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Alaska Sacred Harp Convention

United Methodist Church, Sitka, Alaska

October 22-23, 2010

Friday, October 22

The 3rd annual Alaska Sacred Harp Convention was called to order by Kari Lundgren leading 49t. Matt Hinton of Atlanta, Georgia, conducted a singing school focusing on tune, time, and accent. Following a short recess, Matt spoke on the meaning and background behind Sacred Harp text.

Saturday, October 23

David Kreiss-Tomkins brought the class to order leading 171. Chaplin Bill Davis offered the morning prayer.

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairman—David Kreiss-Tomkins; Treasurer—Denise Klingler; Secretary—Kari Lundgren.

Leaders: Kari Lundgren 64, 147t; David Kreiss-Tomkins 189, 376; Sara Beaber-Fujioka 178, 63; Steve Helwig 209, 114; Julia Smith 40; Erika Wilson 287, 217; Judy Gangle 81t, 107; Matt Hinton 112, 365; Iris Klingler 354b; Erik Schwab 168, 148.


Matt Hinton called the class back to order leading 34b. Leaders: Scott Willis 72b, 164; Erica Hinton 74b, 270; Denise Klingler 49b; Lynn Basham 313b, 528; Tom Crane 82t; Gaye Willis 49t, 312b; Sylvia Friske 39t; Nicholas Lazipone 282; Kari Lundgren and Tracy Turner 152, 335; Julia Smith 159; Erica Hinton 354t, 540.

Erika Wilson and Steve Helwig conducted the memorial lesson. Erika Wilson spoke and led the class in 36b in honor of the following sick and shut-ins: Kathryn Hopp, Larry Beaber, and Lonnie Rogers.

Steve Helwig spoke and led the class in 163b in memory of the following deceased: Dan Delong—Alaska; Howard Mills—Washington; Richard Bentzinger—Iowa; Mary Evelyn King—Georgia; Jerry Enright—Illinois; George Seiler—New York.

Leaders: Matt Hinton 162, 192; Judy Gangle 85, 59; Iris Klingler 84; Scott Willis 276. Bill Davis offered the blessing for the noon meal.


David Kreiss-Tomkins called the class back to order by leading 155. Leaders: Steve Helwig 523, 481; Sylvia Friske 345t; Denise Klingler 45t; Kari Lundgren 186, 31t; Tom Crane 341; Gaye Willis 31b; Erik Schwab 564, 225t; Julie Smith 502; Lynn Basham 173, 122; Erika Wilson 42, 66; Sara Beaber-Fujioka 55 (CB), 511t (CB); David Kreiss-Tomkins 236.


Kari Lundgren called the class back to order by leading 445. Leaders: Kari Lundgren 344; Erica Hinton 108t, 37b; Denise Klingler 80t; Matt Hinton 99, 203; Sylvia Friske 391; Tom Crane 479; Erik Schwab 228, 274t; Julia Smith 27; Sara Beaber-Fujioka 501; Erika Wilson 142, 28b; Lynn Basham 455; Steve Helwig 480, 273; Matt Hinton 472.

A brief business session was held. David Kreiss-Tomkins and Kari Lundgren led 347 as the closing song. Bill Davis offered the closing prayer, and the class was dismissed.

Chairman—David Kreiss-Tomkins; Secretary—Kari Lundgren