Director's 8th Annual Tunawards - 2017


" 80% of success is just showing up"

Woody Allen


Started as an annual event just prior to Thanksgiving of 2010, these awards were initiated by Music Director Bob Shami after receiving a suggestion from Chapter member Bryan Schmidt that delivering actual fish might be a way for Bob to show his appreciation of chorus member's efforts, as opposed to a Director's normal role of finding errors and trying to fix them. His choice to distribute these awards just prior to the Canadian Thanksgiving is a deliberate one. 

 

Why tuna?

 

We often say that on those occasions when the Director gives out compliments to the chorus, it is like distributing fish to trained seals. Bob took Bryan up on his suggestion and so was born the Tunawards, (pronounced Tune-Awards): the tradition of giving an actual can of tuna to those deserving special recognition.  89 cans of tuna have been awarded since the first TUNAWARDS in 2009/2010

 

Woody Allen was right!

 

The single most important thing a singer can do to improve his own success as a singer and the success also of the whole group, is to simply attend as many rehearsals as possible. And to attend with "purpose". That way, the improvements we make each week as a group are carried forward by the maximum number of singers. We don't have to spend as much time reteaching the ones who missed last week.

 

If we see ourselves as musicians, taking seriously our responsibility to the music and to one another, it begins by being a regular attendee at rehearsal to the best of our ability.  Tunawards are therefore mostly based on attendance-related achievements.

 


 

TUNAWARD WINNERS - 2017

 

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR TUNAWARD

Given annually to the first-year member who, in his first season, attends the highest percentage of the 45 scheduled chorus events, with a minimum attendance of 75%. 

  • DAVE WALSH - with 95% attendance in his rookie year, starting February 2016!

PERFECT ATTENDANCE TUNAWARD

Given annually to any member who, in the past year, achieved 100% attendance at all 45 scheduled chorus events:

  • RICK SPRY

  • PAULI VALLI

  • JIM TOWNSEND

  • BOB SHAMI

BIGGEST IMPROVEMENT in ATTENDANCE TUNAWARD

Given annually to members who achieved the greatest improvement in their attendance compared to the previous year.  This usually means those whose attendance improved by 25% or more.

  • ED JOHNSON - attended 86% of chorus events this year, an increase of 25%

  • JIM  DUNCAN - attended 84% of chorus events this year, an increase of 32%

  • JESSE LETHBRIDGE - attended 45% of chorus events this year, an increase of 36%

  • PIERRE BOIVIN - attended 64% of chorus events this year, an increase of 43%

PERSONAL BEST TUNAWARD

Given annually to any member who, in the past year, achieved his personal-best (PB) attendance of any year since record-keeping began in 2002

  • JEFFREY SLINGSBY - with attendance of 91%!

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT TUNAWARD:  THE BIG KAHUNA-TUNA!

 

 

2016 Ladies Night 25 - Joyce and Jim Duncan - Feb. 13 20162017 BIG KAHUNA TUNA - JIM DUNCAN, seen here with his wife Joyce at the 2016 Valentine Social

A special award, given at the Director's discretion, to a member who has displayed extraordinary faithfulness and dedication to the chorus over many years.

 

The 2017 winner of the Big

Kahuna-Tuna Tunaward:

  • JIM DUNCAN

A 33-year member, Jim has averaged 83% attendance since 2002 and continues to be a solid contributor to the tenor section.  He is the kind of solid chapter member at the core of any successful chapter.

 

Previous Big Kahuna-Tuna's:

  • 2016 - DOUG ILES

  • 2015 - DANNY RAE

  • 2014 - LAYNE HILL

  • 2013 - JIM TOWNSEND

  • 2012 - AL BROWN

  • 2011 - DON WHITE

  • 2010 - MIKE LUTHER

THE UNSUNG "GREATER-TUNA" TUNAWARD!

Awarded to a member whose extraordinary faithfulness and dedication often occurs mainly behind the scenes and whose contributions therefore may otherwise go unnoticed by the membership of the chorus at large. This award may not necessarily be awarded in any given year but in any year when a member steps up and makes a special contribution, such effort is recognized.

 

The 2017 winner of the UNSUNG "GREATER-TUNA" TUNAWARD:

  • STEPHEN RUTTI

 

Steve Rutti  Mayor Debbie Amaroso May 7 2011Steve Rutti being presented with the 2010 "Medal of Merit" by Mayor Debbie Amaroso, May 7 2011

 Steve is the sort of "heart and soul" chapter member that is coveted by any organization and certainly by every choral director.  He always learns his music carefully and stands ready to assist his riser-mates which he does without fail, always reliable, always exhibiting a positive attitude.  He has achieved an 86% attendance record over his 8 years of chorus membership.  He is a quiet inspiration to the chorus and exemplifies the best qualities of chorus brotherhood,   Congrats to Stephen and a big thank you from all of us for your service and commitment to the Chapter!

 

 

Previous Unsung "Greater-Tuna's":

  • ART FINK - 2016

  • ALLAN TOIVONEN - 2015

  • KEVIN COLLAR - 2014

  • DON MYERS - 2013

Congratulations to all of this year's TUNAWARD winners!

 

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