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Wintersville Woman’s Club to meet Thursday at St. Florian

GUEST SPEAKER — Donna Gray of East Liverpool was the guest speaker at the April meeting of the Wintersville Woman’s Club. Her topic was East Liverpool-made majolica pottery. -- Contributed

WINTERSVILLE — The Wintersville Woman’s Club members will meet for their luncheon and business meeting Thursday at St. Florian Event Center, where they’ll induct new members and hear an update on work and events happening at Beatty Park in Steubenville’s South End.

The program will be presented by Flora VerStraten-Merrin, organizer of the Friends of Beatty Park Revitalization group.

The club will officially induct four new members, welcoming Judy Wright, Michalene King, Mary Ann Parker and Laura Rauch.

Pat Ketzell, president, will preside for the meeting.

The April 15 meeting at St. Florian Event Center included a program on East Liverpool-made majolica pottery by guest speaker Donna Gray, who was introduced by Iris Craig, first vice president.

Gray and her husband, Bill, share a love of antiques and collecting that melded and caolesced into a focus on acquiring ware from the Harker Pottery. The couple moved to East Liverpool and “by 2006 had enough Harker to set table for the Sixth Fleet and had published the authoritative collector’s book ‘Harker Pottery from Rickingham and Yellowware to Modern,'” Craig noted.

The Gray home “is literally a museum for Rickingham, Flow Blue and many other collectibles of which majolica is but one. Their knowledge of East Liverpool potteries is encyclopedic. A comprehensive guide to East Liverpool that the Grays began working on several years ago is nearly ready to go to a publisher, Craig noted in her introduction.

The club’s business meeting included the acknowledgment that the club had received numerous awards at Southeast District Legislation Day, including categories of achievement for arts and culture, civic engagement and outreach, education and library, health and wellness, communication and public relations, environment, GFWC fundraiser and president and special project.

Craig and Ketzell will serve as co-chairs of Holiday Splendor, which is on the calendar for Dec. 5 at St. Florian Hall. The annual fundraiser that generates money to award scholarships was not held in 2020 because of the pandemic.

Vendors are being recruited for the fundraiser, according to Craig.

Guests welcomed at the April meeting were Marge Bedortha and Eleanor Weiss.

Since the club has missed meetings because of COVID-19 protocol precautions, members have agreed to hold meetings in June and July. Normally the club year ends with the May meeting.

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