Women attend state convention

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS – Members of the Bethany Woman’s Club and 20th Century Club of Follansbee were among 247 who attended the 108th Annual General Federation of Women’s Clubs of West Virginia Convention held March 21-22 at The Greenbrier Resort.

Helen Moren, state recording secretary and Bethany Woman’s Club president; and Mary Schwertfeger and Carmel Esposito, both 20th Century Club of Follansbee members, attended the event, which was held jointly with the 81st annual Junior Convention for the fourth year.

State President Carol Allen and Junior Clubs Director Kristi Atha-Rader presided over the convention, which included several business sessions and award presentations as clubs throughout the state were recognized for their work in volunteerism.

A reception honoring Allen and past state presidents was held, and 50-year members were presented GFWC Gold Membership pin-cards.

Jody Cunningham of Williamstown was installed as the new state president and Moren as the state second vice president.

The Bethany Woman’s Club was awarded Honor, Superior and Rhododendron certificates and received first place in public issues, communications and identity, leadership and 1734 Society contribution.

The group also placed second in conservation, international outreach, GFWC Signature Project: Prevent Child Abuse America, international outreach partnership, GFWC legislation and public policy, President’s Special Camp Kno Koma and diabetes awareness, fundraising, state scholarship fund, state endowment fund and Pearl S. Buck Birthplace; and third for membership while having the highest percentage of increase in membership.