Weirton Woman’s Club holds meeting

WEIRTON – President Diane Pastoric of the Weirton Woman’s Club, a General Federation of Women’s Clubs of West Virginia member club, presided over the club’s February meeting.

Theresa McGown gave the inspiration and led the Pledge of Allegiance and Club Collect.

Program Chair Jeanne Amidon introduced Capt. Robert Hinchee of the Weirton Fire Department. He has been a member of the department since 1972 and is involved in public fire safety education, having developed the city-wide Public Fire Safety Education programs. Hinchee also is an Emergency Medical Technician and has approximately 10 years experience as a Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic.

He spoke about the medical equipment carried on fire trucks for emergency treatment and gave tips on home heating devices and fire safety. Hinchee explained the importance of having operational smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors on each floor in homes.

The Woman’s Club is promoting “I.C.E. Your Phone,” as a public issues community service program, and Hinchee spoke about the importance of programming cell phones with an emergency contact listed as “I.C.E.,” short for “In Case of Emergency.” “I.C.E.” stickers were distributed.

State Project Chair Diana Durst said she would match monetary donations for Camp Kno-Koma, a camp dedicated to West Virginian children dealing with diabetes. Durst said her goal is to be able to send three campers, at the cost of $275 each, for a week. All those making donations will have their names submitted for a $50 prize drawing.

Homelife Chair Sandy Robbins reported January was National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and noted gynecological cancers include cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal and vulvar. February is Heart Health Month “Go Red for Women.” The Heart Association celebrates women banding together to wipe out heart disease. Members passed a free-will basket for donation to the West Virginia Chapter of the Heart Association.

International Outreach Chair Colleen Mindzak reported three phone cards were sent to active-duty military members by the club. Members were asked to make donations toward the Community Bread Basket. Mindzak interviewed Donna Gialluco about her Italian and Polish heritage and family traditions. Mindzak also displayed a handmade Shepard’s cup from Yugoslavia and jewel box from Poland.

Carol Village reported the Religion and Spiritual Values Committee planned to visit the Weirton Geriatric Center Feb. 14.

Donna Gialluco reported Tammy West presented the “Refuse to Be a Victim” program Feb. 2 at the Mary H. Weir Library as part of the GFWC Signature Project on domestic violence.

Membership Chair June Pulice reported Patty Kaminski, Susan Spencer Smith and Uta Teer are new members.

Cathy Cooper was appointed public issues chair.

The club’s Garden Department will meet at noon Tuesday at Undo’s; the Literary Department will meet at 6 p.m. Feb. 18, with the program “A Walk Down the Runway”; and the Art Department will meet at noon Feb. 25 at Undo’s, with portrait artist Tempy Moore presenting the program.

The annual state convention will be held March 22-24 at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs. Feb. 20 is the reservation deadline.