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Maidencreek Singing

Leesport, Pennsylvania

Saturday, August 30, 2008

The 13th annual Maidencreek Singing was held on Saturday of Labor Day Weekend at the Maidencreek Friends Meeting House. The class was called to order by Guy Bankes leading 52t with announcements following. Fred Steinruck offered the morning prayer.

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Guy Bankes; Secretary—Ina Shea; Arranging Committee—Anna Mays and Laura Densmore.

Leaders: Guy Bankes 120; Ina Shea 565; Laura Densmore 430; Anna Mays 441; Lamar Matthew 335; Elizabeth Stokes 474; Stephen Hoyt 68b; Barbara Hohenstein 506; Betty Hanf 178; Ted Steinruck 31t; Molly Sayvetz 276; Nancy Katzen 472; Dan Hunter 89; Julie Myers 99; Doron Henkin 193; Joan Trout 569b; Judy Clay 503; G.C. Waldrep 260.


George Seiler brought the class back to order leading 40. Leaders: Heather Batson 350; Ted Stokes 410b; Nancy Tkacs 149; Becky Wright 564; Fred Steinruck 236; Ruth Wampler 111b; McKenzie Steinruck 473; Oliver Kindig-Stokes 419; Cindy Wasson 354t; Ruth Shaffer 319; Tom Maher 34t; Ben Grow 208; Roland Hutchinson “Hallowmas”; Susan Bingham 542; Terry Ryan 344.


Hal Kunkel and Zach Bullock called the class back to order leading 105. Leaders: Kim Moreno and Fiona Nugent 87; Lucy Roberts 53.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Lamar Matthew, who led 176b in honor of the following sick and shut-ins: Dale Drews, Ron Langmacher, David Bornik, Kathe Philibosian, Lynne Toribara, Mike Toribara, Brian Howard, Dennis Cirelli, Kathy Balestracci, Chelsea Balestracci, Dan Macklin, Dave Kruel, Ricky Shaver, and Sandra Goss.

The deceased remembered were Aaron Sayvetz—Colorado; Espen Aamodt, Gihon Jordan—Pennsylvania; Marilyn Darch—California; Pauline Childers—Michigan; Edith Tate, Amanda Denson Brady—Alabama; Kat Kinkade—Virginia; Maureen Ward—Delaware; Alex Mennella, Jane Jensen—New York; Jeanne Rice—Ohio; Helen Murphy—New Jersey; Ann Crabtree Michener—Maryland; and Jean Goss—Massachusetts. Cindy Wasson offered prayer to close the memorial lesson.

Leaders: Gerry Hoffman 216; Tom Tucker 270; Claire Simon 551. A blessing for the noon meal was offered by Fred Steinruck.


The afternoon session was brought together by John delRe leading 59. Leaders: Thom Metzger 383; Joel Miller 110; James Nugent 355; Nora Dunn 212; Lauren Bock 192; Kevin Griffin Moreno 468; Kathy Tucker 454; Barbara Swetman 203; Carly Goss 142; Aldo Ceresa 550; Leyland delRe 302; Diane Mennella 318; Ruth Schaffer “Pottsville”; Theresa Rodrigez 333.


The class was called back to order by Carly Goss leading 72b. Leaders: Kelsey Sunderland 492; John Hewes 455; Jessica Keyes 480; Greg Mulkern 368; Kelly Macklin 444; Patricia Neiderer 125; Eileen Metzger 522; John delRe 215; Patty Ruehl 56b; Jim Glaser 569t; Jean Seiler 273; Cathy Manning 498; Jon Giles 182; Rachel Speer 532; Hal Kunkel 298; John Daniel delRe 315; Susan Silvestri 49b; Dennis Leipold 282; Sheila Nugent and Fiona Nugent 209; Dean Jens 95; Erin Kelly 452; George Seiler and Zack Bullock 159; Gina Balestracci 183; Guy Bankes 504.

Guy Bankes thanked everyone who helped with the weekend’s singing and socializing. It was noted that there were singers in attendance from 8 states and one federal district.

Guy Bankes led 347 as the closing song. Cindy Wasson dismissed the class with a closing prayer.

Chairman—Guy Bankes; Ina Shea—Secretary