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Feb. President's Message

01/26/2014 10:56 PM | Stephen Coffee

Dear SAW  Family,


We’re off to a fantastic start in 2014 – if you haven’t been following the SAW web site or Facebook, you’ve missed out on what your SAW has been up to.   The 30th Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (MASC) GALA Awards Program at Jammin’ Java was a huge success  thanks to our own Loralyn Coles, MASC Director and her Assistant, Suzanne Ives.  If you were in the audience, you’d never know the hundreds of minute details our MASC directors have to coordinate for it to come across so professional  – everything from communicating with sponsors and judges,  coordinating volunteers,  creating award certificates, designing the award program, writing the script, producing and distributing the compilation CD and so much more.   Simply outstanding ladies!  I also want to thank everyone who helped throughout the evening from the front door to back stage, from ticket and CD sales to Facebook posting – it was a great effort by everyone.


To top it off, yesterday seems to have been a SAW day for me.  I began by attending the Songwriter’s Toolbox hosted by Kevin Dudley – it was an outstanding program with guest artists Becky Warren and Ben De La Cour, both from Nashville.  Then at 2:30 I drove over to a homeless shelter in Reston to join more SAW members at the SAW Serves “Feed and Play” that our own Ricardo White coordinates.  Ricardo will tell you more about that in a minute – it was both rewarding and priceless.   


I hope each of you can find time to participate and enjoy in many of these activities – for the shortest month of the year, Feb. can seem a little long at times so check the SAW calendar and participate in one of our many events to brighten up the month!  


Speaking of the SAW web site, our calendar, Facebook, and keeping in contact with you,  your Board recently voted to implement a new communications plan that will give us a new look and feel.  We’ll keep you informed with the transition but you’ll notice that it’s going to be more interactive, more timely, and more member-focused.  As always, if you have suggestion as to how SAW can better meet your needs, let us know.


All my best ,

Rob Veale

SAW President

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