Once a Sinfonian, Always a Sinfonian

We're a group of alumni Sinfonians - brothers of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity in the Alabama counties of Calhoun, Etowah, Cherokee, Cleburne, Randolph, Clay & Talladega.- coming together for music, fellowship and fraternity. Live nearby? Join us!

January's meeting

Details are coming together for the second official meeting of the NE Alabama Alumni Association. Here's what we know so far:

What: Eatin' & Meetin'
When: Jan. 2, dinner at 6 p.m., meeting to follow (then plain ol' socializing)
Where: Meal at Ruby Tuesday, 712 S Quintard Ave., Anniston, AL 36201, Meeting at Phi Mu Alpha House, 708 W. Francis St., Jacksonville, AL 36265
Who: Northeast Alabama-area alumni of Phi Mu Alpha, EN alumni, and other Sinfonians who decide to show up.

Huh? Got questions or concerns? Click below to leave a comment on this post, or e-mail Ben at bcunningham.star #a#t# gmail.com (be sure to replace the weirdness there with the "@" symbol ... trying to keep the spammers at bay).

Great turnout

The gathering finally broke up a little while ago, and it was an unqualified success. We had a few guys who'd said they'd be here, but who had stuff come up. We look forward to seeing you at our next gathering. The turnout included: nine alumni, and the current EN chapter president. Among the things we decided:

1. We intend to petition the national fraternity for recognition as an alumni association.
2. We will be known as the Northeast Alabama Alumni Association.
3. We intend to meet at least once per month.
4. Initial association officers were elected: Treasurer, Gary Lewis.; President, Ben Cunningham; Secretary, Larry Brewseter, with Larry also acting as a liaison to the EN chapter.
5. The association intends to sponsor a chili cookoff as a fundraiser for a worthy local musical charity, sometime in late February. Donnie Monroe will lead this effort.
6. The association intends to explore hosting an EN reunion activity and a Founder's Day event in the near future.
7. The association will meet again Friday, Jan. 2, with dinner out at an area restaurant, followed by a meeting and gathering at the EN house in Jacksonville.

That's about it for now. Enthusiasm is high, and we're looking forward to an even larger turnout Jan. 2.

About tomorrow

The interest meeting is tomorrow. I thought I'd throw up the basic details by way of reminder.

What: Jacksonville-area alumni association interest meeting

Why: For a town its size, Jacksonville has a large number of alumni Sinfonians who identify strongly with the fraternity. The fraternity's strategic plan calls far an increase in the number and quality of alumni associations and for more opportunities for alumni to be actively involved. We think this can work here.

When: Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008, 6:30 p.m. (following the SEC title game).

Where: 812 12th Ave. NE, Jacksonville.
Directions from Hwy. 21 at the alumni house:
1. Turn at the alumni house onto Roebuck Waters Street (toward the 1st Baptist Church).
2. Go straight through the 4-way stop and past the church.
3. Turn left at the next stop sign onto 2nd Avenue.
4. Take an immediate right onto 7th Street.
5. Drive 10 blocks and then turn left onto 12th Avenue.
6. Drive two blocks. House is on the right, at the corner of 12th Avenue and 9th Street. That's it pictured below:

What to bring: Anything you' like to drink or share, a notebook & pen if you want to jot things down. We'll have some light food (chips & rotel dip, etc.) but bring anything else you'd like to eat or share.

See you there.

Turnout looking good

The main means of communication with likely attendees for Saturday's event has so far been this event page at Facebook. In all, 10 brothers (including myself) have said they're coming, with another four saying "maybe." Adding in three others I've talked with brings the total to 13 confirmed, 17 if all the maybes show.

We've so far not taken one of the steps the fraternity's Alumni Association Resource Guide suggests for forming a group: sending out an invitation to all mailable alumni in the area. We'll probably take that step eventually for a later event, but Jacksonville may be a special case in the fraternity. As evidenced by the large and swift response to the plans for a meeting, there's a large, pretty close-knit core of alumni brothers in this town. That's part of why we think an association would work so well here.