Dr. Carl G. Harris, Jr., Board Member, presided at the Concert. Mr. Melvin Holloman, Charter Member of the Chorale, gave interesting and inspiring reflections of Mr. I. Sherman Greene. Under the direction of Dr. Sheila McDonald Harleston and accompanist Randy Walston, the Chorale performed many wonderful selections including, “Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast,” one of Mr. Greene’s favorites. Ann B. McInnis was the soprano soloist for Nathan Carter’s “Psalm 150.” The Women of the Chorale sang “Oh Mary Don’t You Weep” by Raymond Wise. An arrangement, by Jeff Funk, of “Make Them Hear You” was performed by the Men of the Chorale with Harold Rollins and Theodore Smith, tenor. The Chorale sang “Rock – A My Soul,” arranged by Uzee Brown, Jr. and featured singers Donald McLain, bass; Volanda Allen and Rosalyn Wiggins, alto; Chelsea Corpening and Elizabeth Eccles, soprano. In addition to the Chorale, the audience had the pleasure of hearing a brass quartet with Virgil Boysaw on trombone; Lloyd Griffith and Dennis Senkbeil, trumpet; and Jamal Lee, baritone. Jeff Danielson, Linda Davis and Darryl Huskey, violin; and Nancy Keevan, cello added the melody of a string quartet.
Many wonderful tributes to Mr. I. Sherman Greene, including one from Mrs. Hermione Jackson who now lives in the Atlanta area, were included in the program booklet.
PAST AND PRESENT McDONALD FRANCHISE OWNERS VISIT VIRGINIA BEACH
From May 19, 2012 to May 26, 2012, former and present African American McDonald franchise owners held their 2nd annual retreat in Virginia Beach. Members of this entrepreneur group, some of whom became owners more than 30 years ago, came from New York to Maryland. Present were William and Margaret Richardson of New York City; Walter and LaVerne Vance from Reisterstown, Md.; Bill and Peggy McCoy of Manalapan, N.J.; Mitch and Lois McGuire, Jr. who reside in South Plainfield, NJ; Danny and Cathy Bell of Elliscott City, Md.; and Herb and Nellie Thomas from Sparta, N.J.
Invited guest, for the open house on Sunday afternoon May 20th, included Al and Delonia Alston who journeyed from Fayetteville, N.C.; Darryl and Christine Davis of Smithfield, Va.; Bob and Yvonne Mann who traveled from Asbury Park, N.J.; Youlander Hilton of Suffolk, Va.; and Coley and Leona Faulk and Ola Goss residents of Norfolk. Although it was a rainy afternoon, everyone enjoyed a warm and friendly affair with a delectable meal prepared by several of the McDonald franchise owners.
HAMPTON ROADS FISK CLUB
Saturday afternoon, May 19, 2012, the Hampton Roads Fisk Club met at the Goss home in Norfolk. President George Tillerston, III gave an update on Fisk’s Art Collection; and reported that Fisk placed 9th in Home Depot’s Retool Your School Competition that awards funds to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). This is the 2nd time that Fisk earned $10,000 to help “preserve and beautify its historic campus, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.”
The Club members discussed our upcoming events to increase membership and to raise funds for our alma mater. In addition, the Fisk Club members are still planning to increase their efforts in recruiting prospective students in Hampton Roads to attend Fisk.
Fisk University was founded in 1866 and is the first/oldest institution of higher learning in Nashville, Tennessee and ranks in the top 10 percent, according to Washington Monthly, of all liberal arts institutions in the nation. Fisk is listed as one of six Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the 2011 edition of Forbes Magazine “America’s Best Colleges” and ranked in The Princeton Review’s “Best 373 Colleges” for 20 consecutive years. The University is the only HBCU to earn a R & D 100 Award for work in the creation of radiation detectors developed in collaboration with several national laboratories and corporations.
According to the National Science Foundation, Fisk produces more African Americans who go on to earn doctoral degrees in the natural science than any other school in the nation. For more information on Fisk University, please visit www.fisk.edu or www.fisk.edu.
Alumni members present at the meeting were George Tillerston, III, Dr. Gladys Heard, Margie B. Brooks, Hermine Penniston, June Skinner and Ola Goss. We are still calling all Fiskites to join us. The meeting was closed with the singing of the Alma Mater.