Good deeds, projects applauded

Doing good deeds and required projects doesn’t need to be rewarded. It is a reward in itself to know something beneficial was done. But it is also good to be recognized at times.

This is what individual 4-H award banquets are for at the end of each club year, and I was invited to two of the achievement dinners. It is nice to watch the look of accomplishment and pride on the faces of members when they received a certificate of recognition.

The Purple Circle 4-H Club banquet is held around Thanksgiving, and it breaks the stomach in on eating tons of food at one sitting. It reminds me of the days of the Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District farm tours and their sumptuous luncheon.

You could say that the Wood family is very active in this club. It was started by Herk and Shirley Wood, for their sons and relatives by the name of Wood, with many in the family following in their footsteps. There are Cliff, Ted, Jeff Sr., Jeff Jr., James, Paden, Cylene, Amanda and Brenda Wood – all advisers – along with some not named Wood.

Tyler Grafton did a great job of conducting the meeting and serving as an emcee. He is the president who is stepping down, as college is on his agenda. Mackenzie Wagner was inducted to do the job for the club year.

The installation ceremony was very inspiring, with advisers reading the expected duties of each member in a candlelight ceremony. And everyone took the service so serious.

Attaining gold status in achievements this year were Colby Smith, Dillon Newburn, Kayla Wood, Mackenzie Wagner, Cole DeGarmo, Chessa Cunningham, Nathan Grafton, Lynsey Brian and Tyler Bly.

Silver or bronze status was attained by Dillon Wagner, Ethan Wagner, Taylor Grafton and Dana Wagner.

Cloverbuds are the younger generation of 4-H members. They are the “working-in-the-wings” members. The club has four young members who treasured the certificates bearing their name. They were Karlee Weaver, Kelsie Weaver and Jason and Jenna Swickard.

Club members have collected canned goods for the Saline Township Food Pantry; taken part in the town Memorial Day parade; planted flowers in cemeteries and at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds; painted dairy barns at the fairgrounds; donated gifts for Christmas to Urban Mission Ministries; gone Christmas caroling at a nursing home; and received second place for the flower planting in front of the dairy barn in a beautification contest for the fair.


Another club I have come to know quite well and received an invitation to attend and be a part of the club’s 75th anniversary celebration is the Liberty Gals and Guys. This club was started in 1938.

Joyce Wetherell has been an adviser for the club for 43 years and was a 4-H member for 10 years before that. She baked a magnificent cake, decorated in the 4-H color of green, with a big shamrock design.

Joyce will have her family involved in 4-H for many years. Right now her son, Duayne, and daughter-in-law, Monica, are advisers, and their three children – D.J., Andrew and Delia – are 4-H members. Actually, Delia is a Clover Seed.

Joyce explained that the Liberty Gals and Guys are the continuous oldest club in the county. It was first the Jolly Stitchers in 1938, and when the meeting place was changed and members met at the Liberty Grange Hall, the name was changed to Liberty Gals. In the 1980s, the “guys” part was added, as it had been strictly a girls club until then.

The group has been an honor club for 55 years and boasts a long list of community service activities ranging from litter pickups to holiday baskets for shut-ins. Members have earned clock trophies at the Ohio State Fair, been fair kings, queens, princes, junior fair board member, camp counselors and Junior Leaders.

Those who served as advisers for the club have been Oma Wells and Ruth Carson, head advisers; Martha Bradley; head advisers; Marion Reinacher; Jean Vogt; Joyce Wetherell, head adviser; Jean Hendon; Jim Della Penna; Colleen Della Penna;, Amanda Roach; Duayne Wetherell; Monica Wetherell; and Corbin Hoffman.

To prove that 4-H members go on to become involved in the organization for others, Duayne, Monica, Ross, Joyce and Carrie Wetherell are all past members, along with Coral Sanders and Quinten Turner, who were present at the dinner.

I received a nice certification of appreciation for my interest in 4-H, and when they asked for those who had been former 4-H members to stand, I could proudly do it, except I had cute, little Delia Wetherell on my lap. I received a green carnation and a 4-H candy dish with green and white mints. My club for three years was the Junior Seamstresses.

This is according to Elva Welday Newdome, one of its advisers, along with Sissy Kemple Hartsfield and Lucille Dincan. The first year we hemmed a tea towel and made a potholder. An apron was our second- year project, and for the third year, we graduated to clothing. I made a light blue, flared skirt and bolero. Now young people are asking – what is a bolero? It is a jacket that hits just below the ribs and doesn’t entirely close in front.

Some of the accomplishments of the Liberty Gals and Guys Club include having a winning float in the Jefferson County Fair grand parade each year; collecting toys for Christmas presents; making baskets for the needy; sending Valentines and other cards to the military; and cleaning cemeteries.


Our Smithfield Christian Church had a pre-Thanksgiving dinner that was not big in numbers but very expansive in food.

It was a “bring-what-you-want” dinner and there was ham loaf, roast beef, pork roast, sloppy joes and hot dogs. The hot dogs were supposed to be for the children, but there were adults eating them as well.

Judie Phillippi is becoming the sloppy joe queen. She found a secret recipe, and everyone is praising its taste. The desserts ranged from cherry pie and pumpkin roll to pumpkin cobbler and cookies.

We were all pleased that Beverly Kaufman was coaxed to stay for the dinner, as she always hurries back to Bloomingdale after church.


An annual dime collection was taken up at the United Methodist Women of the Smithfield United Methodist Church. A donation was made in memory of Charlotte Simmons, who started the collection years ago designated for worthy causes.

Virginia Young presided and announced that the church is collecting gloves, hats, mittens and scarves for Urban Mission Ministries.

Lorrie Greene announced there are 100 more families in need of help this year than last year from the Urban Mission.

She presented perfect attendance gifts to Betty Ruttencutter, Liz Matthews and Sarah Cusick.

Sherry Matthews gave devotions relating to cooking, and yours truly was a speaker telling about my adventures as a food editor and the early years of employment.

The club does not meet in the winter but will resume on March 17.

Mildred Waldman provided the refreshments and sent everyone home with a piece of pumpkin pie.

(McCoy, a resident of Smithfield, is food editor and a staff columnist for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times. She can be contacted at