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Please join us for our holiday party on December 14. 

Spouses and friends are welcome.

Home of Mary Millsap
6 Longfellow Lane
5:30 till ?

Do drop by!

Come share a glass of cheer December 14 at the home of Mary Millsap, 6 Longfellow Lane, 5:30.

The Guild currently has several small fundraisers going as well as Designer House coming in the Spring. 

From the holiday party to our next general membership meeting and 50th anniversary celebration in February to Designer House April/May, there's plenty to get involved with.

Orientations, fall luncheon, general membership meetings, Bridge Bash, Children's concert. A lot's happened this year already.

Designer House:  April 13 - May 13
Designer House 2018 will be at 8 Valley Creek View in West Little Rock, pictured above. All designers have been secured and it is sure to be a fabulous house. Save the date for parties: Bare Bones on February 17; Crescendo on April 12; Girls' Night Out on April 19 and Tres De Mayo on May 3.

$50 for the 50th:
80 Guild members and friends have contributed $5,100 toward this fundraiser. We would like 100% participation, so please contribute if you haven't already. Funds have already been used to purchase 5 violins for the Sturgis Academy students, very much appreciated. Money raised will also be earmarked to fund the Stella Boyle Smith Young Artists Competition.

Playing Cards:
Our playing cards are now being sold in 15 locations. Please look for them at: Museum of Discovery, Clinton Library gift shop, Old State House gift shop, Catering to You, Rhea Drug, Historic Arkansas Museum, Mosaic Templars, Arkansas Arts Center, Heifer gift shop, State Capitol gift shop, Pinnacle Mt. State Park gift shop, UAMS' two gift shops, Green Corner Store and Shop the Rock in River Market. Cards sales have brought in almost $3,000 since June, with more coming in all the time.

At Home in Arkansas:
Be sure to subscribe or renew to At Home to benefit the Guild. Subscriptions are just $7, with $5 of that going to the Guild. Order forms for new subscriptions are on our website:

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. Instructions for signing up are on our website:
Amazon Smile: will also donate a portion of any purchase made on their website to the Guild for those who have signed up. Full information on how to get signed up is on our website:


December 14: Holiday party, 6 Longfellow Lane, 5:30

February 8:  General membership meeting, 42 Cimarron Valley Circle, 4:30

February 17 Designer House  Bare Bones party 

February 24: ASOG 50th anniversary celebration after the Masterworks concert, Robinson Center

Meet Sandra Bailey, Second Bassoonist of the ASO. 
She resides in Chicago, IL and is Principal Bassoonist of the Chicago Sinfonietta. She is also a member of the Second City Winds, a Chicago based wind quintet. She completed her B.M. at Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music and is currently finishing her graduate studies at DePaul University under Bill Buchman. She has placed in many national competitions. Read her full bio  HERE

Orchestra & You Orientation
September 5

Dale  Ronnel presented an orientation to around 20 Guild members. 
Co-chairs June Lloyd and Barbara O'Donnell are off to a great start!

Chair & Board Orientation
September 7

Board members and chairs were treated to a delicious meal as part of their beginning-of-year orientation.

Fran Nelson helps set up.
Co-chairs Betty Herron & Beth Nyhus work on the ASOG 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Fall Luncheon
September 14, Country Club of Little Rock

ASO Guild kicked off the new year with delightful musical entertainment by Drew Irvin and Julie Cheek, exciting season programming by Maestro Philip Mann, a riveting report on the success of the Sturgis Music Academy by its leader Tze-Ying Wu and delicious food.

Drew Irvin
Tze-Ying Wu

Maestro Philip Mann & President Ouida Keck

New member Lee Lee Doyle

Betty Herron & Lynne Phillips

Lovely ladies in a lovely setting

Bridge Bash
October 14

Our second ever bridge tournament took place at the Bridge House and raised $1100!

Many thanks to those who provided food and helped in any way: Lynne Phillips, Pauline Gerstein, Nancy Cole, Fran Nelson, Jane Prather, June Lloyd, Dale Ronnel, Michael Upson, Nikki Lawson, Nancy Weber, Edwina Palmer, Susan Marsh, Camille Williams, Gail Davis, Mary Rock and Ouida Keck. Cudos to co-chairs Betty Herron and Gail Davis and food co-ordinator (and donor) Debbie Bass.

Children's Concert
October 27, Robinson Center

Almost 1,100 students, parents and teachers attended the concert. Seating and dismissal went smoothly and the concert was enjoyed by all. Thanks to those who helped out: Gail Davis, Ouida Keck, Susan Marsh, Pat Luzzi, Fran Nelson, Sherry Shinn, Paige James, Erma Jean Carter, Beth Nyhus, Mary Rock, Michael Upson, Polly Locket-Fox, Nancy Crow, Mary Francis Cotham, Bonnie Cough and Alyce Parker. Especial thanks go to co-chairs George Keck and Jeremy Lane.

General Membership Meetings
October 12 & November 9

ASO  Guild had two well attended general membership meetings. In October at the home of Beth Coulson almost 40 were in attendance. In November at the home of Ellon Cockrill over 30 were in attendance. Both meetings had wonderful music, delicious food and delightful company. You don't want to miss the next meeting (February 8)!

Our hospitality team: Joyce Harms, Alice Pfeiffer, Peyton Bishop and Fran Nelson.

Tandy Cobb has presented 'Five Minutes of Guild History' at each of the fall general membership meetings. The October presentation was on music education programs and the November one was about Guild fundraising. As we celebrate our 50th year as a Guild, it's interesting to look back on our history. You can read the October presentation HERE and the November one HERE

Ushers Richard Moore, Mark Hotchkiss, Sue Mistric & Cheryl Fallis

ASO Guild continues to provide ushers for all ASO concerts. It's been a challenge adapting to the new Robinson, but our usher corps has taken it well in stride. Many thanks to concert activities chair Lori Llewellyn for all she does.

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