‘Beethoven’s Hair’ and scholarships

By: Staff Report

UNION — The Union Music Club met on April 11, 2017 at 7 p.m. First, refreshments were enjoyed by all and provided by Mrs. Steve Ramsey and Mrs. Sam Elliott. President Tommy Bishop welcomed the members to the meeting, called the meeting to order, and thanked the hostesses for the delightful refreshments.

The members recited the Invocation and the Federation Collect. Then, everyone sang the Federation Hymn accompanied by Mrs. Joe Lawson on the piano. All members sang the song “Deep River” with traditional words and music from the “Together We Sing” club song book.

Member Mrs. Sanders Read read a note from former member Mrs. Kenneth Hill stating that she missed the club meetings.

Beethoven’s Hair

Vice President Mrs. Leroy Kennedy presented the last installment of the study book program entitled Beethoven’s Hair by Russell Martin.

Upon chemical analysis of the strands of the composer’s hair, it was determined that it was very high in lead content which caused his deafness and other ailments. To end this study about Ludwig van Beethoven, President Bishop performed “The Second Movement of Sonatina in G Major” and a duet with Mrs. Leroy Kennedy entitled “The Metronome.”

Reports And Discussions

Secretary Miss Sally Summers read the minutes, and they were corrected and approved. Treasurer Rev. Sanders Read presented the treasury report and then said that we have received many memorials for member Mrs. Jack Wilburn. There was a discussion of the Spartanburg County Foundation in which the Music Club invested part of the club’s money some years ago and then a discussion of scholarship applications and recommendations. Member Miss Suzy Smith recommended Miss Carmen Sliwa to receive the Boinest-Morgan Medal.


Letters were received from Mr. Ryan West, Miss Meredith Foster, and Miss Maisie Fisher requesting a scholarship. It was voted on and unanimously agreed upon that all of the scholarships would be designated as the Nancy Lewis Wilburn Scholarship Award in her memory. Treasurer Rev. Read asked for a replacement member for the scholarship committee.

New Officers

Then, the nominating committee presented the new slate of officers for the next two years:

• Mrs. Leroy Kennedy — President

• Mrs. Steve Ramsey — Vice President

• Miss Sally Summers — Recording Secretary

• Mrs. James Stepp — Corresponding Secretary

• Rev. Sanders Read — Treasurer

• Mrs. James Stepp — Parliamentarian

• Mrs. George Goings — SCFMC Board Member

• Mrs. Joe Lawson — Historian

• Mr. Tommy Bishop — Custodian of Club Music.

Upcoming Events

The members were reminded of the upcoming senior organ recital of scholarship recipient, Mr. Evan Haney at Presbyterian College on April 18. National Music Week will be the first full week of May (7-14). Next month at the May 9 meeting, the (GT) Gifted and Talented Class from Union County High School will present a program at Grace United Methodist Church at 7 p.m.. All of the members were asked to bring cookies for the reception following the program.


The Benediction entitled “The Gift of Song” by Lana M. Bailey was sung by all, and the meeting was adjourned.

Union Music Club holds April meeting

Staff Report