Club wraps up 2013 with giving

Members of the GFWC/Ohio Woman’s Club of Steubenville “got and gave” at their final business and luncheon meeting of 2013, which was held Dec. 2 at the Steubenville Country Club.

What they got was entertained through a musical program provided by country singer Claudette “Miss Jeanie” Slusarek of Weirton, who has recorded with Megalith Records in Nashville and has “Summer’s Gone” as her newest release. (No one will argue with summer not being here, given our December.)

She presented a “Country Christmas” of everyone’s favorite yuletide tunes, performing with Bob Irwin of Wheeling, her road manager who accompanied on the guitar, and James “the Music Man” Faulkner on the keyboard.

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So the club “got” entertained.

What the club gave, on the other hand, was a listening ear and a display of generosity in making two check presentations, including a previously announced $500 one to Urban Mission Ministries, with the Rev. Ashley Steele, its executive director, there to express appreciation.

She thanked the club members for their support throughout the year, which in addition to the financial boost that day included an assortment of hats and mittens and nonperishable food items members had brought.

The other check presentation was for $2,500 to the Neighborhood House located at 423 South St., Steubenville, which operates on funds generated as a United Way member agency and through grants, bequests and private donations.

Board member Shannon Irvin, a guest at the meeting, spoke briefly to the club members about the facility that has been around since 1934, originally created as a place for the great influx of immigrants coming to the area. There they learned English and took their naturalization classes in preparation for becoming American citizens.

It became the first licensed daycare center in Jefferson County in the 1960s and has evolved into a comprehensive child care center serving children ages 12 months to age 15.

Irvin, too, gratefully accepted the club’s donation.

This being December, club President Kathy Mills reviewed many of the club’s accomplishments during 2013, which included a successful, well attended public forum in June that gave area residents some insight on the Affordable Health Care Act, coined as Obamacare. It generated inquiries from around the state, according to Mills, because of how well it was orchestrated.

Some of the club’s other projects included collecting in pennies $301.37 for Hounds’ Haven Inc.; sponsoring the Beacon House Christmas breakfast; providing $300 for pneumonia vaccines through Shot@Life through the United Nations Foundation, a campaign to expand access to lifesaving vaccines for children in developing countries; collecting funds for Christmas gifts for veterans at the Chillicothe Veterans Medical Center; collecting 47 pairs of eyeglasses for the Lions sight-saving campaign; purchasing two iPads for the School of Bright Promise; and collecting used postage stamps, which are processed, sold to stamp dealers and the proceeds applied to a mission project.

On the latter topic, Mills introduced two guests at the meeting – Edison students Abby DeVaul, Mills’ granddaughter, and Sarah Ross, daughter of club member Marisa Ross – who cut stamps off 393 envelopes as a service project.

Eileen Krupinski and Marlene Rheuff were the greeters and hostesses at the December meeting where Beth Rupert-Warren offered the devotion and blessing.

In a nominations report, Eleanor Weiss reported there was good news and bad news in the electing-officers department. The good news is that there are “highly qualified” women to fill key positions of leadership, including Donna Keagler as vice president; Judy Brancazio as recording secretary; Marge Bedortha as corresponding secretary; and Kathy Mills as treasurer, who also will serve on the board along with Delores Dooley.

The bad news is that there are no takers for the club president’s post yet, although Weiss expressed confidence that the position ultimately will be filled.

The December meeting is it for a while for the club, which is in its second club year of not having meetings in January and February.

They will return March 3 to the Steubenville Country Club for a noon luncheon and business meeting, welcoming Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla.

His topic will be “Identity Theft and Domestic Violence.”

Domestic violence awareness and prevention, by the way, is the signature project of the General Federation of Woman’s Clubs.

Donna Keagler is program chair. Carlotta Jordan and Dolores Pirraglia will serve as hostesses and greeters.