Charter member Pauline Morehouse celebrates milestone!

Type of post: Chorus news item
Status: Archived
Date Posted: Wed, 23 Jan 2019

We all love to celebrate milestones and the ScotianAires celebrated one recently…our 35th anniversary in 2018. But an organization like ours doesn’t reach those milestones without the foundation and support of the “rocks” that serve as our cornerstone. One of our “rocks” is celebrating her own milestone this month as Pauline Morehouse, charter and still current member of the ScotianAires celebrates her 90th birthday!

Pauline grew up in Kentville, NS where she met and married Ralph Morehouse. They raised two daughters, Sheri and Kathy, in their dream home in Bridgewater NS, eventually moving to Bedford when Ralph was transferred to Halifax. Pauline and Ralph loved the outdoors and took many trips to Kejimkujik National Park in NS where they canoed and enjoyed the park adventures. They later bought a mobile home in Lutz, FL and spent many winter months vacationing there as well as making trips farther afield such as Australia and New Zealand. When travelling so far became tiresome, Pauline and Ralph decided to build a cottage in East Dalhousie, Kings County on Butler Lake which they both enjoyed and loved.

Pauline was heavily involved with the Guiding organization and volunteered with the Red Cross for many years, but she also enjoyed singing. Her husband Ralph sang with the the City of Lakes Men’s Chorus in Dartmouth and spent many years with the quartet, The Countymen. Not one to be left out of the fun, Pauline decided to look for a women’s chorus and so visited the Bluenose Belles, a Sweet Adelines group based in Halifax. But history had other plans…in late 1979, Pauline and some friends from Dartmouth, Layne McCoubrey, Marion Griffiths, Marion Penton and Nora Bastedo, decided to investigate starting their own chorus.

This small but enthusiastic group of singers started out independently with Shelagh and Mark Radcliffe as directors, meeting in Marion Penton’s basement and various other locations. Nora Bastedo took over as director for a short time but when she moved to PEI in 1980 the group convinced Rene Boymook (who was singing with the Bluenose Belles at the time) to be the director along with Judy Robichaud as assistant. They visited choruses and met with different organizations, which is how Pauline discovered Harmony, Inc. who could boast of impressive maritime choruses like the Chaleur Echoes from Dalhousie, NB. After many discussions, the group decided that Harmony, Inc. would be their home. To decide on a name for their new group, they each put their choice in a hat and drew at random … it was Pauline’s suggestion, the ScotianAires, that is still the moniker for the chorus almost 36 years later!

Pauline did most of the groundwork on the rules and regulations of how to become chartered and how to run a chapter and so became the ScotianAires’ first Secretary. On April 16, 1983, the ScotianAires received their official charter as a member of Harmony, Incorporated. Pauline was (and still is) a stickler for doing everything properly and correctly. In fact, sometime in the late-80’s, the ScotianAires presented her with a hat to prove her tenacity which says “Fussy Old Fart” which she proudly wore for a long time…especially at Board meetings!

For many years, Pauline continued to serve as Secretary for the ScotianAires, as well as the Chair of the Karen Gordon Scholarship Fund. She was also the Canadian representative for Harmony, Inc.’s Education Resource Materials during which time Pauline developed a lasting bond with Susan Spencer from the quartet “Change of Heart” as Susan was the corresponding U.S. representative. Travel to international competitions as well as the men’s competitions with husband Ralph became a regular part of her holiday routine. In later years Pauline took up knitting and it would be difficult to find a member of the ScotianAires who does not own a knitted coat hanger to protect her costumes, courtesy of Pauline’s talents!

Today Pauline lives in an apartment in Bedford, NS. Although she misses her back yard and flowers (and her clothes line!) she is glad not to be too far away from her two daughters, two grandchildren and one great-grandson! Still singing lead in the chorus, Pauline has always been the “rock” of the ScotianAires and has the group in her heart and soul at all times. A constant at all functions, events and performances, she was always the “go to” person for any question involving the ScotianAires or Harmony, Inc., and today we still count on her wisdom.

Where would the ScotianAires have been without the determination and vision of this force of a woman! Happy 90th birthday to our rock, Pauline Morehouse!