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Illinois State Sacred Harp Convention

Toledo, Illinois

October 4-5, 1997

Saturday, October 4

The thirteenth annual session of the Illinois State Sacred Harp Convention was called to order at the Cottonwood United Methodist Church, north of Toledo, Illinois with Chairperson Karen Hojnacki leading song on page 34b.

Karen Hojnacki recognized the following committees: Arranging Committee—John Bailey and Janet Fraembs on Saturday, and Lee Steinmetz and Mike Veech on Sunday; Food—Sue Miller and Don Baker; Site Selection—Don Baker and Don Bardsley; Signs—Don Bardsley; Social—John Bailey; Chaplains—Lee Steinmetz on Saturday and Don Bardsley on Sunday.

Chaplain Lee Steinmetz opened the convention with prayer and led song on page 565. Leaders: John Bailey 270; Janet Fraembs 475; Mike Veech 228; Don Bardsley 148; Molly Evans 454; Peggy Brayfield 87; Pete Ellertsen 207; Joan Aldridge 217; David Rust 163t; Janet Borman 178; Robert Meek 209; Patricia Doss-Butterfield 163 (t? b?); Jim Page 162; Lois Lee Ramsey 159.

RECESS

The class was called to order by Karen Hojnacki leading song on page 203. Leaders: John Ramsey 334; Mike Veech 148; Molly Evans 142; Jim Page 254; Lee Steinmetz 250; John Bailey 171; Peggy Brayfield 128; Terry Hogg 501b; Don Bardsley 474; Janet Borman 63; Robert Meek 268; David Rust 300; Joan Aldridge 198; Dean Slaton 220; Janet Fraembs 68b.

RECESS

Karen Hojnacki brought the class back leading song on page 35. Leaders: John Bailey 46; Scott Smith 40; Mike Veech 168; Lois Lee Ramsey 111 (t? b?); D. J. Hatfield 430; Pattie Doss-Butterfield 384; Ted Mercer 103; Lee Steinmetz 491; Kiri Miller 504; Mike Veech 47t. Chaplain Lee Steinmetz asked the blessing for the noon meal.

LUNCH

Karen Hojnacki brought the afternoon session together leading song on page 480. Leaders: John Bailey 59; Peggy Brayfield 481; Ruth White 146; D. J. Hatfield 455; Dean Slayton 556; John Bealle 278t; John Hooker 433; Eloise Clark 133; Kiri Miller 47b; Scott Smith 299; Janet Borman 515b; Al Frank 56b; Terry Hogg 155; Molly Evans 277; Lee Steinmetz 496; Ted Mercer 521; Patricia Doss-Butterfield 335; David Rust 196.

RECESS

Karen Hojnacki brought the class back leading song on page 421. Leaders: Don Bardsley 424; Bill Shetter 369; Ruth White 143; Bob Meek 236; John Ramsey 176 (t? b?); David Rust 260; Jim Page 193; Janet Fraembs 532; Mike Veech 145t; Dean Slayton 512; John Bealle 543; Eloise Clark 313b; John Hooker 432; Kiri Miller 276.

RECESS

The singing resumed with Karen Hojnacki leading song on page 145b. Leaders: Ted Mercer 27; Al Frank 352b; Patricia Doss-Butterfield 377; Terry Hogg 112; D. J. Hatfield 379; Pete Ellertsen 312b.

Following announcements, Karen Hojnacki led song on page 347 for the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer by Lee Steinmetz.

Sunday, October 5

The Sunday morning session was called to order by Karen Hojnacki leading song on page 171. The morning prayer was led by Chaplain Don Bardsley. Don Bardsley led songs on pages 49t and 176 (t? b?).

Leaders: Janet Fraembs 91, 441; John Bailey 340, 535; Mike Veech 147t, 147b; Lee Steinmetz 68b, 49b; Peggy Brayfield 195, 66; Molly Evans 142, 107; Lori Greber 569b, 335.

RECESS

Karen Hojnacki called the class together leading song on page 228. Leaders: Jan Ketelle 48b, 200; Kiri Miller 117, 344; Dean Slaton 348b, 112; Dave Ressler 29t, 383; Ted Mercer 317, 216; Jo Dell Albi 299, 352; D. J. Hatfield 172, 327; Al Frank 360, 361; Jeanette Lowry 430, 411; Eloise Clark 524, 501.

RECESS

Karen Hojnacki called the class back to order leading song on page 217.

The memorial lesson was given. John Ramsey spoke for the deceased and led song on page 288. Ted Mercer led song on page 74b for the sick and shut-ins.

Leaders: Jerome Colburn 229; James Page 268, 95.

LUNCH

The afternoon session was called to order by Karen Hojnacki leading song on page 145t. Leaders: Janet Borman 63, 192; John Bealle 34t, 442; D. J. Hatfield 394, 163t; Ted Mercer 151, 111b; Kiri Miller 155, 455; Dean Slaton 460, 179; Jeanette Lowry 270, 276; Al Frank 376, 113; Jo Dell Albi 122, 101t; Dave Ressler 385t, 384.

RECESS

Singing resumed with Karen Hojnacki leading song on page 475. Leaders: James Page 505, 550; Jerome Colburn 42; Lori Greber 148, 178; Don Bardsley 28t, 489; Janet Fraembs 497, 378b; John Bailey 448b, 532; Ruth White 551, 28b.

Reports were given. Don Baker gave the Financial Report.

The Resolutions Committee, James Page and Janet Borman, thanked all who had worked so hard to make the convention a success, all who had come from near and far to sing, and Cottonwood United Methodist Church for the use of their beautiful building, and their willing assistance in the kitchen.

Following announcements for future singings, the class shared the “Parting Hand”, and was dismissed with prayer by Don Bardsley.

Chairperson—Karen Hojnaki; Secretary—Janet Fraembs.