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Matinee Musical Club hosts district convention


Some attending the district summer conference of area music clubs were (front row, L-R) Lisa Loewe, Rockdale’s Matinee Musical Club president; Mary Frances Ross, President of the Navasota’s Music Study Club president and historian for District IV TFMC; (back row) Linda Royals, acting president for the Waco Euterpean Club and secretary for District IV TFMC; Gloria Thrasher, state president for TFMC and treasurer for District IV TFMC; Annette Griesbach, president of District IV TFMC; Carol Jean Gessner, Treasurer for Navasota’s Music Study Club treasurer and newly appointed vice president for TFMC District IV and Chaplain for TFMC. Some attending the district summer conference of area music clubs were (front row, L-R) Lisa Loewe, Rockdale’s Matinee Musical Club president; Mary Frances Ross, President of the Navasota’s Music Study Club president and historian for District IV TFMC; (back row) Linda Royals, acting president for the Waco Euterpean Club and secretary for District IV TFMC; Gloria Thrasher, state president for TFMC and treasurer for District IV TFMC; Annette Griesbach, president of District IV TFMC; Carol Jean Gessner, Treasurer for Navasota’s Music Study Club treasurer and newly appointed vice president for TFMC District IV and Chaplain for TFMC. On Saturday, Rockdale’s Matinee Musical Club (MMC) hosted the District IV annual Summer Conference of the Texas Federation of Music Clubs. District IV is composed of, the Music Study Club of Navasota, the Waco Euterpean Club and the Matinee Musical Club.

Annette Griesbach presided over the meeting, which was held at First Presbyterian Church in Rockdale, as she stepped into the position of District President after the recent death of Doris Anne Standford of Waco’s Euterpean Club.

Lisa Loewe, president of Rockdale’s MMC warmly welcomed the 16 members present, most especially those visiting from Waco and Navasota. Gloria Thrasher, the TFMC State President, led a brief memorial and tribute to honor Standford which closed with Joyce Ford, accompanied by Jo Ann Bradford on the piano, singing “Because He Lives.”

The business part of the meeting continued, bringing all clubs up to date with the happenings of each other’s club activities. Following a salad lunch, prepared by the MMC members, the second half of the meeting was a brainstorming of ideas on how District IV would meet the challenge of overseeing their responsibilities for the State Convention to be held March 19-21 in Brownwood, which will be a celebration of 100 years since the founding of the Texas Federation of Music Clubs where it all began in 1915.

Finishing the business at hand, the group was dismissed with the singing of the National Federation of Music Clubs Benediction, “The Gift of Song.”


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