“ Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.” – Plato 
(notes provided by unconventional and unorthodox Paul Conforti)
CU Sunrise had an information booth at the Taste of Champaign on Saturday, August 18 from 10:30am through 9pm. Thanks to Darrell Hoemann (who organized this event), Scott Paceley (graphic design), and booth volunteers: Darrell, Ed, Diana, Phyllis, Paul, Tod, Allan, Bob, and Adam.
Anyone interested in guessing football this upcoming season? (The monkey does pretty well, maybe give it a temporary membership).
Tod announced he has volunteered with the Peace Corps for a 6-month stint in the Philippines to work with and consult locals in relatively unvisited areas to develop tourism. The focus will be to develop awareness of the amazing ecology of the Philippine islands (of which there are over 7,000) and boost travel interest from groups and individuals. Tod will be away from October through April. Beth will be able to join him sometime in November.
PROGRAM: Champaign-Urbana Symphony
Executive Director Gerri Kirchner, along with board member and musician (double bassist) Alex McHattie, presented what is new this season at the CUSO as well as the history of the symphony which was conceived in 1959 with its first concert on October 20, 1960.
In 1988, the CUSO was named as the Professional Orchestra in Residence at the Krannert Center.
This year the CUSO is one of five civic symphonies to have a “Music Alive Composer-in-Residence”, Stacy Garrop. Stacy’s music is centered on dramatic and lyrical storytelling. CUSO is excited to perform several of her works for orchestra and chamber ensemble this season. Stacy is a Cedille Records recording artist, and her works are published by Theodore Presser Company. For more information about Stacy and her work, visit her website at www.garrop.com.
The Music Director is Maestro Stephen Alltop.
The 2018-2019 season begins Saturday, October 13 featuring Metropolitan Opera soprano Amanda Majeski and works from Mahler and Strauss.
CU Ballet Nutcracker with the CUSO (Nov 30 – Dec 2 and Dec 7-9)
Holiday Glory, December 6
All the World’s A Stage, January 26 featuring violist Carol Cook from the Chicago’s Lyric Opera performing Stacy Garrop’s new viola concerto, Krakatoa. Also, on this program are works from Rossini, Schubert and Stravinsky.
Terra Nostra, March 9 by Stacy Garrop
April 17-18 – CUSO Youth Concerts
The Planets and Beyond, April 27, Gusatv Holst’s tour de force for large orchestra’s journey through the solar system!
Our June 7 speaker, Dr Timothy Pauketat, will be featured this fall in a PBS series called “Native America.”   The dates and times will be announced in the Patterns guide. 

  Aug 23rd Aug 30th Sept 6th Septh 13th
Introductions Keith Brandau Ethan Chew Paul Conforti Diana Dummitt
Reflection Adam Wright Oktay Baran Michelle Barbey Keith Brandau
Greeters Keith Brandau Ethan Chew Paul Conforti Diana Dummitt
Candy Loyd Ben Mast John McDaniel Phyllis Mischo
Song Leader Andrew Kerins Bob La Charite Candy Loyd Ben Mast
Notetaker Penwell Hodson    
Decker Weeding Loyd      
Next Weekend        
Decker Garden Simpson Simpson    


UPCOMING SCHEDULE (with program committee member responsible listed in parentheses)
August 23rd – Ondine Gross, mediator and consultant who participated in the Conflict Management Training provided by a Global Grant (Mary)
August 30th – No regular meeting
September 6th – Emily Reichman, Hope Lives Rescue Ranch (David)
September 13th – Lola Lewis, Donation Liaison, Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network (Phyllis)
September 20th – Deb Feinen, Mayor, City of Champaign (Tom)
September 27th – TBD (Bob)
October 4th – TBD (Charlie)
October 11th – TBD (David)
October 18th – Kate Williams, Associate Professor, UIUC, and Abdul Alkalima, Professor Emeritus, African American Studies, UIUC, will discuss New Philadelphia, the early settlement in western Illinois  (Ed)
October 25th – Chris Gleason, Executive Director, Rosecrance Central Illinois, will speak about the heroin/opioid crisis in central Illinois (Phyllis)
November 1st – TBD (Tom)
November 8th – TBD (Bob)
November 15th – TBD (Charlie)
November 22nd – No Meeting – Thanksgiving
November 29th – TBD (David)