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Rhode Island All-Day Singing

Beneficent Congregational Church, Providence, Rhode Island

Saturday, April 3, 2004

The first annual Rhode Island All-Day Singing was called to order at 10:00 a.m. by Chair Kelly House leading 34b. Joanne Devoe offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Lynne deBenedette 82t; Martha Lang 146; Charles Cofone 66; Bob Parr 142; Laura Timmerman 439; Tom Padwa 56b; Dan Hertzler 298; Bill Dunn 49b; Nicole Edgecomb 208; Jeff Colby 131b; Sue Hanson 299; Ian Smiley 139; Eric Hildebrandt 532; Jenna Strizak 460; Duncan Vinson 100; Linda Shea 300; Matt Wojcik 183; Jerry Enright 168; Dave Evans 95.


Bradford West called the class back to order leading 39t. Leaders: Chris Noren 408; Allison Schofield 213t; Diane Mennella 68t; Joel Echmalian 107; Katie Mahoney 421; Rick Johnston 392; Laura Clawson 385b; Joanne Devoe 484; Bradford West 444; Ginnie Ely 373; Tom Malone 61; Karen Freund 442; Kitty Kagay 74b; Inga Knets 65.


The class was called back together by Matt Wojcik leading 52t. Leaders: Bill Holt 542; Nancy Reid 228; Jeff Colby 147t; Kelsey Wessels 186; Peter Irvine 548; Celia Devine 145b; Anne Kazlauskas 365; Paul Gauthier 404; Victoria Bolles 99; Richard Lee 569b; Kate Richardson 329; Rebecca Edwards 114; Martha Lang 480; George Pomfret 203. The Reverend Richard Taylor offered the blessing for the noon meal.


Kelly House opened the afternoon session with 32t. Leaders: Peter Irvine 193; Kelsey Wessels 448t; Jerry Enright 383; Jessica Holland 209; Linda Shea 274t; Karen Freund 411; Bradford West 269; Laura Clawson 215; Allison Schofield 284; Paul Gauthier 282; Jenna Strizak 430; Jeff Colby 512; Kshama Ananthapura 477; Dan Hertzler 270; Kelly House 47b (for Pat Falcon, a local singer who had become seriously ill, and could not be with us); Katie Mahoney 70b; Bill Holt 377; Inga Knets 362; Tom Malone 53; Laura McCarty 163b; Ginnie Ely 454; Ian Smiley 214; Laura Timmerman 182; Rick Johnston 172; Charles Cofone 86 (for Pat Falcon).


Lynne deBenedette brought the class to order leading 276. Leaders: John Holbrook 339; Alta Hodges and Tom Malone 474; Bill Dunn 155; Rebecca Edwards 102; Kate Richardson 441; Matt Wojcik 340; Martha Lang 312b; Richard Lee 335; Dave Evans 81t; Sue Hanson 110; Nancy Reid 287; Eric Hildebrandt 236; Nicole Edgecomb 47t; Diane Mennella 128; George Pomfret 68b; Chris Noren 445; Victoria Bolles 496; Joel Echmalian 63; Anne Kazlauskas 125; Joanne Devoe 31t; Bob Parr 475; Tom Padwa 71; Kitty Kagay 51; Celia Devine 106; Laura McCarty 344.

A business meeting was called by Chair Kelly House for the purpose of hearing reports from various committees.

The Secretary reported that 87 people registered, and that 59 leaders from 7 states led a total of 102 songs.

The Treasurer reported that all expenses had been met.

The Resolutions Committee thanked the numerous individuals who worked tirelessly to make our first singing such a great success.

Kelly House and Lynne deBenedette led 62 as the closing song. Gwen Howard led the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chair—Kelly House; Vice Chair—Lynne deBenedette; Treasurer—Lynn Hughes; Secretary—Martha Lang.