We continue our series of introducing Colorado Children’s Chorale trustees. This month, meet Chorale board vice president, Steve Strachan. Steve is president of Strachan Exploration, an oil and energy company, and he and his family have become good friends of the Chorale.
As it happened, Fritz and I had worked together on our high school alumni association for a few years and he knew my schedule much better than I did. The month I ended my 6 year term on the Board of Trustees, Fritz called and invited me to lunch. “I understand you now have some free time”, he said, “and I think it would be great if you thought about joining the board of the Colorado Children’s Chorale.” Anybody who knows Fritz also knows you can’t say “no” to Fritz. One Christmas concert and one meeting with the staff and board leadership later, it was a sealed deal. That was five years ago, and I still have four more years of service ahead to enjoy.
I was taken in by the quality of the Chorale organization: the professional staff; the amazing kids; the dedicated board. The result of all these working together creates an incredible, life-changing experience for the children. The skills they learn during their tenure with the Chorale will last them a lifetime, and, literally, make this world a better place.
I have worked on the boards of high schools, universities, libraries, graduate schools, food banks and corporations, but to be involved with the children of the Chorale is a different story. To be a part of the Chorale experience that shapes the lives of so many children is a gift in itself, and one that I now understand, thanks to Fritz.