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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

OFFICERS:
President
Frederic Hellwitz

Vice President
Paul Sweeny

Secretary
George Lesh

Treasurer
Carolyn Rifenbark

DIRECTORS:
Robert Burnside
Gail Hamilton
George Lesh
Harry George Pellegrin
Carolyn Rifenbark
Jon Tario
Francis Wilkin

EMAIL:
GENERAL INFO, Fred Hellwitz
fhellwitz@cgsuny.org

NEWSLETTER, George Lesh
leshgeor@frontiernet.net

WEB SITE/EVENTS, Jon Tario
jon@cgsuny.org

MEMBERSHIP, George Lesh
leshgeor@frontiernet.net
General Membership $25
Student Membership $15
Reminders for All

Membership dues of  $ 25 for
2014  are due. Your financial
support helps CGSUNY
cultivate an appreciation for the
Classical Guitar.

It also helps us proivde
educational outreach, local
concerts and events like the Fall
Festival.
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It is with great sadness that I open this message by telling you that long-time
CGSUNY board member and treasurer, Carolyn Rifenbark passed away Sunday
night,  June 29 in her home in Stamford, NY.

Carolyn was a major force in the Society’s functioning throughout our 15-year
history and was in fact one of our founding members.  In addition to her role as
board member Carolyn was an officer in the society variously filling the roles of
secretary and treasurer, at times simultaneously.  To my knowledge in those 15
years, Carolyn never missed a board meeting.  Her commitment to the advancement
of the classical guitar was evident in the dedication she showed, not only to our
Society, which was substantial, but also to all the other activities that made up her
guitar endeavors.  These included teaching, and bringing music to the underserved
communities and individuals in the central southern region of New York State:  
Carolyn taught guitar students at Backstreet Music in Cobleskill for 13 years and
was currently teaching underserved, troubled youth in Delaware County, her
home.    

In addition to using her love of the guitar to help others, Carolyn’s generosity of
spirit was manifest in the work she did when she volunteered for missionary trips to
help those in need in Guyana and Haiti.  Carolyn had a Bachelor’s degree in
Psychology - maybe that was how she kept her sanity during the often chaotic times
surrounding our Festival and how she was able to do two of the most difficult jobs in
the Society for 15 years: Treasurer and Secretary!  And Carolyn did keep her
cool.   Whenever the stress levels rose, either at a board meeting, or some minor
crisis at the Festival arose, Carolyn was always an anchor for those around her,
maintaining a level head and being able to see a solution and ALWAYS helping to
implement it through to completion, solving the problem.

She will not only be missed by those in our organization who knew and worked with
her, but our Society will be the poorer for her loss.  Carolyn, you will always be our
hearts.














               
                                  Carolyn Rifenbark, 8/19/55 - 6/29/15