Letter to the Editor
Some positive news
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
It's always good to focus on positive things, especially when we seem almost overwhelmed by negatives. In light of that I mention two very positive things.
First, the Spirit of Harmony Chorus, a women's acapella chorus based in Spirit Lake. This chorus just celebrated their 40th anniversary of singing together and entertaining the community as well as successfully competing in their regional competitions. The community should be (and is) proud of them. Yet, even with their success and good coverage of their activities by the Dickinson County News and other publications, there are still many people who don't know they exist, sort of like buried treasure.
Second, many who do know about them are faithful, loyal supporters. The chorus sent a letter to their regular supporters, notifying them that there would be no annual show due to the pandemic, and asking for contributions to help offset the financial setback. Many of their supporters generously sent contributions even though there would be no tickets to purchase or ads to place in the show program. They gave something for nothing. Now that's a positive, to live in a community that values and supports organizations like Spirit of Harmony so that it can continue to work on a plan to rehearse again and come back stronger. Watch for them. They will be back to entertain you.
For those of you who are curious who the faithful supporters are, here is the list:
ARNOLDS PARK: Walker Insurance, Jensen Real Estate, Smokin' Jakes, Okoboji Foundation - Kinnetz Family Fund
EMMETSBURG: Iowa Trust & Savings Bank
ESTHERVILLE: Homespun Quilt Shop, Steve's Sales & Service, Edward Jones Investments, Dr. Courtney S Meyer DDS, LLC, Henry-Olson Funeral Home, Lynn Fillenwarth, North Star Electric
GRANITE FALLS: Karen Halling
LAKE PARK: Great Lakes Insurance, Stahly Family Farms
MILFORD: Coyote Motor Company, Nattress Auction, Roxy and Kevin Wharton, MHR Inc. Insurance
OKOBOJI: Parks Marina, Outrigger Restaurant & Lounge, Smith's RVs
SPENCER: H & N Chevrolet & Buick, Lynette Bernardy — Aetna Insurance
SPIRIT LAKE: Bayview Antiques, Matuska Taxidermy, Jack Walsh - Edward Jones, Denny & Vicki Perry, Indian Hills Golf, The State Bank, Diamond Concrete, Gjerde Collision Master, Hoien Realty, Okoboji View Golf Course, Steamway, Bjornstad Law Office, Turner Jenness Funeral Home, Lewis Family Drug, Okoboji Motor Company, Atlas Sign, Gloria Currell, Cornell Abstract Company, Marilyn Strickland - Hoien Realty, Bank Midwest
One more positive, having community papers like yours to give us a voice.
Spirit of Harmony Chorus
Sweet Adelines International