We'd like to take this opportunity to welcome our new board members for 2017, and to thank those outgoing members who gave their time and energy to Golden Link over the past years! Those leaving are our President, Vern Lindberg (although he will be staying on as Treasurer), Robyn Kaleta who served as Vice President and Festival Chair, our Secretary Carolyn-Smith Hanna (who will still be helping out as Calendar Coordinator), our Treasurer Valerie Coushaine, Our Community Activities person Pete Roche, and Dave Russell our "Director at Large". Thanks for all your hard work and dedication to Golden Link and folk music!
The following are our incoming board members. If you see them at a sing-around or concert, please take a moment to say hi and thank them for volunteering their time and their for their passion for the club!
President - Val Fowler
Val Fowler joined Golden Link in 1992. He began playing guitar in 1968, and was nurtured in the Simon & Garfunkel, Beatles, James Taylor, Gordon Lightfoot, etc. era. His college mentors were all fingerstyle players, for which he is grateful. Val served as GL President in 1995/1996, has been a singaround regular and occasional leader. His latest "and now for something comPLETELY different" experience is joining a songwriting group.
As President, Val will be providing a guiding hand behind all our activities, and chairing the monthly Sounding Board meetings.
Vice President - Skip Rowe
"My first experience with the talents of the Golden Link was at my mother-in-law's Celebration of Life service in October of 2016. Since then, my wife and I have enjoyed the music and spirit of the Tuesday night sing-arounds. With my previous leadership experiences in the Fire Service, I hope to utilize those skills as Vice President of the Golden Link." - Skip
In the role of Vice President, Skip will be organizing the sing-arounds, and will help the president with his duties when need arises.
Community Activities - Jim Maher
Jim has been playing guitar since the age of 8, starting with his older brother playing at such venues as weddings and Grange halls. He was asked to sing at the Grand Old Opry House by Lester Flatts granddaughter, Tammy, in 1996. He's been a member of Golden Link for about a year, and has performed on our stage at Members Showcase concerts.
As Community Activities coordinator, Jim will be hosting our Members Showcase concerts, Potpourri Jam concert, and working with other organizations on external opportunities such as the ADK Expo in the summer.
Treasurer - Vern Lindberg
Vern has served as president for the last few years, and is stepping down to take the role of treasurer. He has been playing music since his early college years, learning songs of Dylan, Lightfoot, Ian and Sylvia, the Beatles and traditional songs. He joined the Golden Link Folk Singing Society in 1982, which helped him to improve his guitar and vocal skills, as well as giving him years of enjoyment. In recent years he has begun songwriting, and performs in local venues with his group, JAVA.
Vern will be keeping track of income and expenses for the club, reporting on the financial results from concerts and the festival, and rolling in the piles of cash we have in our vault - at least in our imaginations! As a non-profit, we keep expenses low, and the fees we charge to a minimum, and it will be Vern's responsibility to keep close tabs on that and make sure we stay financially sound.
Secretary - Maureen Kuchta
Maureen Kuchta has been a Golden Link member for over 30 years and can often be found volunteering at concerts and the Turtle Hill Festival. A versatile instrumentalist, she plays Clarinet, Saxophone, and several recorders, and employs them all in her love of folk music. She plays in the Hilton Gazebo Band and the folk group “Dusty Road”, and enjoys Tuesday night sing-arounds.
As Secretary, Maureen will attend the monthly Sounding Board meetings and take notes to record what was discussed and decided. These notes are maintained as a historical record for our club, and are published in abbreviated form in our monthly newsletter.
Festival Chair - Betty Smits
Betty has been attending the Festival for over 25 years. She has been a player of the hammered dulcimer for about that long. She is retired now and thought she would have the time needed to coordinate the Festival. She is excited to work with long-time GL members to produce another successful Festival.
Betty will be overseeing the challenging process of planning for and running the Turtle Hill Folk festival, along with a team of volunteers making up the Festival Committee.