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Texas State Convention

Conference Center, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas

February 21-22, 1998

Saturday, February 21

The sixth annual session of the Texas State Convention met at the Conference Center, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.

Chairman Bruce Coates called the convention to order leading song on page 31b. Don Barker led the opening prayer. Bruce Coates led song on page 34b. Leaders: Vice Chairman Gaylon Powell 500, 411; Secretary Al Rogers 63, 47t; B. E. Matthews 318, 426b; Liz Rogan 448t, 448b; Doris Hanks 384, 112; Don Barker 145b, 97; Ophelia Matthews 490, 569b; Anne Milner 220, 276; Mike Moseley 434, 454; Curtis Owen 400, 551; Amanda Owen 344, 178. The class sang “Happy Birthday” to Amanda Owen.

RECESS

Bruce Coates brought the class back together leading 49t. Leaders: Sue Fairbanks 47b, 49b; Leland Owen 30t, 285t; Myrl Jones 189, 300; Edith Owen 84, 480; Myra Palmer 208, 273; Ron Baker 148, 284; Katie Moseley 142, 542; Beverly Coates 150, 472.

LUNCH

Bruce Coates brought the class back together by leading song on page 73 (t? b?). Leaders: Diane Ross 354 (t? b?), 350; Peter Nichols 117, 137; Leon Ballinger 136, 566; Reed Coates 75, 159; Josh Rogan 408, 129; Don Ross 225t, 475; Mary Bachmann 280, 368; Chris Blevins 163t, 40; Sarah Coates 492, 217; Vivian Rogan 235, 282; Tom Owen 543, 532; Gary Rogan 383, 299.

RECESS

Bruce Coates brought the class to order leading song on page 111 (t? b?). Leaders: Jeb Owen 373, 328; Jana Graves Hindman 45t; Kevin Powell 56b, 504; Michele Rogan 128, 236; Marcelene Hardy 172, 200; Esther Huckaby 358, 143. Bruce Coates led song on page 46 as the closing song. The class was dismissed with prayer by Curtis Owen.

Sunday, February 22

Bruce Coates opened the Sunday morning session leading song on page 68b. Tom Owen led the opening prayer. Bruce Coates led song on page 108 (t? b?). Leaders: Mary Oruc 318, 178; David Moseley 186, 441; James Moseley 58, 137; Esther Huckaby 106; Marcelene Hardy 222; Myra Palmer 198; Myrl Jones 110; Michele Rogan 128; Kevin Powell 216; Jeb Owen 480; Joseph Stang 112, 276; Gary Rogan 215; Charles Whitmer 524, 147t; Tom Owen 442.

The Nominating Committee: Leon Ballinger, Beverly Coates, and Gary Rogand, gave its report. Jeb Owen was nominated for Vice Chairman; Vivian Rogan was nominated for Secretary. The class elected the nominees by acclamation. The class also approved the Nominating Committee’s recommendations that the Vice Chairman automatically become the Chairman after serving as Vice Chairman one year, and that officers cannot be elected two years in a row to the same office.

Bruce Coates announced that next year’s State Convention will be held February 27-28, 1999.

RECESS

Bruce Coates brought the class back together leading song on page 201b. Leaders: Vivian Rogan 73b; Sarah Coates 455; Lisa Hardaway 61, 288; Ophelia Matthews 512; Monnie Ross 108b; Mary Bachmann 452b; Don Ross 497; Josh Rogan 217; Reed Coates 551; Leon Ballinger 269; Peter Nichols 84; Diane Ross 515; Beverly Coates 313b.

The Memorial Committee: B. E. Matthews, Liz Rogan, and Don Ross, gave the memorial lesson. The following were named as being deceased since the last singing: Ray Barnett, Barbara Cooper, Lynn Hanna, and Louis Spivey. Liz Rogan led song on page 285t for the deceased. B. E. Matthews led song on 45t for the sick and shut-ins.

LUNCH

Bruce Coates brought the class back together by leading song on page 565. Leaders: Gaylon Powell 536; Al Rogers 569b; Don Barker 82t; Curtis Owen 331; Troxel Ballou 299, 532; Liz Rogan 203; Katie Moseley 189; Edith Owen 535; Leland Owen 378b; Sue Fairbanks 335; Wendy Laubach 38t, 40; Amanda Owen 503; Mike Moseley 179; Anne Milner 280; Doris Hanks 176b; B. E. Matthews 387; Mary Oruc 344; David Moseley 72b; James Moseley 31t; Kevin Powell 240; Joseph Stang 300; Gary Rogan 324; Charles Whitmer 71; Tom Owen 163b; Vivian Rogan 354b; Sarah Coates 475; Lisa Hardaway 358; Mary Bachmann 523; Josh Rogan 34b; Reed Coates 337; Don Ross 546; Al Rogers 120. Bruce Coates led song on page 62 as the closing song. Don Ross led the closing prayer.

Chairman—Bruce Coates; Vice Chairman—Gaylon Powell; Secretary—Al Rogers.