GFWC Northern District meet held

WHEELING — The GFWC WV Northern District Convention was held Oct. 21 at Christ United Methodist Church.

The Woman’s Club of Wheeling was the host club, with Sandy Smith serving as convention chairman.

A total of 31 attended the convention, with Lexie Hanket, president of the Tuesday Arts Club of Moundsville, presiding.

Morning inspiration was given by Carmel Esposito of the Follansbee 20th Century Club, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and Club Collect led by Molly Mosser of the Weirton Woman’s Club.

The keynote speaker was state President-Elect Pamela McCoy of Huntington, who outlined projects the federation started several years ago, noting some still exist today.

Sarah Jane Jarrett, director of junior clubs, spoke on junior projects for St. Jude’s Hospital Research Hospital and March of Dimes. Other speakers included Mary Bandi and Faith Hicks, who discussed the backpack program and Gabriel Project, respectively.

Helen Moren, nominating chairman, reported the following slate of officers: Diana Durst of the Weirton club, president; Hanket, first vice president; Sharon Neeley of the New Cumberland club, second vice president; Eileen Simon of the Wheeling club, secretary; and Moren of the Bethany club, treasurer.

They were installed in a candlelight ceremony by McCoy.

Norma Schoene of the Moundsville club was elected to the state nominating committee, with Durst named alternate.

The following club presidents reported on their activities for the year: Moren, Esposito, Neeley, Durst, Hanket, Schoene, Barbara Settle of the Civic League of Warwood and Beth Wolfe of the Woman’s Club of McMechen.

Arts and crafts winners were announced by Dorothy Hawkes of the New Cumberland club. Vickie Jo Smith of the Wheeling club conducted a memorial service.

An invitation to the 2018 convention was extended by Moren.