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From the President...
The election to fill the seats of 3 outgoing Board members is now over, results from 337 votes are in. I am delighted to welcome to the Board: Gary Boye, Ryan Closs, and Jeffrey Noonan. Each one has much to offer in terms of experience and expertise in areas we are steeped in developing. Gary has already been invaluable in overseeing the facsimile collection; and Ryan has tremendous energy around developing local chapters, having set one up in New York. It was a very strong slate of candidates and I thank David Dolata and Cory Gavito for being willing to run. I hope they will stand again in a future election.
And finally, a public thank you to outgoing Board members: Ronn McFarlane, Kate Benessa and Joe Harris. We have been so well served by their wise counsel. We all owe a debt of gratitude for what we have been able to accomplish with their help. Start with all the planning necessary to begin the design of a new website, what it should have, be able to do, and who to do it. Then to the great pages focussed on the teachings of Pat O’Brien. If you haven’t been to those pages, GO! Your playing and practicing will be transformed, with or without repetitive stress syndrome! And the growing interest in establishing local chapters. So thank you Ronn, Kate and Joe!
Stay well, everyone!
Dear Members and Friends,
I wish to let you know where the LSA stands in light of the events of recent months that have stirred up an unprecedented and necessary national conversation about systemic racial injustice and the acceleration of the profoundly inhumane treatment of people of color. Not to take a stand, not to ask ourselves what we are doing to perpetuate the racism around us would be irresponsible. We, as players of such a rare and beautiful instrument as the lute, must not let this moment slip by unnoticed as we practice, hiding behind our music stands as if these justice issues had nothing to do with us.
They do, for if performing or listening to music tells us anything, it is that we humans are all connected. And if we sometimes can't figure out how to connect with words, music can and often does fill the void. It moves the soul like nothing else can, perhaps revealing truths we could not see otherwise. At moments like this we must examine our hearts and be honest about what we see. As a society, is there anything we are doing, or not doing, that is contributing to where our world is now? (Racisim and the LSA continued...)
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