An ‘Under the Big Top’ theme

“Under the Big Top” was the theme for the GFWC Woman’s Club of Mingo Junction’s opening meeting of 2013 held at the Mingo Senior Citizens Center.

A carnival atmosphere was featured with balloons and decorations and refreshments that included a midway fare of peanuts, popcorn, hot dogs and cupcakes.

Instead of a speaker, an in-house talent night showcased members’ talents, hobbies, craft skills and interests.

Participants included Roetta Lewis, storytelling; Betty Ralston, a song and dance routine; Bernie Carpico, Cheri Carpico and Clara Sue Milewsky displayed afghans they are working on; Joanne Gorney, vocals; Kathy Maguschak, cooking; Carol Lotzgeselle, walking and gardening; Tommy Lou Sogan, walking; Shelly Bateman distributed Bible verses from A to Z; Sharon Cole-Isner, editor of the Buckeye Magazine for the GFWC/OHIO Federation of Women’s Clubs; Mary Jane Tiberio, bead work; and Stephanie Rouse, who has launched a new business called Training Connections.

Lewis passed out “prizes” to all who shared their talents.

Cole-Isner, club president, presided at the meeting and offered the welcome. Lewis gave the invocation, and Gorney led in opening exercises.

Rouse announced that the club’s second-annual mystery theater fundraiser will be held at 6:30 p.m. April 20 at the Mingo Knights of Columbus Hall. The event will include a Chinese auction and a 50/50 drawing.

Tiberio volunteered to be chairperson of the May banquet.

Everyone entering “the Big Top” was given a ticket. Cheri Carpico won the door prize.

Members of the Community Service Project, Arts Committee were hostesses for the evening with Lewis serving as chairman. She was assisted by Cole-Isner, Lotzgeselle and Ralston.

The next meeting will be held Feb. 14 with Maguschak as chairman.