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Berkshire Foothills Singing

Milton Hall, Milton, Connecticut

Saturday, November 7, 2009

The 3rd annual Berkshire Foothills All Day Singing opened with Joanne Fuller leading 48t and 52t. The opening prayer was offered by Joanne Bowman.

Leaders: Paula Picton 72b, 129; Lauren Bock 138t, 131b; Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg 74b, 411.

A business session was held with the following officers elected or appointed to serve: Chairperson—Paula Picton; Vice Chairperson—Allison Schofield; Secretary—Diane Mennella. The business session was brought to a close and singing continued.

Leaders: Paula Picton 300; Allison Schofield 439, 348b; Diane Mennella 77b, 76b; Sally Langendorf 108b, 56t; Al McCready 34b, 148; Alice Maggio 38b, 448t; Andy Johnston 512, 294; Martha Rogers 105, 282; Terry Ryan 452, 142; Jim Picton 384, 347.

RECESS

The class resumed singing with Allison Schofield leading 101t. Leaders: Philippa Stoddard 144, 454; John Redman 513, 143; Molly Merrett 445, 146; Rachel Speer 216, 278t; Brian Collett 218, 474; Jim Bean 106, 107; Anne Kazlauskas 173, 269; L.H. Spencer 324, 70b; Joanne Bowman 430, 168; Ines Lüttgen 349, 302; Eli Hetko 47t, 186; Laura Borrelli 196, 274t; Mary Andrews 457; Mary Andrews and Christine Andrews 176b; Bethany Towne 283, 131t; Jan-Erik Steel 170, 319. The mealtime blessing was offered by Barbara Swetman.

LUNCH

Paula Picton called the class back to order by leading 32t. Leaders: Liz Cantrell 313t, 441; Bill Holt 352, 550; Kelsey Sunderland 431, 528; Dean Jens 377, 545; Elizabeth Stoddard and Linda Chilsey 191, 181; Julian Damashek 374, 203; Joanna Lampert 318, 336; John Merritt 271t, 400; Barbara Swetman 417, 484; Tom Malone 193, 212; Guy Bankes 183, 467; Jennie Brown 30t, 362; Lynne deBenedette 67, 182; Dan Hunter 225b, 500.

RECESS

Allison Schofield brought the class back together by leading 182. Leaders: Robert Stoddard 390, 392; Deidre Montgomery 558, 548; Cindy Bean 159, 163t; Ian Trupin 535, 178; Ines Lüttgen and Lisa 34t, 120; Scott Luscombe 481, 506; Mary Jo Shafer 225t, 229; Jack Sullivan 503, 48b; Kathy Collett 547, 84; Gail Rosen 47b; Christine Andrews 288, 285 (t? b?).

The class went into business session for the purpose of hearing reports and voted to include in the minutes the following from the resolutions committee: We extend thanks and appreciation to all those who made the singing possible. First, we thank our Lord, the Creator, on whose help we depend. We are grateful to all the officers for their hard work, and all those who made and carried the food that nourished us. Thanks to those who found this wonderful space, and all those committee members who made our singing in it easy and up-lifting. We resolve to meet again next year.

The officers closed the singing by leading 62, and the class was dismissed with prayer offered by Elizabeth Stoddard.

Chairperson—Paula Picton; Vice Chairperson—Allison Schofield; Secretary—Diane Mennella