OH MY GOSH it's been awhile since we've written! So much has happened to us these past few months!! We apologize for our inability to make the previous issue deadlines - life has been a whirlwind!
First, we had such a great time in Las Vegas!! We were busy enjoying both the excitement of competing with our quartet and our chorus, North Metro! We received such fabulous support, not only from our chorus, but from all the other Region 16 members who attended the convention or cheered for us from home. Congratulations to Canadian Showtime and S.L.A.M. on your fabulous performances!! It was so great to be able to share that stage with all of you!
It was such a great quartet contest!! We loved the opportunity to qualify as mic testers so we could share the fun songs we had planned. We never felt so relaxed on that stage! Something to be said about just having fun and sharing your music instead of worrying about the placement! We had a blast!
We would like to extend our sincere gratefulness to the Region 16 Management Team and all of you for the generous financial gifts, emails and cards we received while preparing for our International journey. There is a sense of comfort knowing you are always there with big hugs and smiles after we sing too! Words just can't explain it. Please know we are truly honored to represent Region 16 and are looking forward to hitting the stage again this year!
As most of you know, Karen, our tenor, had retired from her job last spring. She has been helping with the care of her grandchildren so decided she would like to be even more available to her family. Soon after International, Karen resigned from Spritzer. We had great experiences and many laughs with Karen and for that we will be forever grateful. We wish her only happiness and hope she enjoys what the future has in store for her.
Knowing we had limited time to find a replacement for Karen, we quickly sent out a 'search for tenor request'. It was quite a humbling experience! So many responses and inquiries we received and we worked hard to secure someone that we felt was a good fit and would share the same goals and even provide a new outlook for our quartet. We were very lucky indeed to find Joan Boutilier. What an amazing talent she is and we have had a blast getting to know her.
Joan is long time Sweet Adeline who lives near Chicago, IL. She is on the International Board of Directors, a SAI Sound Judge, a Director of River City Sound in Region 3, a Queen of Harmony Tenor with 4 Betty's AND a wife and mother of 3 adult children. We are amazed at what we have already learned from her! We can't wait for you to meet her!! Unfortunately, due to prior commitment with 4 Betty's, she is unable to join us at our Regional Competition this year. If you would like to meet her and hear the NEW Spritzer, please join us at our Celebration Party on April 30 in Milton, ON. Details are below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are looking forward to Region 16 competition in Syracuse this month and we are excited to be singing with our chorus, North Metro! We want to wish all the best to the other competitors as you share your love of music with us! We will have a fundraising table so please stop by and say hello! We can't wait to see old friends and make new ones as well!