Paying it Forward

Posted on: January 9th, 2015 by Scott Gale GALA Articles 1 Comment

In late November 2014 I received a wonderful surprise when I opened my mail. It was a note from Robin Godfrey, the Executive Director of GALA Choruses, informing our Equality Rocks! Chorus in Thunder Bay, Ontario that River City Mixed Chorus in Omaha had “paid forward” their 30th anniversary gift from GALA. River City themselves had chosen us as the recipient of their generosity. I shared the good news with our chorus at our next practice, and we all signed a thank you card to send to River City to show our appreciation.

Equality Rocks! is a new chorus in Thunder Bay. We are a small band of folks who love to sing, and we are happy to see our chorus coming together. We have had our first few performances, including Thunder Pride in Thunder Bay this past summer. We have a number of community events planned, and are excited about the prospects for adding new chorus members in 2015.

The support from River City Mixed Chorus was a real boost to our members, and we have gained a wonderful appreciation of how our sisters and brothers in the GALA community are truly our friends. We appreciated their support and encouragement, and hope we can do the same for others in the future. We also look forward to a continuing association with our new friends in River City!

It is great to be a part of GALA, and we look forward to the day when we will be able to participate in some of GALA`s activities in-person, and especially meet our friends from River City.

Scott Gale

Scott Gale serves as President, Treasurer, and Chorus Member with Equality Rocks! chorus in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

EQUALITY ROCKS! CHORUS is Thunder Bay's LGBTQTS (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trangendered, queer, two spirited) community and friends choir, under the artistic direction of Susan Marrier.

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  • Nancy Mealey

    I am a fairly new member of River City Mixed Chorus (RCMC). I can tell you that the support and encouragement that you mentioned in your article are but two of the reasons why I love my chorus and hope to remain a member for many years. I am so glad that we chose to support your chorus in its infancy and that you all may be able to look back on this time thirty years into YOUR future! Our thirty-first year promises to be a great step forward as we will be performing for the first time ever at a premiere venue here in Omaha. This will help to get our message of inclusiveness and music to a whole new audience. Blessings for Equality Rocks! Chorus’ future!