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The Northwest Campanologist

Vol. 11, No. 10                                  Area 10 Website                          October 2020

In This Issue
Board of Directors
Notes From the Chair
Virtual Event
Composition Contest
Inland NW 2021
Coppers Classic 2021
Siskiyou Summit
Help Wanted
Virtual Events
Oregon Events
Washington Events
Area 10 Facebook
National Office Contacts
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Board of Directors

Past Chair - Glen Hascall
   5 Westridge Dr
   Lake Oswego, OR  97034
Chair - Barb Silvey
Secretary - Wendy Goodheart
   1422 Lynn Avenue #8
   Billings, MT 59102
Treasurer - Kylie Johnson

Alaska Chair - Caroline Valentine
Idaho Chair - open
Montana Chair - Linda Hightower
Oregon Chair - Shelley Giaier
Washington Chair -  David Ramsey-Warner

Membership Chair - 
   Ellie Hodder
Event Coordinator - 
   Diane Barnes
   479 Drager
   Ashland, OR  97520

Communications Chair -
  Joann Wallenburn

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Deadline for articles and events to be included in next month's issue of the Northwest Campanologist is the 22nd of this month. Information can be sent to Joann Wallenburn at 

Please update your profile/email address following the link at the bottom of the newsletter. This will give you the opportunity to select various regions of our area so we can send you information about events and concerts close to home. You may change this information at any time.
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Help! I Need Somebody. Help!

Many thanks to those of you who responded to my plea for help.  I have received some very good suggestions for the new look newsletter and social media.  I'm leaving my call for help in place in case others would like to provide additional input.  The new style newsletter will be coming out with the November edition.

October of even years is a time of change for the Area 10 Board.  We say goodbye (from office only) and thank you to Sharon Peterson as the Montana state chair and welcome Linda Hightower.  Glen Hascall steps (up or down?) from chair to past chair, and Barb Silvey takes on the chair mantel from chair elect.  We still need a volunteer to replace Shelly Siemer as Idaho state chair.  We need to give a huge thank you to Diane Hould, who served 6 years as chair elect, chair, and past chair.

Part of Area 10's communication package is a Facebook page.  While I'm pretty computer savvy, I am the first to admit that I am Facebook-challenged, as my daughter will strongly attest.  So many other social media options are out there, too.  If you are a social media guru and would like to help Area 10 communicate via social media, please contact me.  

Actually, I also need all of you.  ConstantContact, our newsletter publishing firm, is forcing this old dog to learn new tricks.  They are retiring their legacy editor in favor of a new third generation editor.  I have enjoyed the ease of working with the design that Phyllis Tincher passed to me, but I guess it's time for a new look.  If you have ever thought, "it sure would be nice if..." related to this newsletter, please share with me.  I'll be starting with a blank page.

I have added a new event calendar category: virtual events.  Location doesn't matter except for connecting at the right time for your time zone.  

This newsletter is available - FREE - to everyone.  Please share with any of your fellow ringers.  They can click Here to subscribe for themselves.
Events and concerts are added to our website between newsletters, so be sure to check the Events Page frequently.
ChairNotes from the Chair

Greetings Again

Another month and what a month it was. Thanks to COVID-19, wind, fires and smoke there is not much to report on the bell front. For those of you who know me and my family, my son, Jeremy and family, who live in Phoenix, OR evacuated just minutes before fire raced up the main street of their town, just 4 blocks from their home. By God's grace their neighborhood was spared and they are back home with electricity and potable water. I sincerely hope none of you suffered loss of life or property in the fires that have swept through our beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Our hearts and prayers go out to our Campanologist editor, Joann Wallenburn. In the August issue of our newsletter, she wrote about the effect of music on her at the passing of her father in Virginia. In that article she mentioned that her sister had been the care giver for her dad. Joann no sooner returned home to Montana when she learned that her sister had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Just the other day I received another sad message from her that her sister had also died. Joann is back to Virginia taking care of family business but if you'd like to send her a card the address I have is PO Box 1417, Seeley Lake, MT 59868-1417.

A bright spot this month was the completion of our church bell choir's first video project. It was presented as the Prelude on Sunday 9/13. Click here to view.  

We are currently learning our parts for our next project. I imagine that many of you have completed either video recordings or virtual projects by now. Please send us links so that all may enjoy.

And that's going to do it for this month. Please stay healthy and if you're not making music yet, the day is coming!

PacificNWBack to Bells Safely in the Fall of 2020

Pacific NW Handbell Directors/Musicians presents
Back to Bells Safely in the Fall of 2020
DATE CHANGED TO OCT 10, 9-NOON (Pacific Time)
The Pacific NW Handbell Directors/Musicians Forum has been a fixture in handbell education in Area 10 since 2005. Ellie Hodder founded the event and has passed the bell to Pacific Ringers as a spotlight on its role/mission in arts-specifically handbell-education.
This year, the event will be held virtually on Saturday, October 10, 9-noon. It will include
  • a session outlining best practices for ringing during COVID as researched by Handbell Industry Council
  • educational videos on how to ring these 4ih techniques: shelley, ring/push and British/Japanese, basic belltree
  • several examples of 8-16 bell pieces played by members of Pacific Ringers
  • Music lists will be available provided by vendors
  • We will provide time in the middle and end to interact and answer your questions.
BYO coffee and snacks. 
The event is free. However tax-exempt donations will be gratefully accepted. Pacific Ringers is a 501(c)(3) arts organization, a proud member of Handbell Musicians of America and the Oregon Cultural Trust.
REGISTER including your full name, email, cell phone at Information on how to connect to the Zoom event will be emailed to you on October 9. We will try to monitor late registrations day of but make no guarantees. Consider signing up and dropping rather than waiting.
Contact Ellie Hodder, artistic director

ContestBell Tree with Handbell Choir Composition Contest

Good News!!!!!
The deadline has been extended into 2021.

New deadline to be announced.

The bell tree ringers from Into the Forest are sponsoring a composition contest for bell tree with handbell choir music. Deadline is August 15. Prize is $2000. The bell tree community is seeking music to help move bell trees from the periphery into the mainstream by seeing more bell trees playing with handbell choirs in concerts, church services, and other venues. We are defining the mainstream as handbell choirs who play level 2+ to 3 music and have 3 to 5 octaves of bells and probably chimes. We are seeking more music for this range. See attachments for more information.

Inland Northwest 2021
March 19 and 20, 2021 
Central Church 
Richland, WA.

Clinicians: Shirley Lindberg and Bryant Wilkie


Information             Registration

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America.
Coppers Classic 2021


Coppers Classic 2021
March 19-21, 2021
             March 18 (mini-workshop)            
Monarch Hotel & Conference Center
12566 SE 93rd Avenue                
Clackamas, Oregon                  

Stay tuned for registration information.

Check out the repertoire and consider joining us for next year's concert and ringing with us next year.

Questions: Contact Ellie Hodder, founding director or Kim Bible, event coordinator.

This event is sponsored by Handbell Musicians of America. 
Siskiyou Summit                                      RESCHEDULED!
      April 30-May 1, 2021
      Ashland, OR
      Fascinatin' Rhythms

      Guest Conductor: Tim Waugh 

The 2020 Siskiyou Summit Handbell Conference has been rescheduled for 2021. Tim Waugh will be the conductor and we will be using all the same repertoire from 2020 and offering the same classes plus a couple of others. Watch this space for details later this year.  Contact Diane Barnes if you have any questions 
Will You Help?
State Chair Position Open

There is a current opening for the Idaho State Chair.  

Please consider serving on your Area 10 Board in this capacity.  For information or to volunteer please contact Glen Hascall, chair or Diane Hould, past-chair of Area 10.
Virtual Events

Saturday, October 3, Pacific NW Handbell Directors/Musicians Forum, 9 - noon PDT, 10 am - 1 pm MDT, 8 am - 11 am AKDT. Check the article above for more info.
Oregon Events 

Friday-Sunday, March 19-21 (2021), Coppers Classic 2021, Clackamas, OR  Details at  Additional info email:  Kim Bible

Washington Events

Friday & Saturday, March 19 & 20, 2021
- Inland NW Handbell Conference, Central Church, Richland, WA

Area 10 Facebook Page


Did you know Area 10 has a Facebook page?  Please search for "Handbell Musicians of America - Area 10" and like the page. If you want an event added, please send the information to Joann Wallenburn at A picture for the event can also be added.

National Office contact information
The national office is a virtual operation!
To contact by phone: 937-438-0085. Please note the 1-800 number is no longer in service.
All check payments for membership renewal and other services should be sent to:
PO BOX 221047
All other correspondence should be sent to:
Handbell Musicians of America
201 E. 5th Street, Suite 1900-1025,
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Staff emails are in Overtones and at
Please remember to send information for the October 2020 issue to me by October 22.

Please forward this newsletter to your choir members and to anyone else who would be interested in all the concerts and events.  Encourage them to subscribe to the newsletter.  Click "Join our mailing list" at the bottom of the left column.  With permission, I can also add names and addresses. 

Stay Safe.  Stay Home.  Stay Healthy.
Happy Ringing - soon, we hope,
Joann Wallenburn
Area 10, Handbell Musicians of America