Calendar Luncheon a Weirton rite of spring

CREATIVE TABLES — Patty Kaminski was host and designer for the June table. -- Janice Kiaski

WEIRTON — Imaginative table centerpieces and decorations reflective of a particular month were the focal point of the 17th-annual Spring Calendar Luncheon arranged by members of the Garden Department of the GFWC-WV Weirton Woman’s Club.

Table decor ran the gamut from a June theme of flowers and ferns and a May table in honor of the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan to a patriotic July table and a January table with the accent on turquoise and peacocks.

The fundraiser luncheon held April 6 at Undo’s Holiday Inn, Weirton, helped generate money to award a scholarship for a senior pursuing studies in the fields of environmental sciences, agriculture, horticulture or forestry. It also helps provide two camperships to W.Va. Department of Environmental Protection Junior Conservation Camp held at Cedar Lakes, W.Va.

Locally, the garden department has improved the flower beds at the Mary H. Weir Public Library and donated to the Camp Aura improvement projects. It has been active in the community for 80 years.

Event Co-Chair Sharon Neeley extended the welcome and acknowledged the hosts at each of the tables, herself included at two of them — September and December. The others were: January, DeeAnn Greene; February, Jeanne Amidon; March, Molly Mossor; April, Diana Durst; May, Carol Village; June, Patty Kaminski; July, Teresa Conley; August, Maralyn Ridgway, event co-chair and chairman of the garden department; October, Dawn Neeley; and November, Sandra Robbins.

Neeley also introduced various leaders in the audience, among them Helen Moren, GFWC WV president and president of the Bethany Woman’s Club; Diana Durst, GFWC WV Northern District president; Helen Gibson, president of the Weirton Woman’s Club; and Mary Schwertfeger and Carmel Esposito of the Follansbee 20th Century Club.

Past Weirton Woman’s Club presidents in attendance also were singled out.

Charlene Brown gave the blessing before lunch was served.

Musical entertainment was provided by former Legends member Scotty Hicks, who was introduced by Ridgway.

The award of door prizes and a 50-50 drawing rounded out the afternoon.