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University of Chicago/Hyde Park Anniversary Singing

Quaker House, Chicago, Illinois

Saturday, November 6, 2004

The twentieth Annual Hyde Park/University of Chicago Singing was called to order at 10:30 a.m. by Vice Chairman Jim Helke leading 565, followed by a welcome to the singers. Chaplain Jim Swanson gave the invocation prayer with 26.

Leaders: Steve Warner 475; James Page 272; Martha Beverly 171; Ann Miczulski 145t; Rachel Adelstein 373; Berkley Moore 123t; Samuel Sommers 174; Sam Farwell 81t.

A business meeting was held with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Jim Helke; Vice Chairlady—Cathryn Baker; Secretary—Clare Cardy; Arranging—Ginny Landgraf; Finance—Megan Jennings; Chaplain—Ted Mercer; Memorial—Martha Beverly and Sam Sommers.

Leaders: Ginny Landgraf 344; Megan Jennings 203; Cathryn Baker 222; Lisa Cohen 148; Jim Swanson 197; Ted Johnson 39t; Steve Warner 63; James Page “Berkley”; Martha Beverly 187.


The class was called together by Cathryn Baker leading 270. Leaders: Jim Helke “Talietha Cumi”; Anne Missavage 362; Peter Bradley 365; Bob Whaley 178; Judy Hauff 196; Johanna Fabke 441; Nick Pasqual 179; Melanie Hauff 277; Marta Knickrehm 496; Ted Mercer 202; Clare Cardy 142; Ann Miczulski 300; Rachel Adelstein 229; Berkley Moore 278b; Sam Sommers 553. The lunch blessing was offered by Chaplain Ted Mercer.


Sam Farwell called the class to order for the afternoon session with186. Leaders: Ginny Landgraf 315; Ted Johnson “A Doleful Sound”; Megan Jennings 72b; Cathryn Baker 468; Lisa Cohen 504; Jim Swanson 377; Johanna Fabke 122.

The memorial lesson was held. Martha Beverly read the names of the deceased and led 500 in their memory: Betty Dickey—Illinois; David Van Allen Hotaling—Washington; Robert Martin and Arthur Burtis—New Jersey; Marshall Avery, Bob Conner, and Marie Conner—Georgia; Kenneth Russell—Pennsylvania.

Sam Sommers read the list of names of the sick and shut-ins, and led 176t in their honor: Violet Stark—Illinois; Delores Littrell—Tennessee; Bob Scorgie and Bob Anderson—Wisconsin.

Leaders: Jim Helke 538; Ann Missavage 47t; Bob Whaley 49b; Judy Hauff 411; Nick Pasqual 73t; Melanie Hauff 212.


Peter Bradley led 547 to bring the class to order. Leaders: Marta Knickrehm 551; Ted Mercer 328; Clare Cardy 302; Suzie Kauffman 40; James Page 505; Martha Beverly 442; Ann Miczulski 569b; Rachel Adelstein 181; Berkley Moore 385t; Sam Sommers 422; Johanna Fabke 474; Sam Farwell 31t; Ted Johnson 213b; Megan Jennings 436; Cathryn Baker 216; Peter Bradley 163b.

Reports from various committees were given.

Megan Jennings, Finance Committee Chair, reported that the donations received covered our expenses.

Johanna Fabke presented the Resolutions Report, thanking Quaker House for the venue, and the participants for coming.

The Secretary reported there were 26 leaders from 4 states present with a total of 66 songs led.

After announcements were made and reports given, Jim Helke and Cathryn Baker led 347 for the closing song while the class took the parting hand. Chaplain Ted Mercer offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Jim Helke; Vice Chair—Cathryn Baker; Secretary—Clare Cardy.