Individuals with Speech and Language challenges in Ontario and the professionals who serve them have relied on Harmonize For Speech for help and support for the past 42 years. Members of Ontario District of the Barbershop Harmony Society should be very proud of this legacy. As you know, H4S relies almost exclusively on chapter and individual District Member contributions.

The trustees of the Harmonize For Speech Fund continue to believe that there should be a simple opportunity for all members of Ontario District and their friends to support H4S. Once again this year, H4S will be participating in the Toronto Challenge. Last year was a success, and encouraging for our first year. Let’s make year number two an even more resounding success. They need to have as many members as possible register for the walk on June 9th. If no one in your chapter can participate in the walk then individuals who wish to donate may fill out a pledge and write George Shield’s or Jim Finlay’s names at the top. We will fill in all their other information. We will be pledging for Jim to walk the 5K course and once again for George not to walk. Pledge forms are available from your chapter H4S contact or by contacting Jim Finlay at or by phone at 905-666-8902.

It’s important that all District members and other individuals have the opportunity to support our District charity.

Because the event is over at noon on the Sunday, the East York Chapter has offered to have a barbecue lunch at the newly renovated Harmony Hall (Ontario is the only District in the Society to have such a treasure). What a way to spend a Sunday and family members are welcome (they might even want to get sponsors and participate in the walk or run). It’s the H4S Trustees’ plan to reimburse the $20.00 entry fee of anyone with pledges over $100.00. Be aware that every penny of the pledges goes directly to H4S and tax receipts will be issued by Bruce Dibble, our treasurer, for donations od $20.00 or more, as long as their name and address (and email address, if possible, to save postage) is given. Last year, George was the only “walker” and over $3,500.00 of pledges went directly to H4S. Toronto has done this for the elderly for many years and one group alone cleared over $80,000.00 for their cause. We qualify, because barbershoppers sing for the elderly. The need is great and we guarantee a good time for all. PLEASE CALL 905-666-8902 AND INDICATE HOW MANY PLAN TO ATTEND THE BBQ LUNCH.