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Chicago Anniversary Singing

Irish American Heritage Center, Chicago, Illinois

Sunday, January 11, 2009

The 25th Chicago Anniversary Singing was held at the Irish American Heritage Center, Chicago, Illinois, on the second Sunday in January. Carol Munro Mosley and Michael Mosley called the class to order at 10:00 a.m. leading 38t. Anne Heider offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Molly Whedbee 47t; Jim Helke 123 (t? b?); Susan Geil 52t; Don Keeton 317; Ryan Wheeler 319; Rachel Adelstein 299; Randy Neufeld 171; Jo Dell Albi 211; Jim Swanson 353; Ginny Landgraf 538; Peter Bradley 351; Mark Dawson 236; Lori Graber 492; Anne Missavage 384; Sarah Burghardt 454; Marian Mitchell 34b; Grace Scrimgeour 33b.


Carol Munro Mosley and Michael Mosley called the class to order leading 148. A business meeting was held to elect the following officers: Chairperson—Molly Whedbee; Vice Chairperson—Anita Shaperd; Memorial Committee—Daniel Braithwaite and John Seaton; Finance Committee—Jeff Breting and Nathan Rees; Arranging Committee—Susan Matthews and Susan Geil; Chaplain—Herb Schroeder; Secretary—Rochelle Lodder

Leaders: Anita Shaperd 421; Idy Kiser 312b; Jim Lawrie and Brett Kinfofer 178; Jeff Breting 107; Connie Karduck 276; Samuel Sommers 54; Zachary Marcus 27; Martha Beverly 546; Steve Warner 137; Chresten Hyde 458; Debbie Barford 383; James Page 184; Cathryn Bearov 216; Ted Johnson 368; Bob Borcherding 142; Shirley Figura 378b; Michael Mosley 440.


Molly Whedbee called the class to order leading 122. Leaders: Ted Mercer 151; Liz Kiser 426b; Rochelle Lodder 344; Bill Beverly 547; Alda Balthrop-Lewis 455; Jonah Geil-Neufeld and Susan Geil 99; Ann Miczulski 361.

Daniel Braithwaite spoke on behalf of the deceased and led us in a moment of silence to recall those who had touched our lives. He read the following names of the deceased, and with John Seaton, led 365 in their memory: Shirley Mosley and Robert Huyser—Arizona; Karl Pegalow—Wisconsin; Chris Hade—Iowa; Pauline Creel Childers—Michigan; Amanda Denson-Brady, Milton Oliver, and Frank Hataway—Alabama; Bethalee Harpst—Ohio; Magda Lissau, Wally Bloch, Mr. Chico, Ms. McGuire, and Mary Radmacher—Illinois; John Etheridge—Florida; Jean Anderberg—Maine; Miriam Lind—Indiana; Orwin Clifford Youngquist—Washington; Lilia Springer—Wisconsin/Georgia; Elizabeth Leigh—Panama; Delores Felton.

John Seaton spoke on behalf of the sick and shut-ins and led 414 in honor of the following: Joanne Bowman, Bill Ellason, Gary Gronau, Becky Browne, Johanna Fabke, Bob Scorgie, Bob Anderson, Joyce Anderson, John Blattner, Carol Thom, Cynthia Hockett, Shari Lodder, Rose Edwards, Richard Grayson, Emilia Sherman, Lisa Cohen, and Paul Streeter. Nathan Rees closed the memorial lesson with prayer. Marcia Johnson offered prayer for the noon meal.


Anita Shaperd brought the class back to order leading 146. Leaders: Karen Swenson 269; Aldo Ceresa 434; Marcia Johnson 436; Jan Ketelle 168; Lisa Grayson 448t; Jonathan Smith 411; Anne Heider 47b; Paul Figura 158 (in memory of Jeanette Lowry); Wendy Wahn 215; Julie Vea 419; Jim Pfau 318; Nathan Rees 558; Tom Malone 550; Megan Jennings and Laurie Baden 504; Melanie Hauff 277; Petrina Lee Patti 217; Carol Crawford 369; Judy Hauff 536; Jeff Breting, Sandra Basile, and Cliff Zimmerman 163b.

Marcia Johnson spoke about the beginning of Sacred Harp singing in Chicago and urged us all to travel to distant singings. Marcia Johnson, Ted Johnson, Herb Schroeder, Judy Hauff, Ted Mercer, and Wendy Wahn led 155 as The Founders’ Lesson.


Molly Whedbee called the class to order leading 335. Leaders: Herb Schroeder 56b; Jim Crawford 522; Terry Hogg 523; Ellis Seiberling 186; Jane Whedbee and Molly Whedbee 65; Orwin Youngquist 494; Charles Zee and Idy Kiser 209; Dave Barford 481; Melissa Marquardt and Ben McKay 235; Aldo Ceresa 464; Donna-Marie Bock and Marian Mitchell 38b.

The finance committee reported that we met our financial needs. Molly Whedbee thanked everyone who helped make the singing a success.

Molly Whedbee led 62 as the closing song, and Herb Schroeder dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairperson—Molly Whedbee; Vice Chairperson—Anita Shaperd; Secretary—Rochelle Lodder