Chicago Area Chair, Beth McFarland
Beth McFarland has been ringing handbells for ruffly 38 years. She feels very fortunate to have started ringing in High School and loves that her then Choir director got her hooked. She is currently the director of three handbell choirs, the Heritage Bells Choir at the United Methodist Church of Libertyville, Illinois for 3 years, but has been ringing with the ensemble for 28 years. The Celebration ringers at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Arlington Heights, IL for 10 years and the Random Ringers Community Handbell Ensemble, located in the Northern Chicago suburbs for 17 years. Aside from Handbells, Beth works as an Administrative Assistant at a Pharmaceutical company, and she and her husband, Dan, have three daughters, Keira, Abbey, Megan; cats, George and Fievel; and dogs, Coco and Claudia and live in Mundelein, Illinois.
The Illinois Committee is a sub-area of Handbell Musicians of America.
Secretary – Beth McFarland
Registrar – Kristin Kalitowski
Events – Sharon Schmidt
Music Librarian – Beth McFarland
Handbell Services Rep – Debi Robey
Handchime Loan Program Coordinator – Patti Mangis
Western IL Rep – Don Wood