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Illinois State Sacred Harp Convention

Christian County Historical Museum, Taylorville, Illinois

September 17-18, 2011

Saturday, September 17

The 27th annual session of the Illinois State Sacred Harp Convention was called to order by Don Bardsley leading 59. Darrell Swarens offered the morning prayer.

The following officers and committees were previously elected or appointed: Chairman—Don Bardsley; Co-Chairman—Ryan Wheeler; Treasurer—Barbara A. Moore; Secretary—Janet Fraembs; Chaplain—Darrell Swarens (Saturday); Rachel Adelstein and Penny Kujawinski (Sunday); Arranging Committee—Berkley Moore, Barbara A. Moore (Saturday), and Janet Fraembs (Sunday); Finance Committee—Mark Graber and Peggy Brayfield; Memorial Committee—Ryan Wheeler and Evelyn Lamb.

Leaders: Ryan Wheeler 33b; Janet Fraembs 34b; Lori Graber 32t; Peggy Brayfield 49t; Martha Tyner 479; Berkley Moore 67; Karen Isbell 84 (MH); Debra Reid 284; Rochelle Lodder 107 (MH); Ginny Landgraf 7 (MH); Shirley Figura 348b; Nate Green and Norma Green 61; Darrell Swarens 341; Jan Ketelle 36b; Paul Figura 19 (MH); Rachel Adelstein 169 (MH).


Don Bardsley brought the class back together by leading 68b. Leaders: James Page 45 (MH); Lou Kujawinski 159 (MH); Joan Aldridge 275b; Evelyn Lamb 245; Penny Kujawinski 383; Carol Munro Mosley 192; Marcus Whitman 139 (MH); William Shetter 547; Michael Appert 148 (MH); Daniel Bearden 136 (MH); Karen Isbell 137; Debra Reid 268; Rochelle Lodder 135 (MH); Ginny Landgraf 88 (MH); Shirley Figura 180 (MH); Nate Green and Norma Green 97; Darrell Swarens 442; Jan Ketelle 89 (MH); Paul Figura 127 (MH). Darrell Swarens offered the blessing before the noon meal.


Ryan Wheeler called the class back together for the afternoon session leading 278b and 276. Leaders: Rachel Adelstein 155; James Page 34 (MH); Lou Kujawinski 56 (MH); Joan Aldridge 166; Evelyn Lamb 499; Terry Cunningham 217; Penny Kujawinski 200; Carol Munro Moseley 455; Marcus Whitman 448t; William Shetter 62; Michael Appert 391; Daniel Bearden 193; Don Bardsley 163b; Ryan Wheeler 149 (MH); Terry Hogg 132 (MH); Janet Fraembs 551; Lori Graber 500; Peggy Brayfield 22 (MH); Martha Tyner 146; Karen Isbell 68 (MH); Rochelle Lodder 195; Ginny Landgraf 121 (MH); Shirley Figura 564; Nate Green and Norma Green 303; Darrell Swarens 145 (MH).


Terry Hogg led 523 to bring the class back to order. Leaders: Jan Ketelle 162 (MH); Paul Figura 77 (MH); Rachel Adelstein 13 (MH); James Page 170 (MH); Lou Kujawinski 222; Evelyn Lamb 474; Terry Cunningham 151 (MH); Penny Kujawinski 39b; Carol Munro Mosley 464; Marcus Whitman 312b; William Shetter 546; Michael Appert 536; Daniel Bearden 196; Lori Graber 142.

Following announcements, Don Bardsley led 87 as the closing song. Darrell Swarens closed the Saturday session with prayer.

Sunday, September 18

The Sunday session of the Illinois State Sacred Harp Singing Convention was called to order by Don Bardsley leading 171. Rachel Adelstein offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Ryan Wheeler 84; Janet Fraembs 393; Lori Graber 176 (t? b?); Peggy Brayfield 48t; Terry Hogg 43; Presley Barker 28t; Micah Sommer 299; Carol Munro Mosley 269; Martha Tyner 335; Helen Parker 117; William Shetter 138 (MH); Rachel Adelstein 51 (MH); Penny Kujawinski 440; Marcus Whitman 277; Joan Aldridge 276; Daniel Bearden 52 (MH); Evelyn Lamb 399t; James Page 98 (MH); Lou Kujawinski 272.


Don Bardsley called the class back together leading 168. Leaders: Bill Rintz 288; Carol Munro Mosley 392; Presley Barker 89 (MH); Micah Sommer 99; Marcus Whitman 76b; Lori Graber 283; Joan Aldridge 309; Lou Kujawinski 477; Lissa Blood 39t; Daniel Bearden 215; Peggy Brayfield 175; William Shetter 75 (MH).

The memorial lesson was conducted by Ryan Wheeler and Evelyn Lamb. The names of the deceased read were Bob Meek—Kentucky; Joyce Anderson—Wisconsin; Dennis Murphy—Vermont; Marie Ivey, Clarence McCool, and Travis Keeton—Alabama; Dorothy Fisher, Ed Hinderberger, and Jenny Whitman—Missouri; Jo Ann Bowman—Massachusetts. Ryan Wheeler led 77t in their memory.

Evelyn Lamb spoke for the sick and shut-ins and led 285t in honor of Bob Scorgie, Bob Anderson, John Merritt, Becky Schildman, Frances Tyner (Martha’s mother), Dick Draughn, and Lois Lee Ramsey. Ryan Wheeler closed the memorial lesson with prayer.

Leaders: James Page 67 (MH); Martha Tyner 147t; Penny Kujawinski 180; Bill Rintz 155; Evelyn Lamb 497; Presley Barker 59. Don Bardsley led 164 (MH) as a blessing before lunch.


Ryan Wheeler opened the afternoon session leading 159. Leaders: Janet Fraembs 532; Marcus Whitman 106; Carol Munro Mosley 300; Micah Sommer 178; Joan Aldridge 475; Lissa Blood 282; Daniel Bearden 189; Lou Kujawinski 53; Peggy Brayfield 112 (MH); James Page 71 (MH); Evelyn Lamb 36t; Rachel Adelstein 139; Bill Rintz 384; Terry Hogg 58 (MH); Don Bardsley 385b; Lori Graber 548; William Shetter 147b.


Ryan Wheeler led 480 to bring the class back to order. Leaders: Penny Kujawinski 430; Presley Barker 505; Helen Parker 154 (MH); Lissa Blood 504; Daniel Bearden 198; Micah Sommer 49b; Marcus Whitman 324; Evelyn Lamb 550; Lou Kujawinski 350; Bill Rintz 268; Rachel Adelstein 332; Carol Munro Mosely 540; James Page 66 (MH); William Shetter 297; Lissa Blood 28b; Daniel Bearden 216; Peggy Brayfield 62; Micah Sommer 63; Terry Hogg 142 (MH); Lori Graber 13(MH).

Announcements were made. The Finance Committee reported that expenses were met. Don Bardsley thanked the Christian County Historical Society, especially Chuck Courtwright, for the use of the facility, all the committees that contributed to another successful convention, all those who brought food, and those who came from near and far. He led 347 as we wished one another a Christian’s Farewell. Penny Kujawinski offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Don Bardsley; Co-Chairman—Ryan Wheeler; Secretary—Janet Fraembs