New Year, New Vitality

The Monday before Thanksgiving, Gideon was born. He was just over 7 pounds and 21 inches long with dark hair and long fingers. His parents are active members of the church where I serve, both ringing in our handbell choir. His father is bass ringer at the church and...

Make a Statement: Activate Your Ownership

There is a wonderful quote by David Brooks about personal success that can very easily define the approach we as owners (yes, members of Handbell Musicians of America) must believe as we move toward a new year and an ever-changing organization: “Almost every...

Customer Service

My neighbor recently retired from his administrative leadership role at the local, yet nationally-owned, hospital. He served the hospital for over thirty years, even taking on the position of interim president on two occasions. The retirement celebration was pretty...

It’s a Celebration!

Having just returned from the National Seminar in Rochester, New York, I am continually amazed at how much our organization a) unites people through music, b) touches people’s lives, c) pushes the envelope in creativity, and d) is dedicated to encouraging and...

C’mon In, the Water’s Fine

A great line from the movie Brother, Where Art Thou, “C’mon in, the water’s fine,” reminds us that we can sit by and watch others take risks, or we can jump in and join the action. Handbell Musicians of America is an organization that says, “the water’s fine, jump in...