Historical Highlights

1943 Elkhart Chapter had first meeting September 16.  South Bend Chapter October 5. Gary Chapter, early November.
1944 Indiana State District formed with seven chapters at Anderson, August 20.  Ralph Rackham, Elkhart, elected first president.
1945 District charter issued on January 3 by Phil Embury, International President.  First district quartet contest held at Elkhart, January 27.  Doctors of Harmony, champions.
1946 International mid-winter convention held in Evansville, January 18-20.  Monthly newsletter, Harmony Hopper, first issued in January.  Marion Fast, editor and district secretary.
1947 Doctors of Harmony won International Quartet Contest in Milwaukee.  District had 28 chapters on July 30.
1948 Indiana-Kentucky Association of Chapters staged first chorus contest, second in Society, September 26.  Terre Haute, champions, directed by Carl C. Jones.  Four Shades of Harmony placed fifth in International Quartet Contest in Oklahoma City.
1949 The Varsity Four, Lafayette, placed fifth in International Contest in Buffalo, NY. First district in Society to hold an all-District Picnic, August 21.
1950 Jerry Beeler, Evansville, elected as International President at Omaha convention. District had 43 chapters and 2486 members.  Mishawaka Chapter had 328 members – highest in the Society.
1951 Society’s first combination quartet-chorus contest and convention held in Terre Haute, October 27-28.  District consisted of 46 chapters and 1980 members as of July 1.  First issue of IN-KY NOTES, November-December, Fred Goodrich, Editor.
1952 First district quartet directory published in IN-KY NOTES, January-February issue.  The Templairs Quartet from Muncie placed 10th at the Kansas City, MO Convention.
1953 Society’s first chorus contest held in Detroit, June 13.  Terre Haute placed 8th and Muncie placed 12th.  O.C. Cash, co-founder of Society, died on August 15.
1954 International Chorus Contest held in Washington, D. C,  Michigan City finished second and Muncie was 23rd.  Singing Brocks appeared on Ted Mack Television Show on July 17.
1955 International mid-winter convention held in Louisville, January 20-23.  General Chairman was Fred Lotz.  Michigan City Chorus again in 2nd place at International Contets in Miami.
1956 The Ambassadors of Harmony Chorus, Michigan City, won International Contest in Minneapolis, June 15.  The chorus was directed by Rudy Hart.
1957 The Gary Chapter Chorus, directed by Dick Mackin, placed fifth in International contest in Los Angeles.  International Secretary Robert Hafer signed the final documents for the purchase of Harmony Hall.
1958 Versailles, KY, Chapter Show at University of  Kentucky featured seven International Quartet Champions.  Harold Roederer named Editor of IN-KY NOTES.
1959 District first Contest and Judging seminar held in Indianapolis, November 14. Rudy Hart elected International Society Treasurer at Chicago convention.  Tell City Chapter second highest in the Society with 166 members.
1960 District Board action initiated future novice quartet contests.  District’s first directors’ school in Indianapolis, January 15-17.  Indiana-Kentucky District was renamed as Cardinal District on October 20.
1961 Buffalo Bills headlined the charter show for Lexington Chapter, October 7. Society’s first HEP School, originated by Rudy Hart, held August 24-27 in Winona, Minnesota.
1962 The Louisville Thoroughbred Chorus won the International Chorus Contest in Kansas City, June 21-24, under the direction of Bill Benner.
1963 The Chorus of the Dunes, Gary Chapter, with Dick Mackin directing, placed 2nd in the International Contest in Toronto, Canada.  Charles Parady named editor of IN-KY NOTES.
1964 District Picnic held at Brown County; 11 novice quartets competed.  The Cardinal District was second in the Society in membership achievement.  Joe Juday, Fort Wayne Chapter, named the new     IN-KY NOTES editor.
1965 Louisville Thoroughbred Chorus, directed by Joe Wise and Jim Miller place 2nd at the International Contest in Boston.  Stephen Lockard, Lafayette Chapter, named IN-KY NOTES editor.
1966 400 Barbershoppers and wives attended Brown County Picnic as 14 novice quartets competed.  Bill Terry took over as IN-KY NOTES editor.  The Thoroughbred Chorus won the International Chorus Contest held in Chicago.
1967 First district extravaganza in Lafayette on March 31, included six district quartet champions, International Champion Four Renegades, and Hartsmen Chorus.  The Chorus of the Dunes placed second again in the International Contest in Los Angeles.
1968 310 Barbershoppers from Cardinal and Illinois Districts attended COTS in Danville, IL, December 7-8.  First annual district workshop was held August 16-18 at Ball State University.  Harold Roederer took over editorship of IN-KY NOTES again.
1969 Eleven district quartets attended the Cardinal Workshop in Indianapolis, February 7-9.  Louisville Thoroughbred Chorus won their third International Championship in St. Louis, MO.
1970 Rupert Hall, co-founder of the Society, died March 14.  Nu-Tones and Citations quartets returned to International competition in Atlantic City, NJ.  Dean Bartholomew named as IN-KY NOTES editor.
1971 Logopedics Spectacular Show held in Kokomo, IN on September 19, a first in Cardinal District.  Bill Terry returned as editor of the IN-KY NOTES.
1972 The Citations, quartet from the Louisville Chapter, toured the Far East, entertaining US servicemen at the request of the Department of Defense, USO, and Society. Roy Fenn, Tell City, was presented his 50-member Man-of-Note Award.
1973 Logopedics Spectacular Show in South Bend on May 6 featured six chapters, eight quartets, and 150-man chorus.
1974 The Louisville Thoroughbred Chorus won their fourth International Chorus Championship in Kansas City.  Paul Izdepski, South Bend-Mishawaka Chapter, was named the new IN-KY NOTES editor.
1975 Indianapolis Chapter hosted the International Convention, June 23-28.  Tom Genung served as General Chairman.  Society Board deemed it one of the most profitable and best organized conventions.
1976 District Board designates names instead of letters for divisions within district. Society reported that Cardinal had the highest Logopedics contributions per man in the Society since 1964.
1977 Louisville Thoroughbred Chorus placed second at International Contest in Philadelphia.  Executive Director Barrie Best fires Bob Johnson and Bob Meyer, then resigns in February.
1978 A double-win in International Competition for the Louisville Chapter.  Bluegrass Student Union won the Quartet Championship in Cincinnati while Thoroughbreds won the Chorus Championship.
1979 Cardinal District attained second place in the Society’s Achievement Program. George Houk, Indianapolis, was named District BOTY, and Dave Gelb from Vincennes was named the ACOTY at the District Fall Convention.
1980 Terre Haute Chapter members and other district members took train to Salt Lake City International Convention.  Due to a mix-up, all were flown back at the railroad’s expense.
1981 Burt Huish, International President, addressed HOD meeting on March 7. Thoroughbred Chorus won their sixth championship at Detroit International Convention.
1982 Joe Liles visited four chapter sites, November 8-11.  290 men from 11 chapters attended his sessions.  26 Cardinal members attended Harmony College.  Fall convention in Marion resulted in record net profit.
1983 Tom Cogan from Kenosha staff conducted COTS in Indianapolis, November 12-13, with 130 barbershoppers in attendance.  Harmony College, August 7-15 had 33 district members enrolled.
1984 The Thoroughbreds won their seventh International Chorus Championship.  The Harrington Brothers quartet finished fourth.
1985 At the International Convention in  Minneapolis, Lowell Shank from the Mammoth Cave Chapter won the International Bulletin Editor of the Year Award.  Terre Haute Chapter, including wives, four quartets and the Bluegrass Student Union, visited England for eight days in April.  Robert Carter named new IN-KY NOTES editor.
1986 After 33 years, the Banks of the Wabash Chorus returned to International competition in Salt Lake City.  Morey Jennings was elected as Society Vice President.
1987 Interstate Rivals won gold medal at Hartford convention.  Second Edition placed second.  Thoroughbred Chorus finished third.  Gary Garitson named IN-KY NOTES editor.
1988 First Society and District COTS for district historians conducted by Bill Watson in Indianapolis, November 18-19.  Cardinal District historical display awarded first place at San Antonio convention.
1989 Pride of Indy Chorus won Buckeye Invitational Contest.  175 men attended Cardinal Roost in Anderson.  Chairman was Roger Davidson, DME.  Ernie Nickoson elected Vice President in Kansas City.  Second Edition won their gold medal in the Quartet Contest.
1990 New district convention format initiated at Fall Convention in Evansville:  Quartet contest on Friday and Saturday nights, Chorus contest Saturday afternoon.  Ernie Nickoson elected to International Board as Treasurer.
1991 Louisville Chapter hosted the International Convention; Larry Knott served as General Chairman.  The convention boasted an all-time record attendance of 11,012.  Cardinal District Hall of Fame initiated at the Fall Convention in Evansville.
1992 Ernie Nickoson, Lexington, is elected as the Society’s President for 1993 at the New Orleans Convention.  Lowell Shank was appointed the IN-KY NOTES Editor in September.  The first meeting of the District Quartet Champions Association was held on October 3.
1993 Ernie Nickoson is re-elected as International  President for 1994.  The Summit City Chorus won the Buckeye Invitational Contest in August.  Cardinal District celebrated its 50th Anniversary during the Fall Convention.  Paul Izdepski was named as District Historian after Bill Watson’s death in an automobile accident.
1994 For the first time in “modern” barbershop history, Cardinal District qualified two choruses in the International Chorus Contest for 1995 (Louisville and Louisville Metro).  It  was also the first time in Society history that two choruses  from the same city competed at International .  Dick Nyikos received the President’s Award in recognition of his Public Relations work during the International Convention in Pittsburgh.  Cardinal District ran its own COTS for the first time, and with great success!  District conventions carried themes for the first time (Spring – Western, Fall – Baseball).  The Summit City Chorus placed second at the Buckeye Invitational.
1995 The Thoroughbreds, under the direction of Ken Hatton, placed 6th, while the 26 men of the Louisville Times, directed by Mark Hale,  placed 8th at the International Chorus Contest in Miami.
1996 The Louisville Times Chorus, in a narrow victory, upset the Louisville Thoroughbreds to win the International Chorus Preliminary Contest, qualifying them to represent Cardinal District at the international competition in Indianapolis in 1997.  The Thoroughbreds’ performance, however, did qualify them as a wild card entry into the Indianapolis contest.  The Cardinal District mourned the loss of three dedicated long-time barbershoppers, Paul Izdepski, Jerry Kissinger, and Jerry McPhee.1997    The Louisville Times placed 6th and wildcard entry Louisville Thoroughbreds placed 14th in the International Chorus Contest in Indianapolis. Michigan Jake placed 8th in the International Quartet Contest.  In the International Bulletin Contest, Warren Donaldson (Louisville) won 1st place and Brad McAlexander (Greater Indianapolis won most improved.
1998 Michigan Jake (Louisville Metro) placed 2nd in the International Quartet Contest in Atlanta.  The Louisville Times placed 6th in the International Chorus Contest, three points out of 5th place.  In the International Bulletin Contest, Brad McAlexander (Gtr. Indpls.) placed 8th and Mike Van Cleave placed 14th.  Brad McAlexander took over as the new editor of the IN-KY NOTES.  The Cardinal District web page was born.
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