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Calhoun County Convention and Boiling Springs Convention at Oak Hill Baptist Church

Oak Hill Baptist Church, Oxford, Alabama

Sunday, November 10, 2019

The 105th session of the Calhoun County Convention and the 153rd session of the Boiling Springs Convention began at 9:30 a.m. on the second Sunday in November. Cecil Roberts called the class to order by leading 30t. Jack Nelson offered the opening prayer.

Leaders: Cecil Roberts 56t (in memory of Elder Homer Benefield); David Brodeur 303, 275b; Andy Ditzler 493, 446; Winfred Kerr 549, 89; Jack Nelson 170, 168; Bert Collins 35, 63; Meredith Turner 186, 216; Glenda Collins 76b, 138t; Danny Creel 77t, 278b; Elene Stovall 172, 208; Oscar McGuire 171, 371; Jen Rymut 138b, 511.

RECESS

Cecil Roberts called the class back to order leading 37b. Leaders: Cecil Roberts 39b; David Brodeur 289, 316; Winfred Kerr 36b, 225t. A business session was held and the following officers elected: Chairman—Cecil Roberts; Vice Chairman—David Brodeur; Secretary—Andy Ditzler. David Brodeur spoke briefly about the history of the Boiling Springs Convention, founded by Sacred Harp composer Oliver Bradfield in Clay County, Alabama, in 1866. It is currently combined with the Calhoun County Convention but may be separated back out if there is interest. The name adopted by the convention last year still stands.

Leaders: Andy Ditzler 271t, 128; Glenda Collins 99; Meredith Turner 345b, 385b; Bert Collins 312b, 274t; Oscar McGuire 336, 344.

RECESS

David Brodeur called the class back together by leading 75. Leaders: Danny Creel 457, 335; Elene Stovall 122 (in memory of Ruth Brown), 47t (in memory of Evelyn and B.J. Harris); Jack Nelson 524 (in memory of Sara Nelson and Betty Nelson Culver); Jen Rymut 140, 573. Cecil Roberts offered the noontime blessing.

LUNCH

Cecil Roberts called the class back to order leading 477. Leaders: David Brodeur 306; Andy Ditzler 432 (for Oliver Bradfield); Glenda Collins 124; Ann Simpson 47b, 445; Winfred Kerr 283 (for Rebecca Over); Bert Collins 340; Danny Creel 512; Oscar McGuire 485; Jack Nelson 399b; Jen Rymut 382. Announcements were made. Cecil Roberts, David Brodeur, and Andy Ditzler led 209 as the closing song. Danny Creel offered the closing prayer.

Chairman—Cecil Roberts; Vice Chairman—David Brodeur; Secretary—Andy Ditzler