Showing off their Easter bonnets

It’s hard to believe that the 2012-13 club season is on the threshold of ending with only two more meetings left on the calendar for the GFWC/OFWC Woman’s Club of Wintersville.

Members will gather April 18 for their noon luncheon and business meeting at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville, ready for what is an annual tradition.

Their program will be the “Make It, Bake It, Take It” auction where club member Lil Ferguson will wield her auctioneering skills and hopefully get her club peers to generously participate in this club fundraiser where the items on the auction block include everything from homemade baked goods to flowers.

Fran Sohovich, Sandi Santicola, Charlotte Shively, Kathleen Henry, Ferguson and Rosemarie Cieslak will serve as hostesses at this meeting with Barb Grimm leading the meditation and grace.

At the March 21 meeting Barb Thermes, president, welcomed 46 members and four guests, including Mary Ann Freeze, daughter of Treasurer Joyce Palmer, and Dottie Bossert, there with Carol Yaich.

Twelve members donned their Easter hats for the club’s Easter bonnet parade, modeling a variety of stylish hats to the music of “In Your Easter Bonnet” as judges Nancy Honse, Bonnie DiDomenico, Linda Nolf and Marjean Sizemore made the tough choices for the top honors.

Winners were: Donna Phillips, first place, most beautiful; Gloria Kotur, second place, most traditional; Suzy Crawford in her toboggan, third place, most original/unique (Suzy had opted for warmth given the chill of this meeting day that was absent of any hint of spring); and Margaret Fredericks, fourth place, most original.

Natalie Doty, second vice president, led in opening ceremonies, and CarolynLee Barrett, recording secretary, read roll call with members asked to respond to “Are You of Irish Descent?” since the meeting had fallen around St. Patrick’s Day.

Linda Nolf was singled out, having been featured as the “member of the month” in the club’s “Chatterbox” newsletter. Pat Freeland gave the meditation, using a theme of “Spring Flowers.”

Community Service reports included:

ARTS: Donna Phillips announced that she had contest forms for the state photograph entries.

CONSERVATION: Pat Freeland gave members a handout so they can track what items they recycle. She’ll collect this information at year’s end to compile totals.

EDUCATION: Jackie Davis, chairman, reminded members that the club’s “Book Nook” ends at the April meeting.

INTERNATIONAL OUTREACH: Barb Whiteman, chairman, thanked everyone for the $6,788.07 worth of coupons sent to military bases and reported the purchase of a pig, chickens and seedlings through the Heifer International program has been completed.

WAYS AND MEANS: Judy Weaver, chairman, distributed “Flower Power” catalogs.

PUBLIC ISSUES: Chairman Barb Grimm thanked everyone for the 55 bags of jelly beans donated for Urban Mission Ministries’ Easter distribution.