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Pioneer Valley All-Day Singing

First Congregational Church, Sunderland, Massachusetts

Saturday, July 2, 2005

The fifth session of the Pioneer Valley All-Day Singing was called to order by Chair Peter Irvine leading 68b. Lydia Vernon-Jones offered the opening prayer.

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chair—Peter Irvine; Vice Chair—Kate Richardson; Treasurer—Paul Butler; Secretary—Amy Finlay.

Leaders: Kate Richardson 371; Amy Finlay 176b; Paul Butler 290; Sheila Kelley 318; Bob Parr 391; Magda Zapedowska 274t; Ed Smith 198; Lydia Vernon-Jones 99; Lauralee Thompson 49b; Guy Bankes 365; Katherine Collett 40; Victoria Bolles 492; Rick Johnston 436; Inga Knets 272; Terry Ryan 84; Robert Stoddard 193; Sally O’Brien 106.


The class was brought to order by Sheldon Finlay leading 475. Leaders: John Holbrook and Greta Holbrook 339; Violet Krumbein 547; Joanna Lampert 208; Dan Hertzler 192; Bill Dunn 38b; Margaret Bornick 126; Anne Johnston 71; George Pomfret 352; Gerry Hoffman 216; Brian Collett 504; George Seiler 480; Ruth Hooke 276; Paula Picton 299; Bobbie Goodell 70b; Neely Bruce 348b; Bill Holt 419; Anna Maria Irvine 65; Alice Kast 59; Bob Mills 144.


The class resumed singing with Rebecca Edwards leading 155. Leaders: Aldo Ceresa 215; Ron Bornick 178; Kelly Taylor 171; Nicholas Edwards 474; Charles Taylor 177; Jean Seiler 217; Amy Finlay 270; Kelly House 442; Kelsey Wessels 29t; Nicola Collett 245; Victoria Bolles 551.

The memorial lesson was conducted with Laura Timmerman sharing words and then leading 531 on behalf of the sick and shut-ins. She shared her personal experience of being on the sick and shut-in list, and said how much it meant to her to have community support during that time. Any crisis creates an opportunity to care for each other and receive care. Singing for people gives them strength and faith. The following sick were remembered: Marian Ryan and Leslie Shelby—New York; David Rock—Maine; Frank Cassa—Arizona; Ilmars Knets—Connecticut; Stephanie Mullinax and Job Driggers—Georgia; Judi Von Dolan, Nancy Reid, Gene Reid, Ernestina Staleva, and Regina Pigeon—Massachusetts.

Andrew Magee offered words of prayer and lead 425 on behalf of those who have died in the last year: Laurette Elizabeth Wojcik—Vermont; Mary Chyba and Dawn Culbertson—Maryland; Lou Silver and Hazel Schofield—Florida; Tom Gibney—New Jersey; Art Broadus—North Carolina; Bette McLellan—New Hampshire; Mary Stamos—Connecticut; Annie Furlotte—Canada; Ned Loomans—Wisconsin; Craig Welch—Maine; Roxanne Mennella—New York; Harry Mainor—Georgia; John Hocutt—Alabama; Sally Morse—Missouri; Travis Fuller, Judith Stoddard, Richard Goddard, Helen Holland, Sheila MacLean, Stephanie Rome, and Virginia Magee—Massachusetts. Jenna Strizak closed the memorial lesson with a prayer.

Alexa Gilmore led 499. Kshama Ananthapura offered prayer for the noon meal.


Kelsey Wessels brought the class to order by leading 186. Leaders: Eric Morgan 203; Allison Schofield 542; Paula Picton 411; Kshama Ananthapura 269; Bradford West 362; Linda Shea 168; Anne Kazlauskas 110; Peter Irvine 558; Chris Holley 81t; Matt Wojcik 384; Rebecca Edwards 335; Sheldon Finlay 112; Inga Knets 328; Bill Holt 454; Alexa Gilmore 448t; Joanna Lampert 86; Jean Seiler 142; Dean Jens 127; Jenna Strizak 76b.


Aldo Ceresa brought the class to order by leading 105. Leaders: Bob Mills 300; Magda Zapedowska 47t; Bobbie Goodell 496; Andrew Magee 47b; Laura Timmerman 72b; Michael Kaye 501; Violet Krumbein 455; Gerry Hoffman 297; Nicola Collett 347; Terry Ryan 63; Guy Bankes 327; Robert Stoddard 27; Bob Parr 502; Paul Butler 390; George Pomfret 452; Eric Morgan 73t.

Reports from various committees were given. The Treasurer, Paul Butler, reported that expenses had been met, and thanked everyone for their generous donations.

Secretary Amy Finlay reported that sixty-two leaders had led 90 songs, and 108 singers were in attendance.

Announcements were made. Chair Peter Irvine thanked everyone for coming, and, with the officers, led 62 as the closing song. Eric Morgan offered a closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chair—Peter Irvine; Vice Chair—Kate Richardson; Secretary—Amy Finlay.