Why join the Kansas City Symphony Alliance? Do we want the honor and privilege of serving the organization as a volunteer and do we want to provide financial support to the Kansas City Symphony which offers excellent concerts and educational programs for our community? Surely it is not just for the benefits listed in the Bylaws. Is it because we want longtime membership to be listed on our resume? Is it for the social activities? We hope you belong because of the first reason – to support the symphony.
Our mission statement states why the organization exists: “The Kansas City Symphony Alliance is a nonprofit volunteer organization which promotes an interest in symphonic music throughout the greater Kansas City area, and in particular the welfare of the Kansas City Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony’s programming, young peoples’ concerts and youth activities, through volunteerism, educational projects, social activities and fund-raising projects.”
Therefore, when becoming a member we are agreeing to the following commitments; paying membership dues, serving a minimum of 20 volunteer hours, selling and/or purchasing a minimum of FIVE Designers’ Showhouse tickets (currently totaling $75). These expectations are needed to present the level of fund-raising support anticipated. This is a contract with KCSA to support financially as well as serving. Substituting more of one without doing the other is not enough, unless one donates an additional $30 to opt out of volunteering. However, FIVE tickets to the Symphony Designers’ Showhouse are always needed and expected to be sold or purchased.
Volunteer hours can easily be achieved by working at the Symphony Shop in Brandmeyer Hall at the Kauffman Performing Arts Center, at Celebration at the Station, and at the Symphony Designers’ Showhouse. There are levels of membership offered for individuals and couples. Also, other members are willing to help with the selling of members’ Symphony Designers’ Showhouse tickets if asked.
By fulfilling membership expectations, we reap the additional benefits of developing friendships, attending social activities, and enjoying musical concerts and programs. This commitment certifies we are a part of contributing to a highly notable and recognized venue of the cultural arts in Kansas City. Therefore, all of KCSA’s activities are undertaken with the purpose of furthering our mission and the welfare of the Kansas City Symphony.
It is my desire, as the 2016-2017 President, to encourage new and current KCSA members to review their membership responsibilities and privileges. Consider refreshing your membership focus and cultivate a renewed eagerness to be a more involved and supportive part of our auxiliary. Please rise to the occasion.
Thank you for honoring me to lead KCSA and our Board of Directors as we move forward and revitalize our purpose and goals. Please join and participate with us in our rewarding projects and events. KCSA needs your vital support and active membership.
Here is to another memorable year in KCSA!
Patricia (Patty) Bibler