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High tea luncheon, ‘Bushel Basket of New Members’ held by Wintersville Woman’s Club

CLUB HAPPENINGS — Member Robbie Young was the program presenter at the October meeting of the Wintersville Woman’s Club where she dressed as a little girl and read a poem she wrote about hosting a tea party for her toys. The theme corresponded with the month’s project — “Bushel Basket of New Members” and a high tea luncheon in honor of members and guests. -- Contributed

WINTERSVILLE — A “health and wellness” theme will be observed when the Wintersville Woman’s Club meets at noon Thursday at the St. Florian Event Center in Wintersville.

Emma Anderson and the Fun Time Line Dancers will constitute the program with members encouraged to wear something red, white and blue as well as cowboy boots and hats for the occasion.

Members also are encouraged to bring old shoes for Soles For Souls to the November meeting.

President Pat Ketzell presided at the Oct. 15 club meeting held at St. Florian Event Center with 14 members and six guests attending. Mary Beth Allan gave the meditation and prayer.

The business meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the club collect. Roll call was conducted to the question “What is your favorite kind of tea?”

Reports from Recording Secretary Robbie Young, Treasurer Karen Hill and Corresponding Secretary Aimee Jaros were given. Jaros read thank-you notes from the September guest speaker, Susan Adams, for the $25 donation given on her behalf to the Harrison County Genealogical Society and from the family of the late Rae Ostrowsky, a club member in whose memory a donation was made to the American Cancer Society.

October’s program speaker was club member Robbie Young, who dressed in full costume as a little girl, reading a poem she wrote about hosting a tea party for her toy box friends. Young’s theme corresponded with the month’s project: Bushel Basket of New Members, and a high tea luncheon in honor of all members, guests and potential new members.

Door prizes were awarded for the prettiest tea cup, most unusual tea pot and the prettiest hat.

Mary Beth Allan gave an overview of the club’s history, noting it was established in 1934 with eight members. Annual dues were $1.50. Marjean Sizemore offered insight on the structure of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, which starts on the local level and branches out to include districts, regional, state and finally international, which encompasses nine countries.

In committee reports, Judy Ostrowsky, arts and culture, reported lap quilts continue to be made for dialysis patients. She brought supplies for making Christmas ornaments for the nursing homes and will bring them again for the November meeting. Members brought 55 coats for Urban Missions’ coat giveaway.

Ruth Carson, environment chair, reminded members that Nov. 15 is America Recycle Day and Oct. 24 involved a drop-off site in St. Clairsville for hazard waste.

Under fundraising, Mary Louise Smith said the orders for Rada knives will extend to the November meeting.

Under projects, Marilyn Izzi noted Advocates for Children planned to sponsor a pizza party for children on Oct. 29.

Under new business, Young volunteered to do the club scrapbook for one year.

Members were reminded that the GFWC Great Lakes Region Conference would be held online Oct. 24. Members were asked to continue to consider creative ways to do fundraising. A newsletter volunteer is needed.

It was suggested the club have a 24-day reverse Advent calendar starting Nov. 24, writing in a food item to buy every day.

Volunteers are needed for the conference in Columbus on April 22-25. The Southeast District will serve as host.

The club voted to reinstate the nominating committee because some positions still need filled for the 2020-21 club year.

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