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Fall registrations open

Registrations are now open for the 2017 Far Western District Fall Convention, October 19-22 in Bakersfield, Calif.  Early-Bird pricing is available until September 21, $50.00 for adults and $25.00 for...
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Double Match Challenge

Lloyd Steinkamp Endowment Fund for FWD Harmony Camps Double Match Challenge The primary purpose of weekend long Harmony Camps is to introduce a cappella barbershop harmony singing to high school age boys....
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Don Gubbins

JUNE 3, 2017 — It is with great regret that we need to inform the district of the passing of Past District President Donald Gubbins. Don was also the lead in...
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Fall Contest Lineup

FWD Fall Convention & Contests in Bakersfield, October 19-22, 2017: There was a lot of great singing at the five Divisional Contests this Spring. Northeast and Northwest Divisions were held in...
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International Contest Lineup

BHS International Convention in Las Vegas, July 2-9, 2017: Five quartets and four choruses will be representing the Far Western District at the BHS International Convention in Las Vegas. FWD quartets Flightline,...
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SE/SW Division - Quartet...

EL MONTE, Calif., Saturday, May 13 - EIGHTEEN quartets competed in the combined Southeast and Southwest Division Quartet Contest this evening, eleven from Southeast and seven fron Southwest. FIVE of those...
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SE/SW Division - Chorus...

EL MONTE, Calif., Saturday, May 13 - SIXTEEN choruses competed in the combined Southeast and Southwest Division Chorus Contest earlier today, nine from Southeast and seven fron Southwest.  FOURTEEN of those...
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SoCal Comedy Quartet Contest

The Orange Quartet Chapter hosts the annual SoCal Comedy Quartet Contest  Saturday, August 12, 7:00 PM  First Presbyterian Church of Fullerton • 838 N Euclid St, Fullerton, CA 92832 Registration & Tickets
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Arizona Division Chorus...

MESA, Ariz., April 22 — Five choruses competed in the Arizona Division Chorus Contest held at Mesa High School this evening, with FOUR qualifying for the Fall Contest in Bakersfield....
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Arizona Division Quartet...

MESA, Ariz., April 22 — The Arizona Division Quartet Contest featured twelve of Arizona's finest. For the last several years, Arizona has led the District in the number of quartets...
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2017 FWD Spring Convention -...

March 11 - McClellan Conference Cneter, Sacramento, Calif. Here are the results of the Quartet Semifinal (Friday) and Final (Saturday) Contests: NORTHEAST DIVISION (Top 5) Capitol Ring • 901 • 75.1% Dynamix • 888...
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2017 FWD Spring Convention -...

March 11 - McClellan Conference Cneter, Sacramento, Calif. Here are the results of the High School Quartet Contest: The Four Chorsdmen Split Decision Three and a Half Men The Canal Boys 2017 FWD Spring, HS Quartet...
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2017 FWD Spring Convention -...

Saturday, March 11 - McClellan Conference Center, Sacramento, Calif. The results of the Northeast and Northwest Division Chorus Contests are as follows: NORTHEAST DIVISION California Delta • Voices of California • 972 •...
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2017 FWD Spring Convention...

Friday, March 10 - McClellan Conference Center, Sacramento, Calif. Due to multiple, overlapping contests going on simultaneously, results from the Friday Quartet Semifinals will not be announced or published until after...
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2017 NorCal Novice Quartet...

Here are the results from the 2017 NorCal Novice Quartet Contest held in Walnut Creek earlier today. Western Harmonics is the NorCal Novice Quartet Champion Extravaganza! is the NorCal High School Quartet...
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2017 International Las Vegas

2017 International Las Vegas July 2-9, 2017 For the first time, all of our shows and contests will be walk-in ready — the minute we arrive at the Axis Theater, everything required...
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Lloyd Steinkamp Endowment Fund for FWD Harmony Camps

Double Match Challenge

The primary purpose of weekend long Harmony Camps is to introduce a cappella barbershop harmony singing to high school age boys. The Lloyd Steinkamp Endowment Fund for FWD Harmony Camps will provide supplemental financial support, in perpetuity, for FWD Harmony Camps.

Lloyd Steinkamp was a true giant in the Far Western District and it was Lloyd who created the concept of Harmony Camp. The first camp was in 1996 in Southern California at Camp Wrightwood near San Bernardino. It is my understanding that this was the first Harmony Camp not only in the FWD but in the nation.

Initially all funds donated to the Endowment Fund will be used to build the capital of the fund toward an initial goal of $200,000. Once the Fund balance achieves this initial goal, withdrawals may commence consistent with the policies of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation. Currently these policies allow a withdrawal of no more than 4% per year. As the Fund continues to grow, the prime recipient of withdrawals from the Fund is the FWD Youth Harmony Camp in Northern California. The overall goal for the Fund is $400,000, at which point the FWD Board will become the executors of the available withdrawals from the Fund and the purpose of the Fund will expand to incorporate the entire FWD Youth Movement.

A major donor has stepped up to “double” match contributions of $400 or less through November 2017. Sometimes we have a cause we believe in but feel that our small contribution will not make much of a difference. With this “double” match challenge your donation will really make a difference. For example you donation of $100 will be matched with $200 so that you are “causing” $300 to be donated to the Fund.

Our choice to create an Endowment Fund with the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, a large Northern California Community Foundation means that all contributed funds are off limits for spending, and only earnings are available for spending to support operations of the camp. This old barbershopper will certainly be around for a few more years; but the goal is to provide financial support for Far Western District Camps for as long as there are young boys who benefit from them! For additional information on Harmony Camp please see Youth Harmony Camp.

Donations may be sent to Sacramento Region Community Foundation, 955 University Ave. Suite A, Sacramento, CA 95825 noting Steinkamp Fund in the memo portion of your check. You may also make arrangements to donate an amount each month.

If you prefer, you can make your donation online — a one-time donation or a monthly, quarterly, or annually recurring donation — and charge it conveniently to your credit card.

  1. Click on GIVE NOW below. This will connect you with the Sacramento Region Community Foundation website's online donations form.
  2. At the "Please use my donation for" drop down list, select "Lloyd Steinkamp Endowment".

GIVE NOW

Please contact Richard Lund if you have questions or would like additional information.

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