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Missouri State Convention

St. John’s United Church of Christ, Pinckney, Missouri

March 13-14, 2010

Saturday, March 13

The 25th annual Missouri State Sacred Harp Singing Convention was called to order at 9:30 a.m. at St. John’s United Church of Christ by Barbara Uhlemann leading 66 and 38t. Bill Caldwell offered the opening prayer.

Convention officers were elected or appointed to serve as follows: Chairperson—Barbara Uhlemann; Secretary—Dave Ressler; Arranging Committee—Rebecca Browne and Lisa Bulawsky; Finance Committee—Gary Gronau; Memorial Committee—Charlie Derleth, Pleasance Crawford, and John del Re. Songs selections were from the 1991 edition of The Sacred Harp and The Missouri Harmony 2005.

Leaders: Karen Isbell 270; Presley Barker 481; Gary Gronau 39b; JoDell Albi 372; Rebecca Browne and Chris Lowry 168; Dave Ressler 67; Penny Kujawinski 32t; Les Sontag 34t; Roberta Strauss 542; Tommy Schultz 70b; Shirley Figura 479; Bill Rintz 268; Pattie Doss 192; Lou Kujawinski 28b; Ann Leckie 335; Mark Bruns 474; Anne Drexler 87.


David Lloyd called the class to order leading 56b. Leaders: Charlie Derleth 384; John Uhlemann “Stocks”; Dennis Corcoran 276; Jenny Solheim “Brokke”; Kathleen Thro 383; Jim Solheim “Nebraska”; Tim Von Engeln 163b; Jubal Schultz and Elizabeth Schultz 496; Nate Zweig 145 (MH); Kelly Macklin 27 (MH); Terry Hogg 62 (MH); Anita Buswell 13 (MH); Peggy Mistak 45 (MH); Dave Barford 224.


Lisa Bulawsky led 142 to call the class together. Leaders: Paul Figura 169 (MH); Annie Grieshop 186; Bob Sullivan 503; Jordan-Leigh Taylor 385b; Ted Johnson 419; GeorgeAnn Evans 86; William Shetter 195; Rachel Adelstein 89 (MH); Wayne Dell 58 (MH); Donna Gunderson-Rogers 207; Michael Mosley 33 (MH). Aubrey Hemminger offered the blessing before the noon meal.


Barbara Uhlemann called the next session together by leading 299. Leaders: Berkley Moore 158 (MH); Judy Hauff 159 (MH); David Ivey 472; Judy Whiting 318; Marcia Johnson 127 (MH); John del Re 144 (MH); Janet Fraembs 404; Leyland del Re 4 (MH); Chris Brown 2 (MH); Jan Ketelle 75 (MH); Joan Aldridge 198; David Carlton 332; Bethany Towne 31 (MH); Richard Ivey 272; Pleasance Crawford 86 (MH); Cindy Pepmiller 178; Judy Mincey 8 (MH); Paul Wyatt 47 (MH).


Barbara Uhlemann began this session leading 133 (MH). Leaders: Karen Swenson 70 (MH); Melody Von Engeln 138 (MH); Chuck Crawford 148; Daniel Hunter 30 (MH); Karen Ivey and Stuart Ivey 440; Eddie Mash 9 (MH); Ina Shea 142 (MH); Jim Hearne 180 (MH); Dan Brittain 175 (MH); Gail Doss 191; Darrell Swarens 448t; Coy Ivey, Charlie Derleth, and Rebecca Browne 222, 454.

Announcements were made. Bill Caldwell closed the day with a prayer.

Sunday, March 14

The Sunday session of the Missouri State Sacred Harp Singing Convention was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by Barbara Uhlemann leading 503. Bill Caldwell offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Barbara Uhlemann 155; Presley Barker 11 (MH); JoDell Albi 328; Anne Drexler 277; Bill Caldwell 71 (MH); Debbie Barford 203; Les Sontag 313b; Peggy Brayfield 229; John Seaton 47t; Patti Sontag 457; Karen Isbell 174 (MH); Lamar Schlabach 288; Ryan Wheeler 139 (MH); Rochelle Lodder 177 (MH); Carol Munro Mosley 172 (MH); Ted Mercer 444; Melanie Hauff 68 (MH); Matt Shomaker 274t; Carol Crawford 101b.


John Uhlemann led 362 to call the class back together. Leaders: Pattie Doss 30b; Bill Rintz 276; Jim Crawford 315; Don Sitton, Barbara Dixon, and David Lloyd 59; David Kaeser and John Kaeser 312b; Karen Swenson 148 (MH); Stuart Ivey 546; Joan Aldridge 217; John del Re 136 (MH); Jim Solheim and Jenny Solheim 454; Richard Ivey 431.


The class was brought back to order by Paul Figura leading 452. Leaders: Michael Mosley 124 (MH); Lisa Bulawsky and Melissa Breed 348b; Carla Bermudez 109 (MH).

Charlie Derleth conducted the memorial lesson. Pleasance Crawford read the list of the sick and shut-ins as follows: Clarence McCool, Jewel McCool, Beau Caldwell, Shannon Seyer, Richard DeLong, Lonnie Rodgers, Andy Worthington, John Kaeser, Bob Meek, Joanne Bowman, Laura Hearne, Meg Poché, Lois Lee Ramsey, Gayle Von Engeln, Frank Evans, Margo Malone, Johanna Fabke, Jim Page, Julie Vea, and Alexandra Cull. She led 565 in their honor.

John del Re read the list of those deceased since the last convention as follows: Art Deason, Clinton Ivey, Jesse William Cotney, Willie Mae Moon, Gertha Wootten Parker, Mary Smith-Alabama; Louis Allen, Nora Roberts, Katherine Worthington-Georgia; Janet Newton-Illinois; Millard Posthuma-Kentucky; Victoria Bolles-Massachusetts; Cindy Kissee-Minnesota; Glen Ballou, Bill Ellason, Gil Fisher, Jean Morris, Anne Palmer-Missouri; Nancy Katzen, William LaFleur-Pennsylvania; Bill Reynolds-Tennessee; Daniel Macklin-Virginia; Roxanne Crawford-Wisconsin. He led 1 (MH) in memory of the deceased. Charlie Derleth offered his thoughts and led 268 in memory of Bill Ellason.

Leaders: Karen Ivey and David Ivey 209; Judy Mincey 51 (MH); Coy Ivey, Gary Gronau, and Charlie Derleth 384. Aubrey Hemminger closed the morning with the blessing for lunch.


David Lloyd led 228 to open the afternoon session. Leaders: Jan Ketelle 135 (MH); Daniel Hunter 24 (MH); Judy Whiting 68b; David Carlton 287; Kelly Macklin 122 (MH); Chuck Crawford 480; Sara Alsup and Rebecca Browne 200; Dan Brittain 353; Gail Doss 547; Eddie Mash, Aubrey Hemminger, and Ted Mercer 344; Ina Shea 46 (MH); Chris Brown 35; Leyland del Re 19 (MH); Paul Wyatt 53; Bethany Towne 149 (MH); William Shetter 138 (MH); Donna Gunderson-Rogers 434; Berkley Moore 290; Anita Buswell 148; Wayne Dell 128 (MH); Janet Fraembs 532.


The final session opened with Roberta Strauss leading 99. Leaders: Judy Hauff 50 (MH); Rachel Adelstein 73 (MH); Robbie Ketchan 159; Aubrey Hemminger 504; Wendy Hofmann 162 (MH); Pleasance Crawford 371; Darrell Swarens 112; Dave Ressler 77 (MH).

The arranging committee reported that seventy nine songs were called on Saturday and seventy three on Sunday; that fourteen states, two Canadian provinces, and the UK were represented by singers at this convention. Announcements were made. Rebecca Browne closed the convention with a prayer, and we finished by singing 347.

Chairperson—Barbara Uhlemann; Secretary—Dave Ressler