Weirton literary department meets

FEBRUARY PRESENTER — Welcoming Janice Kiaski, center, community editor for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times, as the guest speaker to the 2020 opening meeting of the Literary Department of the Weirton Woman’s Club held Monday at Undo’s in Weirton were Shirley DeLuca, left, literary department vice chairman, and Jeanne Amidon, literary department chairman. -- Staff photo

WEIRTON — The Literary Department of the Weirton Woman’s Club, a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, held its 2020 opening meeting at Undo’s in Weirton on Monday with Chairman Jeanne Amidon presiding and welcoming members back after a winter hiatus.

Sharon Neeley gave the inspiration and prayer before the meal.

Shirley DeLuca, vice chairman, introduced program presenter Janice Kiaski, community editor for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times, and Michael D. McElwain, city editor. Kiaski’s video presentation overviewed the duties of her work and insight on her 40 years at the newspaper.

The evening meeting also included the Literary Light presented by Ann Parsons, who reviewed “The 19th Christmas” by James Patterson; “The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty” by Susan Page; and “The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11” by Garrett Graff.

Department members heard updates on various events and meetings.

Neeley, for example, shared about plans for the 18th-annual fundraiser Spring Calendar Luncheon, which will be held March 28 at Undo’s. Doors will open at 11 a.m. with lunch at noon followed by entertainment, a 50-50 drawing and door prizes, according to Neeley, chairman. For tickets, call (304) 479-0734.

Sandra Robbins, meanwhile, gave a report on the department’s 54th-annual Book Review Luncheon, which will be held April 19 at Undo’s, beginning at 2 p.m. Robbins will co-chair the event along with Diane Pastoric. Committee members include Mossor, Barbara Raynolds, Minnie Pazich and Amidon.

Tickets are $25 for the fundraiser where Mossor, book reviewer, will portray Hedy Lamarr, an Austrian-born American film actress — often called “the most beautiful woman in films” — and an inventor who was posthumously inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. She was born Nov. 9, 1914, and died on Jan. 19, 2000. She was 85.

The afternoon will feature a drawing for an Amazon Fire HD basket. Details will be announced at the next meeting.

Mossor gave a report on the Teddy Bear Tea, which will be held on July 22.

Announcements included Weirton Woman’s Club President Helen Gibson noting the board meeting will be held Feb. 27, beginning at 9:30 a.m. with the general meeting on March 2, beginning at noon in the fellowship hall at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church.

The art department meeting is at noon on Feb. 24 at Undo’s, where the garden department will meet at noon on March 10 with Eric Freeland presenting the program.

The literary department’s next meeting will be held March 16 at 6 p.m. at Undo’s with two presenters, including Mike Gray, director of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County.

Weirton native Namita Luthra, a resident of New York, also will be a presenter, sharing about her involvement in a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization called Monumental Women.

In the Central Park of New York there are more than 200 statues but none of them of a woman.

Created in 2014, the group’s initial goal is creating the first statue of real women in Central Park’s 166-year history.

The organization’s monument of women’s rights pioneers Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton will be unveiled on Aug. 26, the centennial anniversary of the ratification of the 19th “Votes For Women” amendment to the constitution.

This year also marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Susan B. Anthony.

All three women were not only women’s rights pioneers, but New Yorkers as well.


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