Taree and District Eisteddfod’s golden year ahead
Tim Stack has been elected president of Taree and District Eisteddfod Society for his 40th year.
He will lead the committee as they prepare for the 50th Taree eisteddfod, starting in April next year.
(Pictured: Tim Stack, who will lead the Taree and District Eisteddfod Society for his 40th term.)
Also on the committee are fellow long-serving volunteers, vice president Valerie Audet, who has been on the committee for 39 years, and Margaret Rogers, who is back as secretary for her 34th year and is also publicity officer.
Darlene McGuire is the assistant secretary, Rosemary Latimore the treasurer, Gillian Herbert the grand concert co-ordinator, Cheryl Earley is on advertising and catering and Julie Kinnear the program book.
Dance will have three section co-ordinators this year with Julie Edwards, Margaret Rogers and Darlene McGuire.
Deirdre Sutherland will co-ordinate vocal, Don Secomb and Eve Martin the piano section, Rhonda Evans the speech and drama, Tanya Brown the instrumental and Merri Rumble the school choir.
Tentative dates for the Taree and District Eisteddfod next year have also been determined.
Vocal runs from April 18 to 22 and the eisteddfod is looking to add a community choir section on the Sunday.
Piano will take place between April 28 and 30.
Dance will be split in 2017, pausing in the middle while students undertake NAPLAN.
The novice and group sections will run from Monday May 1 to Sunday May 7, with dance returning for the open and district sections from May 13 to 21.
Instrumental and band sections will run from May 22 to 26, speech and drama from May 29 to June 3 and the school choirs on June 6 and 7.
Matinee and evening grand concerts will be held on June 17.
Margaret Rogers said the committee is working towards giving the eisteddfod a special birthday celebration to commemorate the 50th anniversary.
Taree and District Eisteddfod is now the biggest eisteddfod in country Australia and is planned and run by a group of volunteers.
The eisteddfod’s motto is: “The important thing is not to win a prize or beat a rival, but to pace one another on the road to excellence”.