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South Georgia Sacred Harp Singing Convention

Lebanon Primitive Baptist Church, Near Cordele, Georgia

November 7, 1999

The eightieth session of the South Georgia Singing Convention was called to order by Chairman Timothy Meeks leading song on page 59. Chaplain Jon Robinson offered the opening prayer.

Chairman Timothy Meeks appointed the following committees: Arranging Committee—Jon Robinson; Nominating Committee—Richard Johnson and Wesley Haley; Memorial Committee—Joyce Harrison and Bonnie Flowers.

Leaders: Timothy Meeks 318; Rita Haley 63, 268; Joyce Harrison 461, 328; Jon Robinson 196, 354b; David Grant 494, 546; David Ivey 410t, 503; Karen Ivey 31t, 155; Richard Ivey 567, 480; Rodney Ivey 225t, 39b; Sarah Harcrow 40, 101t.

RECESS

Timothy Meeks brought the class to order leading song on page 452. Leaders: Elene Stovall 171, 186; Coy Ivey 176b, 145 (t? b?); Richard Johnson 273, 454; Bonnie Flowers 475, 172; Raymond Hamrick 350, 354t; Mary Brownlee 47b, 501; Estelle Flowers 270, 216; Patty Collins 209, 490.

A business session was held for the purpose of presenting a slate of officers for the coming year. Those nominated were: President—Timothy Meeks; Vice President—David Grant; Secretary/Treasurer—Rita Haley; Assistant Secretary/Treasurer—Joyce Harrison; Chaplain—Jon Robinson. These officers were duly elected. The new officers’ terms begin at the close of this convention. Next in business, the singings for the coming year were reviewed and changes made. The convention called for correspondence from other singing associations. There was none. In general business, a motion was made and seconded to explore acquiring a portable facility for the singing at Andrew’s Chapel/Schoolhouse. A committee consisting of Mary Brownlee and Rita Haley was formed to research this and spend the money to rent such a facility, if needed. In other business, a motion was made, seconded, and unanimously carried to give Secretary/Treasurer, Rita Haley and her husband, Wesley, $100 for the printing of the 1998 minutes. Bobby and Barbara Sizemore came before the convention to ask for a new singing to be held at Westville the second Saturday in October. A motion was made, seconded, and discussion ensued concerning this proposal. The convention did not pass this new singing, but the parties were asked to research the national singing calendar and come back next year with a proposal for the singing date. Lebanon Church informed the convention that the church membership invites the convention back as long as it wishes to meet here. President Timothy Meeks thanked the membership for their continued hospitality. Delegate Pam Timms asked the convention to hold a singing school to help increase participation in South Georgia. A motion was made and seconded to provide information to anyone interested in organizing a singing school in the area. The motion carried unanimously. The Treasurer’s report was duly accepted. The business session was closed with a prayer led by Chaplain Jon Robinson.

LUNCH

Timothy Meeks opened the afternoon session with songs on pages 314 and 94. Leaders: John Hollingsworth 290, 291; Stuart Ivey 299, 189; Worth Ellis and Sumner Ellis 82t, 87; Sarah Harcrow and Ivey Ellis 45t; Zach Ellis and Richard Ivey 146; Myrtice Meeks and Brittany Rewis 129, 206; George Corbin 473, 164; Marjorie Robinson 373, 491.

A memorial service was held at this time. Joyce Harrison announced the following deceased: Michael Pate. Bonnie Flowers led song on pages 340 and 347. Joyce Harrison led songs on pages 120 and 122 for the sick and shut-ins: Mildred Dumas, Sara Akin, and Doris Haley. The memorial lesson was closed.

Leaders: Timothy Meeks 236; Wesley Haley 479, 198; Bonnie Rewis 441, 513; Doris Sills 147t, 147b; Sandra Wilkinson 384, 282; Lamar Robinson 358, 34t; Sharon Hamrick 460, 276, 47t; Luanne Turner 515, 523; Otis Hester 383, 498, 542; Opal Holloway 335, 334; Kay Robinson 81t, 312b; Bonnie Flowers 178.

President Meeks closed the convention by asking for announcements of other singings and led song on page 62 as the closing song. Chaplain Jon Robinson offered the closing prayer.

President—Timothy Meeks; Vice President—David Grant; Secretary/Treasurer—Rita Haley.