Wintersville Woman’s Club starts new tradition with Membership Appreciation Day

The May 16 meeting of the GFWC/Ohio Wintersville Woman’s Club brought a first.

The program portion of the club’s final meeting of the 2012-13 season was to the theme “Hooray for Our Members – You’re Awesome,” the launch of what will be an annual Spring Membership Appreciation Day.

It was occasion where Judy Anastasio, membership chairman, was assisted by Joan Martinez in presenting various awards, the written salutes penned by Mary Beth Allan.

The top award went to Linda Nolf, who received the Pioneer Woman of the Year Award as well as the Wintersville Woman’s Club’s Clubwoman of the Year award, an acknowledgment that brought applause and a standing ovation from her club peers.

“We are so proud of you and the recent award you received at GFWC/Ohio convention from the Pioneer Workers and would like to present it again to you in the presence of your fellow club members,” Martinez said.

Pioneer Workers of GFWC/Ohio is a group of active members who have served a full two-term term on the state level as an officer or committee chairman. “Linda qualifies having been a past district president and chairman of many state community service programs. The objectives of the group include promotion of a closer union of members of GFWC/Ohio, sponsorship of the Blue Book of Distinguished Ohio Women and periodic presentation of a plaque to an outstanding member of GFWC/Ohio. Mary Davis, a past GFWC/Ohio state president, submitted Nolf’s name for the honor,” Martinez noted.

Nolf has been a member of the Wintersville Woman’s Club since 1982 and a member of Wintersville Junior Women before that. She has twice served as club president and been chairman of several community service programs and special projects such as Holiday Splendor. “You are faithful, dependable, cheerful and always willing to do whatever you are asked,” Martinez said of Nolf.

Other honorees were:

JACKIE DAVIS: She received the “Thanks for All You Do Award.” An active member of the club since joining in 2007, Davis co-chaired the club’s Holiday Splendor fundraiser for many years, has served as education chairman and former corresponding secretary and initiated the club’s Book Nook. Dessert was a special cake in Davis’ honor as she will be relocating to the Hilton Head, S.C., area, and will be greatly missed but always hold a special place in the hearts of her fellow club members.

MARTHA ALLOGGIA AND PAT FREELAND: Both were presented yellow rose bouquets for being new members in the club as transfers.

MARY COLEMAN: Having turned 99, Coleman was honored as the club’s oldest member and noted she received more than 300 birthday cards, which she appreciated. Coleman taught for 34 years in Steubenville City Schools and after retiring joined the Wintersville Civic Service Club which became the Wintersville Woman’s Club when the two club merged. She has been involved with club activities over the years and remains a loyal member.

HELEN REED: With 59 years of service, Reed has the distinction of having the longest membership in a Wintersville GFWC Federated club – first in 1954 when she joined the Wintersville Service Club and continuing into the present club.

DONNA PHILLIPS AND NANCY HUKILL: Both were singled out for their creative talent. Phillips in 2012 was the chairman of the arts committee, and created a “shoe” for holding toiletries collected as a project while Hukill created favors for the locally held Legislation Day.

IMOGENE LOUK: Louk was recognized for her years of service on the scholarship committee, having touched many young lives by being the liaison between students and the club.

And I was surprised and honored to receive an honorary member award and pin for linking the community and the club. It is always a treat to be with this group of women at their monthly meetings, and I appreciate their diligence and dedication to make a positive difference in the area.

President Barbara Thermes held a drawing for a member to receive a free year’s membership with Carol Yaich the winner. Thermes also honored Anastasio as being “a reflection of our sole” in her capacity as membership chairman. The membership theme is “Kick Up Your Heels” and ask someone to join the club.

Hostesses for the May meeting held at St. Florian Hall, aside from Martinez, were Linda Lenzi, Helen Reed, Rosalie Falbo, Nancy Honse and Debbie Abrams. It was attended by 49 members and two guests, including Sandy Villamagna, a guest of Fran Sohovich.

Ruth Carson gave the meditation, and opening ceremonies were led by Natalie Doty with reports by CarolynLee Barrett and Joyce Palmer.

Marjean Sizemore, first vice president, reported that four members attended the state convention, and the club ranked fourth in the state out of 20 clubs and received several awards.

Thermes conducted a memorial service for Katherine Pownall, who died July 26, 2012. She had joined the club in 2009.

Members were reminded that the club’s picnic will be held July 18.