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Palo Alto Singing

Unitarian Universalist Church, Palo Alto, California

Saturday, August 24, 2019

The 8th annual Palo Alto All-Day Singing was held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, Palo Alto, California, on Saturday before the fourth Sunday in August. The class was called to order by Jeannette Ralston leading 475. Chris Thorman offered the opening prayer.

A business meeting was held and the following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairperson—Mark Godfrey; Vice Chairperson—Jeannette Ralston; Secretary—Sue Lindner; Arranging Officer—Leigh Cooper; Treasurer—Terry Moore; Chaplain—Chris Thorman. The business meeting was concluded by Mark Godfrey leading 276.

Leaders: Sue Lindner 278b; Leigh Cooper 63; Chris Thorman 120; Terry Moore 56t; Dan Harper 65; Lena Strayhorn 278t; Greg Freed 28b; Janis Mercer 77t; Aisha Morgan 39t; Dave Barber 271b; Carolyn Deacy 112; Pat Coghlan 391; Lindy Groening 483; Janet Herman 171; Jeff Begley and Arieta Santinelli 354b; Joel Chan 34t; Ruth McGurk 163b; Maggie Zhou 565.


The class was called back to order by Dave Barber leading 100. Leaders: Paul Kostka 198; Dan Harper and Carol Steinfeld 34b; Celia Brown 143; Jeannette Ralston 145t; Aisha Morgan 378b; Lena Strayhorn and Wren Reeve 140; Leigh Cooper 212; Lindy Groening 314; Maggie Zhou 333; Carolyn Deacy 315; Mark Godfrey 428; Pat Coghlan 215; Janet Herman 192; Sue Lindner 217; Terry Moore 485; Janis Mercer 324; Jeff Begley and Arieta Santinelli 121.


The class was called back to order by Aisha Morgan leading 82t. Leaders: Greg Freed 87; Chris Thorman 318; Ruth McGurk 442; Terry Moore 373 (for the offering); Paul Kostka 273; Joel Chan 312b; Rebecca Edwards 312t; Dave Barber 564; Janet Herman 352; Maggie Zhou 534; Leigh Cooper 560; Lindy Groening 573; Carolyn Deacy 421 (for Melanie Hauff); Pat Coghlan 218; Mark Godfrey 59. Chris Thorman offered the prayer for the noon meal.


The class was called back to order by Janet Herman leading 31t. Leaders: Janis Mercer 345b; Leon Godfrey and Leigh Cooper 32t; Sarah Kostka 178; Carolyn Schuk 159; Anne Caswell 410t; Barbara Saxton and Sue Lindner 504; Greg Freed 501; Peter Ross 84; Jeff Begley and Arieta Santinelli 562; Dan Harper 236; Rebecca Edwards 300; Lena Strayhorn 70b; Jeannette Ralston 340; Pat Coghlan 299; Chris Thorman 269; Sue Lindner 142; Maggie Zhou and Janis Mercer 532; Paul Kostka 344 (for Arnold Zwicky).


The class was called back to order by Rebecca Edwards leading 33b. Leaders: Peter Ross 479; Leon Godfrey and Leigh Cooper 25; Carolyn Schuk 45t; Jasper Hess-Angle and Mark Godfrey 426b; Anne Caswell 271t; Dan Harper and Jeff Begley 268; Terry Moore and Peter Ross 454; Paul Kostka 334; Carolyn Deacy and Chris Thorman 91; Sue Lindner and Jeannette Ralston 430; Maggie Zhou, Dave Barber, and Greg Freed 358; Celia Brown, Janis Mercer, Lena Strayhorn, and Janet Herman 203; Pat Coghlan and Aisha Morgan 272.

A business meeting was held. The Treasurer reported that expenses were met and exceeded. The Secretary and Arranging Officer reported that at least forty-one singers attended (all from California), and eighty-six songs were led by thirty-three leaders. The Resolutions Committee (Jeff Begley and Janet Herman) offered thanks to all who made the singing possible, and resolved to convene again next year. Announcements were made.

Mark Godfrey and Jeannette Ralston led 347 as the closing song, and then Chris Thorman offered the closing prayer.

Chairman—Mark Godfrey; Vice Chairperson—Jeannette Ralston; Secretary—Sue Lindner