Dear Friends of BTS,
The New Year finds BTS well and thriving. The old year finished with a total of 705 bedside sings (up from 540 in 2015), singing at 5 memorials and funerals and a vigil for students from Ferndale that were killed by a car veering off the road they were walking on. This January/February has been on track to equal or increase this trend.
We have 40 members, and 27 active sails, including 8 anchors. A few of these are on sabbatical but they are expected to rejoin us. The Compassionate Singing classes have proved invaluable in increasing our membership.
We sing regularly at Hospice House every week; and at Stafholt, St. Francis, and St. Joseph’s rehab unit twice a month. We also have some regular clients, not at these facilities, and some we’ve only sung for once or twice.
October 14-16 will find us at the Tierra Retreat Center in Leavenworth, hosting the Northwest Gathering, a regional retreat under the auspices of the International Threshold Choir organization. We expect about 60 threshold singers from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, British Columbia, and perhaps farther afield. Hosting involves setting up a registration process, setting up workshops with leaders, all the nuts and bolts of giving participants a well-organized, inspirational, idea-filled weekend in this beautiful area of Washington.
On May 15, at the generous invitation of Trish Harding at Studio UFO on Bay Street in downtown Bellingham, we will be fundraising. Trish is organizing an art show to be in her studio, and we will be distributing information, singing, offering refreshments, all for a small donation from enthusiasts. Trish is offering one of her own works for a raffle. We all looking forward to a convivial event, appreciating art, letting people know about us, and contributing to our mission.
In truth, contributions are always welcome. We are a 501(c)3 organization, contributions are tax-deductible. To make a donation, please go to our BTS website: www.bellinghamthresholdsingers.org/donate/
Send your check to: PO Box 5303, Bellingham, WA 98227-5303
BTS has been nominated for a Mayor’s Arts Award, the awarding of which will be in April. We are proud to be recognized by being nominated.
Some personnel notes: The Crows Nest has some new officers; the full slate is Janis Walworth, president; Barb Clearman, vice-president (and chair for the Gathering); Jana Burk, treasurer; Diana McKinney, secretary; and Eileen Gribble. April Boyden is now a member of the International Threshold Choir Board.
We are also open to accepting volunteer help on a one-time or on-going basis. Large and small jobs are available, and we would be delighted if you want to contribute in this way.
If you’d like to come to a rehearsal to experience what we do, you are always welcome: second and fourth Tuesdays at Jerns at Sunset and James, 6:30-8:30 p.m. You don’t have to sing, but the music may move you to join us in song.
Thank you, as always, for your enduring interest and support.
Bellingham Threshold Singers
PO Box 5303
Bellingham WA 98227