Forum, genealogy topics for club

The GFWC/OFWC Woman’s Club of Steubenville hopes to help area residents get a better picture of how Obamacare will affect them by sponsoring a public forum on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

It will be held June 3 beginning at 1:30 p.m. at Eastern Gateway Community College and is free and open to the public.

The framework will include government representatives from the federal, state and local level presenting the issues while accountants, business owners/employers, pharmaceuticals, insurance and religious leaders, for example, will be on hand for discussion and questions.

The club voted unanimously at its April 1 luncheon meeting at the Steubenville Country Club to organize the forum, holding it in place of its final meeting of the 2012-13 club season.

More about this event will come at the club’s May 6 noon luncheon meeting where Gray Nagy of the Steubenville Fire Department will be the guest speaker. His topic will be fire safety.

At the April meeting, however, the club focused on the forum where Donna Keagler will serve as moderator.

“People don’t really know what’s in it, and we keep hearing bits and pieces from the news, but there’s no real clarification,” Keagler had said after the meeting where club members voted unanimously to follow through on what also will be a membership recruiting tool, too.

The forum will feature a PowerPoint presentation by Sara Pouton, a field representative for U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, specializing in health, Social Security and Medicare.

The panel so far includes Jackie Stewart, district director for Johnson’s office; Al Macre, accountant; Kathy Maguschak, McBane Insurance; David LaRue, elder care attorney; J.J. Bernabei, owner, Tri-State Pharmacy; Ann Quillen, director, Jefferson County Fourth Street Health Center; and Michael Hernon, vice president of advancement, Franciscan University of Steubenville.

While the forum is open to women and men, it also will look to attract new members.

The April meeting also included a presentation by Flora VerStraten-Merrin, president of the Jefferson County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society. She updated club members on the project involving digitization of old Jefferson County probate records which involved 900,000 pieces of paper. The project was aided by visiting missionaries from Utah, and an appreciation luncheon was held recently in honor of their 18 months of volunteer time to the project.

VerStraten-Merrin gave members pointers on how to research their roots and noted that probate packets can contain rich information in a person’s pursuit of learning more about their heritage.

Guests at the April meeting where Kathy Mills, president, presided included Lisa Carte, Carla Kuntupis, Keely Sickles and Joanne Murdock Stives, a native of Hopedale who returned to the area about three years ago after living in New Jersey for 50 years.

Marlene Rhueff and Shirley Valuska were hostesses and greeters at the meeting where Jane Agresta gave the devotion and meditation.

Member Beth Rupert Warren, executive director of the United Way of Jefferson County, took a few minutes to promote the new 2-1-1 information and referral service that’s now available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It offers free, confidential information and referral to local community services in Jefferson County on topics, for example, such as rent and utility assistance, locations of food pantries and hot meal sites; and information on medical, dental and mental health clinics.

At the May meeting, eyeglasses will be collected for the Lions club.

It also will be occasion for scholarship recipients to be announced.