Woman’s club prepares for kickoff

A wide variety of entertaining, informative and educational programs has been planned for the new club year of the GFWC/Ohio Woman’s Club of Steubenville.

The season gets under way Sept. 5 with a noon luncheon meeting at the Steubenville Country Club with Kathy Mills continuing in her second term as club president.

Featured on the new program agenda is a roster of local musicians, a pastor, an author, law enforcement official, health professionals, a retired university professor and a county commissioner.

Donna Keagler, vice president, has headed the program planning committee, which included Dolores Dooley, Eleanor Weiss, Jan Rainbolt, Jane Agresta and Marge Bedortha.

Representatives of the Center of Music and Art, directed by Carolyn Glaub, will bring “Let Us Entertain You” for the afternoon’s enjoyment at the season opener.

The Oct. 9 meeting will feature the Rev. Ed Rudiger, pastor of Cove United Presbyterian Church in Weirton. An educator of both history and religion, Rudiger will give his audience a look at “History as Story.”

Local author Mary Ann Sunyoger, a professor of English at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, will discuss her book “Life Lessons” at the Nov. 4 meeting.

The holiday season program on Dec. 2 again will feature musical entertainment for the members. Country singer Jeannie Slusarek of Weirton will present a “Country Christmas.” She has recorded with Megalith Records in Nashville.

The recently adopted club schedule eliminates meetings in January and February.

Resuming on March 3, the members will be addressed by Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla, whose topic will be “Identity Theft and Domestic Violence. The latter issue is the current signature project of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs.

“Health Care Updates” will inform the women on issues of major concern at the April 7 meeting. Speakers will be Janice Watzman, a retired registered nurse from Highmark of Pittsburgh, and Terri Knight, director of product management and development at Highmark.

Another major issue impacting the area – “Fracking, Oil, Gas and Coal and Their Effects,” will be discussed at the May 5 meeting. Information will be provided by county Commissioner Tom Gentile, who is associated with Ohio River Collieries, and James Slater, a retired chemistry professor at the Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Concluding the club year on June 4, the local club will be addressed by the newly elected state president, who also will install the new local officers for the 2014-16 term.