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Garden State Singing Convention

Montclair Friends Meetinghouse, Upper Montclair, New Jersey

May 21-22, 2010

Friday night, May 21

The 18th annual Garden State Convention was called to order at 7:00 p.m.by Gina Balestracci leading 59. She offered the opening prayer, and led 48t.

Leaders: Susan Bingham 107; Claire Simon 47t; Roland Hutchinson 47b; Jean Seiler 40; Donna Abrahams 146; Dennis Leipold 168; Carol Werba 163b; Peter Golden 129; Eileen Metzger 65; Terry Ryan 72b; Thom Metzger 423; Dan Adams 159; Gina Balestracci 191; Susan Bingham 455; Claire Simon 270; Roland Hutchinson 269.

RECESS

Claire Simon called the class back to order by leading 66. Leaders: Jean Seiler 312t; Dennis Leipold 278b; Carol Werba 178; Peter Golden 313t; Eileen Metzger 375; Terry Ryan 497; Thom Metzger 198; Dan Adams 89; Gina Balestracci 196; Susan Bingham 542; Claire Simon 268; Roland Hutchinson 218; Jean Seiler 209; Dennis Leipold 192; Donna Abrahams 384; Carol Werba 313b; Peter Golden 440; Eileen Metzger 522; Terry Ryan 225t; Thom Metzger 82b; Dan Adams 82t; Gina Balestracci 142; Susan Bingham 446; Claire Simon 155; Roland Hutchinson 524; Jean Seiler 147t; Donna Abrahams 28b; Dennis Leipold 133; Carol Werba 535; Peter Golden 84; Eileen Metzger 472; Terry Ryan 276; Thom Metzger 277; Dan Adams 290.

Gina Balestracci led 154 as the closing song. George Seiler offered the closing prayer.

Saturday, May 22

Gina Balestracci called the Saturday session of the Garden State Singing Convention to order by leading 77t. George Seiler offered the opening prayer.

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairlady—Gina Balestracci; Vice Chairlady—Susan Bingham; Secretary—Claire Simon.

Leaders: Gina Balestracci 515; Susan Bingham 30t; Claire Simon 31t; Donna Abrahams 475; Roland Hutchinson 479; Michael Kaye 112; Paul Clazing 48b; Sue Hanson 209; George Seiler 480; Anna Mays 477; Violet Krumbein 383; Thom Metzger 428; Nancy Mandel 95; Heather Batson 472; Paula Picton 530; Guy Bankes 391; Jean Seiler 492; Aldo Ceresa 422; Nate Zweig 436; Judith Parker 63; Charlotte Ehrman 58; Steve Hoyt 549; Donna Abrahams 528; Gina Balestracci 49b; Lamar Matthew 35; Dennis Leipold 105; Barbara Hohenstein 466; Lynne Hoyt 494.

RECESS

Roland Hutchinson led 33b to call the class back to order. Leaders: Ina Shea 432; Peter Golden 274t; Ruth Wampler 139; Eileen Metzger 416; Al McCready 34b; Sonia Chin 319; Hal Kunkel 89; Diane Mennella 536; Terry Ryan 339; Jeff Gauthier 220; Dan Adams 56b.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Gina Balestracci, who first read the names of the sick and shut-ins as follows: Nancy Weston-Levy, Dean Drummond, Suleiman Ismail and family, Carole Alter, Edward Swetman, Al Wiedorn, and Pearl Kaye.

She then read the list of recently deceased as follows: Brian Howard—California; Martin Sklar—New Jersey; George Loft, Randall Castleman, Flora Rosenberg, Ruth Cooper-Berg—New York; Nancy Katzen—Pennsylvania; George McGray—Massachusetts; Marguerite Yung, Bruce Bellingham—Connecticut. Gina Balestracci led 146 in honor of those named, and George Seiler closed the lesson with a prayer.

Leaders: Gina Balestracci 176t; George Seiler 569b; Susan Bingham 361; Claire Simon 542; Donna Abrahams 173; Roland Hutchinson 245; Michael Kaye 254; Gina Balestracci 180. Grace was offered by George Seiler.

LUNCH

Thom Metzger called the class back to order leading 39t. Leaders: Paul Clazing 38b; Anna Mays 426b; Thom Metzger 34b; Nancy Mandel 30b; Heather Batson 300; Sue Hanson 384; Paula Picton 77t; Rachel Hall 474; Guy Bankes 352; Jean Seiler 299; Thom Metzger 148; Aldo Ceresa 411; Ina Shea 54; Ruth Wampler 122; Eileen Metzger 108b; Violet Krumbein 240; Nate Zweig 274b; Judith Parker 91. Announcements were made.

RECESS

The class was called back to order by Paula Picton leading 37b. Leaders: Charlotte Ehrman 167; Steve Hoyt 282; Lamar Matthew 317; Dennis Leipold 318; Barbara Hohenstein 553; Lynne Hoyt 378t; Peter Golden 120; Al McCready 347; Sonia Chin 454; George Seiler 99; Hal Kunkel 213t; Terry Ryan 350; Jeff Gauthier 218; Diane Mennella 269; Sarah Leitao 142; Dan Adams 504.

Secretary Claire Simon reported that in 2 days, 136 songs were led by 51 leaders. Treasurer Donna Abrahams reported that expenses had been met. Chairlady Gina Balestracci offered the resolutions, thanking all who contributed to the convention’s success, and invited the officers to join her in leading 62. Following the closing prayer, offered by George Seiler, the class was dismissed.

Chairlady—Gina Balestracci; Vice Chairlady—Susan Bingham; Secretary—Claire Simon