Lee Schrepel is the director of the Community Cantata Choir and his wife, Linda, is the assistant director.
The Schrepels have been awarded the Community Service Award from the Champoeg Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
This award is presented to recognize unpaid voluntary community service of individuals and organization. Recipients demonstrate contributions to the community in an outstanding manner through cultural, educational, humanitarian, patriotic, historical, citizenship, or environmental conservation endeavors or by organizing or participating in community activities.
Together, Lee and Linda have led the Community Cantata Choir for 30 years. The Community Cantata Choir is a group of volunteers with a full complement of musicians, as well as a choir of interpreters of American Sign Language, who prepare a special Christmas Cantata performing in up to 10 venues each year on behalf of the Yamhill County Action Partnership (YCAP).
Due to the choir's efforts, more than $200,000 has been raised to support the YCAP Regional Food Bank and local food pantries. Because of Lee and Linda's tireless efforts, people in need in our community have food on their tables, and thousands more have had their hearts uplifted by the choir's beautiful performance.
The musical tells the Christmas story through narration and song, specially arranged to brighten the Christmas celebration and share the peace, love and hope of the season. There is no charge for this event. An opportunity is provided following the performance to donate, through a free-will offering, to the local food bank — 100% of the funds collected go directly to feeding the hungry in our communities.
It is opportunities like this that put the meaning of Christmas into practice and open our hearts to the Lord.
While the voices and instruments are the heart of the performances, Lee and Linda spend countless hours selecting music, conducting rehearsals, choosing individual singers for solos, and choosing accompanists. They coordinate venues and maintain a calendar of events for performances, prepare advertising materials, recruit new members, and ensuring the uniformity of group attire. Their service to the Yamhill County area community has been and is a true gift of selflessness and love.
The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to promote historic preservation, education, and patriotism. Its members are descended from the patriots who won American independence during the Revolutionary War. With more than 185,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world's largest and most active women's service organizations.
DAR members are committed to volunteer service, having served more than 12.5 million hours in communities throughout the world during the past three years.
To learn more about the work of today's DAR, visit dar.org or connect with DAR on social media at facebook.com/TodaysDAR, twitter.com/TodaysDAR and youtube.com/TodaysDAR.
Jan Burrows is vice regent of the Champoeg Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
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