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Monday, 08 April 2013 09:22
PEMBERVILLE - Twenty club members met March 12 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.  Jane Kohlenberg presented the program "Bells, Bells, Bells." Small portable bells existed in Egypt and Africa as early as 1500 BC.  There is proof that they were used in China, India, and Korea in 1400 BC and by the Indians in the western hemisphere in 1100 BC.  These bells created noise, provided signals, and indicated religious and secular rejoicing.  Later they were commonly used by school teachers.
Bells in different musical pitches were created starting in the 1700s in England.  The London Whitechapel Bell foundry in London cast a set of hand bells for Margaret Shurcliff in Boston in 1902. These were the first known handbells in America.
Bethlehem Lutheran bell choir has been ringing for several years.  They play for worship and in local rings. The gym floor was filled with bell choirs from the area. Bethlehem's 15 members played several pieces on their three octaves of bells.
Dessert was served by Debbie Beaverson assisted by Kathy Bretz.  The next meeting will be strategic planning at Pemberville Library on April 9.
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