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Calhoun County Convention

Bethel Primitive Baptist Church, Bruce, Mississippi

Saturday, August 12, 2016

The 139th annual session of the Calhoun County Sacred Harp Musical Association convened at Bethel Primitive Baptist Church, Bruce, Mississippi. President Drew McGuire called the class to order leading 34b. John Van Horn offered the morning prayer.

The President led 209, and appointed the following members to the Executive Committee: Mark Davis (Chairman), Warren Steel, and Henry McGuire.

Leaders: Warren Steel 513, 163t; Mark Davis 160t, 150; Amber Davis 172, 391; Natalie Davis 63, 142; Matt Bell 175 (WB), 198 (WB); Larry Ballinger 112, 113; Henry McGuire 96, 195; Reba Windom 145t, 418; Andy Davis 480, 434; Earl Ballinger 141, 128; Lisa Geist 272, 424.

RECESS

Drew McGuire called the class together leading 426t. Leaders: Bobby Neyman 178, 479; Darlene Reynolds 176t, 511 (WB); Jack Pate 72b, 282; Shelby Castillo 217, 203; Colvin Mann 155, 186; Chris Ballinger 176b (WB) 495 (WB); John Van Horn 29b, 168; Will McGuire 111b, 36t; Drew McGuire 147t; Earl Ballinger 224, 177.

LUNCH

After a plentiful and delicious lunch, President Drew McGuire restored order and led 76b. Leaders: Natalie Davis 200; Warren Steel 376b (WB), 30t (WB); Mark Davis 222; Chris Ballinger 460; Mark Davis 315; Amber Davis 78, 192; Matt Bell 138t (WB), 284t (WB); Larry Ballinger 486t (WB); Henry McGuire 492 (WB), 485b (WB); Anne Steel 208, 110, 318; Reba Windom 328 (WB); Andy Davis 436, 400; Ester Mann 490, 137; Lisa Geist 474; Jack Pate 215; Bobby Neyman 163b, 347; Shelby Castillo 472; Will McGuire 40; John Van Horn 236.

In a business session, Drew McGuire was elected as President, and Natalie Davis was elected as Secretary. The President appointed John Van Horn, Henry McGuire, and Will McGuire as delegates to the Mississippi State Convention. The Executive Committee reported that the Association agreed to meet again at Bethel in 2017 with a start time of 10:00 a.m. Money was collected for the day, to be dispersed as directed by the Executive Committee.

Following announcements, the day of singing was closed by Drew McGuire leading 46. Matt Bell dismissed the convention with prayer.

President—Drew McGuire; Secretary pro tem—Warren Steel