Club topics include forum, fire safety

Gray Nagy of the Steubenville Fire Department alerted members of the OFWC/GFWC Woman’s Club of Steubenville on ways of protecting themselves and their property from common fire hazards at the May 6 luncheon meeting held at the Steubenville Country Club.

Combining humor with his serious instructional information, Nagy stressed the need for caution in the coming seasons with the use of barbecue equipment, propane gas, lighter fluids and the storage of gasoline.

He also reminded members to familiarize themselves in using their home fire extinguishers and also to become familiar with escape routes when in unfamiliar surroundings.

Nagy concluded with the warning that one in four Americans will be touched by a fire-related accident. The guest speaker was introduced by Eileen Krupinski, program chairman.

Two local high school senior girls, each a recipient of a $1,000 college scholarship awarded by the club, were introduced to the members. They are Mary Grace Thibault of Catholic Central High School, who plans to attend Ohio State University, and Carly Moro of Steubenville High School, who will attend Miami University of Ohio. The awards were presented by Pat Albaugh, a club member and former SHS teacher. She has endowed the Albaugh-Wherry club scholarship fund for many years.

Each scholarship recipient thanked the club for the gift of financial assistance.

Kathy Mills, club president, presided as members discussed and furthered arrangements for the June 3 public forum the club will sponsor to inform area residents on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as “Obamacare.”

According to Donna Keagler, chairman and moderator for the forum, this event is planned as a nonpolitical discussion with members present from both major political parties included on the panel of professionals in various fields affected by the enacted law.

The club will host this free public forum at the Eastern Gateway Community College beginning at 1:30 p.m.

The forum’s planning committee is set to meet at noon Wednesday at Eat ‘n Park in Steubenville.

Among the guests at the meeting were Terri English, retired chief of the Steubenville Fire Department. Mills presented her with a collection of 42 pairs of eyeglasses donated by members, which will go to the Steubenville Lions Club for its international program of aid to the visually impaired.

English also announced that the Steubenville Lions Club is available to provide examinations and eyeglasses for area residents in need.

Other guests at the luncheon were Becky Lash, Linda Mackey, Lori Mason, Peggy D’Albenzio, Cathy Moro and Marilyn Thibault. Beth Rupert Warren gave the invocation. Hostesses were Ruth Sperry and Marge Bedortha.