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Cincinnati New Year’s Singing

Cincinnati, Ohio

January 1, 1998

The seventh annual Cincinnati New Year’s Day Singing was called to order by John Bealle leading song on page 146.

The following officers were elected, appointed or volunteered to serve: Chairman—John Bealle; Secretary—Fred Todt; Arranging Committee—Eric Conrad.

Leaders: Fred Todt 37b; Eric Conrad 163t; Bob Meek 163b, 354b; Lois Hurt 34b, 145t; Eloise Clark 145b, 276; Debbie Hall 479, 38t; Lorraine Sawyer 212, 567; Linda Coppock 542, 313b (first verse); Debbie Hall 313b (verse 2); Lorena Moore 312b, 47b.

RECESS

Eric Conrad called the class to order leading song on page 155. Leaders: Michele Cull 209, 73b; Paul Foster 142, 306; John Bayer 49b, 44; Loraine Bayer 503, 31 (t? b?); Regina Bayer 378b, 328; Michael Hieber 448 (t? b?), 378t; Steve Tossey 63, 323b; Ralph Long 59, 45t; Jim Coppock 273, 532. Steve Tossey led the class in prayer before lunch.

LUNCH

Eric Conrad called the class to order leading song on page 332. Leaders: Phil Jensen 121, 125; Fred Todt 147t, 216; Bob Meek 178, 66; John Bealle 278t, 217; Lois Hurt 49 (t? b?), 551; Debbie Hall 447, 28 (t? b?); Lorraine Sawyer 421, 287; Eloise Clark 317, 524; Linda Coppock 196, 504.

RECESS

Eric Conrad brought the class to order by leading songs on pages 107 and 85. Leaders: Lorena Moore 148, 39t; John Bealle 65 (assisted by Alice Barnes, who brought members of her church choir to the singing today to give them a sense of the tradition behind the Sacred Harp pieces they were performing in their services); Michele Cull 159 (for Mickie Bainter of Kentucky, age 29 (t? b?), who is recovering from a recent stroke), 87; Paul Foster 162, 186; John Bayer 278 (t? b?), 277; Rich Overturf 535; Michael Hieber 324, 445; Steve Tossey 143, 198.

RECESS

Eric Conrad brought the class to order leading song on page 84. Leaders: Ralph Long 457; Michele Cull (with Brenda Waters) 68b; Lois Hurt 79; Bob Meek 33b; Lorena Moore 32b; Michele Cull 268; John Bealle 515; Fred Todt 183; Eloise Clark 408; Paul Foster 81b; Lorraine Sawyer 547; John Bayer 114; Eric Conrad 168. Announcement were made. Singers from 4 states: Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and Pennyslvania were present.

John Bealle led song on page 347 as the closing song. John Bayer dismissed the class with a prayer.

Chairman—John Bealle; Secretary—Fred Todt.