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Garden State Singing Convention

Montclair Friends Meetinghouse, Upper Montclair, New Jersey

May 15-16, 2009

Friday, May 15

The 17th annual Garden State Convention was called to order by Gina Balestracci leading 27. After offering the opening prayer, she led 59.

The following officers were elected or appointed to serve: Chairperson—Gina Balestracci; Vice Chairperson—Susan Bingham; Secretary—Claire Simon; Arranging Committee—Laura Densmore.

Leaders: Susan Bingham 30t; Claire Simon 107; Guy Bankes 350; Carol Werba 122; Eileen Metzger 68t; George Seiler 68b; Dennis Leipold 47t; Rachel Speer 81t; Peter Golden 33b; Dean Jens 48b; Becky Wright 82t; Thom Metzger 115; Chris Holley 74b; Myles Dakan 268; Jean Seiler 142; Doron Henkin 50t; Laura Densmore 313t; Gina Balestracci 38b; Claire Simon 523; Susan Bingham 542; Guy Bankes 543; Carol Werba 163t.


Gina Balestracci called the class back to order leading 46. Leaders: Eileen Metzger 26; George Seiler 99; Dennis Leipold 300; Rachel Speer 428; Peter Golden 111b; Dean Jens 110; Becky Wright 270; Thom Metzger 423; Chris Holley 180; Myles Dakan 180; Jean Seiler 65; Doron Henkin 53; Laura Densmore 549; Susan Bingham 455; Claire Simon 547; Guy Bankes 391; Carol Werba 86; Eileen Metzger 182; George Seiler 503; Dennis Leipold 282; Rachel Speer and Dean Jens 532; Peter Golden 217; Becky Wright 216; Thom Metzger 416; Dean Jens 374; Chris Holley 32t; Myles Dakan 91; Jean Seiler 87; Doron Henkin 192; Laura Densmore 384.

Announcements were made by Gina Balestracci, who then offered the closing prayer, and led 566 as the closing song of the evening.

Saturday, May 16

The Sunday session of the Garden State Singing Convention was called to order by Gina Balestracci leading 49t. She then offered the opening prayer and led 77b.

Leaders: Susan Bingham 510; Roland Hutchinson 36b; Diane Mennella 145b; Claire Simon 66; Charlotte Ehrman 365; Michael Kaye 56b; Nancy Mandel 89; Ina Shea 371; Terry Ryan 120; Margaret Bornick 486; Frank Evans 501; Kevin Griffin Moreno 228; Brenda Peña 229; Liz Cantrell 313t; Kevin Sims 37b; Inga Knets 439; Tom Tucker 142; Nora Dunn 411; Lauren Bock 377; Leon Pulsinelle 43; Roland Hutchinson 515; Ron Bornick 454; Paula Picton 296; Lynne Hoyt 339; Aldo Ceresa 536.


Thom Metzger brought the class back to order by leading 159. Leaders: Steve Hoyt 31t; Kelsey Sunderland 521; Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg 286; Anna Mays 292; Daniel Hunter 464; Jennie Brown 441; Violet Krumbein 440; Dennis Leipold 475; Becky Wright 197; Jean Seiler 299.

Gina Balestracci conducted the memorial lesson and read the names of the following sick and shut-ins, and then led 472 in their honor: Nancy Weston, Brian Howard, Keran Keller, Myles Schofield, David Bornick, John Plunkett, and Nancy Katzen.

Gina then read the names of the deceased as follows: Rae Green and John Etheridge—Florida; Kat Kincade—Virginia; Louis Ryan, Richard Altman, Bob Guida, Shirley Coplon, and Jacob Namm—New York; Dick Sontag—Connecticut; Evan Sarney—New Jersey; and Marilyn Darch—California. Gina Balestracci offered a prayer, and then led 549 in their memory.

Leaders: Guy Bankes 503; Eileen Metzger 101b; George Seiler 480; Myles Dakan 178; Peter Golden 337; Thom Metzger 522; Chris Holley 148; Laura Densmore 328. Gina Balestracci led 180 and offered the blessing for the noon meal.


The afternoon session was brought to order by George Seiler leading 49b. Leaders: Ron Bornick 276; Lauren Bock 284; Steve Hoyt 68b; Lynne deBenedette 383; Nora Dunn 216; Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg 83 (t? b?); Margaret Bornick 171; Dean Jens 370; Paula Picton 378b; Dan Hunter 528; Lynne Hoyt 569b; Kelsey Sunderland 349; Peter Golden 340; Anna Mays 564; Chris Holley 354t; Jennie Brown 540; Myles Dakan 344; Becky Wright 85; Guy Bankes 569t; Jean Seiler 492; Thom Metzger 269; Tom Tucker 193; Liz Cantrell 318; Eileen Metzger 312t; Kevin Griffin Moreno 215.


Roland Hutchinson brought the class back together leading 155. Leaders: Frank Evans 64; Ina Shea 160t; Leon Pulsinelle 40; Sheila Nugent 208; Violet Krumbein 224; Aldo Ceresa 422; Kevin Sims 288; Nancy Mandel 102; Terry Ryan 198; Diane Mennella 471; Michael Kaye 452; Inga Knets 172; George Seiler 146; Charlotte Ehrman 157; Susan Bingham 361; Roland Hutchinson 479; Laura Densmore 201; Chris Holley 160b; Lynne deBenedette 300; Peter Golden 425.

Following announcements, Gina Balestracci offered the closing prayer, led 62 as the closing song, and then dismissed the class.

Chairperson—Gina Balestracci; Vice Chairperson—Susan Bingham; Secretary—Claire Simon