by Jennifer Cauhorn

Opportunity—we use this word often when describing member benefits, activities, events, and the services Handbell Musicians of America offers to the handbell community. We provide handbell musicians with abundant opportunities.

Jennifer Cauhorn
Executive Director

 

Webster’s Dictionary defines opportunity as “a favorable juncture of circumstances” or “a good chance for advancement or progress.” Both definitions are fitting for what we offer and could be applied to any of the benefits provided through membership.

Each of the events offered both by the national organization and through your local Area are certainly “a favorable juncture of circumstances” that then provide “a good chance for advancement or progress.” This can also apply to the many resources available through our website and in this journal. However, these benefits are just that—opportunities. We provide the circumstance and the chance, but to convert this to a result, to the advancement or progress, YOU must act. You must take that chance happen. Participate, attend events, click the link to that online resource, keep turning the page and reading on in this issue.

Another opportunity offered by Handbell Musicians of America is the ability to make a difference in the handbell community. This allows you to be a part of providing a good chance for progress to someone else. Your participation in making this difference can take many forms.

Volunteer

There are numerous volunteer opportunities in the handbell community. The leadership of your Areas are often seeking volunteers to serve in appointed roles on the Area board or to run for one of the elected board positions. They also seek volunteers to help with events and mentoring programs in your Area. On the national level, there are several volunteer committees that support the national board and staff. If you’re interested in volunteering, contact your area chair using chair.area#@handbellmusicians.org. Insert your area number in place of the # in the address. If you would like to volunteer on a national level, e-mail info@handbellmusicians.org to learn what opportunities may be available.

Charitable Contributions

To continue offering the services and benefits available through membership, and to serve the larger handbell community, charitable gifts are becoming an increasingly important part of our annual revenue. Between now and the end of the year, we will be focusing on our Annual Fundraising Campaign, which will launch on Giving Tuesday (December 3). Watch your e-mail inbox and social media channels for more information about opportunities to support our mission of advancing the musical art of handbell and handchime ringing through charitable giving. Gifts of any amount are welcomed and needed. If each member gives just $20, we will reach our fundraising goal for the year.

Sustaining Partner Membership

The Sustaining Partner Membership was introduced just two years ago as an opportunity for those with the means to further support HMA’s mission. An annual contribution of $1500 or more will help secure our future and provide the donor with additional benefits. Monthly and quarterly options are available to help you reach this giving threshold. Learn more about becoming a Sustaining Partner by contacting me at jcauhorn@handblelmusicians.org or visit Handbellmusicians.org/sustaining-partner/.

Planned Giving – The Legacy Society

Create a legacy that will extend beyond your lifetime and help ensure a more stable future for Handbell Musicians of America. A planned gift, or deferred contribution, is any major gift made in lifetime or at death as part of your overall financial and/or estate planning. These include gifts of equity, life insurance, real estate, personal property, or cash.

Those who make a planned gift to HMA become members of our Legacy Society and receive
the following benefits: (1) Listing on HMA’s

virtual legacy wall recognizing donors who have made planned gifts to the organization; (2) Recognition in an annual listing in Overtones as a planned-gift donor to the organization; and (3) An invitation to an annual Legacy Society recognition event hosted by the board of directors and executive director.

To learn more about the Legacy Society, contact me at jcauhorn@handbellmusicians.org.

Opportunities present themselves to us every day. Whether they are chances to advance and progress ourselves or the causes of others, they all depend on each of us to act. Take advantage of the opportunities provided by Handbell Musicians of America. Seek out the resources and tools available to you as a member and help provides those opportunities to other through one of the options listed above.

Jenny Cauhorn
jcauhorn@handbellmusicians.org

Webster’s Dictionary defines opportunity as “a favorable juncture of circumstances” or “a good chance for advancement or progress.” Both definitions are fitting for what we offer and could be applied to any of the benefits provided through membership.

Each of the events offered both by the national organization and through your local Area are certainly “a favorable juncture of circumstances” that then provide “a good chance for advancement or progress.” This can also apply to the many resources available through our website and in this journal. However, these benefits are just that—opportunities. We provide the circumstance and the chance, but to convert this to a result, to the advancement or progress, YOU must act. You must take that chance happen. Participate, attend events, click the link to that online resource, keep turning the page and reading on in this issue.

Another opportunity offered by Handbell Musicians of America is the ability to make a difference in the handbell community. This allows you to be a part of providing a good chance for progress to someone else. Your participation in making this difference can take many forms.

Volunteer

There are numerous volunteer opportunities in the handbell community. The leadership of your Areas are often seeking volunteers to serve in appointed roles on the Area board or to run for one of the elected board positions. They also seek volunteers to help with events and mentoring programs in your Area. On the national level, there are several volunteer committees that support the national board and staff. If you’re interested in volunteering, contact your area chair using chair.area#@handbellmusicians.org. Insert your area number in place of the # in the address. If you would like to volunteer on a national level, e-mail info@handbellmusicians.org to learn what opportunities may be available.

Charitable Contributions

To continue offering the services and benefits available through membership, and to serve the larger handbell community, charitable gifts are becoming an increasingly important part of our annual revenue. Between now and the end of the year, we will be focusing on our Annual Fundraising Campaign, which will launch on Giving Tuesday (December 3). Watch your e-mail inbox and social media channels for more information about opportunities to support our mission of advancing the musical art of handbell and handchime ringing through charitable giving. Gifts of any amount are welcomed and needed. If each member gives just $20, we will reach our fundraising goal for the year.

Sustaining Partner Membership

The Sustaining Partner Membership was introduced just two years ago as an opportunity for those with the means to further support HMA’s mission. An annual contribution of $1500 or more will help secure our future and provide the donor with additional benefits. Monthly and quarterly options are available to help you reach this giving threshold. Learn more about becoming a Sustaining Partner by contacting me at jcauhorn@handblelmusicians.org or visit Handbellmusicians.org/sustaining-partner/.

Planned Giving – The Legacy Society

Create a legacy that will extend beyond your lifetime and help ensure a more stable future for Handbell Musicians of America. A planned gift, or deferred contribution, is any major gift made in lifetime or at death as part of your overall financial and/or estate planning. These include gifts of equity, life insurance, real estate, personal property, or cash.

Those who make a planned gift to HMA become members of our Legacy Society and receive
the following benefits: (1) Listing on HMA’s

virtual legacy wall recognizing donors who have made planned gifts to the organization; (2) Recognition in an annual listing in Overtones as a planned-gift donor to the organization; and (3) An invitation to an annual Legacy Society recognition event hosted by the board of directors and executive director.

To learn more about the Legacy Society, contact me at jcauhorn@handbellmusicians.org.

Opportunities present themselves to us every day. Whether they are chances to advance and progress ourselves or the causes of others, they all depend on each of us to act. Take advantage of the opportunities provided by Handbell Musicians of America. Seek out the resources and tools available to you as a member and help provides those opportunities to other through one of the options listed above.

Jenny Cauhorn
jcauhorn@handbellmusicians.org

Jennifer Cauhorn
Executive Director