HOA 1940s

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The war years were tough. Actual active membership was often around 30 or so during the 40's and WWII. Of course, Joe also was a leader at the Society level. He served as a key officer and board member and was responsible for our first Society newsletter and our initial attempts to create a system for judges. And, he was one of the few judges and a well-respected coach. He also was the man the ladies turned to to help them initiate a Sweet Adeline group in KC. He led them for many years. In the history of Kansas City barbershop music no one will ever be as valuable as Joe Stern.


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  • The Kansas City Missouri Chapter recognizes and honors the musical directors of the Heart of America Chorus. They have used their skills to direct and impart their musical knowledge to each member of the chorus with one goal in mind: to enhance and improve the singing and performance excellence of the chorus. Through these efforts, each director of HOA has contributed mightily to the entertainment, preservation and encouragement of singing in the barbershop style. We are searching for specific tenures for three directors from our earliest years, who do not appear in the chronology:
Tom "Moonlight" Murphy
Joe Stern
Jimmy Fern
  • Originally, board members served one-year terms starting on our charter date, so early presidents appear in consecutive years. This was changed in 1961 to conform to the calendar.

1940

Chapter Leadership

Presidents - Joe Stern, George Fairchild

1941

*Chapter presents show "Sweet Adeline," with net proceeds donated to Children's Mercy Hospital.
1941 Show
June - K.C. Barber Polecats take 2nd place in St Louis, MO, at BHS Intl Quartet Contest 1941

Chapter Leadership

Presidents - George Fairchild, Mark Pierce

1942

June - K.C. Barber Polecats take 2nd place in Grand Rapids, MI, at BHS Intl Quartet Contest 1942
August 15 - KC Chapter picnic
1942 HOA Picnic

Chapter Leadership

Presidents - Mark Pierce, Joe Stern

1943

Chapter Leadership

Presidents - Joe Stern , Fred Perry

1944

Chapter Leadership

Presidents - Fred Perry , Joe Stern

1945

Chapter Leadership

Presidents - Joe Stern , Hec White

1946

Chapter Leadership

Presidents - Hec White , Ray Koenig

1947

March - 1st Annual Show

Chapter Leadership

Director - Don Stevens
Presidents - Ray Koenig , Russ Gentzler

1948

March - 2nd Annual Show

Chapter Leadership

Director - Don Stevens
Presidents - Russ Gentzler , Rod Turnbull

1949

March - 3rd Annual Show

Chapter Leadership

Director - Don Stevens
Presidents - Rod Turnbull , Dale Warrick