Wintersville club hears from state director, inducts members

MEETING MOMENTS — The May 16 meeting of the Wintersville Woman’s Club, held at Le Chateau Pier in Smithfield, included guest speaker Esther Gartland, second from right, GFWC/Ohio Federation of Women’s Clubs, director of junior clubs. With her are Beth Leyland, right, the club’s first vice president who presided at the meeting; club member Marjean Sizemore, left, who serves as GFWC Ohio first vice president, and reported on the club’s accomplishments at the GFWC Ohio Convention, held April 27-29 in Dublin, Ohio; and club member Rae Ostrowsky, who was a Navy WAVE during World War II. -- Janice Kiaski

WINTERSVILLE — The induction of new members, acknowledgment of a top two state ranking and a message from the state director of junior clubs on supporting the USO constituted key events at the final 2018-19 meeting of the Wintersville Woman’s Club.

The noon luncheon and business session was held May 16 at Le Chateau Pier in Smithfield, where club members and others were the guests of owner Todd Piergallini at his new business venture.

Beth Leyland, first vice president, presided at the meeting where the featured speaker was Esther Gartland, GFWC/Ohio Federation of Women’s Clubs, director of junior clubs. Her topic was the Operation Culinary Canteen program, the emphasis of the GFWC president with the USO as the benefactor. USO is an acronym for United Service Organizations, which provides morale, welfare and recreation-type services to uniformed military personnel. The USO of Northern Ohio travels to installations during drill weekends to serve lunches and breakfasts to the troops. Generating money for a food truck/mobile canteen or food trailer is a goal.

“We need the support of everyone to keep the military encouraged and also the members who are at home supporting our military,” Gartland said after the meeting. “We are raising funds for a culinary canteen. We would like to have two of them in the state of Ohio that would go throughout the state to support the military when they’re having deployments or welcoming home our military and other opportunities,” said Gartland, accompanied by her husband, Dennis.

In line with supporting those who are serving or have served, the club had in its midst member Rae Ostrowsky, 97, who was a Navy WAVE during World War II, a Yeoman Second Class. Ostrowsky said she trained in typing and shorthand at Hunter College, then went on to Cedar Falls, Iowa. “I ended up in Washington, D.C., in offices then noted as counterintelligence. I worked as a secretary. I had three naval male officers, three women officers, and I was the only enlisted in my department. I was on the European desk,” she said.

Judy Weaver, membership chair, assisted by Claudia Dorich, conducted the installation of new members into the club, presenting each with flowers. They included Marilyn Izzi, Janet Hoobler, Mary Lucille Smith and Shirley Bray.

Wintersville club member Marjean Sizemore, who serves as GFWC Ohio first vice president, reported on the club’s accomplishments at the GFWC Ohio Convention, held April 27-29 in Dublin, Ohio.

Chief among the achievements was the club’s No. 2 ranking in the Ohio Top 20 Clubs, making it the recipient of the Jessie June McGee Junior Achievement Cup.

Other awards for the club, Sizemore noted, included:

¯ Junior Award for “Touch the Heart, Teach the Mind, Serving the Ohio Military;”

¯ State Award for Public Issues Community Service Programs, USO;

¯ Creativity Award for Public Issues Community Service Program USO, which has been sent to GFWC for international competition;

¯ State Award For International Outreach, UNICEF;

¯ State Award for Education;

¯ Special Recognition, The Buckeye Magazine;

¯ Honor Roll for Southeast District; and

¯ Individual awards presented to Wintersville Woman’s Club members, including, Natalie Doty for her poem “Candles in the Snow,” and Karen Hill with two photo contest placings — second for “Volunteers In Action” and third for “Living Things.”

As is the case with most woman’s clubs, the final meetings of the club season is a time to remember club members who have died during the past year. For Wintersville, that loss included Barb Thermes, Helen Reed, Juanita Wallace and Ruth Cunningham.

Meeting hostesses were Barbara Grimm, Natlie Doty and Darlene Snider.

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