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James River Convention

Historic St. John’s Church, Richmond, Virginia

Saturday, November 13, 2010

The 19th annual James River Convention was held on the Saturday before the second Sunday in November in the parish hall of historic St. John’s Church in Richmond, Virginia. The class was welcomed by Bev Yeager leading 77b. The opening prayer was offered by Don Polaski.

Leaders: Leyland delRe 81t; Kelly Macklin 96; Pat Temple 481; Mary Wright 524; Sandra Polaski 318; Lois Badey 84; Craig Baughan 178; Mary DeNys 477.

A business session was held with the following officers elected or appointed: Chairman—Leyland delRe; Vice Chairman—Sandra Polaski; Treasurer—Stuart Jackson; Secretary—Mary Wright; Arranging Committee—Lois Badey and Kelly Macklin.

The class resumed singing with Nate Mathews leading 162. Leaders: David Carlton 385t; Rebecca Green and Richard Green 523; Matt Drumheller 268; Frank DeBolt 503; John Stevens 424; Marty DeNys 286; Leslie Booher 128.


The class was brought back to order. Leaders: Kevin Moreno 306; Stuart Jackson 313b; Les Updike 373; Jim Glaser 297; Jim Strube 195; Guy Bankes 254; Cathy Tucker 192; Kathy Kaiser 384; John delRe 216; Hank Schutze 112; Stephen McMaster 362; Iain McLean 425; Don Polaski 436; John Alexander 179; Craig Baughan 324; Kevin Moreno 228.

Nate Mathews conducted the memorial lesson. The following deceased were remembered: George Seiler—New York; Nancy Katzen—Pennsylvania; Thomas Craig—South Carolina; Jerry Enright—Illinois; Dan Macklin—Virginia. The sick and shut-ins honored were Robert Meek and Judy North. Nate led 278t.

Leaders: Sonya Fincham 448b; Richard Green 476. Sandra Hack Polaski offered thanks for the noon meal.


Stephen McMaster called the afternoon session together by leading 335. Leaders: Tim Slattery 344; Marty DeNys 198; Leyland delRe 72b; Kathy Kaiser 368; Cathy Tucker 454; John Daniel delRe 207; Leslie Booher 448t; Hannah Polaski 299; Jim Glaser 123b; Hank Schutz 186; Kevin Moreno 383; Guy Bankes 504; John delRe 354t; Mary DeNys 440; David Carlton 183; Richard Green 163t; Jim Strube 196; Bev Yaeger 180; John Alexander 56b; Frank DeBolt 569b; Stuart Jackson 146.


Matt Drumheller called the class back to order by leading 304. Leaders: Leyland delRe 409; Rebecca Green 163b; Mary Wright 328; Iain McLean 49t; Lois Badey 122; Pat Temple 33t; Don Polaski 269; Matt Drumheller 38b; Sandra Polaski 532; Stephen McMaster 282; Kelly Macklin 174; Nate Mathews 289; Tim Slattery 352; Mona Levandoski 288; Dana Pauly 284; Diane Ober 547; David Carlton 272; Kathy Kaiser 29t; John Daniel delRe 348t.

The Tuesday Night Singers closed the singing with 267. Bev Yaeger thanked all who had a part in putting on the convention and all who participated. A prayer of dismissal was offered by Don Polaski. The James River Convention will meet next year on the Saturday before the second Sunday in November, November 12, 2011.

Chairman—Leyland delRe; Vice Chairman—Sandra Hack Polaski; Secretary—Mary Wright