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Keystone Singing Convention

Havertown Friends Meeting, Havertown, Pennsylvania, and Franklin Inn Club, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

February 19-20, 2000

Saturday, February 19

The second annual Keystone Singing Convention was held on Saturday before the third Sunday in February at Havertown Friends Meeting just west of Philadelphia, and was called to order at 10:30 a.m. by Chairman Doron Henkin leading song on page 276. Guy Bankes offered the opening prayer.

Officers and committees of the convention were: Chairman—Doron Henkin; Vice Chairman of Housing/Volunteers—Margaret Sayvetz; Vice Chairman of Kitchen—Mary McCaffrey; Treasurer—Hal Kunkel; Arrangements—Barbara Swetman, Gina Balestracci, Susan Bingham, Diane Mennella, and Gerry Hoffman; Secretary—Gabriel Kastelle.

Leaders: Joanne DeVoe 47t; Walter Smith 135; Karen House 59; James Ulrich 40; Marian McKenzie 189; Tom Padwa 300; Leland delRe 32t; Gerry Hoffman 278b; Susan Bingham 457; Hal Kunkel 179; John delRe 101 (t? b?); Ted Stokes 47b; Doron Henkin 100; Diane Mennella 392; Ellie Soler 347; Gabriel Kastelle 31t.

RECESS

The class was called to order by Diane Mennella leading song on page 148. Leaders: Roland Hutchinson 473; Ginny Landgraf 501b; Charles Deering 569b; Joanne DeVoe 484; Elise Meyer-Bothling 89; Adrian Mariano 185; Walter Smith 178; Donna Abrahams 496; Frank Evans 66; Rosemary Greenaway 29t; Juanita Heyerman 87; Gina Balestracci 271 (t? b?); Joni Seidenstein 168; Barbara Swetman 38t; Bob Todd 479; Guy Bankes 287. Stephen Bloyd offered the blessing for lunch.

LUNCH

The class was called to order by Gabriel Kastelle leading song on page 33b. Leaders: Adrian Mariano 504; Rosemary Greenaway 171; Leland delRe 144; Ginny Landgraf 260; Gina Balestracci 312b; Gabriel Kastelle 430; Barbara Swetman 299; Joanne DeVoe 327; Gerry Hoffman 270; Donna Abrahams 532; Bob Todd 341; Charles Deering 290; Ellie Soler 378b; Joni Seidenstein 294; Elise Meyer-Bothling 324; Guy Bankes 228; Roland Hutchinson 518; Doron Henkin 245.

RECESS

The class was called to order by Guy Bankes leading song on page 34b.

James Ulrich conducted the memorial and led song on page 122 for the deceased. Betty Hanf led song on page 330 (t? b?) for the sick and shut-ins: Rosa Hughes—Alabama; Dorothy Garber and Susan Garber—Connecticut; Phil Shea and Sandra Boston—Massachusetts; Mary Ann Goula—New Jersey; Mia Durso—New York; Pauline Hutchinson, Kristina Middlekauf, Joe Borelli, Bonnie Borelli, and Barbara Smith—Pennsylvania. Let it be noted thankfully that Bob Todd of Pennsylvania overcame severe health challenges to join us in this convention which he also so amazingly helped to put on. The memorial was closed.

Leaders: Claire Simon 147t; Andrew Huffman 379; James Ulrich 334; Hal Kunkel 530; Frank Evans 269; Seth Huffman, Elsa Solek, Leland delRe, Gilead Henkin, Daniel Henkin, and Hannah Henkin 354 (t? b?) (children’s lesson); Juanita Heyerman 472; Laura Clawson 58; Tom Padwa 180; Susan Bingham 454; Mike Cuil 86; Diane Mennella 386; Ted Stokes 417; Karen House 373; John delRe 78; Margaret Sayvetz 84; Walter Smith 528; Adrian Mariano 198; Joanne DeVoe 77 (t? b?); James Ulrich 73 (t? b?); Laura Clawson 95; Leland delRe 146; Walter Smith 159; Tom Padwa 91; Gina Balestracci 112.

Guy Bankes dismissed the class with prayer.

Sunday, February 20

The convention met at the Franklin Inn Club in Center City, Philadelphia for the Sunday session. Doron Henkin called the class to order at 10:00 a.m. leading song on page 47t.

At this time, new and out-of-book tunes were sung with leaders and sources: Hal Kunkel 232t (HS); Gina Balestracci “Glocester” (William Billings); Charles Deering 63t (HS); Diane Mennella 122t (HS); Gabriel Kastelle “Encouragement” and “Mt. Zion” (both by Gabriel Kastelle); Ted Stokes “The Good Old Way” (traditional, arranged by Ted Stokes); Doron Henkin “Hymn to Joy” (arranged from Beethoven, from a seven-shape Mennonite hymnal) (by request); Roland Hutchinson “Usher” (by Roland Hutchinson).

RECESS

The class was called to order by Ginny Landgraf leading song on page 39t. Leaders: Gina Balestracci 110; Paula McGray 391; Gerry Hoffman 569t; Donna Abrahams 28t; Joni Seidenstein 278b; Ginny Landgraf 368; Claire Simon 551; Charles Deering 358; Elise Meyer-Bothling 28b; Roland Hutchinson 446; Hal Kunkel 59; Diane Mennella 278t; Ted Stokes 61; Adrian Mariano 300; Leland delRe 212; Juanita Heyerman 29t; Guy Bankes 68b; Margaret Sayvetz 34b; John delRe 333; Bob Todd 49b; Doron Henkin 53; Gabriel Kastelle 522; Donna Abrahams 455; Gina Balestracci 40; Susan Bingham 340.

LUNCH

Adrian Mariano brought the afternoon session to order leading song on page 148. Leaders: Rosemary Greenaway 203; Barbara Swetman 383; Ellie Soler 277; Frank Evans 200; Ginny Landgraf 81t; Joyell Washington 106; Paula McGray 272; Gerry Hoffman 142; Claire Simon 107; Charles Deering 288; Carrie Hoagland 24b; Elise Meyer-Bothling 120; Roland Hutchinson 242; Hal Kunkel 177; Diane Mennella 76t; Ted Stokes 229; Adrian Mariano 114; Joni Seidenstein 344; Guy Bankes 479; Leland delRe, Hannah Henkin, Gilead Henkin, and Daniel Henkin 388 (children’s lesson); Juanita Heyerman 143; Guy Bankes 350; Margaret Sayvetz 171; John delRe 218; Doron Henkin 192; Bob Todd 313b; Gabriel Kastelle 274t; Donna Abrahams 163t; Gina Balestracci 430; Susan Bingham 362; Rosemary Greenaway 163b; Barbara Swetman 276; Ellie Soler 361.

Doron Henkin led song on page 62 as the closing song, and Guy Bankes dismissed the class with prayer.

Heartfelt thanks are extended to those who traveled, hosted, sang, coordinated, helped, prayed, smiled, and in all generous ways gave to the convention.

Chairman—Doron Henkin; Secretary—Gabriel Kastelle.