April 2011: School show, auction, and more

Dear friends and fellow magicians,

First, a huge thank you to our Secretary, Jeff Brown, who organized and coordinated our community outreach program at New Richmond Elementary School. This program provided recognition of the school’s literacy program successes. We played a part in the celebration on two separate days. On March 1st, Chuck Arkin and Don Hinton performed strolling close-up magic for the school, and then on March 25th, the team of Jeff Brown, Don Hinton, Larry Payne, and Sir Patrick presented a combination of stage shows, magic lectures, and magic storytelling to the students. It was a resounding success!

Our March meeting featured magician, juggler and classically trained actor David Kovac, presenting a thought-provoking lecture on “Acting for Magicians”. David showed us, in very entertaining fashion, that the manner of your presentation, and how you positively connect with the audience, are key ingredients to a successful show. David presented a great combination of tricks, philosophy, and practical methods for both experienced and aspiring magicians.

Please join us for our Annual Ring 71 Auction, to be held on Sunday, April 17th at Haines House of Cards (2514 Leslie Avenue, in Norwood). Doors open at 10 am to sellers to register and display their items on the auction tables. Buyers may arrive at 11 am to begin preview of the auction items. The auction begins at noon. Each person entering the room pays a nominal five dollar entry fee and receives a bidding paddle. Refreshments will also be available for purchase throughout the day. People bringing large collections are encouraged to contact Chuck Arkin (auction coordinator) at carkinlaw@aol.com or via home phone 513-936-8446 for more details on logistics or special needs. In any event, we encourage everyone to be sellers and buyers, regardless how many items you focus on. A detailed auction rule flyer [PDF] is attached.

Regarding Officer and Board Elections, April 22nd is the last day to receive advance nominations (contact Mark Weichman) for officer and board member positions for our 2011-2012 fiscal year. Presently the candidates for elections are:

  • President – Don Hinton
  • Vice President – Chuck Arkin
  • Secretary – Jeff Brown
  • Treasurer – Pat Hartzel
  • Sergeant at Arms – Rick Gaffney
  • Board Position (one opening) – Frank Johnston

Nominations will also be accepted from the floor, at our May 27th meeting. We are planning a surprise lecture, so stay tuned for more information in the May Zig Zag.

Also save the date of Sunday, June 12th for our IBM/SAM combined picnic and War of the Wizards.

Chuck Arkin
President, IBM Ring 71

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