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James River Convention

Varina Masonic Lodge, Richmond, Virginia

November 11-12, 2006

Saturday, November 11

The fifteenth annual James River Convention was held on the second Sunday and Saturday before in November at the Varina Masonic Lodge in Richmond, Virginia. Chairman Pat Temple brought the class to order, welcomed everyone, and led 147t. Carol Clarke offered the morning prayer. Don Polaski led 73b; Mary Wright 129; Blake Morris 228; Joan Aldridge 77b; Frances Schutz 31t; Laura Densmore 29t.

A business session was held with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Don Polaski; Vice Chairman—Lois Badey; Secretary—Mary Wright; Arrangements—Phil Rubin and Laura Densmore.

Leaders: Gail Doss 79; Phil Rubin 97; Hank Schutz 163t; Steven McMaster 358; Terry Ryan 217; Alice Noyes 276; Bev Yaeger 454; Scott Matheson 159; Sandra Hack Polaski 504; Mary Langley 500; John delRe 345b; Mary Chris Harrison 39t; Tim Slattery 344; Kelly Macklin 182; Miriam Kilmer 191; Leyland delRe 125; Hannah Polaski 299.

RECESS

The class was called together by Gail Doss leading 324. Leaders: Blake Morris 91 (by request); Frank Evans 298; Joseph Guarascio 178, 442; Pat Temple 373, 312b; Don Polaski 212, 112; Mary Wright 35, 71; Blake Morris 73t, 189; Joan Aldridge 540, 474; Lois Badey 448b, 86; Steven McMaster 268, 269; Frances Schutz 143, 335; Laura Densmore 377, 383; Hank Schutz 503, 186; Gail Doss 70b, 137. Jim North gave thanks for the noon meal.

LUNCH

John delRe called the afternoon session together with 70t. Leaders: Phil Rubin 414, 209; Terry Ryan 347, 198; Alice Noyes 282, 300; Bev Yaeger 192, 351; Scott Matheson 455, 117; Sandra Hack Polaski 497, 148; Mary Langley 111b, 384; John delRe 34b, 58; Leyland delRe 573, 372; Tim Slattery 34b, 66; Kelly Macklin 486, 368; Miriam Kilmer 306, 273. A break for announcements followed. Leaders: Tim Slattery 47t; Joseph Guarascio 47b, 168; Frank Evans 49t, 64; Pat Temple 27, 72b; Mary Chris Harrison 196, 327; Don Polaski 181; Mary Wright 108t, 290; Hank Schutz 313b, 479; Miriam Kilmer 285t, 284; Scott Matheson 38b, 59; Mary Langley 309.

Blake Morris led 179 as the closing song. A closing prayer was offered by Sandra Hack Polaski, and the class was dismissed.

Sunday, November 12

The Sunday session was called to order by Lois Badey leading 32t. The opening prayer was offered by Pat Temple. Leaders: Mary Wright 87, 30t; Bev Yaeger 38t, 203; Blake Morris 101t, 103; Phil Rubin 51, 385b; Pat Temple 400, 481; Tom Maher 107; Steven McMaster 410t, 192; John Fedderson 473, 426b; Jim Strube 547, 148; Laura Densmore 376, 89; Guy Bankes 490, 556; Lynda Hambourger 442, 200; Terry Ryan 361, 362.

RECESS

Phil Rubin brought the class together leading 345b. Leaders: Clare Maher 456, 330t; Joan Aldridge 150, 344; Frank Evans 183, 315; Joe Guarascio 254, 146.

Laura Densmore conducted the memorial lesson and led 566 for the deceased: Elsie Beasley, L.E. Hannah, John Hyde, Georgia Street, Hubert Street, and Lamar Street—Alabama; Marian Ryan and Everett Silvia—New York; Betty Cavanaugh—North Carolina; Norma Koenig—Pennsylvania; Pearl Boyle—Texas.

The sick and shut-ins were remembered by Craig Baughan with the singing of 235: Lamar Matthew—Pennsylvania; Kat Kinkade and Carole Vance—Virginia. The memorial was concluded.

Leaders: Adrian Mariano 313b, 430; Gail Doss 521, 64; Alice Noyes 65, 448t; Bev Yaeger 142, 475; Blake Morris 214, 532; Lois Badey 339. Sandra Hack Polaski gave the blessing for the noon meal.

LUNCH

The afternoon session was brought together by Jim Strube leading 40. Leaders: Hannah Polaski 299; Joni Seidenstein 372, 278b; Pat Ward 454, 224; John Fedderson 438, 543; Sandra Hack Polaski 128, 551; Guy Bankes 297, 486; Lynda Hambourger 302, 209; Terry Ryan 236; 282; Jim Strube 34b, 66; Gail Doss 229, 208; Phil Rubin 45t (request).

RECESS

The class was called to order by Guy Bankes leading 350. Gail Doss gave the Resolutions report, thanking all of those without whom the convention would not have been a success.

Leaders: Alice Noyes 245; Frank Evans 145t, 39t; Joni Seidenstein 56b, 228; Bev Yaeger 163t, 455; Adrian Mariano 102, 29t; Pat Ward 417; 472; Blake Morris 415, 496; Pat Temple 195.

Lois Badey led 457 and 62 as the closing songs. A prayer of dismissal by Sandra Hack Polaski concluded the convention.

The James River Convention will meet next year on Saturday before the second Sunday in November, Saturday, November 10, 2007. PLEASE NOTE: This is now a one-day singing.

Chairman—Don Polaski; Vice Chairman—Lois Badey; Secretary—Mary Wright.