Morrison named Valiant Woman

WEIRTON – The Weirton Church Women United celebrated May Friendship Day by presenting the 2014 Valiant Woman Award to JoAnn Morrison May 2 at the First United Methodist Church on West Street.

The Valiant Woman Award is given to a woman who has served the organization and community.

Chair Helen Tate presented Morrison with a certificate and Church Women United pin.

Morrison, a Weir High School and Bethany College graduate, has been a member of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for more than 50 years. She served as the church’s Christian Education Committee chair for several years and, as chair, was the director of the vacation Bible school and special youth programs, including Youth Sunday. She also organized the Bible school closing program and has served as the elementary church camp director and instructor. Morrison also taught the nursery class. She sings in the choir. Morrison was one of the first deaconesses and is an elder emeritus.

She is a past Christian Women’s Fellowship president and serves as the Service Chair and Bereavement Dinner Chair.

Morrison also has attended retreats and taught craft classes for that organization.

She is a past Church Women United president and current treasurer. Morrison also has served as the UNICEF Committee Chair.

She is a member and past regent of the Fort Steuben Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Morrison was a Weirton Literacy Program tutor, helping area residents obtain Graduate Equivalency Diplomas.

She taught at Hanover School and has three children and six grandchildren.

Tish Turner and Isobel Bell are Valiant Woman Award Committee members.

The Rev. Michaela Jasper blessed the brunch, and Vice President Nancy Sanders presented her with a dove pin, representing the 2014 theme, “God’s Promises.”

Citizen Action Chair Diane Pastoric presented gifts on behalf of the Church Women United to Lighthouse Domestic Shelter Director Debbie Fair, who thanked the group for the donation.

Event Coordinator Cathy Cooper and second-year delegates participated in the program. They included: Joyce Summers, call to worship; Gerri Harbaugh, invocation; Marge DiClemente, Fellowship of the Least Coin; Gayla Salatino, Least Coin offering prayer; Carol Village, Mark 43; Nancy Sanders, Psalms 90; Julie Rocchio, Deuteronomy; Naomi Jeter, prayer and passing the peace; and Tish Turner, prayer after offering.

Mary Ellen Groves directed the choir, who same “Make Me a Blessing” from Ezekiel. The choir includes Isobel Bell, Norma Copenhaver, Naomi Jeter, Carol Kennedy, JoAnn Morrison, Penny Mourat, Carolyn Shockley, Carol Skerbetz and Norma Yingst.

The group closed by singing “May God’s Blessings Surround You.”

Jean Verner was the registrar; Gayla Salatino and Helen Tate were the ushers; and the First United Methodist women, including Carol Clements, Nancy Lutz, Jane Watson and Mary Householder were hostesses.

There were 35 women in attendance, representing 15 area churches.

The group’s next event will be World Community Day at 11 a.m. Nov. 7 at the First Christian Church located on Main Street.