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John and Loraine Bayer Memorial Singing

Old German Baptist Brethren Meeting House, New Lebanon, Ohio

Sunday, July 30, 2017

The singing was called to order by Ray Rechenberg leading 40. A business meeting was held and the following officers and committees were acknowledged: Chairman—Ray Rechenberg; Secretaries—Sheila Patterson and Grace Patterson; Treasurer—Vic Whisman; Chaplain—Jim Herr; Arranging Committee—John Bealle and Michele Cull; Registration—Bonnie Spitzkeit; Memorial Lesson—John delRe. The morning prayer was offered by Jim Herr. Song selections were from The Sacred Harp, 1991 Edition, and a book of John Bayer’s compositions, The Dayton Harmonist (noted as DH).

Leaders: David Casenhiser 354t; Bertha Buttner 65; Shannon Tibbs 106; Jason Mohler 38b; Vic Whisman 84; Greg Creech 33b; Beth Garfinkel 188; Paul Dickerson 236; Rich Overturf 100; Erin Fulton 14 (DH); Sue Duff 276; Karen Roberts 159; Karen Arnett 543; Presley Barker and Barbara Chopin 505; Julie Vea 218.


Ben Fink brought the class back to order by leading 29t. Leaders: Sheila Patterson 70b; Earlene Cunningham 282; Debbie Hall 284; Clara Herr 564; Naomi Frick 350; Kris Paprocki 172; Michael Domino 235; Ben Fink 198; Ally Talbot 480; Dan Coppock 214; Dick Patterson 5 (DH); Jo Dell Albi 372; Darrell Swarens 208; Greg Howard 547; Annaliza Cull 155; Judy Hauff 13 (DH); Jan May 21b (DH).


Sheila Patterson brought the class back to order by leading 157. Leaders: Nate Zweig 19b (DH); Michele Cull 86.

At this time, John delRe asked for those who wished, to share memories and thoughts of how John and Loraine had influenced them and the Sacred Harp community. After singers shared their memories, John delRe led 32t, and “Vain Prosperity” from The Dayton Harmonist in honor of John and Loraine. Ray Rechenberg then led 30b, and “Surp” from The Dayton Harmonist as the blessing before dinner.


Ruth Wampler called the class back to order by leading 125. Leaders: Linda Coppock 377; Randy Webber “Bayer”; John Hoerr 189; Jubal Bayer 27 (DH); Rachel Hall 25 (DH); Jim Herr 546; Kelly Macklin 19 (DH); Regina Frick and Bill Angle 21 (DH); Joan Aldridge 269; Sasha Maslanka 38t; Marian Mitchell 71; Cecelia Kramer 311; Hans Bayer 15 (DH); Bill Shetter 178.


John Bealle brought the class back to order by leading 75. Leaders: Shawn Fenton 475; Fern Howard 348t; Dave Ressler 536; Ruth Wampler 279; Eddie Mash 285t; Barb Patterson 61; Abby Beavin 58; Beverley Rose Enright 504; Brad Oglesby 339; Jamie Yeats 503; Michael Darby 195; Lori Graber 107; John Seaton 47t; Grace Patterson 278t; Roger Crabtree and Jackson Pietrzak 448t; Eloise Clark 49b; Ann Holzer 146; Susan Zurcher 535; Josh Walton 145t; Tom Kochan 496; Bonnie Spitzkeit 551.

Committee reports were given and announcements were made. The class sang 347 as the closing song. The closing prayer was offered by Jim Herr.

There were seventy-four leaders from fifteen states (Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Virginia, and Vermont) and 1 province (Ontario). There were seventy-seven songs led, and an estimated 132 people in attendance.

Chairman—Ray Rechenberg; Secretaries—Sheila Patterson and Grace Patterson