Letter from the Volunteer Council

Welcome to Volunteer Council of the League of American Orchestras' Gold Book Online. This is an exciting resource tool for both the Volunteer Council and you, as a symphony volunteer.

On this web site, you can search for successful projects in the areas of audience development/community engagement, communication/technology, education, leadership/organizational structure, membership, fund raising, and service. You can search by keyword like "painted violin" or by the amount of money raised. Hundreds of successful projects representing thousands of volunteer hours are posted in Gold Book Online. A general description can be found about each project, with local contact names if you wish to get further details. And best of all, Gold Book Online is free of charge.

A major component of the Gold Book Online is the electronic submission form. Our hope is to make it as easy as possible for you to tell us about your volunteer projects and we encourage you to submit any project that your group has completed. Both new and ongoing projects are eligible. Keep in mind that many projects can be adapted for use by any volunteer organization, regardless of size or budget. All projects will be considered for awards to be presented at the League's National Conference.

During our annual fall meeting, members of the Volunteer Council and Sustainers thoroughly read every Gold Book Online submission looking for the best projects of the previous year. The selected projects are honored with Award of Excellence at Conference and then highlighted in Gold Book Online.

Congratulations and a special thank-you to every volunteer organization that has shared its projects over the history of The Gold Book. The Volunteer Council invites you to share your projects online! We applaud your dedication and creativity in supporting orchestral music across North America.

The Volunteer Council

For a listing of Volunteer Council members, please visit http://www.americanorchestras.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=598&Itemid=568.

History of the Gold Book

The Gold Book was created in 1976 by the Volunteer Council (formally known as the Woman's Council) and by Ralph Black, Executive Director of the League of American Orchestras, who secured a grant for the first publication. The legendary name comes from the idea that the book is "worth its weight in gold." In 1976 copies sold for $5.00.

The book's purpose was to highlight volunteer organizationsí activities and provide innovative examples for other volunteer organizations to adapt and follow.