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Ohio State Convention

Golden Gate Park, Brookville, Ohio

March 2-3, 2013

Saturday, March 2

The 21st annual Ohio State Convention was brought to order by Roger Crabtree leading 33b. The morning prayer was offered by Jim Herr.

A short business session took place in which the following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Roger Crabtree; Vice Chairman—Jim Coppock; Secretary—John Bayer. Although not appointed, Joe Fothergill acted as Treasurer for this Convention.

Leaders: Jim Herr 48t; Eloise Clark 171; Ray Rechenberg 40; Joe Todd 312b; Michael Darby 34b; David Casenhiser 511; Rich Overturf 100; Steve Duff 36b; Beth Todd 52t; Greg Howard 268; Karen Arnett 217; Shawn Fenton 47t; Laura Russell 300; Debbie Hall 192; Elizabeth Rechenberg 106; Tom Kochan 274t; Greg Creech 74b; Michael Domino 172; Sue Duff 155; Clara Herr 564.


The class was brought back together by Roger Crabtree leading 448t. Leaders: Hans Bayer 522; Joel-Henry Mansfield 515; Corey Sees 30b; Michele Cull 236; Annaliza Cull 384; Myles Louis Dakan 275t; Gillian Inksetter 182; Idy Kiser 108b; Marian Mitchell 28t; Jim Crawford 351; Carol Crawford 535; Jerusha Wheeler 245.


The class resumed singing with Jim Coppock leading 49b. Leaders: Liz Meitzler 213t; Loraine Bayer 225t; Steve Rogers 273; Joan Aldridge 269; Nicoletta Rogers 464; Tim Reynolds 278t; Bill Beverly 547; Will Fitzgerald 157; Martha Beverly 504. Jim Herr offered a blessing before the noon meal.


The afternoon session was brought to order by Steve Duff leading 467. Leaders: Jim Coppock 163t; Darrell Swarens 436; Wayne Dell 50b; Ann Holzer 340; William Shetter 528; Kelly Macklin 505; Beth Garfinkel 146; Naomi Frick 350; Karen Bahler 128; Brad Bahler 551; Rob Bahler 481; John Bahler 344; Barb Patterson 153; Cecelia Kramer 71; Len Vanderjagt 99; Lois Hurt 145t; Melanie Hauff 216; Judy Hauff 168.


Roger Crabtree led 29t to bring the class together. Leaders: Jim Patterson 276; Sheila Patterson 122; Grace Patterson 313b; Nathan Zweig 475; Dennis Delaney 117; Sylvia Thomas 372; Carol Medlicott 297; Kay Huener 107; Susan Redich 282; Brad Oglesby 148; Ruth Dolby 277; Tim Schaiper 457; Michael Harris, Andreas Harris, Stefan Harris, and Hans Harris 42; Jubal Bayer and Brandon Bayer 383; John Bayer and Keith Rhoades 440.

Roger Crabtree led 62 as the closing song. Jim Herr offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed for the day.

Sunday, March 3

The Sunday session of the Ohio State Sacred Harp singing convention was brought to order by Roger Crabtree leading 31t. A morning prayer was offered by Greg Creech.

Leaders: Greg Creech 569b; Shawn Fenton 39t; Bonnie Spitzkeit 59; Steve Duff 70b; David Casenhiser 385b; Ray Rechenberg 354t; Jim Herr 222; Jubal Bayer 183; Sue Duff 276; Clara Herr 65; Hans Bayer 260; Sheila Patterson 480; Naomi Frick 32t; Jim Patterson 278b; Grace Patterson 50t; Carol Medlicott 112; Elizabeth Rechenberg 312b; Tom Kochan 496; Loraine Bayer 565.


The class resumed singing with Ray Rechenberg leading 157. Leaders: Eloise Clark 532; Michael Domino 173; Claire Outten 203; Susan Zurcher 163b; Jerusha Wheeler 273; Michael Darby 328; Lois Hurt 178; Tim Reynolds 371; Joan Aldridge 546; Len Vanderjagt 102; Nigel Ewan 335; Kelly Macklin 174; Darrell Swarens 111b; Bill Beverly 191; Will Fitzgerald 34t; Martha Beverly 430; Beth Todd 373; Gillian Inksetter 485; Liz Meitzler 142; Nicoletta Rogers 299; Steve Rogers 348b.

The memorial service was held at this time by Ray Rechenberg and Darrell Swarens. Ray led 70t for the following sick and shut-ins: Bud Oliver, Henry Guthery, Leatrice Creech, Allen Dubose, Paul Jackson, Jim Fraley, Markie Aden Wenker, Josie Hyde, Clayton Ezell, David Rust, Marlen Rust, and Bertha Buttner.

Darrell spoke and led 324 in memory of the following singers and friends who have died since our gathering in Columbus a year ago: Wilma Casenhiser, Nancy Yeager, Matthew Sideman, Dean Russell, Harrison Creel, Dr. Julietta Haynes, Charles Creel, Tom Schultz, Ernie Jett, Phil Trier, Jasper N. Bailey, and Lee Steinmetz. Darrell Swarens offered a prayer, thus closing the memorial service.

The class resumed singing with Wayne Dell leading 29b. Leaders: William Shetter 195; Judy Hauff and Melanie Hauff 215, 172; Michele Cull and Annaliza Cull 268, 155. Greg Creech asked a blessing on the food prepared, and dismissed the class.


Jim Coppock brought the final session of the convention to order by leading 72b. Leaders: Marian Mitchell 454; Cecelia Kramer 497; Myles Dakan 396; Beth Garfinkel 133; Kay Huener 551; Dennis Delaney 452; Debbie Hall 200; Mike Hieber 445; Laura Russell 318; Brad Oglesby 327; Sylvia Thomas 455; Regina Bayer-Frick and son, Landon 475; Michael Harris and family 284; Rueben Beery, Sally Beery, and Lilly Beery 29t.

After announcements were made, Roger Crabtree led 347 as the closing song. After taking the parting hand, Greg Creech asked for travelling mercies and a parting blessing on all.

Chairman—Roger Crabtree; Vice Chairman—Jim Coppock; Secretary—John Bayer