Mandan News

Chorus to perform and commissioning

By Dustin White
Mandan News, editor

The Bismarck-Mandan Elks Chorus will have the honor of representing both the community, as well as the state, during the commissioning of the USS North Dakota on May 31 at Groton, Conn.

The chorus, which began as the Amoco Chorus in 1953, has had a long history of performing at important events. Throughout the years they have had the opportunity to perform at nine national Elks conventions, at the 1974 World’s Fain in Seattle, as well as at the state’s centennial celebration in 1989.

“We have some members who have been around from the beginning,” said Bill Schott of the Elks Chorus. “They’re in their eighties now, but still enjoy signing.”

Members of the chorus say though that the commissioning of the USS North Dakota is a once in a lifetime event. For many of them, who are military veterans, it is a proud moment being able to continue representing North Dakota.

“It’s a big commitment,” said Gloria Knoll, who has been directing the group for the last five years.

In order to send the more than 30 members to the event, the chorus will be hosting a number of events to help raise funds.

The USS North Dakota is the newest addition to the U.S. Navy’s arsenal of nuclear powered attack submarines, and the second ship to take the name North Dakota.

For more information about the Bismarck-Mandan Elks chorus, or to donate, call Schott 391-5611