Community news from around the area
Sojourner Truth Federated Club
hosting membership event
STEUBENVILLE — Sojourner Truth Federated Club is hosting a membership social from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Feb. 28 at Eastern Gateway Community College’s Pugliese Center.
Activities will include fellowship, an exchange of information, games and refreshments.
Sojourner Truth Federated Club, which was organized on Feb. 4, 1973, is part of the Ohio Valley District of Colored Women’s Clubs and was named after Sojourner Truth, an African American abolitionist and women’s rights activist. She was born into slavery but escaped to freedom in 1826. She once met with President Abraham Lincoln and told him the story of her life as a slave.
The club is an affiliate of the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs, the oldest black organization in the United States. The organization strives to advance the achievements of women and children.
The club has given clothing and financial donations to fire victims and those in need and has given donations to various local charities as well as hygiene kits, for example, to juveniles in jail. The club endeavors to provide financial aid to worthy students entering college or technical school, awarding students for high scholastic achievement, and recognizes outstanding young women in sports, a club spokesperson noted. Each year the club presents a $500 scholarships to a local graduating high school senior.
This spring, the club will be hosting its second quarter auction, which will feature vendors and concessions. The club also sponsors the Silver Bell Ball, an annual event held in November. The ball and quarter auction proceeds benefit the Sojourner Truth Scholarships Fund.
Rose Marie Slaughter is club president. Hazel Sweetenberg is membership chairman.
Brooke foundation accepting
nominees for veteran award
WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Veterans Memorial Park Foundation is accepting nominations for its Veteran of the Year until March 20.
The recipient will be recognized at the group’s annual dinner in May.
Nomination forms can be found at the group’s website at https://brookehillspark.com/brooke-county-veterans-memorial-nomination-form and on its Facebook page. For information, call (304) 737-1236.
Free community dinner set for
Thursday at Wellsburg church
WELLSBURG — There will be a free community dinner from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Wellsburg Presbyterian Church, located at 901 Charles St., Wellsburg. “Come and join us for a free and fun dinner,” a church spokesperson noted.
Family law basics to be topic
at Brooke County Library
WELLSBURG — Representatives of the West Virginia State Bar Association family law committee will discuss family law basics from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Brooke County Library.
Topics will include property division, alimony, child custody and guardianship, grandparents’ rights, child support and relocation.
No registration is required for the free program.
Book club scheduled to meet
WELLSBURG — The Brooke County Public Library Book Club will discuss Rhoda Janzen’s “Mennonite in a Little Black Dress” at 5 p.m. Feb. 27.
Everyone is welcome to the free group. For information, call (304) 737-1551.