The 2014 opening meeting of the GFWC Woman's Club of Mingo Junction was held at the Mingo Senior Citizens Center with Sharon Cole-Isner presiding and offering welcoming remarks.
Roetta Lewis gave the opening prayer, and Janet Petrella led in opening exercises.
Lewis introduced guest speaker Mary Snyder of the Historic Fort Steuben and the Steubenville Murals. Snyder, who serves as assistant to Director Judy Bratten, was accompanied by Jerry Barilla, the president of the Historic Fort Steuben board who is involved with the day-to-day operations of the fort and visitors center.
Roetta Lewis, left, chairman, community service project, arts department, and Sharon Cole-Isner, Mingo Woman’s Club president
Snyder gave a Power Point presentation on the Steubenville murals "where history comes alive."
"Preserving a Piece of America" is the theme carried out for individuals and groups going through town via the guided tours, according to Snyder. "This three-dimensional top tourist attraction features 23 gigantic depictions of life in the 1800s and early 1900s," she explained.
The murals are: "Pioneer," "Franciscan University of Steubenville," "Market Street," "Stanton Park," "Ladies of the Seminary," "Honor Roll," "Medical," "Steam Laundry," "The River Reflects" "Rotary/Unibank," "Drug Store," "Religious Beginnings," "Dean Martin," "His First Deposit," "Ohio River Oil Company," "Old Reliance Firehouse," "Banking Pioneers," "Central Recreation Center," "1897 Centennial Arc," "Stone Quarry," "Ohio Bell Telephone Exchange," "White Star" and "Steel Workers."
Steubenville Murals and Historic Fort Steuben brochures were distributed to the members.
Snyder said individuals can honor a friend, loved one or event by purchasing a brick at Fort Steuben Park.
A question-and-answer period followed.
In other business, Cole-Isner gave a report on the Christmas party.
It also was announced that the club purchased Christmas gifts for 14 children from Hills Elementary and Indian Creek Middle School. Members volunteered to shop for the gifts and deliver them to the schools. Guests at the Christmas party, Esther McCoy and Olive Linn, also volunteered to shop for the children.
Cheri Carpico was selected to chair the nominating committee that also will include Lewis, Kathy Maguschak, Stephanie Rouse and Mary Jane Tiberio.
Rouse gave club members an overview of the Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership program. The club will sponsor a student to participate.
Birthdays were acknowledged.
Clara Sue Milewsky gave a report on Legislation Day, which the club will host on March 22 at Harmony United Methodist Church.
Rouse and Diana Young will be in charge of the drawing baskets for the club's mystery theater fundraiser set for April 5 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Mingo.
The Ohio Convention will be held April 25-27 in Columbus, where Cole-Isner will be installed as the Southeast District president.
Joanne Gorney gave a report on the See's Candy fundraiser. Maguschak was the top seller.
Bernie Carpico won the door prize.
Members of the Community Service Project, Arts Department, were hostesses with Lewis as hostess and assisted by Cole-Isner. Carol Lotzgeselle and Betty Ralston also are members of the committee.
The next meeting will be held Feb. 13 with the Public Issues Department in charge of refreshments. Maguschak is the chairman.