Annual Holiday Splendor set for Dec. 1

It’s that time of year.

The GFWC/Ohio Woman’s Club of Wintersville has plans in place for its 12th-annual Holiday Splendor luncheon and style show that falls on the Thanksgiving holiday weekend – three days after turkey day.

The event to benefit the scholarship fund will be held Dec. 1 at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville with boutique shopping to begin at 11:30 a.m. and lunch served at 1 p.m.

The menu will be soup, specialty breads, grilled chicken salad and dessert. The style show will features Phyllis’ Fashions with shopping to continue after the show until 4 p.m. The fashions available this year will include a rack of plus-size clothing.

Marjean Sizemore and Pat Freeland are serving as co-chairs of Holiday Splendor with a committee of fellow club members and their areas of responsibilities, including, Suzie Crawford, vendors; Pat Daily, wine; Joyce Palmer, reservations; Nancy Hukill, favors; and Pauletta Sprochi and Aimee Jaros, Chinese auction, door prizes and drawings.

Red and silver will be the colors for Holiday Splendor which will showcase the wares of approximately 20 vendors selling a variety of items.

The cost is $25 per person with no tickets sold at the door. Each ticket makes a guest eligible for door prizes. Reservations are due Nov. 23. Checks can be made payable to the Wintersville Woman’s Club and mailed to the club at 141 Starkdale Road, Wintersville, OH 43953.

Questions can be directed to Joyce at (740) 264-0492 or Claudia at (740) 264-4361.

Barb Thermes, president, presided at the business meeting with Natalie Doty, second vice president, leading in opening exercises.

Pat Freeland offered grace before lunch was served and gave the meditation entitled “Should You Ask Me – Song of Hiawatha.”

There were 42 members in attendance in addition to Leesa Thermes, a guest of her mother, Barb Thermes.

Charlotte Shively was acknowledged as the featured member in the most recent issue of the club’s newsletter called the “Chatterbox.”

CarolynnLee Barrett, recording secretary, took roll call by seeking responses to “What’s your favorite season?”

A thank-you note was received from Indian Creek Middle School for the school supplies collected at the September meeting, Linda Cipriani, corresponding secretary, reported.

In community service reports, club members were briefed on the following:

CONSERVATION: Chairman: Pat Freeland reported that she has 12 65-gallon drums of pop tabs with 7,200 pounds of that generated by the club.

INTERNATIONAL OUTREACH: Linda Nolf said food coupons collected were worth $904.50 and non-food coupons, $3,297.93. The coupons are sent to military bases as a club service project.

Nolf also distributed information on domestic violence as October also is designated as the awareness month for that issue. There also was information made available on elder abuse. Domestic violence awareness and prevention is a GFWC signature project.

In light of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, many members wore pink and also were invited to “paint their pinkies” pink in a symbolic gesture of being aware of the importance of routine self-exams and mammograms.

Nolf reported the ALIVE shelter has received a grant to use for building siding.

PUBLIC ISSUES: Barb Grimm reported that $418.29 was collected in baby bottles for the AIM Women’s Center.

WAYS & MEANS: Chairman Judy Weaver distributed Uncle Al’s brochures for nuts and candies with forms to be returned at the November meeting. In February, she said, flyers will be distributed for a new money-making project for the club, one involving the sale of greeting cards and other items. She urged her fellow club members to submit any suggestions they might have for future moneymaking projects.

A change in anticipated programming on American Indians led Thermes to be the presenter herself.

She kept to the theme, sharing a biography about the life of Chief Logan of the Mingo Indians. Logan and his Mingo tribe settled along the Yellow Creek, a small tributary of the Ohio River near present-day Steubenville. He was a man of peace, Thermes said, and no other Indian of the frontier was as widely respected among the whites as well as the American Indians.

That changed, however, when in 1774 a large canoe of white men with Jacob Greathouse, Bill Grills and brothers John and Rafe Mahon savagely attacked Chief Logan’s village near what is now Mingo Junction.

Logan’s sister was killed as were many braves. When Logan was summoned by runners to return to the village and observed the massacre’s aftermath, he held high his tomahawk, announcing that the peace had ended, that they would not return to the Yellow Creek camp. He stated that his tomahawk would not again be grounded until he had taken 10 lives for everyone in his family who was viciously murdered without a cause. Seven months later, in October after the Battle of Point Pleasant, Lord Dunmore, the governor of Virginia, compelled the Ohio Indians to agree to a peace treaty. Logan refused to attend the negotiations, instead issuing a speech that would become famously known as “Logan’s Lament.” The remainder of Logan’s life was a melancholy one, according to Thermes, who noted he was killed in 1781 after leaving a bar where he was refused any more whiskey. When he left the bar, an unknown perpetrator put a tomahawk in the back of his head, Thermes said.

The speech, Logan’s Lament, was printed in colonial newspapers, and in 1782, Thomas Jefferson reprinted it in his book, “Notes on the State of Virginia.” The American elm tree in Pickaway County, Ohio – under which he supposedly gave the speech – became famous as the “Logan Elm” and grew to great size before dying in 1964.

The next luncheon and business meeting will get under way at noon on Nov. 21 at St. Florian Hall. Representatives of Valley Hospice will present the program on “Hospice 101.”

Joyce Palmer will offer the meditation and grace. Sandi Santicola will chair the hostesses committee that also will include Judy Weaver, June Sullivan, Cheryl Taylor, Barb Steele, Mary Beth Allan and Nina Steinman.

The November project will involve the collection of small inspirational books and teen stockings for Urban Mission Ministries.