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Chicago Anniversary Singing

Irish American Heritage Center, Chicago, Illinois

January 12, 2003

The all-day singing in celebration of the nineteenth anniversary of the Chicago Sacred Harp Singers was called to order at 10:00 a.m. at the Irish American Heritage Center, Chicago, Illinois, with outgoing Co-chairs Randy Neufeld and Susan Geil leading 171. The morning prayer was offered by Herb Schroeder.

Leaders: Kelly Brest van Kempen 312b; Doug Stapleton 485; Karen Freund 82t; Rachel Adelstein 218; Megan Jennings 383; John Seaton 47t; Jan Ketelle 556; Al Frank 362; Kate Lingley 200.

A business meeting was held to elect officers and committees for the convention with the following elected or appointed: Chair—Kelly Brest van Kempen; Vice Chair—Cathryn Baker; Secretary—Karen Freund; Chaplain—Herb Schroeder; Arranging Committee—Doug Stapleton, John Seaton, and Dean Slaton; Memorial Committee—Kiri Miller, Suzanne Flandreau, and Samuel Sommers; Finance Committee—Randy Neufeld and Sue Kessell.

Leaders: Bruce Holmes 102; Martha Beverly 546; Becky Browne 142; Jim Swanson 51; Denise Kania 217; Anne Heider 28b; Jim Pfau 186; Connie Karduck 57; Pawel Plaszczak 168; Dean Slaton 348b; Carol Crawford 290; Dave Ressler 377.


Cathryn Baker called the class together leading 128. Leaders: Gary Gronau 192; Judy Holst 448b; Lisa Grayson 411; Steve Levine 285t; Steve Warner 475; Laura Clawson 542; Julie Vea 324; Jim Helke 229; Nick Pasqual 342; Melanie Hauff 536; Lela Crowder 270; Greg Freemon 271t; Bill Beverly 474; Grace Scrimgeour 178; Herb Schroeder 146.

Samuel Sommers conducted the memorial lesson. Suzanne Flandreau read the list of the deceased. Samuel Sommers, Suzanne Flandreau, and Kiri Miller led 390 for the following deceased: Everette Denney, Vivian Rogers, Kenneth DeLong, and Cynthia Cole—Georgia; David Wilkerson—California; Terese Ignatiev, John Bailey, Dick Stegner, Dorothy Kunzer, Bill Belhotal, Helen Skora, Frank Zuncic, and Stephanie Rubin—Illinois; Anne Olmstead—Pennsylvania; Marjorie Ketelle—Tennessee; Peter Vea—Wisconsin; Ed Pritchard—Virginia; Betty Perino—New York; Walter Perlt—Minnesota; Martin Hoover, Elizabeth Bucklen, and Art Heffley—Indiana; Philip Page, Jr.—New Jersey; B.E. Matthews—Texas; Cortona Phelan—Iowa; Randy Wells and Andrew Martinez—Florida. Kiri Miller read the list of the sick and shut-ins. Sam Sommers, Suzanne Flandreau, and Kiri Miller led 176 (t? b?) for the following: I.V. McWhorter and Myrtle Smith—Georgia; Mary Gardner—Alabama; Jim Vaughan—Pennsylvania; Del Littrell—Tennessee; Linda Keller and Marvin David—Illinois; David Shriner—Minnesota; Dick Dunagan, Val Dunagan, Pat Benson, Vern Handrick, and Bob Scorgie—Wisconsin; Kelly Beard and Harold Luckey—Texas; Ann Elaine Culler—Colorado; Bilbo Harvison, and Madeleine Steel—Mississippi. Herb Schroeder closed the memorial lesson with prayer.

Announcements were made, and Herb Schroeder offered the blessing before lunch.


Kelly Brest van Kempen reconvened the class after lunch leading 335. Leaders: Judy Hauff 276; Jim Page 334; Berkley Moore “Kelham”; Ted Johnson “A Joyful Noise”; Becky Allen-Powell 66; Richard DeLong 296; Sam Sommers 302; Johanna Fabke 464; Jerry Enright 442; Ted Mercer 299; Debbie Barford 504; Sue Kessell 268; Randy Neufeld 32t.


Suzanne Flandreau brought the class back to order leading 68b.

A Founders’ Lesson was held. Founders of the Chicago Sacred Harp Singers who were present (Marcia Johnson, Ted Johnson, Judy Hauff, Ted Mercer, Connie Karduck, and Herb Schroeder) led 38b and 434.

Leaders: Kiri Miller 430; David Barford 480; Harriet Dart and Becky Browne 159; Shaffiq Welji and students from Concordia College 183; John Greven 269; Liisa Eckersberg 330b; David Stech 428; Virginia Warren 117.


The class was called back by Dave Ressler leading 300. Leaders: Steve Levine 350; Jim Crawford and Bill Underwood 522; Kathy Kaiser 86; Gary Gronau 384; Bill Hamblin 436; Lela Crowder 328; Richard DeLong 224; Martha Beverly 56b; Denise Kania 137.

The Finance Committee reported that expenses had been met.

The Secretary gave a report, and announcements were made.

Cathryn Baker, Doug Stapleton, John Seaton, Dean Slaton, and Karen Freund led 347 as the closing song, and those who wished took the parting hand. Herb Schroeder dismissed the class with prayer.

Chair—Kelly Brest van Kempen; Vice Chair—Cathryn Baker; Secretary—Karen Freund.