Creativity topic for Wintersville club

Some insight on the creative process is what members of the GFWC/Ohio Woman’s Club of Wintersville got when they welcomed Gerald Van Scyoc as the guest speaker at the Feb. 20 meeting held at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville.

An art instructor at the Center of Music and Art in Wintersville, Van Scyoc first complimented the women on their visual impact as many of them “got the memo” to wear red.

Not only had many donned red attire because February is the month in which Valentine’s Day falls, but it’s also symbolic of fighting heart disease and awareness about it. Did you know that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States?

All adorned in red, the members would have made a good subject for painting, Van Scyoc told them.

A Wheeling native, Van Scyoc got interested in art during high school and went on to study art and graphic design. Oil painting, he said, is his favorite medium.

Beyond paints and brushes, though, any kind of creativity is a good thing, in Van Scyoc’s estimation. There’s room for creativity in most any activity, from cooking to household improvement projects, from cards to scrapbooking.

“To me creativity is something to be open to, to allow yourself to be inspired and to put it in to whatever you do,” he said.

“Creativity is taking something typical and making it atypical,” he said, noting that instructions on how to do something can be a gateway to put a personal spin on a project.

Creativity can be taking an idea, something that’s been done, and then doing just the opposite.

Van Scyoc said his creative process is fueled by three things – a cup of coffee or tea, Oreo cookies and music.

And the creative process also can be accelerated by venturing beyond one’s comfort zone with travel and new experiences, which can be inspiring.

“Always be open to inspiration,” Van Scyoc offered the encouragement while also inviting members to consider participating in the center’s “Paint and Sip” class that he teaches once a month there.

Van Scyoc was introduced by club President Barb Thermes, who presided for the business meeting with Natalie Doty, second vice president, leading in opening exercises. Recording secretary CarolynLee Barrett led in roll call with members encouraged to respond to “Are You Looking Forward to Spring?

For variety, how about “definitely,” “oh yes,” “absolutely,” “without a doubt,” “can it start tomorrow?” and “yes, but not the yard work”?

Corresponding secretary Linda Cipriani read a thank-you note from Jerry Boyd of Wintersville Good Neighbors for the club’s donation. Joyce Palmer gave the treasurer’s report.

Mary Beth Allan encouraged members who are patrons of Smith Oil to ask for receipts when they make gasoline or other purchases as a percentage of sales can benefit the club coffers.

Under community service reports, Donna Phillips, arts chair, reminded members that they will be making Easter cards at the March meeting to give to nursing home residents.

Under conservation, Pat Freeland appealed to members to keep track of their individual recycling – from newspapers to pop tabs to ink cartridges – so it can be tabulated as part of the club’s overall conservation efforts.

Linda Nolf, international outreach, thanked members for their continued coupon contributions totaling $953.75 in food and $1,918.15 in nonfood. They are sent to military bases overseas for families who otherwise would not have access to them.

Nolf also reminded members about the February fundraiser calendar that encourages a daily donation with proceeds to benefit the GFWC Success for Survivors Scholarship, a February service project. Whatever individuals collect should be turned in at the March meeting.

Judy Weaver, ways and means chair, collected forms and orders for the club’s greeting card, calendar and note card fundraiser and made available forms to order flowers, a fundraiser where the club stands to make a 50 percent profit.

Imogene Louk, scholarship chair, read correspondence from scholarship recipients and led discussion that resulted in the club voting unanimously to retain in the treasury scholarship money in cases where intended recipients do not comply with the club’s request to present a record of their grades.

In other business, Marjean Sizemore, first vice president, reminded members that Southeast Ohio District Legislation Day will be hosted by the Woman’s Club of Mingo on March 22. It will be held at Harmony United Methodist Church with registration beginning at 10:30 a.m. The guest speaker will be Mingo club member Kathy Magushak, certified insurance counselor with McBane Insurance, discussing health care reform.

The event will draw potential participation from 13 clubs in the district and include the presentation of a variety of awards.

Nancy Hukill chaired the hostess committee that also included Paula Nutter, Gloria Sergakis and Rosemarie Cieslak.

The club’s next meeting will be held at noon March 20, the first day of spring, at St. Florian Hall. Stephanie Vance, an associate professor of biological science at Eastern Gateway Community College, will be the featured speaker, addressing the topic “Osteoporosis.”

Nancy Honse will chair the hostess committee that also will include Lu Grimm, Ruth Carson, Caroline Dean, Imogene Louk and Kathleen Henry. Suzy Crawford will offer the meditation and grace.