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Chicago Anniversary Singing

Kilbourn Park Fieldhouse, Chicago, Illinois

Sunday, January 8, 2017

The 32nd Chicago Anniversary Singing was held at the Kilbourn Park Fieldhouse, Chicago, Illinois, on the second Sunday in January. Dave Barford and Debbie Barford called the class to order at 10:00 a.m., and led 31t. John Seaton offered the morning prayer.

Leaders: Terri Cunningham 59; Eileen Ferguson 84; John Seaton 47t; Lori Graber 150; Mark Dawson 236; Amritpal Singh 47b; Michael Mosley 283.

In a business meeting, the following officers were elected: Chairman—Terri Cunningham; Secretary—Eileen Ferguson. Committee members were appointed as follows: Memorial Committee—Steve Warner and Linda Selph; Finance Officer—Randy Neufeld; Arranging Committee—Anne Heider, Judy Hauff, Doug Stapleton, and Jim Swanson; Chaplains—Anne Heider, John Seaton, and Jim Swanson.

Leaders: Jim Helke 69t; Susan Geil and Melanie Jansen 107; Marian Mitchell 300; Paul Landskroener 114; Erika Detemmerman 457; Jan Ketelle 556; Steve Warner 86; Linda Selph 129; Lindsey Kruse 77t; Matthew Siefert 333; Mary Rogel 538; Megan Dunning 76b.


Randy Neufeld brought the class back together by leading 148. Leaders: Anne Heider 163t; Aldo Ceresa 182; Dave Barford 332; Bob Borcherding 444; Samuel Sommers 534; Cecelia Kramer 71; Peter Bradley 228; Anne Missavage 280; Debbie Barford 224; Shawn Fenton 65; Carol V. Crawford 540; Jim Swanson 522; Lisa Grayson 448t; John Bealle 278t.


Jerry Gripshover brought the class back to order by leading 34b. Leaders: Jim Crawford 523; Doug Stapleton and Frank Connet 155; Ben Crawford 154; Ted Johnson 368.

Steve Warner and Linda Selph conducted the memorial lesson. Steve Warner read the following list of names of the sick and shut-ins: Melanie Hauff, Mel Connet, Johanna Fabke, Len VanderJagt, Dan Marolda, Gary Segal, Paul Wilson, Collette Miller, Francis Gurtz, Ray Cott-Meissel, Michael Apert, Tom Klein, Mary Grayson, Hilda Carper, Vera Stieher, Rich Goss, Jim Harnish, and Sharon Owens. Steve Warner led 340.

Linda Selph read the following list of names of the deceased: Levon Wootten and Toney Smith—Alabama; Johnny Lee and B.M. Smith—Georgia; Janelle Davis, Edgar Houston Martin, Steven Craig Miller (Jo Dell’s husband), Eileen O’Sullivan, Eleanora Pechota, Nicole Pirnie, Annie Rodin—Illinois; Mike Schmucker—Indiana; Peggy Stapleton—Kentucky; Judith Klein—Maryland; Leon J. Pulsinelle—New Jersey; Lila Mitchell—New York; John Bayer—Ohio; Tracy Furumo Williams—Wisconsin. Linda Selph led 499, and offered prayer.

Leaders: Judy Hauff 421; Dan Hunter 434; Ted Mercer 324 (in memory of Steven Miller); Marcia Johnson 216. Anne Heider asked a blessing before the noon meal.


Terri Cunningham brought the class back to order leading 36b. Leaders: Julie Vea 385t; Seth Wenger 49b; Eileen Ferguson 49t; John Seaton and Jason Stinsol 48t; Lori Graber 472; Amritpal Singh 282; Michael Mosley 348b; Jim Helke and Alexandra Kolot 391; Susan Geil and Melanie Jansen 344; Marian Mitchell 528; Paul Landskroener 183; Erika Detemmerman 168; Randy Neufeld 504; Jan Ketelle 549; Steve Warner 475 (in memory of B.M. Smith); Linda Selph 396; Lindsey Kruse 454; Mary Rogel 422; Megan Dunning 112.

Ted Mercer presented the founders lesson. Founders Ted Johnson, Marcia Johnson, Kris Richardson, Terry Cunningham, and Judy Hauff joined him in the square to lead 38t.


John Bealle brought the class together by leading 30t. Leaders: Aldo Ceresa and John Bealle 543; Bob Borcherding 269; Samuel Sommers 54; Cecelia Kramer 430; Peter Bradley 380; Anne Missavage 137; Carol V. Crawford 89; Jim Crawford 546; Dan Hunter 158 (in memory of Oliver Kindig-Stokes); Ben Crawford 159; Ted Johnson 142; Judy Hauff 542; Anne Heider 189; Marcia Johnson 485.

In a business meeting, John Bealle was elected as Vice Chairman. Terri Cunningham thanked the committees and singers. The Finance Committee announced that financial needs were almost met.

Terri Cunningham and John Bealle led 62 as the closing song. Jim Swanson dismissed the class with a prayer.

Chairman—Terri Cunningham; Vice Chairman—John Bealle; Secretary—Eileen Ferguson