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Palo Alto All-Day Singing

Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, Palo Alto, California

Saturday, August 25, 2012

The first annual Palo Alto All-Day Singing was held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, Palo Alto, California, on the fourth Saturday in August. The class was called to order by Carolyn Deacy leading 32t. Will Fitzgerald offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Betty Marvin 34b; Terry Moore 191; Aris Rivera and Linda Selph 288; Lindy Groening 123t; Joseph Mathas 59; Susan Fetcho 126; Phil Jensen 192; Erica Martinez 73t; Daniel Wilkerson 50t; David Hawes 66.

A business meeting was held and the following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Dan Harper; Vice Chairman—Terry Moore; Secretary—Betty Marvin; Chaplain—Will Fitzgerald; Arranging Committee—Hal Eisen and Clarissa Fetrow; Treasurer—Terry Barber.

Leaders: Rebecca Edwards 208; Alexander Cotton 228; Jennie Brown 276; David Fetcho 330t; Inder Khalsa 29t; Will Fitzgerald 39t (in honor of his father); Marsha Genensky 33b; Greg Freemon 67; Linda Selph 217.


The class was called back to order by Laura Boyd Russell leading 82t. Leaders: Julian Damashek 144, 432; Linda Domholt 348t, 287; Rick Russell 297, 201; Will Fitzgerald 48t; Clarissa Fetrow 77t, 380; Dan Harper 268, 236; Katie Mahoney 378b, 460; Hal Eisen 318, 49t.


The class was called back together by Betty Marvin leading 63. Leaders: David Fetcho 148, 296; Jeff Begley 440, 505; Janet Herman 270, 312b; Laura Boyd Russell 102, 89; Greg Freemon 542, 285t; Rebecca Edwards 326, 531. Will Fitzgerald offered the prayer for the noon meal.


The class was called to order by Phil Jensen leading 569b. Leaders: Dan Harper and Don Brenneis, “Friendship” (William Walker, Southern and Western Pocket Harmonist); Marsha Genensky 178, 114; Jeff Begley 65, 522; Jennie Brown 433, 439; Rick Russell 412, 183; Katie Mahoney 456, 213t; Chris Thorman 212, 495; Laura Boyd Russell 385t, 384; Julian Damashek 348b, 218; Clarissa Fetrow 480, 163t.


The class was called back together by Erica Martinez leading 30t. Leaders: Linda Selph 179, 112; Peter Ross 163b, 99; Betty Marvin 120, 202; Will Fitzgerald 42, 320; Inder Khalsa 272, 131t; Terry Moore 358, 430.


Chris Thorman led 37b to bring the class to order. He told of the long history of Sacred Harp in Palo Alto, and acknowledged original Palo Alto singers. Leaders: Susan Fetcho 369, 371; David Hawes 209, 260; Terry Barber 308, 376; Carolyn Deacy 368, 421; Joseph Mathas 335, 159; Erica Martinez 448t, 189; Lindy Groening 38t, 451; Chris Thorman 184, 269.

A business meeting was held. The Treasurer reported that expenses were met. The Secretary reported that at least 61 singers attended from California, Colorado, Michigan, Washington, and Texas, and 99 songs were sung with 34 leaders. The Resolutions Committee, Laura Boyd Russell and Peter Ross, thanked all who made the singing possible. Announcements were made.

Dan Harper led 347 as the closing song. Will Fitzgerald offered the closing prayer.

Chairman—Dan Harper; Vice Chairman—Terry Moore; Secretary—Betty Marvin