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Chicago Ann Sleeva Memorial Cooper Book Singing

Quaker House, Chicago, Illinois

Saturday, August 10, 2019

The 4th Chicago Cooper Book Singing, now the Ann Sleeva Memorial Singing, was held at 57th Street Meeting of Friends (Quaker House), Chicago, Illinois, on Saturday before the second Sunday in August. Ginny Landgraf called the class to order at 10:00 a.m. leading 171. Lyda Jackson offered the invocation, and Ginny Landgraf welcomed singers.

Leaders: Mary Rogel 449; Rochelle Lodder 486; Ginny Landgraf 318; Samuel Sommers 180; Lyda Jackson 159; Jerry Gripshover 507b; Janet Miller and Ginny Landgraf 510.

A business meeting was held and the following officers and committee members were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Jim Helke; Vice Chairman—Mary Rogel; Secretary—Rochelle Lodder; Finance Committee—Jerry Gripshover; Chaplains—Lyda Jackson, Samuel Sommers, and Ginny Landgraf.

Leaders: Matthew Siefert 451; Jim Helke 55; Barbara Etchingham 146; Eileen Ferguson 508; Hannah Lutz 269; Mary Rogel 571.


Jim Helke called the class to order leading 503. Leaders: Ginny Landgraf 587; Samuel Sommers 350; Lyda Jackson 49b; Jerry Gripshover 239; Janet Miller 341; Lois Lubin 463; Matthew Siefert 367.


Mary Rogel called the class to order leading 505. Leaders: Jim Helke 50t; Larry Hale 500; Eileen Ferguson 49t; Mary Rogel 393; Hannah Lutz 511t; Ginny Landgraf 375; Samuel Sommers 39; Lyda Jackson 40; Jerry Gripshover 28b; Janet Miller 427; Lois Lubin 340; Matthew Siefert 133. Samuel Sommers offered grace before the midday meal.


Lyda Jackson called the class to order leading 63. Leaders: Jim Helke 41 (in memory of Johnny Lee); Larry Hale 483; Barbara Etchingham 45t; Eileen Ferguson 276; Mary Rogel 137; Hannah Lutz 485; Ginny Landgraf 504b; Samuel Sommers 514; Lyda Jackson 388; Jerry Gripshover 440b; Janet Miller 484; Lois Lubin 489; Jerry Gripshover 99; Matthew Siefert 279; Jim Helke 380t; Larry Hale 461; Barbara Etchingham 282; Eileen Ferguson 68t; Mary Rogel 38t; Hannah Lutz 217; Ginny Landgraf 83t.


Hannah Lutz called the class to order leading 573. Leaders: Samuel Sommers 465; Lyda Jackson 315; Jerry Gripshover 29b; Janet Miller 372; Lois Lubin 235; Matthew Siefert 482; Jim Helke 575; Larry Hale 186; Mary Rogel 105t; Hannah Lutz 132.

Jim Helke called for reports from the Finance Committee and the Secretary before calling for announcements. Singers from three states attended, singing sixty-nine songs. Jim Helke and Mary Rogel led 95b as the closing song, and Ginny Landgraf dismissed the class with prayer.

Chairman—Jim Helke; Vice Chairman—Mary Rogel; Secretary—Rochelle Lodder