From Kirt Thiesmeyer
With the last chorus competitor, the Salem SenateAires, both Jim Henry and Jeff Oxley appeared on stage as part of the program. I was told by a Music Judge that all they need is a "paper membership" and they are authorized to be there, adding that, quite likely, the Salem chapter itself paid the necessary District and chapter dues to make it "kosher." Isn't that both cynical and destructive of our values? It puts a premium on a chapter's being able to (a) spend the money and (b) coax away two Society celebrities to enhance their program artificially, when other choruses cannot do the same? Oxley and Henry had nothing to do with the underlying skit or performance; they simply had recognizable faces. Sure, it was funny, but hardly fair.