WEIRTON - President Diane Pastoric presided over the recent March meeting of the Weirton Woman's Club, a General Federation of Women's Clubs of West Virginia member club.
Diana Durst gave the inspiration and led the Pledge of Allegiance and Club Collect.
Program Chair Jeanne Amidon introduced Pam Makricosta of the Weirton Museum and Cultural Center. Makricosta presented a program on "Rose the Riveters," women who worked in industrial jobs during World War II. She shared personal stories and photos of local women and suggested reading "Women, War and Work," and "A Mouth Full of Ribbons." The museum will host an event honoring local Rosies in July.
Women's History Chair Wilma Roberts talked about Katherine Lee Bates, "America The Beautiful" composer. The general federation selected the song in 1922 as the organization's official song. Bates was born in 1869 in Falmouth, Mass. Roberts shared excerpts from a book written by Bates' niece, Dorothy Burgess.
Chair June Pulice installed two new members, Susan Spencer Smith, sponsored by Carol Village, and Patty Kaminski, sponsored by Diane Pastoric.
Jo-Ellen Wright announced the GFWC annual Women's History Month Event is scheduled for Wednesday. Lisa Kathleen Graddy of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History will be the guest speaker. Graddy has worked at the museum since 1989, and she is the women's political history and First Ladies collection curator.
State Project Chair Diana Durst reported the Camp Kno-Koma fundraiser is ongoing. Members are encouraged to enter a drawing for a $50 gift card. Tickets are $5. A sponsor will match all $1 donations.
Homelife Chair Sandy Robbins reported the free will collection for "Go Red for Women" for the American Heart Association netted $45 and was sent to the Charleston division. The money will stay in the state. The blood analysis is scheduled for Saturday at the Weirton Medical Center. Barbara Raynolds gave the international outreach program, speaking about her ethnic background and upbringing in the Bronx in New York.
Carol Village reported the Religion and Spiritual Values Committee and guest pastor the Rev. Tina Hosler of Paris Presbyterian Church will visit the Weirton Geriatric Center Thursday.
The Art Department will meet at noon March 25 at Undo's, with a program on National Craft Month. The Literary Department will meet at 6 p.m. Monday, with Jeff Evans presenting a program on the Civil War.
The Literary Department announced the annual book review will be held April 20 at the Williams Country Club. "Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child," by Bob Spitz, will be reviewed. Tickets are $25. For tickets, call Sandy Robbins at (304) 723-4668. The 107th annual state convention will be held March 22-24 at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs.