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July 2013

In This Edition of Ringing News

Planning your music for this next year? We have repertoire lists ready for our upcoming events.

New Event: El Paso Ringing Round Up – October 5, 2013 – El Paso, Texas

Central Texas Spring Ring – April 5, 2014 – Austin, Texas

Summit 2014 – June 13-15, 2014 – Ardmore, Oklahoma

Chocolate Covered Pringles and Handbells – Fun for all in Ardmore!

Time for National Board Nominations

NEW! El Paso Ringing Roundup

October 5, 2013, El Paso, Texas – 8:45am-3:30pm

We are so excited to present this new event in El Paso, a one day event under the baton of Karen Thompson. Registration is only $20 per person.

Western Hills United Methodist Church, 524 Thunderbird Drive, El Paso, Texas 79912

Holy Manna
by Judy Phillips – L2 – AGEHR AG336044 (3-6 Oct; 3-5 oct opt chimes)

Be Thou My Vision
arranged by Karen Thompson – L2 – GIA G-8072 (3-5 oct, opt chimes)

Gloria Hodie
arranged by Julie Turner and Kevin McChesney – (L3) – Jeffers Handbell Supply JHS9482 (3-6 oct)

More information and registration form available on our website. CLICK HERE.

Central Texas Spring Ring 2014

April 5, 2014, Austin, Texas – 8:45am-3:30pm

This great annual event returns for 2014 with Sueda Luttrell as the guest clinician. Lake Travis United Methodist Church will be our host. Address: 1502 Ranch Road 620 N, Austin, Texas 78734

Peal con brio
by Karen Thompson – L2 – AG23042 (2-3 oct) or AG 46029 (4-6 oct)

Rejoice! He Is Risen
by Cathy Moklebust – (L2+) – CGB720 (2-3 oct) or CGB721 (4-6 oct)

Prelude on Thaxted
by Michael Helman – (L3) – AG 36045 (3-6 oct)

More information and registration form available on our website. CLICK HERE.

Summit 2014 – Continuing the Journey

June 13-15, 2014 – Ardmore Convention Center, Ardmore, Oklahoma

We are very fortunate to have the engaging, talented and fun Tim Waugh as our primary clinician for our bi-annual festival/conference. This is a “can’t miss” opportunity! To find out more about Tim, visit our webpage. CLICK HERE

The Summit 2014 classes are looking very exciting at this point. Of course, we are are always looking for great suggestions and input. Now is time to “chime in” if you have any particular topic/subject/skill offerings you would like to see. Do you know of anyone doing something exciting and/or unique with bells/chime/music that would interest your fellow ringers? Please send any comments/suggestions to Barbie Senkow.

Rejoice He Is Risen
by Cathy Moklebust – L2+ – Choristers Guild CGB 721 (3-6 Oct, opt chimes) | CGB 720 (2-3 Oct, opt chimes)

Be Still My Soul
arranged by Jason Krug – L2+ – Red River Music RRBL5058 (3-5 oct)

Selvaggio (Exsultate)
by Timothy H. Waugh – (L3) – MorningStar MSM-30-310 (3-5 oct, opt 3 or 5 oct chimes)

Just A Closer Walk with Thee
by Bruce Greer – (L3) – Ringing Word RW8211 (3-5 oct) | (RW8036 (3 oct) | RW8036C (Clarinet)

Chocolate Covered Pringles and Handbells

I had a dilemma. As Area 9 Chair, I needed to travel to Ardmore, OK for a site visit of the Ardmore Convention Center. As a mother, I wanted to take my two teenage daughters on vacation. I had limited time off from my job. What did I do?

Vacation Destination: Ardmore

I combined trips and we set out for Ardmore.

Surprisingly, the drive to Ardmore was easy from our home in South Texas. We found the Ardmore Convention Center off of I-35. For the 2014 Area 9 Summit, we have negotiated a group rate of $97.50 per night. The hotel features microwaves and mini-refrigerators in the rooms as well as free internet. The fitness center was well-equipped and my girls enjoyed swimming in the outdoor pool. For those who would prefer other accommodations, the SpringHill Suites is an easy walk across the parking lot from the convention center. There are other hotels within a short driving distance as well. For family members accompanying you to Ardmore, there is a golf course, shopping, and a community pool with water slides. Everyone can find something to do in Ardmore.

After taking care of business, we explored the area. Okahoma’s largest state park, Lake Murray State Park, is located southeast of Ardmore. If you enjoy boating, camping, or outdoor recreation in general, plan to spend a few extra days in this beautiful area. Make time to explore Tucker Tower and Nature Center. Tucker Tower is a medieval-style fortress which offers great views of the lake and many wildlife exhibits are located in the nature center. In addition, although we did not have the opportunity to see them in person, there are floating cabins at Lake Murray. They are nine miles from the convention center, but would be a fun way to combine a relaxing trip to the lake with an energizing week-end of ringing.

Travel north a few miles from Ardmore and you reach Turner Falls Park in the Arbuckle Mountains near Davis, OK. Take a dip in the cool natural swimming pools and enjoy the 77 foot waterfall.
My personal favorite part of our trip was the Bedre Fine Chocolate Factory in nearby Davis, OK. Bedre gourmet chocolate is sold in stores such as Neiman Marcus. Visitors can watch chocolate being made through long windows and can visit the gift shop. It was here that we discovered chocolate-covered Pringles. I can guarantee that I will be back in June.

There are still plenty of sites that we did not have time to explore: The Greater Southwest Historical Museum, The Chickasaw Cultural Center, and Air Donkey Zipline Adventures to name a few. I also want to visit the WinStar World Casino, which is the second largest casino in the world and not far from Ardmore.

I hope to see you all in Ardmore in June. Bring your family, enjoy the scenery (and the chocolate) and indulge your passion for handbells. You will enjoy all that Ardmore has to offer.

Michelle Tejada, Area 9 Chair

Time For National Board Nominations

National board elections are just a few months away.
Who are you nominating?

A butcher, a baker, a candlestick maker?
A lawyer, a banker, a marketing major?
A teacher, a ringer, a strategic planner?

Who should serve on the next national board of directors of the Handbell Musicians of America? Whoever it is, you will play a vital and essential roll.

A nomination form is available at  Just click on the National Board Nominations news item on the home page to find the form.  This form is the only means to nominate someone for consideration to the national board of directors.

The nominating deadline is September 1, 2013.
Online voting begins February 15, 2014 and ends March 15, 2014.

The membership will vote for president-elect and for two at-large candidates. The results will be posted at, in Overtones, through E-Notes, and through communication with the area chairs .

Who would make a desirable candidate for the national board?

The national board of directors must be diversified with individuals who share an interest in our instrument without gender or ethnic bias. To achieve this diversity, the qualities listed below are among some for which the national board will pursue in finding potential nominees and candidates.

  • Historical experience with AGEHR/Handbell Musicians of America
  • Business experience such as in finance, policy governance, marketing, law, human resources and fundraising
  • Music and handbell experience such as directing, ringing, music education, church, community, and specials needs choirs
  • Strategic planning and/ or not-for-profit

This diversity of backgrounds and experiences will broaden the national board’s  perspective, enabling them to design the type of forum for strategic planning and futuristic leadership that Handbell Musicians of America requires in order to be successful in a more competitive non-profit environment.  We need a range of personalities for a board that can collectively become skilled to:

  • think ahead
  • brainstorm
  • be probing in terms of how “this” goal will relate to our mission
  • reason what the costs, as compared to the overall benefits, are for our members
  • be a servant/leader

The best possible future for the Handbell Musicians of America board of directors will come from good communication between diverse individuals who share our mission, vision, values and goals. You know these people. Therefore, the best possible future for Handbell Musicians of American ultimately rests with you. But, before you nominate someone, check with her or him to insure they are able and willing to be considered for one of the most fascinating and rewarding responsibilities they could imagine. Then place that person into nomination by completing the attached form and mailing it to the address specified on the form, or by going online and voting at

Who are you nominating?

Philip L. Roberts
Nominating Chair

Participate in our Facebook community!

It is all about sharing…let the rest of the area know what you and group are doing and playing. Any comments and suggestions are very welcome.

The Area 9 board is here to serve you. Please contact any of the Area 9 board members for the 2012-2014 fiscal year with any ideas, suggestions, questions or concerns you may have.

Chair – Michelle Tejada
Chair Elect – Ruth Seiwell (
Treasurer – Marta Sullivan (
Secretary – Sueda Luttrell (
Past Chair – Karen Thompson (
Publications – Kari Daelke (
Financial Advisor – Wilson Van Tine (
Membership – Steven Eddington (
Education – Barbie Senkow (
Oklahoma Representative - Paula Barnes (
West Texas Representative - Adam Samuels (
East Texas Representative - Jayne Brown (

Information about the board members can be found on the Area 9 website at:

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