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Minnesota Midwinter Cooper Book Singing

The Celtic Junction, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Saturday, February 9, 2013

The 14th session of the Minnesota Midwinter Cooper Book Singing was called to order by Barb Patterson and Jim Goetz leading 171. Paul Wyatt offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Will Gilman 129; Steve Luttinen 336t; Thea Johansen 293b; Paul Landskroener 484; Claudia Egelhoff 408; Pop Wagner 47t; Leslie Williamson White 32t; Steve Florman 164; Christine Stevens 159 (in memory of Lenie de Vust and Patrick Stevens); Peggy Mistak 340; Eleanor Haase 575; Donna Gunderson-Rogers 38t; Gerry Skerbitz 218; Val Eng 95b (in memory of Janet Bell.)

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Co-Chairpersons—Barb Patterson and Jim Goetz; Secretaries—Janell Draper and Tivey.


Anna Pfau brought the class back to order by leading 60. Leaders: Kim Bahmer 478; Ray Cott-Meissel 112; Kate Manning 68t; Bill Beverly 297; Jeanette Nelson 31t; Terry Hogg 393; Michael Moore 443 (in memory of Wayne Kempf); Val Stoehr 36b; Bob Sullivan 45t; Martha Henderson 269 (in memory of Mary Henderson); Aaron Victorin-Vangerud 108t; Colette Miller 199; Dan Housepian 49b; Janell Draper 571; Myles Alexander 381t; Kit Canright 410 (in memory of Reeve Donley); Jenny Willard 515.


Will Gilman brought the class to order leading 54t. Leaders: Paul Wyatt 58; Francis Gurtz and Colette Miller 331b (in memory of Francis’s father, Vearl Gurtz); Ann Sleeva and Steven Levine 30t; Dick Patterson 73t; Karen Swenson 580; Noelle Copeland 485; Jim Helke 55 (in memory of Myrtle Ann Beasley); Martha Beverly 140; Doron Henkin 583; Denise Kania 137. Riley Lee offered prayer before the noon meal.


Steve Luttinen called the afternoon session to order by leading 268t. Leaders: Matt Wells 203; Midge Olsen 210; Charlie Obert 314; Angie Payne 276; Carol Buche 587; Guy Bankes and Steven T. Schmidgall 391; Lilly Rosenberg and Paul Wilson 68b; Cathy Lutz and Paul Waterman 138t; Henry Schuman and Linda Hellerich 96; Laura Densmore 482; Erin Kelly 344; Stacy Berkheimer 183; Steven T. Schmidgall 369; Elise delMas 335; Johnny Lee 41, 46; Steven Levine 229.


Midge Olsen led 40 to bring the class together. Leaders: Gordon Olsen and Carole Wilson 47b; Anna Pfau 524; Riley Lee 552; Evelyn Lamb 497; Ben Fink 492; Jim Pfau 464; Laura Densmore 511t; Val Eng 449; Erin Kelly 465; Riley Lee 505; Evelyn Lamb 182; Johnny Lee 569.

Announcements were made. The Treasurer’s report indicated that expenses were met. The Secretaries reported that 76 songs were led by 69 leaders from ten states and one province of Canada. The Co-Chairpersons expressed their deep appreciation to local singers who provided not only support for the success of the singing, but also hospitality to visitors from our broader singing community who traveled to enrich our singing.

Paul Landskroener offered the closing prayer. Barb Patterson and Jim Goetz led 323t as the closing song, and the class was dismissed.

Co-Chairpersons—Barb Patterson and Jim Goetz; Secretaries—Janell Draper and Tivey