July 20, 2017

Dear Fellow Board and Chapter Members,

It is with deep regret that I announce my resignation as president from our SDAOSA Chapter, effective at our next board meeting sometime in August. My husband accepted an exciting new job offer and we will be moving out of the area. This makes it very difficult to be an effective president for the remainder of my term.

Please know that I have thoroughly appreciated and enjoyed the opportunity to serve the chapter to further the professional development and networking of music teachers in our area. I am proud of a successful workshop year and how you all came together to help while Marci transitioned out and I transitioned in with a newborn. It has been an exciting year with Lauren Shelton, the VAPA Coordinator at Chula Vista Elementary School District investing in music teachers and helping bring back an Orff Level 1 course to the San Diego area. I am proud that I could be a small contributor to our chapter’s achievements and honored to have been given this role. You are all tremendously talented teachers and I greatly value your friendship and fellowship over the past 7 years I have lived and taught in San Diego.

This move has happened rather rapidly but I know it is going to be a smooth transition with Michelle Beeson stepping up to the President role. She has been the reason the Levels course was made a reality and she is a mover and a doer. I do recognize that my leaving is going to leave a vacancy among the executive board and I challenge our members, rookie and veteran, to consider stepping up into a leadership position to keep our chapter going strong. I will always be a San Diego chapter member at heart and plan to remain available to the organization via telephone or email. I can’t wait to see what you all accomplish in the future and know that our Orff chapter is making an impact for music programs in our area. In the Orff world it is never goodbye but “Until next time!”

Sincerest regards,
Dawn Zurcher