Guild News

Opera Notes Spring 2019

Val Beerbower of Downtown Dayton Partnership is editor and taking charge of this informative publication. The latest edition of our award-winning Opera Notes was mailed to members and friends. Click here to see the Spring 2019 edition.

More Condolences

The Guild mourns the loss of another member–Brenda Phillips. Brenda passed away unexpectedly while traveling on May 6. She will be remembered for her active involvement in many of the the Guild’s committees and contributions while on the Board of Directors. Condolences are extended to her family and many friends.

Annual Meeting 2019


Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Dayton Country Club
555 Kramer Road, Oakwood

Cash Bar

BRUNCH: 11:00 A.M.
$30 Per Person


R,S.V.P. Deadline: Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Please send your brunch payment of $30.00 with your name, address, phone number and email to Ann Herr, 638 Garden Road, Dayton, OH 45419.  You may also pay on line (with $1 convenience fee)  by clicking here. You are invited to attend the business portion of the Annual Meeting at no charge. Please contact Ann Herr at 239-2432 or if you plan to opt for the meeting only.

Jacqueline Elaine Lockwood

Jackie and Bill Lockwood

It is with great sadness that the Guild says goodbye to former Guild President and long time member Jackie Lockwood. Jackie passed away on March 4. A private reception for family and friends will be held at the Dayton Art Institute on Sunday, March 24, from noon to 3 p.m. to celebrate her life. We will miss her and her abounding support for opera and other causes. Her husband Bill passes away in 2017.

Please click here if you would like to read her obituary.

Joan Bowers

Joan Bowers and Patrick Crippen

Patrick Crippen visiting Joan Bowers

The Guild grieves over the death of another member as of Monday, March 11. Joan Bowers was Guild President from 1968-1970. After she retired, Joan moved to Florida and has continued her Guild membership from afar up to the present time. Joan became active in her new community of Vero Beach as well and loved volunteering in the Vero Beach Museum of Art and other organizations. The Guild sends sincere condolences to her family and many friends.

Annual Meeting 2018

Tom Bankston and Nancy Farkas

Tom Bankston accepting Donation from Nancy Farkas 

The Guild held its Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 13, at Dayton Country Club. The event began with a reception at 10:30 a.m. A delicious Brunch followed at 11 a.m. The business meeting commenced at noon.

President Nancy Farkas gave a wonderful recap all of the accomplishments and activities of the Guild for the past fiscal year. It was a full year indeed. Nancy took this opportunity to present the final installment of the Guild’s support pledge to Dayton Opera at this meeting. Tom Backston accepted with much expression of appreciation. Managing Vice President of Membership Margarete Jennings announced this year’s winners of the Friend of the Year Award Jenell Ross and the BRAVO! Award Pam Eyink. Both have served the Guild in many ways over many years and are very deserving of this special recognition.

Pam Eyink Nancy Farkas Margarete Jennings             Jenell Ross

Pam Eyink, Nancy Farkas, Margarete Jennings            Jenell Ross, Nancy Farkas, Margarete Jennings

If you have questions, please contact Nancy Farkas at 937/776-0424 or

New Opportunity for Funds

Opera Guild has recently been approved for participation in Kroger Community Rewards. The instructions for signing up now are available by clicking here. It only takes a minute of your time if you are already a Kroger Plus Member and helps the Guild earn dollars for its many programs.



The Guild Boutique is more exciting than ever this season with the addition of some wonderful new items and the return of our popular one-size popcorn tops, shawls, evening bags and fun fashion jewelry. Visit us in the Schuster Center lobby along Second Street beginning with opening night, one hour before opera performances and during intermissions.

We offer an assortment of opera glasses with the more poplar styles from last year, plus a few new ones. We also carry CDs and DVDs of the season’s operas that have been recommended by Dayton Opera’s Tom Bankston, as well as other opera CDs endorsed by the late Charles Wendelken-Wilson.