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Wintersville Woman’s Club installs officers

OFFICERS INSTALLED — Officers to lead the Wintersville Woman’s Club for 2020-22 were installed during the club’s June 18 meeting at St. Florian Event Center in Wintersville. Marjean Sizemore, third from right, OFWC state president and also a member of the local club, conducted the installation. With outgoing club President Mary Beth Allan, left, are, from left, Karen Hill, treasurer; Aimee Jaros, corresponding secretary; Pat Ketzell, president; Robbie Young, recording secretary; and Iris Craig, first vice president. Tyra Timmons is second vice president. -- Janice Kiaski

WINTERSVILLE — Members of the GFWC Wintersville Woman’s Club came out of pandemic hibernation to play meeting catchup for sessions not held in March, April and May because of coronavirus safety precautions.

The specially called meeting held June 18 at St. Florian Event Center in Wintersville involved a presentation by conservation Chair Barb Grimm that included gardening tips; new and old business items; and the delayed installation of officers for the 2020-22 term.

The latter was conducted by Marjean Sizemore, a club member who has the distinction of recently assuming duties as the 62nd president of General Federation of Women’s Clubs/Ohio Federation of Women’s Clubs, which takes in five districts in the Buckeye State with 53 clubs and more than 1,200 members. It marks the first time in the Wintersville Woman’s Club’s federated history it has had a member serve in the post.

The new club leaders are Pat Ketzell, president; Iris Craig, first vice president; Tyra Timmons, second vice president; Karen Hill, treasurer; Robbie Young, recording secretary; and Aimee Jaros, corresponding secretary.

The installation was occasion for remarks from the outgoing president, Mary Beth Allan, who has served in that position for four years. “I’d like to thank every one for the honor and privilege of being your president. Together we have accomplished much and also enjoyed our time together,” she said, also expressing appreciation for the board’s service and support.

Ketzell thanked Sizemore for installing the officers, adding “it’s an honor to have the state president do so.” She also thanked Allan for her leadership as president.

“Feed Our Future” is Sizemore’s theme as state president, a wicker basket filled with vegetables her symbol, Ketzell told the group of women numbering around 25. “The theme will encompass all ages and help to provide food to children, low-income families, the elderly, cancer patients and those individuals who have to decide whether to purchase their medicine or buy groceries. My goal is that individual clubs will have programs to create awareness and plan fundraisers and projects to raise funds and volunteer in their communities. The money raised will stay in your community to provide assistance and develop programs in your area. The clubs can start food banks, food pantries in school, establish soup kitchens and partner with other organizations to provide food to those in need,” Ketzell said in sharing Sizemore’s state goals.

“My goal is that individual clubs will have programs, create awareness, plan fundraisers and projects to raise funds and volunteer in their communities. The money raised will stay in their communities, to provide assistance and develop programs, in their area. The clubs can start food banks, food pantries in schools, establish soup kitchens, and partner with other organizations to provide food to those in need. I am very proud that we can and will make a difference throughout the communities in Ohio.”

Sizemore’s theme is two-fold in that it also addresses a desire to “Feed Our Future Membership,” Ketzell continued. “We have lost members over the years which is not uncommon with organizations.” The theme is hoped to raise awareness and increase membership in established clubs but also “advance with the times” and consider videoconferencing and/or virtual meetings in addition to on-site current gatherings.” A special necklace featuring the “Feed Our Future” theme was presented to Sizemore by the club.

Plans are in the works to hold a reception at 2 p.m. on Aug. 23 at St. Florian to celebrate Sizemore assuming the state presidency.

Allan led the business meeting where reports were given by Judy Ostrowsky, minutes of the last meeting, which was held Feb. 20; Jaros on correspondence that included a thank-you for donations to the Friendship Room and also to Two Ridges Presbyterian Church in memory of club member Gloria Kotur.

Claudia Dorich, scholarship committee, reported the club had 19 applications for scholarships. Summer Brettell received the club’s scholarship for $1,000; Kalya Bower received the Glenda Dunlope Scholarships for $1,000; and Stephanie Waggoner received the Franciscan University of Steubenville scholarship for $500, which the university will match.

Holiday Splendor, the club’s key annual fundraiser to generate scholarship funds, will be held Dec. 6 at St. Florian. Club member Robbie Young encouraged members to collect items and baskets for its Chinese auction basket fundraiser.

Under new business, Allan noted a Ladies Day Out will be taken to the South Hills Village in Bethel Park, Pa., on July 16. Members will carpool from Wintersville United Methodist Church at 10 a.m. that day.

In observance of this year being the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote, club members will don period attire and hold signs in remembrance of that. The observance will be held Aug. 26.

There will be a board meeting at 11 a.m. on July 2 at Murray’s Restaurant in Wintersville.

The club’s first meeting of the 2020-21 club season will be held Sept. 17.

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