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Alpharetta Municipal Building

Alpharetta, Georgia

June 13, 1999

The one hundred thirty-first annual session was opened by Chairman Richard DeLong leading songs on pages 36b and 47t. Mrs. Ruth Wills offered the opening prayer. Vice Chairman Kenneth DeLong led songs on pages 177 and 318; Secretary Helen Bryson 121, 208, and 27.

Leaders: Scott DePoy 77t, 146; Dan Bailey 495, 66; John Plunkett 538, 150; Laura Akerman 77b, 171; Reuben Ball 480, 497; Violet Thomason with cousin, Joe Reese 323b, 189, 343; Cathy White 159, 84.

RECESS

Kenneth DeLong called the class to order leading song on page 74t. Leaders: Judy Mincey 475, 157; Jack Corley 270, 300; Faye Pettis 457, 380 (for Roy and Flora Bales); Don Bowen 347 (for Doug and Laurie Allison), 570 (in memory of Richard Allison), 384 (in memory of Horace DeLong); Eric Tweedy 178, 200; Janice Paulk 478, 75.

LUNCH

Richard DeLong opened the afternoon session leading songs on pages 134 and 135. Leaders: Lee Rogers 494, 454; Jeannette DePoy 277 (for Doug Allison), 39b (for her father); Dianne Walls 73b, 452; Loy Garrison 490, 410 (t? b?); Robert Kendrick 354 (t? b?), 153; Becky Almand 170, 217; Scott DePoy 114, 143; Jeannette DePoy 436.

The memorial lesson was conducted by Richard DeLong. This year we especially remembered Horace DeLong. Richard DeLong commented on how this class was once strong, had dwindled over the decades, but was building up again. Singers in the class are attached to one another; they sing together; travel together, and together form second families.

Violet Thomason led songs on pages 434 and 348b in memory of the deceased. Richard DeLong led song on page 400 for the sick and shut-ins.

RECESS

Richard DeLong called the class to order by leading song on page 288. Leaders: Dollie Hudgins 61; Faye Pettis 45t; Kevin Webb 335; Dan Bailey 117; Helen Bryson 306; Loy Garrison 137; Eric Tweedy 108b; Don Bowen 73t; Judy Mincey 34t; Lee Rogers 425; Dianne Walls 112; Janice Paulk 392; Reuben Ball 503; Laura Akerman 532.

A business session was held for the purpose of electing officers for next year’s session with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—Richard DeLong; Vice Chairman—Kenneth DeLong; Secretary/Treasurer—Helen Bryson.

Announcements were made. Richard DeLong led song on page 323t as the closing song. The closing prayer was offered by Violet Thomason.

Chairman—Richard DeLong; Vice Chairman—Kenneth DeLong; Secretary/Treasurer—Helen Bryson.