|Issue 11/Volume 6
November 1st, 2014
News & Notes is the monthly newsletter from Note-Able Music Therapy Services. Here is your chance to catch up with the band, check out upcoming events, find out how music therapy is impacting our community and the world, and much more. You can also keep up with us by checking out our website and following us on Facebook and Twitter.
Hi! I’m so pleased to be writing this month’s message from Note-Able Music Therapy Services.
Since I began working at NMTS in June, I’ve learned a lot about music therapy and I’ve come to understand that much of what we do here is build bridges with music; bridges between people to enhance connection and communication, bridges between different parts of the brain for better functioning, bridges between the brain and the body for greater coordination and expression. Music is a naturally conducive and integrating element, which seems to find novel pathways towards healing and connection. That’s what makes it so powerful in our lives.
As our beautiful fall lingers, my mind is turning already to the holidays. I know it’s too soon! I’m sorry! However, I bring it up now for the sake of inviting you to consider how you might use music as a bridge in your life to deepen connections amongst your family and community during this holiday season. How do you incorporate music into your holidays already? Do you have favorite holiday songs or a collection of holiday CD’s? Do you sing in your home or hum along in your car? Can you re-imagine the holidays with more music, connection and joy?
Like all good Lutherans, my family used to sing around the piano, but that sadly fell away and this year I’m inspired to organize family singing with the iPod and song books. Reno will also be full of concerts and upcoming caroling events, such as our Holiday Choir and church events. As you begin your plans for the season, consider moving music closer to the top of your must-do list and see what magic will unfold for you in your life.
All the best,
We very sad to share that Colonel Charles Wilford “Chuck” Fulkerson passed away at age 79 on October 25th, 2014 at his family farm and birthplace in Jerome, Idaho.
A retired Army Colonel, Chuck was also appointed as Executive Director of the Nevada Office of Veterans Services by Governor Kenny Guinn in 2000, was co-founder of the Veterans Guest House, and served two terms on the Veterans Service Commission. Chuck was an active member of the Reno Sunrise Rotary and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, Vietnam Veterans of America and the American Legion.
Chuck and his wife of 57 years Mary Lee have been part of our family since 2000, when Mary Lee helped co-found NMTS. After being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Chuck, who loved to sing, began taking lessons at NMTS. He also joined our annual Holiday Choir, standing out as one of the strongest, most passionate singers in the group.
We are at a loss for words to describe the hole that Chuck’s passing has left in our hearts. We have lost a friend, a family member and an outstanding member of our community. Our thoughts go out to the Fulkerson family in their time of grief.
To find out more about Chuck’s life and wonderful legacy, please read his extended obituary here.
A Note-Able Evening of Romance:
February 7th 2015 / 7:30 p.m. / Reno Ballroom
There are several ways to be involved in A Note-Able Evening of Romance: donate items to our fabulous silent auction or rose raffle, enter the Philanthropic Foodie Culinary Showcase as a Reno master chef, or become an event sponsor. For more information contact Sheena at 775.324.5521.
Tune in to Finance
Welcome, to a new, regular feature in our monthly newsletter. In this space, we will explore different ways charitable/nonprofit organizations, such as NMTS, can help you. Yes, we can actually help you!
When we think of nonprofits, we typically think of ways we can help them meet their important missions. We might volunteer or donate a silent auction item for a fundraising event. But nonprofit organizations can also help us meet our own important personal goals. This is especially true in the critical areas of income planning, tax planning, estate planning and wealth transfer to heirs.
Take for example a topic many of us should be thinking about this time of year – end of year tax planning. By making a 2014 contribution to a charitable entity, you may be able to take a deduction against your taxable income for the year, thus helping reduce your taxable income come tax time. The nonprofit benefits, of course, by receiving valuable funds to help carry out its important work. Most charitable entities, including NMTS, will issue to you a confirmation of your donation, which you can keep for your tax records and reporting. Be certain to consult with your own professional tax advisor to determine the deductibility of any charitable contributions.
Next month, we will discuss non-money assets that can be donated to charitable entities, such as NMTS, for purposes of realizing a deduction against taxable income.
Boots & Bowties
November Private Performance
October Thank Yous
A huge thank you to all of the volunteers who helped make our 8th annual Noodles and Notes such a big success –
Amina Wilson, Bob Martin, Brianna Mora, Caroline Rhuys, Connie Young, Dee Dee Bossart, Gunnar Altenburg, H. Anne Frook, Heather Gallagher, Jeanette Martin, John Firestone, Jon Wilson, Karen Hunsader, Karly Thorkildson, Kimber Loyd, Krysta Palmer, Leif Christenson, Lori Henderson, Maddy Tsugawa, Marilyn Moon, Mark Geeson, Michael Young, Miranda Grant, Nannette Mueller, Naomi Johnson, Nicole Obritsch, Pauline Mooers, Rebeca Rubalcava, Renay Hernandez, Rick Altenburg, Samantha Devine, Shannon Kozel, Stephanie L Lescana, Tia Hendersen, Troy Jorgenson
And as always, thank you to our October program volunteers –
Endowment Fund Founding Circle
There are only two more months left to become
In this issue
Tune in to Finance
Endowment Fund Founding Circle
Music Therapy in the News
Board of Directors
Ellie Van Winkle (President)
Mary Lee Fulkerson
Quote of the Month
“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.”
Wish list item of the month: Batteries!