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You should have received your invitation to the Fall Luncheon in the mail by now.

Your reservation is your check, received by September 11.

Please come and help kick off what will prove to be a very exciting year to be part of the Guild.


The new Guild officers have officially been elected and installed. You can meet them on page 2.

The Guild currently has several small fundraisers going as well as Designer House coming in the Spring. Get engaged on page 3.

From the fall luncheon to the bridge tournament to planning our 50th celebration to Designer House, there's plenty to get involved with.

Guild members represented Arkansas at Conference in Detroit, officers worked on the nuts and bolts of making the Guild run smoothly and much planning was underway.

Dr. Ouida Keck, ASOG President
Dr. Ouida Keck began her 2017-18 tenure as Guild President in June.

I am very honored to be serving as your ASOG President for 2017-18.  Being part of an organization which supports the ASO by raising funds, supporting music education in our state, and encouraging audience development is a challenge and a privilege. But serving as President this year is a real high point for me, since this year marks the ASO Guild's 50th anniversary! A special thank-you to Betty Herron and Beth Nyhus for agreeing to Co-Chair our celebration activities.  There has never been a better time to be a part of Guild between this and our Designer House fundraiser, chaired by Paige James, in the spring. We are also very fortunate to have Camille Williams serving as Editor of this quarterly publication. Be sure to check your e-mail for monthly newsletters from me during the months when Guild Notes is not published.  Join us as we continue our on-going projects, and enjoy many unusual and exciting events as we celebrate being 50 years young!      


Gail Davis
4th VP of
Dale Ronnel
3rd VP of
Music Education
Susan Marsh
2nd VP of
Member Services
Nikki Lawson
1st VP of Fundraising/

President: Ouida Keck                                                   Assistant Treasurer: Nancy Cole
1st VP/Fundraising/Pres.-Elect: Nikki Lawson              Recording Secretary: George Keck
2nd VP/Member Services: Susan Marsh                      Board Member at Large: Betty Herron
3rd VP/Music Education: Dale Ronnel                          Board Member at Large: Debbie Bass
4th VP/Orchestra Services: Gail Davis                         Immediate Past President: Michael Upson
Treasurer: Camille Williams                                          Designer House Chair: Paige James


Designer House:  April 14 - May 13
Chair  Paige James has put together a full team of committee members and has secured a fabulous house at 8 Valley Creek View in Little Rock. It's going to be a great Designer House and you will want to be a part. Contact Paige to get involved.

Bridge Tournament: October 14
Chairs Betty Herron & Gail Davis are hoping to triple attendance at our second bridge tournament, this time held at the Bridge House in Little Rock. You can help by playing in the tournament, promoting the tournament to your bridge playing friends and providing snacks or volunteering to serve lunch.  Debbie Bass will be asking Guild members to provide snacks and assist in serving lunch. Ticket sales begin September 1.  Click HERE to see the flyer with full information.

Betty Herron, Debbie Bass & Gail Davis

Playing Cards:
Our playing cards are now being sold in 12 locations, with many thanks to Betty Herron for making that happen. Please look for them at: Museum of Discovery, Clinton Library gift shop, Old State House gift shop, both locations of Catering to You, Rhea Drug, Historic Arkansas Museum, Mosaic Templars, Arkansas Arts Center, Heifer gift shop, State Capitol gift shop and Pinnacle Mt. State Park gift shop. Cards sales have brought in over $1100 this summer, with more coming in all the time.

Kroger Community Rewards:
We have 48 people who have signed up to have a portion of their Kroger purchase donated to the Guild using their Kroger Plus Shopper's Card. Signing up is easy and costs you nothing. If you have questions or need help, contact Dale or Camille.
Amazon Smile: will also donate a portion of any purchase made on their website to the Guild for those who have signed up. For information on how to get signed up, contact Susan Marsh.


September 5: Orchestra & You Orientation | 1:30 | Byrne Hall 
Contact Ouida by Sept. 1 if planning to attend

September 7:  Officer/Chair Orientation & Board Meeting
11:30-1:30 | Fitzgerald Hall
Contact Ouida by Sept. 1 if planning to attend

September 14:  Fall Luncheon | 11:30 | Country Club of Little Rock
Checks made out to ASOG for $35 are due to Camille by Sept 11

October 12 : General Membership Meeting | 4:30 | 4 East Palisades

October 14 : Bridge Bash | 9:30-12:30 & 1:30-4:30 | Bridge House

October 27 : Children's Concert | 10:00 | Robinson Center

November 9:  General Membership Meeting | 11:30 | 2305 N Spruce

An ASO musician (or two or three!) plays for us at every Guild meeting. It sounds so beautiful in the intimate space of a home. Don't miss these 'concerts' just for Guild members.

Here ASO harpist Alisa Coffey  played for our April meeting at the home of Susan Marsh.

She broke a string, quickly restrung it and kept on going. 

League of American Orchestras Conference in Detroit, June 5-8

The Guild won its second national Award of Excellence in a row with the Duplicate and Social Bridge Tournament. Paige James gave the presentation at Conference with over 80 orchestra volunteers from all over the country in attendance. Camille Williams is on the Volunteer Council, the national board that puts on the volunteer track of Conference, and was pleased to be Awards chair and introduce Paige and the other Award winners and present their Awards.

Paige with Volunteer Council President, Debbie McKinney
Camille presenting the Award to Paige, accepting on behalf of ASOG 

Our Award!

50th Anniversary of the Guild Celebration Planning

Betty Herron and Beth Nyhuss are heading up a committee to plan activities to celebrate the Guild's 50th anniversary over the coming year. The first meeting was August 29. Please let Betty or Beth know if you would like to be involved.  We need all yearbooks before 1971, 1981-82, 2002-2003, 2003-2004, and 2009-2010.

Website Update

Our ASO Guild website has been completely updated and brought up to date. Check it out HERE

Bylaws Revision

Our Guild Bylaws also got revised and updated this summer. We will be voting on the revised bylaws at the fall luncheon. Thanks to Sherry Shinn for her work on this.
The primary changes the President has requested, and the Board has approved, are as follows:
  1. Drop the Executive Committee.  Reason being that the Executive Committee consists of almost the entire Board with the exception of the Second, Third and Fourth Vice Presidents, the Assistant Treasurer and the Fund Raising Chair. Several of the by-law changes you will vote on will simply be the deletion of the phrase "the Executive Committee".
  2. Add a courtesy membership with the stipulation that a courtesy member cannot vote or hold office.
  3. Add a paragraph to address board resignations and absences.
  4. Change the definition of a quorum at membership meetings from 10% to a majority of members present. 
  5. Add a paragraph that stipulates that all website submissions should go through the President. 
Please take a moment to read them over
HERE before we vote. Changes are in red.

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