President's Message

President’s March 2020 Message

    Aren’t we thankful for the beautiful winter flowering of our native camellias and azaleas? Seeing them gives me hope that spring will soon arrive and erase the memories of these chilly days of winter!

    We can also look forward to the arrival of our favorite magnolias-themed event, our 34th Magnolias and White Linen luncheon on March 4. As you know, this annual luncheon is PSOG’s signature fundraising event to benefit the Pensacola Symphony. This year’s MWL promises to be full of surprises! You’ve already seen the redesigned invitations, and they foretell what we can expect of the luncheon on March 4 at Skopelos. Chair Sue-Sue Sherrill and her team have let their creative juices flow to create a Magnolias event sure to surprise and please us all. In addition to our featured guest, renowned designer and decorator Hutton Wilkinson, we can look forward to updated decorations, room arrangement, and silent auction offerings. If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, you can contact Janet Puskar or Lynne Tobin.

    Tuesday evening, March 3, the Preview Party will give us a taste of what to expect the next day. Todd H. Snyder will graciously open his home to us for this much-anticipated affair. This event will be 6–9 p.m. at 3012 Blackshear Avenue. Tickets are $90 per person, and reservations are required.

    It’s hard to believe that we are coming to the close of another Guild year. Our April 1 meeting will be at Scenic Hills Country Club, and our May meeting is at Pensacola Yacht Club. In April we will elect our officers and board for 2020–2021, then in May they will be inducted. Watch your mail and email for the Nominating Committee’s report. Past President Ellen Vinson is heading that committee. Other members are Past Presidents Marte Picker and Trisha Woodburn, and Lynne Tobin, member-at-large.

    And, speaking of the end of our year, I would remind you that it’s time to begin thinking about renewing your membership for 2020–2021. Our membership year ends May 31, so everyone’s membership renewals are due by then. You will be receiving reminders in the coming weeks.

I hope you have had the opportunity to attend our wonderful Symphony’s performances this winter. From Hollywood to Russia we’ve been treated to outstanding musical performances. Coming up on March 28 is Verdi’s Requiem, which will feature special guests, the University of Southern Mississippi Chorus. Guests Artists are soprano Danielle Talamantes and mezzo-soprano Kirstin Chavez. Talamantes has performed with companies from Hawaii to the Metropolitan Opera. She has performed Verdi’s Requiem with the Fairfax Symphony and the National Philharmonic. Chavez, considered one of the most riveting and significant performing mezzo-sopranos today, is recognized as one of the definitive Carmens, one of her signature roles.

    We have much to look forward to as we approach spring! Please plan to take advantage of all the wonderful opportunities. I’ll look forward to seeing you at the Magnolias and White Linen Preview Party and luncheon.


Roz Leahy, President

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