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Rhode Island All-Day Singing

Beneficent Congregational Church, Providence, Rhode Island

Saturday, April 16, 2005

The second annual Rhode Island All-Day Singing was called to order at 10:00 a.m. by Lynn deBenedette leading 82t. George Seiler offered the opening prayer.

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chair—Lynne deBenedette; Vice Chair—Charles Cofone; Treasurer—Joel Echmalian; Secretary—Martha Lang.

Leaders: Tom Padwa 148, 569b; Martha Lang 117, 106; Linda Shea 495, 168; Victoria Bolles 566, 473; Paul Gauthier 34b, 157; Jeff Colby 89, 67; Anne Kazlauskas 365, 327; John Holbrook 339, 171.


Charles Cofone called the class back to order leading 66 and 35. Leaders: Matthew Wojcik 456, 163t; Kelsey Wessels 29t, 475; Jean Seiler 122, 68b (in memory of Phil Tabor); Joel Echmalian 145t, 143; Bob Parr 38b, 112; Katie Mahoney 83t, 460; Ian Smiley 76b, 95; Corrone Bryant 49b, 99.


The class was called back to order by Victoria Bolles leading 87. Leaders: Rebecca Edwards 192; Bobbie Goodell 196; Sandy Klein 107; George Seiler 501; Bill Holt 550; Diane Mennella 131b; Joanne Devoe 77t; Ginny Ely 546; George Pomfret 352; Bill Dunn 300; Anne Johnston 146; Richard Schmeidler 543; Tom Padwa 145b; Celia Wolf-Devine 178. The Reverend Richard Taylor offered the blessing for the noon meal.


Kelley House opened the afternoon session with 274t. Leaders: Kelsey Wessels 440; Matthew Wojcik and Rosie Wojcik 318; Katie Mahoney 419; Bill Holt 436; Kshama Ananthapura 216; Linda Shea 203; Anne Kazlauskas 131t; Jeff Colby 236; Diane Mennella 564; Rebecca Edwards 458; George Seiler 183; Paul Gauthier 384; Ginny Ely 373; Bobbie Goodell 217; Charles Cofone 159; Bob Parr 430; Richard Schmeidler 84; Kelley House 480; Martha Lang 551; Anne Johnston 197; John Holbrook 270.


Bill Dunn brought the class back to order leading 155. Leaders: Joanne Devoe 31t; George Pomfret 282; Ian Smiley 547; Sandy Klein 385b; Lynn deBenedette 448t; Corrone Bryant 147t; Victoria Bolles 474; Joel Echmalian 40 (for Laura Timmerman and her son, Robin); Jean Seiler 142; Tom Padwa 56b; Kelsey Wessels 129; Celia Wolf-Devine 280.


Ginny Ely opened the final session leading 313t. Leaders: Kshama Ananthapura 426b; Linda Shea 278t; Katie Mahoney 445b; Paul Gauthier 228; Matt Wojcik 198; George Seiler 32t; Anne Kazlauskas 101b; Bobbie Goodell 496; Richard Schmeidler 120.

A business meeting was called by Chair Lynn deBenedette. The Secretary reported that seventy people registered with thirty-four leaders from seven states leading a total of ninety-six songs.

The Treasurer reported that all expenses had been met.

The Resolutions Committee thanked the numerous individuals who worked tirelessly to make the first singing such a great success. The business session was closed.

Lynne deBenedette, Charles Cofone, Joel Echmalian, and Martha Lang led 62 as the closing song. Gwen Howard offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chair—Lynne deBenedette; Vice Chair—Charles Cofone; Secretary—Martha Lang.