2003 SPMH Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting of the Society for the Preservation of Music Hall (SPMH) was called to order by President Norma Petersen at 5:45 p.m. on the main stage at Music Hall on Monday, September 8, 2003. Norma greeted the many members and guests to the annual meeting of this, the 125th Anniversary of Cincinnati Music Hall.

Norma asked for a moment of silence in which to remember three trustees who passed away during this past year, Gary Mack, Mel Schulman, and co-founder Jean Reis. They were much loved and will be sorely missed.

Norma thanked Cincinnati Arts Association for the cooperative spirit in which they have entered into all of the special activities of the 125th Anniversary year. She was pleased to report fine cooperation from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera and Cincinnati Ballet, as well.

Barbara Hahn and Eileen Knollman were recognized for chairing the annual meeting. Dudley Taft and Friends (Tom Vanden Eynden, Chris Smith, Joe Lukasik, and Jock Lawrence) were thanked for their spirited musical performance onstage.

Christopher Buchanan was named as the new editor of Music Hall Marks.

Joyce Holmes, Corresponding Secretary, reported acknowledging donations from 510 donors during the past year and a half. This number shows both the great number of people making contributions to Music Hall, and Joyce's scrupulous care in writing acknowledgments. Joyce has generously contributed to SPMH the total cost of the postage for this correspondence.

The Painted Violin project, which has garnered such fine publicity for Music Hall's 125th Anniversary, will culminate in the final opening of bids on September 20.

Bob Howes, SPMH archivist, presented a brief history of documents relating to the early days of Music Hall. He reported that permanent space to exhibit certain of these documents will be constructed on the southeast corner of the second floor Music Hall Promenade. The first exhibit, targeted for opening sometime in October, will pertain to the building of Music Hall--its inception and construction. It will be presented in collaboration with the Cincinnati Historical Society. Bob acknowledged the following individuals whose enthusiasm and expertise have made the project possible: from SPMH, Norma Petersen, Mace Justice, Martha Seaman, Barbara Boyd, Walter Langsam, Louis Thomas, and Ethan Stanley. From the Museum Center, Maggie Heran, Jane MacKnight, Scott Gampher, Ann Kling, Phyllis Zarnorski, and the librarians in the Historical Society.

Mayor Charlie Luken then read a proclamation proclaiming September 8, 2003, as Music Hall Day in Cincinnati. The mayor pledged that the city will continue to work to preserve Music Hall.

Joyce Holmes then presented the Nominating Committee report: Nominated to serve three-years term beginning September 2003, through September 2006: :

  • Marlesa (Marci) Gray
  • Dan Lorey
  • Peggy Snyder (Tour Guide Chair)
Nominated to serve renewing three-year-terms:
  • Barbara Harshman
  • Karen McKim
  • Sue Sommer (Liaison - ushers)
Nominated to served as officers for 2003-2004:
  • President: Norma Petersen
  • Vice Presidents: Barbara Harshman
    Sylvia Benjamin
    Barbara Hahn
  • Recording Secretary: Karen McKim
  • Corresponding Secretaries: Dorothy R. Lewis
  • Martha S. Seaman
  • Treasurer: Julia Stephen
  • Assistant Treasurer: Joyce VanWye
Nominated to serve as HONORARY MEMBERS of the Board:
  • Judy Bertke
  • Joyce S. Holmes
  • Alberta Marsh
A full list of current SPMH officers, trustees and founders is available online here.

Upon motion duly made and seconded, this slate of board members and officers was approved unanimously.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:15 p.m.

Information for this report came from notes on the 2003 Annual Meeting provided by Karen McKim, Recording Secretary, SPMH.

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