NEW MANCHESTER - The Garden Department of the Weirton Woman's Club, a General Federation of Woman's Clubs of West Virginia member, held their open meeting Sept. 11 at Tomlinson Run Park with a covered-dish picnic.
Chair Sharon Neeley called the meeting to order; Jeanne Amidon gave the inspiration with a reading, "Chain of Friendship"; Secretary Diana Durst read the minutes; and Jeanne Amidon gave the treasurer's report.
Neeley asked members to remember those lost during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and stated the Garden Department had a meeting that day.
GARDEN DEPARTMENT — Attending the Sept. 11 Garden Department meeting were, from left, front, Helen Brancazio, Vice Chair Lea Shirer, Chair Sharon Neeley and Teresa McGown, and, back, Secretary Diana Durst, Gay Blake, Treasurer Jeanne Amidon, Enid Williams, Dawn Neeley, Helen Gibson, June Pulice and Sandy Robbins. -- Contributed
Scholarship Chair Helen Brancazio announced a $250 scholarship was awarded to Dru Aftanas.
Neeley noted the Calendar Luncheon will be held April 13, and Victoria Gerst will provide entertainment.
The department will be selling flower bulbs this month in a federation-endorsed program, "Flower Power."
Members discussed upcoming projects. The group will send a child between the ages of 11 and 14 to the Cedar Lakes Conservation Camp, where children learn about ecology, forestry, soil conservation and fishing. The cost is $160. The department will sponsor a crayon-recycling project. Used and broken crayons will be collected for recycling. The group also will plant bulbs at the Mary H. Weir Library. Members collected a free-will offering for Athena's Walk.
State Special Projects Chair Diana Durst discussed the state project, Camp Kno Koma, a camp for diabetic children. Neeley spoke shared some Garden Department memorabilia.
The next meeting will be at Oct. 9 at Undo's at Holiday Inn - Weirton. The program will be Pumpkin Patch Parade.