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Minnesota Midwinter Cooper Book Singing

Virginia Street Swedenborgian Church, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Saturday, February 9, 2008

The 9th Minnesota Midwinter Cooper Book Singing was held on Saturday before the second Sunday in February at Virginia Street Swedenborgian Church in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Bill Waddington called the class to order leading 82t. Kit Canright offered the opening prayer. Pastor Eric Hoffman welcomed the class to Virginia Street Church.

Leaders: Cathy Lutz 559; Steven Schmidgall and Karen Swenson 391; Jim Pfau 171; Karen Edwards, Gena Borgmeier, and Elliot Borgmeier 270; Paul Wilson 314; Jim Goetz 268t; Carol Buche 488b (for Laurie Kimball and family); Scott Schroeder 122 (for Stephen Parker’s mother); Denise Kania 478; Steve Luttinen 273; Christine Stevens 416b (for Tim Eriksen and his mother-in-law); Charlie Obert and Cindy Kissee 47t; Midge Olsen 500; Doron Henkin 522.


Steven Schmidgall called the class back together by leading 432. Leaders: Jeanette Nelson 36b; Bob Meek “Stamper Creek”; Eleanor Haase 485; Gordon Olsen and a University of St. Thomas student 47b; Janet Crosby 32t; Stephen Conte 65; Chris Brown 95b; Kristie Harju 411; Paul Figura 33 (in memory of Jeanette Lowry); Donna Gunderson-Rogers 38t; Michael Moore 163b; Kit Canright and a group of St. Thomas students 128; Matt Wells and a group of St. Thomas students 183; Julie Vea 278b.


Steven Levine called the class back to order leading 449. Leaders: Shirley Figura 207; Jim Helke 393t; Kim Bahmer 144; Scott Kennedy 518; Erin Kelly and Mairi Quodomine 530; Steve Helwig 105b. Connie Stanton offered prayer for the noon meal.


The afternoon session was brought to order by Cathy Lutz and a group of St. Thomas students leading 106. Leaders: Keith Willard 416t; Connie Stanton 511t; Guy Bankes 55; Martha Henderson 567; Paul Wyatt and a group of St. Thomas students 229; Claudia Egelhoff 463; Judy Whiting 507b; Jerry Schreiber 75; Karen Rollins 136; Laura Densmore 133; Jenny Willard 199; Claudine Townson and Syble Adams 572; Val Eng 215; Steven Levine 516; Syble Adams 367.


The class was brought together by Doron Henkin leading 89. Leaders: Beth Holland 515; Emilie Karas 195; Nick Barootian 472; Jen Heans 49t; Cassie Lang and Nathan Berry 68t; Dan Edwards 99; Stacey Berkheimer 276; Anna Pfau 142; Mary Ann Sausotte 137; Steven Schmidgall 473; Judy Whiting 186; Julie Vea 218; Bob Meek 505; Karen Swenson 217; Syble Adams 543.

Upcoming singings were announced. Treasurer Matt Wells reported that expenses had been met. The class represented twelve states and three countries.

Bill Waddington led 146 as the closing song, while those who wished took the parting hand. Paul Figura offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—Bill Waddington; Secretary—Karen Swenson