Weirton Woman’s Club meets

WEIRTON – The Weirton Woman’s Club, a General Federation of Women’s Clubs of West Virginia member organization, held their April meeting at the Masonic Lodge Annex with President Diane Pastoric presiding.

Patty Rhoades presented the inspiration and led the Pledge of Allegiance and Club Collect.

Program Chair Jeanne Amidon introduced Alicia Ford of the Top of West Virginia Convention and Visitors Bureau. Ford spoke about the Hancock County Holiday Tour. It includes homes, churches and businesses located throughout the county in Chester, Newell, New Cumberland and Weirton. She asked club members to consider partnerning with the Hancock County Arts Council on the event.

As a second program, club member Molly Mossor portrayed Pearl S. Buck, author, Civil Rights activist and women’s rights activist. She had 15 books on the New York Times’ bestseller list. “The Good Earth” won the 1932 Pulitzer Prize. Buck was active in humanitarian efforts to protect Asian-Americans from racism. In 1949, she founded the Welcome House adoption agency, which specialized in assisting in the adoption of Asian-American children. In 1973, she bequeathed her estate to Pearl S. Buck International for a headquarters.

International Outreach Chair Colleen Mindzak introduced club member June Pulice, who spoke about her ethnic background and memories of her family.

Religion and Spiritual Values Chair Carol Village reported the committee visited Weirton Geriatric Center April 10 with the Rev. Dave Parker of New Life Worship Center.

Social Chair Lea Shirer reported the closing meeting will be held May 3 at Williams Country Club. The cost is $22 and reservations are due by May 1.

Book Review Chair Sandra Robbins reported the annual event will be held at 2 p.m. May 25 at the Serbian American Cultural Center located at 1000 Colliers Way. Nancy Ellen Rice will review the autobiography “This Time Together: Laughter and Reflections With Carol Burnett.” There also will be a drawing for a Kindle Fire HDX. Tickets are $25.

Pastoric reported the club planted a sugar maple tree at the Weirton Event Center.

The Northern District spring leadership workshop will be held Saturday at the Presbyterian Church in Moundsville. The Tuesday Arts Club of Moundsville is the host club. The cost is $15 for registration and lunch. The Art Department meets at noon Monday at the Holiday Inn – Weirton. The state summer conference will be held Aug. 8-9 at the Marriott Charleston Town Center.

The election of 2014-2016 officers was held. Those elected included President Jeanne Amidon, First Vice President June Pulice, Second Vice President Sandra Robbins, Recording Secretary Helen Gibson, Financial Secretary Lea Shirer and Treasurer Diana Durst.

The club was awarded 21 awards at the state convention. Those winning first place included Sue Barrett, leadership advancement; Betty Kraina, legislation and public policy; Diana Durst, president’s special project; and Cathy Cooper, public issues. Those winning second place included Delores Azzarello, communications and identity; Colleen Mindzak, international outreach; Wilma Roberts, women’s history and resource center; and general club, scholarship fund. Those winning third place include Shirlee Baltich, conservation; Christina Fair, education; Teresa McGowan, fundraising and development; Delores Azzarello, media book; June Pulice, membership; and Carol Village, Pearl S. Buck program. Betty Krainia won the 2013 State Creativity and Best Overall awards for legislation and public policy.

The club also received Honor and Superior Club, Rhododendron Membership, 90-Year Club Anniversary and Endowment Fund awards. Rita Griffith was recognized as a 50-year member. Diane Pastoric, Carol Village, Diana Durst, Cathy Cooper, Lea Shirer, June Pulice, Cathy Colbert, Susan Spencer Smith and Iris Rees received Star Awards.

Members receiving arts and crafts exhibit awards included: Patty Kaminski, acrylic painting, first place; Lea Shirer, machine and hand quilting, first; Lois Flemm, crocheted afghan, first; Helen Gibson, paper bag album, second; and Lois Flemm, craft jewelry, second.