Orchestra League Buddies

Ellen Jayne and I became acquainted in 2001, when LaDonna Meinders requested that the two of us co-chair the Oklahoma City Orchestra League Symphony Show House. We have been close friends since that time. This show house had its challenges, as all of them do. One particular challenge was that 9/11 happened during the critical time when designers were volunteering, patrons were being acquired, and supporters were being asked. The nation was in such an unsettled time, that it was questionable whether a successful show house could occur. However, with hard work by many, this SH was a success with a profit of $207,000 realized at the completion of the project in Summer 2002.
I am indebted to LaDonna for introducing us and “talking us” into the co-chair role. Since that time Ellen Jayne has been involved with the nursing program at OCU, the Kramer School of Nursing, where I currently am Dean. I assumed an assistant dean role in 2005; I suggested to the Dean that Ellen Jayne be asked to join the KSN Executive Advisory Board. She did and contributed to the nursing school in this way, by providing input into what consumers want when receiving health care delivered by nurses. Ellen Jayne’s mother was a nurse; her picture is displayed in the west building of KSN. When this building was build, Ellen Jayne contributed to establishing a library in the west building, in honor of her mother. A plaque and her mother’s picture are in a place of honor for this contribution.
I am certainly going to miss visiting with her at symphony concerts, celebrating each other’s birthdays together with LaDonna, Jean McCown, Emogene Collins, and Ellen Jayne. We never missed celebrating the birthdays.

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