|Will Thorndike installing the 2014 chapter officers.|
After the installation of officers, we were ready to see who would receive the prestigious Barbershopper of the Year Award. This is a closely guarded secret that only three people in the chapter know until that night. This year, the secret was particularly difficult to keep. Since the original Officer Installation Dinner in January had to be cancelled due to snow, those in the know had to keep quiet got an extra six weeks! At last, Art Deem, last year's BOTY recipient, was able to present the award to the highly deserving Ben Dirks!
|Art Deem (left) presents the Barbershopper of the Year|
Award to Ben Dirks (right).
Ben is an 11-year member of the Rock River Valley Barbershop Chorus, the current president, and a past Membership Vice-President. He often goes beyond his duties to continually push the chapter to new heights, and we are very pleased to see him receive this high honor.
|RRVBC chapter quartet 74 and a quarter|
After officers were installed, and awards were presented, we got to the most important part of the night...the music. First up, the sweet sounds of one of our very own chapter quartets, 74 and a quarter. Then we had the privilege to hear our special guest quartet Synergy, the current Illinois District 3rd place quartet. Their ringing chords and heartfelt ballads were beautiful and a treat to hear. We thank them for joining us that evening and wish them the best of luck on their musical journey.
|Synergy, Illinois District 3rd place quartet|
Of course, we finished the evening with our rendition of Keep The Whole World Singing which quickly turned into some impromptu tag singing. It was a wonderful night filled with joy and fellowship with our friends and families, and we can't wait for next year's Officer Installation Dinner.