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Elder Gerald Hand Memorial Sacred Harp Singing

Las Cruces, New Mexico

March 2-3, 2019

Saturday, March 2

The 8th session of the Elder Gerald Hand Memorial Singing held on the first Sunday and Saturday before in March at the Unitarian Universalist Church was called to order by David Hand leading 59. The opening prayer was offered by Chaplain Catherine Massey. Leaders: Leslie Alperin 344, 497; Larry Hand 75, 282; Carla Smith 51, 370; William Price 313b, 312b; Eric Morgan 340, 183; Craig Averill 68b, 276; Ines Lüttgen 275t, 215; Paige Winslett 361, 107; Jerry Schreiber 328, 464; Lori Hand Rodgers 551, 454; Nancy Price 481, 105.


David Hand brought the class back to order leading 128. Leaders: Carol Hand Selleck 74b, 400; Jean Merritt 474, 168; Janet Plattner 176t, 178; Chris Nicholson 401, 212; Julie Johnson 171, 480; David McPherson 452, 300; Abbie Sorg 217, 532; Melissa Stephenson 207, 179; Sally Gwylan 326, 421; J.P. Thom-Gronachan 535, 181; Donna Hand Sewell 63, 146. Catherine Massey offered thanks before the noon meal.


Eric Morgan brought the class back to order leading 34b. Leaders: David Hand 288; Judy Van Duzer 184, 313t; Carla Smith 124, 384; Janet Hand Morgan 65, 143; Leslie Alperin 268, 196; Larry Hand 39b, 40; William Price 269, 270; Craig Averill 410t, 84; Ines Lüttgen 419, 506; Paige Winslett 81t, 209; Jerry Schreiber 446, 236.


The class was brought back to order by David Hand leading 358. Leaders: Lori Hand Rodgers 504, 472; Nancy Price 195, 203; Carol Hand Selleck 496, 549; Eric Morgan and James Caulfield 448t; Jean Merritt 280, 473; Janet Plattner 47b, 324; Chris Nicholson 175, 314; Judy Licht and Janet Morgan 323b; Julie Johnson 347. Announcements were made. Catherine Massey offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Sunday, March 3

The Sunday session of the Elder Gerald Hand Memorial was held at the historic WIA-Women’s Improvement Association Bldg. The class was brought to order by David Hand leading 59.

Leaders: David McPherson 569b, 430; Abbie Sorg 99, 548; Sally Gwylan 32b, 142; J.P. Thom-Gronachan 324, 503; Donna Hand Sewell 171, 448b; Larry Hand 282; Julie Johnson 277, 335; Melissa Stephenson 549, 216; Chris Nicholson 32t, 49t; Janet Plattner 31b, 119.


The class was called back to order by David Hand leading 312b. Leaders: Jean Merritt 276, 473; Cathie Cox and Carol Hand Selleck 323t, 159; Nancy Price 86, 299; Jerry Schreiber 131t, 528; Lori Hand Rodgers 384.

The memorial lesson was conducted by James Caulfield. Eric Morgan led 163b, and then read the following list of names of the sick and homebound: Ed Stevens, Norma Ruptier, Steve Hoyt, Norma Dickerson, Curtis Owen, Michael McKernon, and Sarah Huckaby.

The following names of the deceased were read by Eric Morgan: Lucia Wilcox—New Mexico; Doug Webb and Mel Rosenbaum—Texas; Rodney Willard and Barbara Willard—Arizona; Jeannette Betes—Oregon. Eric Morgan and James Caulfield led 47b in their memory. Catherine Massey offered prayer to close the memorial service.

Leaders: Ines Lüttgen 70t, 565; Marion Hand Lewis 235; Craig Averill 34b, 319; Carol Hand Selleck and Lonnie Jarrett 39t, 39b. Catherine Massey asked a blessing before the noon meal.


The class was brought back to order by David Hand leading 528. Leaders: William Price 547, 70b; Leslie Alperin 228, 56b; Carla Smith 148, 496; Judy Van Duzer and John Van Duzer 48t, 38t; Jean Merritt and Jerry Schreiber 149; Eric Morgan 442; Janet Hand Morgan 68b; Paige Winslett 49b, 314; Julie Johnson and James Caulfield 448t; David McPherson 379; Ines Lüttgen 208; Abbie Sorg 209; Sally Gwylan 315; J.P. Thom-Gronachan 479.

A business meeting was held and announcements were made. Reports from the Resolutions Committee and Arranging Committee were presented. The following officers and committee members were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—David Hand; Vice Chairman—Janet Hand Morgan; Secretaries—Judy Licht and Donna Hand Sewell; Arranging Committee—Judy Licht, Cathie Cox, and Linda Hand; Treasurer—Donna Hand Sewell; Resolutions Committee—Eric Morgan; Chaplain—Catherine Massey. The closing prayer was offered by Catherine Massey, followed by Eric Morgan leading 62 as the closing song. The class was dismissed.

Chairman—David Hand; Vice Chairman—Janet Hand Morgan; Secretaries—Judy Licht and Donna Hand Sewell