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Democratic Women install officers

INSTALLATION OF OFFICERS — Installed as officers of the Hancock County Federation of Democratic Women were, from left, Vice President Teresa McCombs, Secretary Christina Angelo and President Stacey Angelo. Belinda Biofore, W.Va. Democratic Party chairwoman, second from right, conducted the installation. Anna Gillespie, right, is state president of the W.Va. Federation of Democratic Women. -- Contributed

WEIRTON — The Hancock County Democratic Women will hold their first meeting of the new year on Feb. 17 at Giovanni’s Family Restaurant, Pennsylvania Avenue, with dinner beginning at 5 p.m. for those who desire to eat.

The business meeting will get under way at 6 p.m.

While the group held no December or January meetings, its Nov. 18 meeting held at Mario’s in Weirton was a combination meeting, early Christmas party and occasion for the installation of officers.

President Kathy Link introduced Anna Gillespie, the new president of the West Virginia Federation of Democratic Women, who spoke on being a president and what to expect from the members.

Link also introduced Belinda Biofore, West Virginia Democratic Party chairwoman, who installed the new officers.

They are: Stacey Angelo, president-elect; Teresa McCombs, vice president-elect; Christina Angelo, secretary-elect; and Dina Carnes, treasurer-elect, who was absent. Chairwoman Belinda Biofore installed the new officers by discussing the role of each officer and presenting each with the gift of an American flag, name tags with their office titles and a Democratic donkey figurine. She was assisted by Anna Gillespie’s grandson.

Biofore also discussed voter registration and its importance. She suggested that members adopt a voter, by using data to find registered Democrats who have a poor voting record.

Sending postcards and following up with information to increase Democratic voter activity were discussed. She also spoke about officer training sessions and will get in touch with Angelo regarding arrangements for one.

Biofore and Gillespie spoke about the Roosevelt Dinner that they attended in September and how important it is to honor “those who are doing so much hard work.” They also spoke about the Women’s Day at the Legislature.

In lieu of a gift exchange, the group collected $151 in monetary donations and canned goods for the Community Bread Basket to be shared with the Table of Hope.

Charlotte Helba gave membership chairman Kathy Link a list of four perspective members. They will be contacted regarding $10 dues, which will be due at the February meeting.

The Democratic women are hosting a membership drive and welcoming new members. Prospective members must be a Democrat who resides in Hancock County. The annual dues are $10, payable upon joining.

Meetings are held on the third Monday of the month at Giovanni’s Family Restaurant.

For information, contact Link by phone at (724) 544-6063 or by e-mail at kathylink58@gmail.com.

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