A musical start for woman’s club

The GFWC/Ohio Woman’s Club of Steubenville got a musical start to its 2013-14 club season when the voices of Carolyn Glaub and Susie Dinger combined to sing a variety of “Let Us Entertain You” selections – everything from “Singing in the Rain” and “One” from “A Chorus Line” to “Over The Rainbow” and “Kum Ba Yah.”

Glaub, founder of the Center of Music and Art in Wintersville, and Dinger, a teacher there, sang to the accompaniment of piano-playing Steve Carroll, the center’s manager, with Glaub masterfully weaving together the selections with a thread of tales.

The Steubenville Country Club was the setting for the noon luncheon meeting where members and guests were welcomed with a hello from Janet Meal, who along with her husband, Gary, assumed the food responsibilities for the country club last month.

If their lunch was any indication of what else will be good there to eat, yummy.

So in addition to good food and good music, there was good company to enjoy as well. At my table were all newbies to the Steubenville club experience, all of them guests invited by Donna Keagler, vice president.

They were Rejeana Palma, Betty Kessler, Marian Young, Patricia Fletcher, Marisa Ross, Councilwoman Angela Suggs and Melissa Ryan.

Other guests in attendance were Janice Watzman, daughter of club member Dolores Dooley; Linda Wells with Carole Gaston; and Carolyn Bishop, the new branch manager of Huntington in Hollywood City Center and guest of Jane Agresta.

Club President Kathy Mills presided for the business meeting, that included some time to bask in the organization’s successful public forum on the complicated Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare.

The forum was to help Tri-State Area residents have an opportunity to listen to some good information and ask questions of a panel of 15 professionals in various fields during the event that constituted the club’s final meeting of the 2012-13 club season.

Mills presented Donna Keagler, vice president, with a gift of appreciation for her leadership and moderator role in bringing the forum together, but Keagler at the podium quickly applauded how the committee came together, how one idea built on another and how everyone involved with a job to do did it well.

That committee, aside from Keagler and Mills, included Eleanor Weiss, Marge Bedortha, Judy Brancazio, Eileen Krupinski and Shirley Valuska.

Frances Hughes, Ruth Sperry and Jane Agresta also were mentioned as they were on the front line greeting forum-goers at a reception area that day at Eastern Gateway Community College.

In club business addressed, some projects for the group will include saving pop tabs; collecting eyeglasses; collecting toiletry items for donation to the ALIVE Shelter as domestic violence awareness is a signature project of the GFWC; and collecting “Pennies for Puppies” at the monthly meetings through December for donation to Hounds’ Haven Inc.

Agresta, who came to the podium twice, once for the meditation and blessing, and a second time to talk about potential projects under the heading of international outreach, discussed such possibilities for the club as an animal purchase through Heifer International and noted Sept. 21 is International Day of Peace, which provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date.

Agresta said letters had been sent to churches and the Franciscan University of Steubenville, encouraging them to ring bells for peace at 10 a.m. on that day. Everyone is invited to join in the effort.

In other business, the club voted to purchase two iPads at $658 for the School of Bright Promise for autistic children.

In considering fundraisers easy to do, Keagler suggested the club could consider 50-50 drawings and silent auctions at meetings where members donate gently used items no longer used.

The Oct. 9 noon luncheon meeting at the country club 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.”