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Los Angeles Regional Singing

Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, California

Saturday, May 18, 2002

The tenth annual Los Angeles Regional Sacred Harp Singing was called to order at 10:00 a.m. by Rick Russell leading song on page 52t, followed by Laura Boyd Russell 30t; and Larry Arnstein 299. Thich Nu Chon Duc offered the opening prayer.

A business meeting was held with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Duncan MacLeod; Vice Chairman—Rick Russell; Secretary—Norman Gholson; Arranging Committee—Marilyn Murata, Lindy Hill, and Mary Rose O’Leary; Treasurer—Duncan MacLeod; Finance Committee—Betty Herman; Memorial Committee—Laura Boyd Russell and John Rand; Resolutions Committee—Carla Smith; Chaplains—Thich Nu Chon Duc and Jeff Van Der Wilt.

Leaders: Duncan MacLeod 168; Rick Russell 407; Norman Gholson 515; Pat Keating 215; Bruce Hayes 324; Jerry Schreiber 376; Karen Huss 45t; Carla Smith 170; Ron Huss 477; Tom Ostwald 269; Mike Laube 553; Betty Herman 65; John Rand 31b; Midge Harder 220.


Marilyn Murata called the singing back to order by leading song on page 384. Leaders: Dan Vosnick 178; Laurie Fox 352; Marion Black 474; Jeff Van Der Wilt 95; Carroll Lunsford 135; Thich Nu Chon Duc 333; Joanne Weiss 319; Jeff O’Toole 34b; Pat Keating 36t.

Laura Boyd Russell conducted the memorial lesson, and John Rand led song on page 260 for the following deceased: John Leslie, Jane Bingham, and Barbara Keating; Paul Frederick and Freeman Wootten—Alabama; Nina O’Banion—Washington; Alice Pirie—California.

Also remembered were the following sick and shut-ins: Donna Milton, Anitra Gendreau, Miki Woodbridge, Hope Parson, Diane Poliak, Catherine Callahan, and Don Hayes.

Leaders: Bruce Hayes 133; Karen Huss 236; Tom Ostwald 268; Mike Laube 467; Betty Herman 183; John Rand 385t; Rick Russell 200. Thich Nu Chon Duc said grace for the noon meal.


Laura Boyd Russell called the singing back to order leading song on page 74b. Leaders: Carla Smith 136; Mary Rose O’Leary 314; Marion Black 347; Jerry Schreiber 550; Steven O’Leary 567; Midge Harder 159; Carroll Lunsford 499; Jeff O’Toole 99; Laura Boyd Russell 543; Duncan MacLeod 129; Thich Nu Chon Duc 410 (t? b?); Ron Huss 143; Larry Arnstein 198; Natalie Hall 186; Norman Gholson 28b; Karen Huss 66.


Steven O’Leary called the singing back to order leading song on page 89. Leaders: Mary Rose O’Leary 504; Charlotte Sheffield 155; Carla Smith 140; John Rand 285 (t? b?); Polly Henninger 128; Dan Vosnick 497; Tom Ostwald 126; Marilyn Murata 456; Marion Black 68 (t? b?); Bruce Hayes 146; Pat Keating 296; Charlotte Sheffield 210; Laurie Fox 107; Mike Laube 160b; Polly Henninger 277; Steven O’Leary 272.

A business meeting was held to hear reports from various committees.

Betty Herman gave a report on behalf of the Finance Committee.

Treasurer Duncan MacLeod reported that contributions met and exceeded expenses.

On behalf of the Resolutions Committee, Carla Smith read the Resolutions Report concerning many gifts to be thankful for:

  • Thanks were given to the Creator for the gift of life;
  • The singers who have gone on before for the gift of a great tradition;
  • The local singers for hosting a day of singing;
  • The out of town singers for their attendance
  • The Angels Gate Cultural Center for the great singing space; and
  • The cooks for a great lunch.

Announcements for upcoming singings were made. Secretary Norman Gholson reported that 67 songs were led. Those in attendance were from San Francisco, Santa Barbara, San Diego, Redlands, and Los Angeles, California.

Duncan MacLeod closed the singing leading song on page 276 as the closing song. Jeff Van Der Wilt offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Duncan MacLeod; Secretary—Norman Gholson.