Shreveport Symphony basses: Peter Haas, Chris Allen, Chris Pike
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They assert, "We agree with SSO board members Libby Siskron and Berte Muslow that the SSO belongs to the community and should expand its visibility and donor base, and further, expand board governance deeper into the Shreveport-Bossier City community. The SSO should not be reserved as a social outlet for a few but rather a cultural resource for all and supported by many — inclusive rather than exclusive."
I personally hereby volunteer to return to the board. Those who want to forge a new spirit in an old town need to take this opportunity to volunteer their labor alongside me.
My commitment to fund raising would be in phoning a long list of donors. I've done this work before and had some success. I've also felt burned out on it; yet it is time to do it again.
When I first moved to Shreveport one of the SSO"s top ticket sellers, the late Mrs. Dr. Sherman Gorton, called each year. She made sure, in a diplomatic way, that I remained in the fold of the ticket holders. That direct contact by a local personality made an unforgettable difference to me.
Yet board members need to have much deeper pockets than me, since my bread-and-butter is being a Caddo teacher. That means new board members should know that a large personal contribution needs to made right now.
One of my priorities would be making a special appeal for leadership from the African-American half of the city. There lies an enormous amount of brainpower and financial support. Also, the growth in the Asian and Hispanic communities in the region have made it imperative that Asian and Hispanic money and insight are part of the symphony's leadership group.
New board members and new solicitations need to be activated post haste. The afterglow of the successful Constellation Ball and Picnic Pops concert is a leverage that can be used for good if we are quick-footed.