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!

December 2012 meeting

Our next meeting will be Sunday afternoon, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m. We'll meet at the home of Bro. Ben Cunningham, 812 12th Ave. NE in Jacksonville. Please plan to join us. Besides enjoying the pleasure of eachothers' company, we'll have plenty to talk about, including all of the following:

Southerners reunion success:

At the annual reunion Nov. 9-10 of the Gray Echelon, the alumni of Jacksonville State's Southerners and Marching Ballerinas, we greeted and collected contact info from 26 alumni Sinfonians of JSU's Epsilon Nu Chapter. While just one of these brothers was on the chapter's list of unmailable alums, for whom the fraternity has no contact info, many of the others gave us new addresses. That means we helped them avoid eventually becoming "lost." The importance  to the fraternity of this simple work can't be overstated. Big thanks are due to Dr. Legare McIntosh, Donnie Monroe, John Phillips, Brandon Rucker, Mark Wallace and Matt Weaver, who all helped out either at the reunion dinner Friday night or before the rehearsal Saturday morning. (Apologies if we've forgotten anyone.)

Province Workshop Jan. 18-20:

The next Province 34 Workshop, set for Jan 18-20 in Tuscaloosa, is shaping up to be a big one. National President John Mongiovi, Vice President Mark Lichtenberg and Province 14 Gov. Brian Stratton all will attend, as will chapters from Province 24, next door in Mississippi. We also hope to have many alumni there. That's you. Mark your calendars now so you can join us there.

New alumni programs:

25-year Membership Award pin
In case you haven't already heard, the fraternity has launched two new programs to recognize its alumni: New Membership Award pins may distributed to brothers to mark their 10th, 25th and 50th anniversaries as Sinfonians. Any brother who has been a member of the fraternity for at least 10 years is eligible for one of these awards. Meanwhile, the farternity has also launched a program to recognize Sinfonians who have served in the military. The Challenge Coin program is made possible by the family of Christopher A. Patterson, Kappa Sigma (Valparaiso) 2010, who was killed in action with the Army early this year in Afghanistan. Both of these programs include new ceremonies for distribution of the award pins and coins to alumni Sinfonians, so plan to RSVP to a province, chapter or NEAL Sinfonia event soon so your brothers can honor you.