GUILD NOTES
Susan Marsh
FROM YOUR PRESIDENT
Dear Members and Friends,
It is said that “March roars in like a lion and out like a lamb” but where the ASOG is concerned we are roaring all month and into April also. The enthusiasm and activity around Symphony of Flavors is extraordinary. This event has captured the attention of ASO supporters throughout Little Rock and beyond. As vaccines become available, daffodils are blooming and we see a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel, an opportunity to celebrate (even virtually) feels liberating. Over more than 50 years, the ASOG has donated over $2 million to the ASO. That is an awesome achievement. In spite of unforeseen challenges this year, we can be proud of continuing our uninterrupted history of providing financial support to the ASO. Buy your ticket now, so we can celebrate together in April.

My thanks to the Nominating Committee composed of Betty Herron, Chair, Debbie Bass, George Keck, Pat Luzzi and Camille Williams for recruiting an outstanding slate of officers for 2021-2022. New officers were approved by a vote of the general membership at the March General Membership meeting. These leaders need your help to staff chairs and members for a variety of committee positions. Consider thoughtfully how you want to contribute to the ongoing activities of the Guild. Don’t wait to be asked … volunteer!

It is time to kick-off the 2021-2022 membership drive. Mary Jo Lewno is eager to receive your renewal

With a nod to St. Patrick’s Day, “May your troubles be less, your blessings be more, and nothing but happiness come through your door!”
Susan

REPORT FROM THE MARCH MEMBERSHIP MEETING

Officers for 2021-2022
This slate of ASOG Officers for 2021-2022, proposed by the Nominating Committee, was voted on positively at the General Membership meeting held on March 11, 2021. 
President                            Tandy Cobb
Immediate Past President  Susan Marsh
1st Vice President               Janice James
2nd Vice President              Ernestine Tisdell-Lawrence
3rd Vice President               Camille Williams
4th Vice President               Ethan Frazier
Recording Secretary          Pat Luzzi
Treasurer                            Tracey Rice
Asst. Treasurer                   Dale Ronnel
Members–at-large              Ouida Keck &
                                          Sherry Shinn  
Their term of office is from June 1 until May 31. Congratulations to each of you accepting the opportunity to serve the ASOG in this way. We look forward to your leadership.
 
Bylaws Change
A proposed change in the Bylaws to Article IV, Section 1 was approved overwhelmingly at the General Membership meeting on March 11, 2021. As a result the article now states “ The Board shall include the President, the Immediate Past President, First, Second, Third and Fourth Vice Presidents, Recording Secretary, Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer, and two at-large members." 

2021-2022 MEMBERSHIP

Although your ASOG Guild membership does not expire until the end of May, we wanted to send an early reminder to renew your membership, either online or by mail, by June 1, 2021. We know this past year has been a bit of a disappointment for all of us, but we certainly appreciate the way our board has used imaginative ways to keep us connected. We fully expect the coming year to be much more interactive. It will be wonderful to reconnect in person once again.
To access the online membership form click www.arsymphonyguild.org
To access a printable membership form to be mailed click here

CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS
April 8, 15, 22, 29       Symphony of Flavors
April 15                      ASOG Board Meeting
May 13                       ASOG Board Meeting
May 20                       Annual Meeting and Spring Luncheon

GUILD BRIDGE BASH FUNDRAISER SUPPORTS THE ASO
Last year, the Bridge Bash fundraiser was more successful than anticipated. As a result, the Guild was able to contribute $500 to the Sturgis Music Academy to repair "baby" instruments, which had been donated. (In the photo on the left Gail Davis, Bridge Bash Chair, presents the check to Kathleen Williamson, Sturgis Music Academy Director). According to Ms. Williamson, "This generous gift from the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Guild will go towards much-needed instrument repair for violins used in our Violin in Your School program. This year, the students in the program have been able to have a violin at home to practice on, free of charge".
This donation is just another way in which the ASO Guild helps support music education.

SYMPHONY OF FLAVORS

Anticipation is building as we prepare to launch a new Guild fundraiser, Symphony of Flavors. Our outstanding chefs are Capi Peck of Trio’s, Eric Isaac of Ristorante Capeo, Ricardo Rincon of Kemuri, and Henrik Thostrup of Colonial Wines and Spirits, and they have composed four scrumptious menus. Committee members who are working with the chefs have enjoyed participating in the filming at Capeo, Kemuri, and in Capi Peck’s home. We have only one filming still to be done, at the home of Clark Trim and Henrik Thostrup. The gift bag committee has been rounding up special ingredients for the bags and planning the delivery logistics. We expect everything to be in readiness on Thursday, April 8, when the first video Variations on a Mexican Theme airs at 7:00pm.
           However, YOU are an essential ingredient in our recipe for success. Purchase your tickets now by going to arkansassymphony.org/flavors. If you have a conflict and cannot view one of the videos when it airs, it will be available for two weeks after the air date. We also need help filling and delivering the gift bags, each Monday through Wednesday before the videos air. If you can volunteer to fill gift bags, please contact Gail Davis at 501-258-5934 or gailpdavis123@cs.com. If you can deliver gift bags on Wednesdays, contact Pat Luzzi at 501-690-0571 or pluzzi3@comcast.net. Thank you in advance for your help.
           We also want to thank our talented chefs, videographer Taylor Jacks, and copy writer Heather Honaker for their expertise. We owe our appreciation to 107 Liquor, Sherwood Beverage, Metro Appliances & More, Edwards Food Giant, Ben E. Keith, and McLarty Diversified Holdings/Franklin McLarty for supporting our project. Finally, we owe a debt of gratitude to Clark Trim and Henrik Thostrup of Colonial Wines and Spirits for their many contributions.
Tandy Cobb, Fundraiser Chair
Tickets can be purchased by clicking on the following sites:
Pictured above: Capi Peck welcomed Gail and David Davis and Susan and Jim Marsh into her personal kitchen to watch her prepare Legumbres En Pipian, an authentic Mexican stew. After the snow and ice of the preceding week, stew was especially warming, as were the Tequilla shots that guests were offered. Don’t miss Capi’s Variations on a Mexican Theme on April 8 at 7:00pm.

As you can see from the looks on the faces of all in the accompanying photos, these "Grateful Tasters" who were invited to the filming of the Symphony of Flavors events are enjoying themselves.

Top right photo: Lee Lee Doyle, Mary Wildgen and Phyllis Barrier at the Ristorante Capeo filming featuring Chef Eric Isaac.
Top left photo: Joe David and Tracey Rice enjoying chicken piccata and the Rockefeller Quartet at Capeo.
Bottom right photo: At Kemuri Restaurant in Hillcrest, Betty and Jerry Herron and Pat and Joe Luzzi savored the flavors of Japanese dishes, prepared by Chef Ricardo Rincón. The lucky guests were served sushi, Ribs with Ponzu BBQ, and Miso Glazed Black Cod, which Chef Ricardo will demonstrate on his April 15 video,
Asian Suite