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Hiawatha meeting, election virtual

MARQUETTE — Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Hiawatha Music Co-op Board of Directors has cancelled its annual membership meeting and instituted an electronic nomination and election process for open positions on its board. At this time, HMC has four seats open on the board, three are for three-year terms, and one other will be a one-year term to fulfill a three-year term due to early vacancy.

Prior to challenges created by the pandemic, the organization hosted its annual meeting each November to provide members an opportunity to gather, share a meal and music, vote on organizational issues and complete elections.

“We are all so disappointed to not be able to hold our annual meeting this year. We’ll all miss that Hiawatha camaraderie that our annual gathering reinforces. In the meantime, we want everyone to be safe and stay well,” said Julie Foster-Lindquist, president, in a news release. “We hope that some of you will consider serving on the board. Even during a pandemic, we are busy at work. There are always new challenges to take on, and we appreciate having fresh voices onboard to help us grow and flourish as an organization. This is a great group of people to work with.”

Among the eligibility requirements, all applicants must be a member in good standing of the Hiawatha Music Co-op for no less than 12 months prior to the time of application. Applicants also must have volunteered at the Annual Hiawatha Music Festival for a minimum of three hours and have either volunteered at an event outside of the Annual Festival or have had recent active involvement on a committee.

“Serving on HMC’s Board is a great way to have an active role in an important historic organization,” said Jeff Krebs, Board Secretary, a local singer-songwriter, educator and music shop owner, in the release. “You’ll also get to work with fun people who have a passion for traditional music.”

Applications will be accepted by email or mail through Sept. 30. For more information including complete eligibility requirements and forms, visit the HMC website at www.hiawathamusic.org.

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