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James River Convention

Historic St. John’s Church, Richmond, Virginia

Saturday, November 12, 2011

The 20th annual James River Convention was held on 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 Leyland delRe leading 72b. The opening prayer was offered by Ben Hartland.

Leaders: Matt Ference 384; Adrienne Robertson 63; Shelley Campbell 121; Marie Martinelli 145b; Mary Wright 108t; Pat Temple 34b; Jim Strube 196; Zach Bullock 101t; John Alexander 179; Clare Chapin 532; Jim Glaser 322; John delRe 59; Mary Helen Dupree 35; Kathy Kaiser 212; Frank DeBolt 569b; Tim Slattery 344; Kelly Macklin 505; Bev Yaeger 142; John Feddersen 306; Martha Burns 147t.

A business session was held with the following officers elected or appointed: Chairman—Sandra Polaski; Vice Chairman—Matt Ference; Treasurer—Shelley Campbell; Secretary—Mary Wright; Arranging Committee—Leyland delRe and Kelly Macklin.

The class resumed singing with Sandra Polaski leading 146.


The class was brought back to order. Leaders: Erin Gum 47b; Richard Green 475; Hannah Polaski 159; Mona Lewandoski 385b; Clare Maher 300; Don Polaski 112; Liz Meitzler 215; Cathy Manning 337; Joan Aldridge 228; Derek Lane 38b; Susan Green 182; Leyland delRe 96; Zach Bullock 73t; Shelley Campbell 178; Kathy Kaiser 368; Matt Ference 268; Adrienne Robertson 457; Marie Martinelli 127; Pat Temple 373; Jim Glaser 462; John Alexander 354t; Jim Strube 409; Clare Chapin 273; John delRe 102; Mary Helen Dupree 53; Kelly Macklin 57. Sandra Polaski offered thanks for the noon meal.


John Feddersen called the afternoon session together by leading 528. Leaders: Frank DeBolt 515; Mary Wright 546; Tim Slattery 217; Sandra Polaski 198; Hannah Polaski 354b; Joan Aldridge 472; Mona Lewandoski 294; Blake Morris 442; John Feddersen 477; Bev Yaeger 210; Richard Green 163t; Clare Maher 191; Liz Meitzler 496; Susan Green 551; Kathy Manning 527; Don Polaski 183.

Leyland delRe conducted the memorial lesson in which she, as a cardiac nurse, observed the various ways dying patients handled their conditions. The following deceased were remembered: Tom Maher—Pennsylvania; Frank Evans—Virginia; Henry Bizzell—North Carolina; Marie Ivey, Travis Keeton, Clarence McCool, Cecil Sanders, Ernestine Pipkin—Alabama; Mary Florence Smith—Georgia; Bob Meek—Kentucky; and Beverly Rees—West Virginia.

The sick and shut-ins honored were Evan Duncan, Scott Brownson, George Peapples, Bud Oliver, Sammie Oliver, S.T. Reed, Lessie Reed and Dr. Julietta Haynes. The song on page 162 was led. Kelly Macklin offered prayer.


The class was brought back to order. Leaders: Shelley Campbell 86; Clare Chapin 40; Martha Burns 47t; Ben Hartland 448b; Derek Lane 335; Zach Bullock 499; Kathy Kaiser 29t; Blake Morris 141; Jim Glaser 396; John Alexander 29b; Matt Ference 186; John delRe 481; Jim Strube 480; Leyland delRe 187; John Feddersen 254; Mona Lewandoski 30b; Clare Maher 288; Liz Meitzler 455; Susan Green 350; Tim Slattery 497; Pat Temple 232; Kathy Manning 161; Bev Yaeger 351; Sandra Polaski and Don Polaski 454; Mary Wright 405; Erin Gum 274t.

Zach Bullock thanked all who had a part in putting on the convention and all who participated.

Sandra Polaski led 62 as the closing song. The closing prayer was offered by Don Polaski, and the class was dismissed.

The James River Convention will meet next year on Saturday before the second Sunday in November, November 10, 2012.

Chairman—Sandra Polaski; Vice Chairman—Matt Ference; Secretary—Mary Wright