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Northwest Arkansas Convention

St. John’s Episcopal Church, Harrison, Arkansas

Saturday, May 2, 2009

The Northwest Arkansas Convention was held on Saturday before the first Sunday in May at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Harrison, Arkansas. The singing was called to order by Dan Brittain leading 31b and 30t. The opening prayer was offered by Bill Caldwell.

The class was organized by appointing the following officers to serve: Chairman—Dan Brittain; Vice Chairman—Andrew Albers; Secretary—Katy Black.

Leaders: Syd Caldwell 37b, 222 (for Lonnie Rogers 93rd birthday on May 3rd); Andrew Albers 177 (MH), 73t; Katy Black 49b, 178; John Bayer 146, 159; Bill Caldwell 217, 138 (MH); Anita Buswell 143, 274t; B.M. Smith 318, 441; Hans Bayer 440, 86.

RECESS

Bill Caldwell called the class back together leading 163b. Leaders: Matt Shoemaker 436, 39b; Loraine Bayer 71, 503; Jubal Bayer 277, 481; Shannon Seyler 306, 35; Margie Smith 569b; Andrew Albers, Hannah Albers, and Rhoda Albers 345t, 145b; Michele Raine and Syd Caldwell 147t, 268; Dan Brittain 160 (MH), 172 (MH).

Dan Brittain conducted the memorial lesson. John Bayer led 271t in memory of the following deceased: L.H. Gilmore and Mattie Townsel—Alabama; John Etheridge—Florida; Myrtle Smith, Lee Rodgers, J.R. Rodgers, and Katherine Benefield—Georgia; Allen Thomas (Linda Minor’s father)—Arkansas; Dick Steil—Texas; Pauline Childers—Michigan; Bill Reynolds—Tennessee.

Syd Caldwell led 348b in honor of the following sick and shut-ins: Jeff Sheppard, Shelbie Sheppard, Harrison Creel, Myrtle Wootten, Jimmie Gilmore, Bruce Rye, Beau Caldwell, Gail Cowart, Norma Dickerson, Timothy Bauler, Aubrey Caldwell, Lonnie Rodgers, John Plunkett, Andy Worthington, Katherine Worthington, Myra Palmer, and Johanna Fabke.

Dan Brittain led 164 (MH) for the blessing.

LUNCH

The class was called back to order for the afternoon session by Dan Brittain leading 113 (MH) and 175 (MH). Leaders: Katy Black and Dan Brittain 472; Katy Black 282; B.M. Smith 182, 475; Shannon Seyler 144, 112; Jubal Bayer 183, 171 (MH); Loraine Bayer 39b, 225t; Matt Shoemaker 137, 49t; Syd Caldwell 121 (MH), 551; Bill Caldwell 240, 71 (MH); Andrew Albers 275t, 428; Anita Buswell 361, 319; Hans Bayer 547, 430; John Bayer 300.

RECESS

The last session was called to order by Dan Brittain leading 156 (MH). Leaders: Syd Caldwell, Margie Smith, and B.M. Smith 313t, 101t; Andrew Albers 153 (MH), 213t; Michele Raine and Syd Caldwell 59 (for Mary Ellen Wilkinson), 496.

Announcements were made. Dan Brittain led 267 as the closing song while the class took the parting hand.

Chairman—Dan Brittain; Vice Chairman—Andrew Albers; Secretary—Katy Black