Mel Tully touched many lives with his ministry, kindness, and laughter. Many knew Mel from his handbell business West Coast Handbell Supply that he ran with his wife, Gail. He attended California State University, Long Beach, where he received his BA in Music, then began a career as a Minister of Music at Malibu Presbyterian Church. In 1980, he moved his family to Visalia to continue his ministry at First Presbyterian Church, Visalia, and then at First Presbyterian Church, Lindsay.
It was in 1980 that he became involved in handbell organizations. Mel served in several board positions for Area 12, including Area Chair and Central California Regional Coordinator. He also served as Conference Chair and taught classes at several Area 12 conferences. Mel was loved by all in the handbell community.
Based on Mel’s love for Area 12 and those that are new to directing handbells, the family requested a scholarship be established. This scholarship will provide assistance to new conductors attending an Area 12 Director’s Seminar or other director-centric conference/workshop. Further information about applying for this scholarship will be posted as soon as it is available.
If you are interested in donating to this scholarship, please make checks payable to AGEHR Area XII, and put “Mel Tully Scholarship” in the memo line. For information on where to mail your check, contact the Area 12 Treasurer. You can also donate to this scholarship via Paypal by clicking here (please include “Mel Tully Memorial Scholarship” in note field when paying.