Woman’s Club holds meeting

WEIRTON – The Weirton Woman’s Club, a General Federation of Women’s Clubs of West Virginia member organization, welcomed guest speaker Mary Hannah Finton, Steel and Wolfe Funeral Home funeral director, to a recent meeting.

Finton spoke to the club about military burials, including those at Arlington National Cemetery, which is only open to military members. She talked about the funeral of local resident Capt. Roderick “Rick” Jamison, who was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, five Bronze Starts, three Vietnamese Campaign Medals, Army Commendation Medal, Presidential Unit Citation and Vietnamese Civic Action Medal.

Finton spoke about the details and arrangements for a military funeral and showed a short film.

Home Life Chair Sandy Robbins introduced guest speaker Len Walker, Hancock County Savings Bank Vice President of Asset Review and Financial Privacy. He spoke about identity theft and the serious problem it has become. Walker gave several tips to safe-guard identities, including shredding financial documents, protecting Social Security numbers, not giving out personal information on the phone, not following links in unsolicited emails and keeping personal information secure. He also discussed Internet phishing tactics to obtain personal financial information.

Fundraising Chair Teresa McGowan reported the murder-mystery dinner fundraiser was success. Shirlee Baltich is taking orders for Uncle Al’s nuts and candies.

Conservation Chair Baltich collected old blankets, towels, dog and cat food for homeless animals at the Hancock County Animal Shelter.

Robbins commended Ida Haynes, Cathy Cooper, Sally Frantz, Helen Gibson, Tammy Aftanas, Bernice and Gary Pitcock, Alex Melonas, Midge Green, Argiro Latousakis and Kim Brown for working the blood analysis at Weirton Medical Center.

International Outreach Chair Colleen Mindzak announced “Babette’s Feast” will be presented from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Mary H. Weir Public Library. Refreshments will be available.

Mindzak also introduced club member Melissa Veltri, who spoke about her heritage.

Public Issues Chair Cathy Cooper reported In Case of Emergency program flyers will be provided to Weirton Fire Chief Jerry Shumate to distribute during Fire Prevention Month visits to Hancock and Brooke county schools and at the Follansbee Pharmacy and Weirton Medical Center health fair. President Diane Pastoric and Cooper will give an ICE presentation Nov. 1 to the Church Women United.

Religion and Spiritual Values Chair Carol Village reported club member Susan Spencer-Smith will minister during the club’s October visit to the Weirton Geriatric Center.

Membership Chair June Pulice installed new members Olivia Currenton-Carter, Susan Dombovich, Anna Akis, Sue Baldt, Tammy Aftanas, Roberta Taylor, Bernice Pitcock and Brenda Ice.

Helen Gibson, Judy Burdine, Leah Shirer, Patti Kaminski and Sue Ann Barrett were arts and crafts contest first-place winners. Their entries will be judged at the district level Oct. 12 in Moundsville. Sue Willson, Nita Resler and Bobbi Jo Domitrovich were judges.

The Art Department will meet at noon Oct. 28 at Undo’s. Sharon Neeley will instruct members on making mesh wreaths. The Literary Department will meet at 6 p.m. Oct. 21 at Undo’s. Members will review “Death of Pimberly.”

The club’s 90th anniversary will be celebrated at 5 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Serbian American Cultural Center. Ron Retzer will entertain. The cost is $20, and reservations must be made by Oct. 23.

Club members held a dollar auction, and the proceeds will benefit the state project, Camp Kno-Koma.