Mingo Woman’s Club begins new year, welcomes center director as speaker
MINGO JUNCTION — The GFWC Woman’s Club of Mingo Held its opening meeting of 2020 at the Mingo Senior Citizens Center with Vice President Stephanie Rouse presiding.
Roetta Lewis gave the blessing, followed by opening exercises.
Following refreshments, Rouse introduced guest speaker Christi Aborn, the executive director of the A.I.M. Women’s Center, located at 248 N. Fifth St., Steubenville.
Aborn explained that the center provides “caring and compassionate services to women who are experiencing unexpected pregnancies.”
In 2005, Aborn moved to the valley with her husband, Bobby, an Air Force veteran, to attend Franciscan University of Steubenville. She noted that her previous position as the fundraising events coordinator with the Vitae Foundation, “an organization that encourages a culture of life through research-based messaging and mass media,” prepared her to step into her current role.
Services provided by the A.I.M. Women’s Center include free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, testing for sexually transmitted diseases and sexually transmitted infections, options counseling and material assistance.
It also provides “area resource information for additional assistance needed.”
Her presentation was followed by a question-and-answer period. The club presented her with a check for $440 which included a donation from Kathy Mills. Members also brought items to donate to the center, including diapers and baby wipes.
The business meeting included the secretary’s report by Lewis and the treasurer’s report by Kathy Maguschak.
A nominating committee was appointed with Lewis as the chairperson. Other members are Rouse and Diana Taylor. They will present a slate of officers at the next meeting.
The club will be having a fundraiser lottery tree drawing for the spring. The winner will be drawn at the May banquet.
A report was given on the See’s Candy fundraiser.
The Scholarship Committee will be chaired by Maguschak.
Lewis discussed the thank-you calendar project. Proceeds will benefit the Darlene Hoff Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Discussion was held on possible meeting changes for 2021.
Rouse will be e-mailing information on letters to be sent to senators asking for support of the Monarch and Pollinator Act of 2019 to provide pollinators with safe habitat along roads and highways.
Sharon Cole-Isner, Lewis, Janet Petrella and Rouse will be meeting with respect to reporting.
Cole-Isner won the door prize.
Hostesses for the evening were Maguschak, Taylor and Joanne Gorney.
The next meeting will be held Feb. 13. The public issues committee will be in charge of the meeting.