br>Dennis AsKew, President
As I begin my fourth (!) year serving as your president, I have taken quite a bit of time to reflect upon the past few years. This year, we celebrate our 35th* anniversary as an organization with quite a few changes afoot. (*Yes, Robert Rÿker did send out the first membership cards 40 years ago, but we use the year of 1973 as our first year as a true, organized association, with a Constitution, etc.)
Since that time, obviously, many things have changed. We have developed as an institution in a number of ways, including the commissioning of new works, developing an enviable press, reaching out in a myriad of ways to be as inclusive as possible, and many, many other ways too numerous to list here. In recent years, your Executive Committee has been analyzing our business practices in order to best serve you, the members. The primary “event” was, of course, to hire our first Executive Director. Not to take away from what any of our past treasurers, secretaries, or others have done, as their abilities are what sustained us and kept us from becoming stagnant or worse, folding, but it was time.
We needed to be able to have a central person, whose job it is, to keep us focused and on track from the business side of things. As a result, we have been able to become more knowledgeable of changes in U.S. tax laws and more about what it means to be a vital, thriving non-profit organization. We have secured the law firm of Ober Kaler, based in Baltimore, for assistance in moving forward in many areas. You will be hearing about many of these changes over the next few months, as they unfold, but, rest assured, none were taken lightly and all were given due diligence of thought and action.
Two of the most significant changes are in personnel—Kathy Brantigan has stepped down as treasurer, after a long and amazing tenure in that position. David Fedderly has agreed to become our next treasurer, which, as you are aware, is more of an advisory role, helping to make sure that the financial direction of the organization stays true and appropriate. The other is that our Tuba Euphonium Press will now be under the watchful eye of the Executive Director Jennifer Jester. David Miles has taken a small, fledgling group of publications, and, over the past 17 years, turned it into a significant set of holdings for us. Through the advice of our accountants and lawyers, it was decided to bring the Press (which had existed for sometime as a for-profit wing of the association) back under the “umbrella” of the overall workings. This shift of reporting to the IRS necessitated the change of directorship of the Press.
We very sincerely thank Kathy and David for their many years of service to ITEA, and welcome David Fedderly on board and look forward to working with him on your behalf.
I wish you all the best, and hope you have a successful mid-year!