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Tucson Singing

Sonora Cohousing, Tucson, Arizona

March 3-4, 2018

Saturday, March 3

The 12th session of the Tucson Singing and the 7th session of the Elder Gerald Hand Memorial Singing was called to order by J.P. Thom-Gronachan leading 49b. Craig Averill offered the opening prayer. Leaders: Erika Roush 49t, 39t; Janet Morgan 76b, 77t; Anita Landess 39b, 102; Patrick Williams 183, 335; Jeanette Ralston 373, 383; Eric Morgan 300, 186; Leslie Alperin 163b, 271t; J.P. Thom-Gronachan 324, 535; Donna Sewell 171, 32t; Craig Averill 276, 312b; Midge Harder 36t, 532; David Hand 128, 358; Janet Plattner 159.

RECESS

J.P. Thom-Gronachan brought the class back to order leading 282. Leaders: Abbie Sorg 72b, 68b; Judy Van Duzer 486, 173; Patty Doss 200, 216; Larry Hand 63, 81t; Mimi Faraj and Erika Roush 131t, 73b; David McPherson 569b, 430; Richard Poss 99, 117; Tony Park 66, 34b; Michael McKernan 277, 228; Erika Roush 160b, 551; Janet Morgan 35, 314; Anita Landess 111t, 373; Patrick Williams 178, 227; Jeanette Ralston 485, 213b; Eric Morgan 107. Kathy Garrett offered thanks for the noon meal.

LUNCH

J.P. Thom-Gronachan brought the class back to order leading 56b. Leaders: Midge Harder 180, 362; Michael McKernan 47b, 40; Jean Merritt and Leslie Alperin 280, 474; Craig Averill 55, 457; Paige Winslett 455, 313b; Tony Park 299; Leslie Alperin 268, 155; Eric Morgan 236 (for Donna Sewell); Donna Sewell 146; David McPherson 448t, 452; Janet Plattner 452, 503.

RECESS

J.P. Thom-Gronachan brought the class back to order leading 181. Leaders: Larry Hand 75, 31t; Patty Doss 528, 142; Judy Van Duzer 442, 29t; Abbie Sorg 143, 217; David Hand 127, 235; Mimi Faraj and Erika Roush 106; Richard Poss 86; Erika Roush 147t, 542. J.P. Thom-Gronachan led 333 as the closing song, and Kathy Garrett offered the closing prayer.

Sunday, March 4

The Sunday session of the Tucson Singing was called to order by J.P. Thom-Gronachan leading 42. The morning prayer was offered by Craig Averill. Leaders: Erika Roush 85, 84; Janet Morgan 49b, 89; Craig Averill 47b, 452; Leslie Alperin 40, 48t; Jeanette Ralston 74b, 91; David McPherson 549, 379 (in memory of Elder Gerald Hand); Kathy Garrett 503, 228; Eric Morgan 198, 376; Midge Harder 297, 515; Chris Nicholson 47t, 72b; Paige Winslett 472, 209; Donna Sewell 460, 73b; Jean Merritt and Leslie Alperin 38b, 344.

RECESS

The class was called back to order by David Hand leading 75. Leaders: Richard Poss 547, 277; Abbie Sorg 504, 481; Larry Hand 566, 282; Anita Landess 57, 58; Janet Plattner 119, 347; Michael McKernan 189, 77t; J.P. Thom-Gronachan 147b, 192.

A memorial lesson was conducted by Kathy Garrett. The names of the following sick and housebound were read: Doug Webb, Gary Gronau, Ed Stevens, Josie Herschel, Jeannette Ralston, Claire Selleck, and Curtis Owen. The following who have died since last year’s Elder Hand Convention were remembered: Darrell Swarens—Indiana; Louise Holland and Hugh McGraw—Georgia; Steve Helwig—Oregon; Jane Goforth and Edith Owen—Texas. Kathy Garrett led 163b, followed by a prayer closing the memorial lesson.

LUNCH

David Hand brought the class back to order by leading 63. Leaders: J.P. Thom-Gronachan 105, 66; Janet Morgan and Paige Winslett 34b (as birthday wishes for loved ones); Janet Morgan 68b; Ellie Soler 277, 362; Erika Roush and Fernando Siaba 191, 203; Chris Nicholson 473, 108b; Midge Harder 556, 270; Craig Averill 319, 235; Abbie Sorg 323b, 284; Eric Morgan 70b, 274t; Kathy Garrett 334, 296; Donna Sewell 31t, 448b.

Announcements were made and reports were given. Eric Morgan led 236. Kathy Garrett offered a closing prayer. Kathy Garrett led 62, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—J.P. Thom-Gronachan; Vice Chairman—Anita Landess; Secretary—Paige Winslett