elsewhere in this newsletter, the registration for the Convention. Won’t you please complete it right now, as you are holding it? The folks in Jonesboro and our secretary, Adam, really need to know whom to expect as the final planning details are defined. Bring your treasurer, your secretary, your junior festival chair, any member who would like to know more about how we work as an organization of multiple clubs, sustaining music in our communities.

I’ll see you there!

Vicki Carr, President
Arkansas Federation of Music Clubs

National Guest

Born, raised and educated in Oklahoma, Linda attended the Oklahoma College for Women as an undergraduate and the University of Oklahoma for graduate study. She recently retired as a private piano teacher after 46 years. During that time she was Junior Counselor for the Lind Junior Music Club. Linda is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota and the American College of Musicians and serves as an adjudicator for the Guild. She is a Life Member of the National Federation of Music Clubs and served four years as National Junior Festival Chairman and four years as the NFMC Festivals Bulletin Chairman and is a Rose Fay Thomas Fellow. She has been a member of the Virginia Federation of Music Clubs Board of Directors for 30 years and served as VFMC Junior Counselor, Area Festival Chairman and State Festival Chairman. Linda is a Virginia Past State President of the P.E.O. Sisterhood. She is currently serving as NFMC Junior Division Chairman and is a member of the NFMC Board of Directors and the NFMC Executive Board. Linda has two children and four grandchildren.

AFMC William Yick Award Winners

Hannah Saunders
Ouachita Baptist University

Hannah Saunders is a senior at Ouachita Baptist University from Saint Paul, Arkansas. Homeschooled for her elementary and high school years, Hannah has been studying music in various forms since she was six years old when she began taking piano lessons with Joyce Pettigrew which she continued for 10 years. She also took private violin lessons and was a part of a string ensemble for several years, playing with the Ozark Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

A student of Dr. Maggie Garrett, Hannah is currently working towards her Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre with a minor in Business Administration. After receiving her undergraduate degree, she plans to attend graduate school for Music Theory. Her long-term goals are to teach music at a collegiate level while recording and performing original music in her free time.

Luke Fields
Henderson State University

Luke Fields is a sophomore music education major at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, AR. He graduated  from New Boston (TX) High School, where he was a member of the Texas ATSSB All-State Honor Band in both 2016 and 2017. In addition, he had the honor of performing in New York City at Carnegie Hall as a member of the International Honors Performance Series in 2017. During his time at Henderson State University, he has been a member of the Arkansas Intercollegiate Band and was selected as a winner in the music department’s student competition, resulting in a solo performance in the 2019 President’s Concert.

AFMC Convention Memorial Service

During the Luncheon on Saturday, April 6, AFMC Chaplain Chris Thompson 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:
Dr. Chris Thompson, AFMC Chaplain
56 McClellan Dr.
PO Box 3664
Walnut Ridge, AR 72476

Names must be received by Monday, April 1.

Proposed Changes to AFMC Bylaws

Article III  Sec. 5 C
Children from birth to five years of age will be eligible for (instead of “to”) membership in the Cradle Roll upon payment of the Cradle Roll Fee.

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

Article VI, Sec. 2-B
Approve non budgeted bills in consultation with the Treasurer and Finance Chairman.

Article VI, Sec. 2-F
Report at each session of the Board of Directors and make a full report at the AFMC Convention. Copies of the annual report should be sent to the Recording Secretary, the State Historian, and one copy retained for the President’s files.

Article VI, Sec. 2-I
Appoint a Chair of the President’s Council at the beginning of his/her term. (replacing “her” term)

Article VI, Sec. 3-D
Additional job description to replace the present D which reads “Perform such additional duties…”
D. Facilitate the Yick College Award Award
1. Contact all Federated schools in Arkansas to remind them of the annual dues.
2. Contact two schools in rotation, according to dates joined, to choose one Yick winner from each school.
3. Contact non-Federated colleges/universities in Arkansas to inform them of the opportunities available to their students upon becoming a member of AFMC.
4. Arrange for the two winners to perform at the AFMC Convention.
a. contact winner for bio and picture for the Official Call
b. send all student information to AFMC Publications Chair and to the convention hosts.
c. create a frameable certificate, get it signed by the president.
d. request a check for each student from the treasurer.
e. officiate at the performance, award the certificates and checks (in an envelope).

Article VI., Sec. 5-I
The Treasurer will file annual tax returns with the Internal Revenue Service and fill out the online report for the Arkansas Secretary of State for Non-profits.

Article XII.  Endowment Fund
Add to Section 1: All endowed funds are managed by Vanguard funds. [Funds would be listed under this heading.]

Article XV. Representation in NFMC Sec. 2c
Replace November 1 with: by the date specified by NFMC in the even numbered years.

Standing Rules
4. State Auditions
Eliminate this section as there are no longer state auditions.