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Central Ontario All-Day Singing

Detweiler Meetinghouse, North Dumfries, Ontario, Canada

Saturday, August 27, 2011

The 8th annual Central Ontario All-Day Singing was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by Pleasance Crawford leading 77b. Anne Evers offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Pleasance Crawford 479; Gillian Inksetter 77t, 217; Frank Griggs 376; Masti Mayrand 108b, 328; Tom Siess 84, 81t; Anne Missavage 171, 383; Jan May 424, 276; Idy Kiser 32t, 40; Nicoletta Rogers 497, 547 (for the people of Tibet); Jo Schultz 127, 28t; Karen Isbell 142, 270; Steve Rogers 439, 68b.

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Pleasance Crawford; Arranging Committee—Gillian Inksetter; Treasurer—Chuck Crawford; Secretary—Susan Slottow.

RECESS

Frank Griggs brought the class to order leading 475. Leaders: Will Fitzgerald 29t, 320; Cindy Dymond 178, 538; Gerry Hoffman 472, 473; Cecelia Kramer 107, 106; Tom Evers 503, 448t; Melanie Hauff 411, 421; Anne Evers 268, 117; Hugh Thomas 496, 64; Chuck Crawford 45t, 59; Somen Goodman 569b, 47b; Samuel Sommers 232, 502.

Nicoletta Rogers and Steve Rogers conducted the memorial lesson. They led 70t for the following sick and shut-ins: Monica Graf, Bruce Job, Wendell, John Pratt, Cheryl Stroud, Travis Keeton, Lonnie Rogers, Martha Beverly, Jim Hearn, and Frank Evan.

They then led 122 for the following deceased: Richard Homme, Jack Layton, and Linda Thomson—Ontario; Patrick Blake—Quebec; Clarence McCool—Alabama; Margaret Mitchell—Colorado; Joseph Sleeva—Illinois; Bob Meek—Kentucky; Paula Roberts—Maine; Joanne Bowman—Massachusetts; and the victims of the shooting in Norway.

Brian How led 114 and 143. Anne Evers led 49t, substituting the words “Be present at our table, Lord” and then offered a spoken blessing on the noon meal.

LUNCH

Greg Jenkins brought the class to order leading 34b. Leaders: Marian Mitchell 313b, 198; Ellen Torrie 457, 282; Rachel Adelstein 438, 151; Elizabeth Barlow 65, 66; Ann Sleeva 501 (in memory of her father), 269; Ted Mercer 275t, 280; Megan Jennings 436, 179; Gloria Thomson 146, 452 (for Jack Layton); Judy Hauff 224, 434; Steve Rogers, Gary Roth, and friend “Geneva” NHS/HS 85/96.

RECESS

Tom Siess brought the class back to order leading 155. Leaders: Masti Mayrand 133; Anne Missavage 168; Idy Kiser 362; Will Fitzgerald 287; Ray Rechenberg 565, 229; Gerry Hoffman 505; Cecelia Kramer 174; Melanie Hauff 216; Somen Goodman 347; Samuel Sommers 112; Brian How 183; Rachel Adelstein 218; Ann Sleeva 297; Ted Mercer 278b; Marian Mitchell 344; Megan Jennings 189; Karen Isbell 192; Ray Rechenberg 480; Judy Hauff 542.

Pleasance Crawford thanked all who had traveled to the singing and all who helped to make it a success. The Treasurer reported that expenses had been met. The Secretary and Arranging Committee reported that singers from three provinces (Ontario, New Brunswick, and Quebec) and six states (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, and Pennsylvania) had attended, with 35 leaders and 92 songs sung.

Following announcements, Pleasance Crawford led 382 as the closing song. Anne Evers offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Pleasance Crawford; Secretary—Susan Slottow