Club has new officers, members

The GFWC/OFWC Woman’s Club of Steubenville ended its 2013-14 club year on June 2 at the Steubenville Country Club with a noon luncheon and business meeting that included a special guest and important business.

The special guest was Linda Ross, the newly elected state president of the GFWC/Ohio, whose theme for her 2014-16 term is “Once Upon a Time – Women Through Time.”

Ross conducted the installation of the Steubenville club’s new officers for that same term period in a very clever way, presenting a particular kind of of candy to each new leader. The corresponding secretary, for example, got a Bit of Honey because that position enables the officeholder to convey written sweetness in handling club correspondence. The treasurer got a Butterfinger as a humorous reminder not to be one when it comes to club finances. And the president got a candy cluster – Sweet Tarts, Lifesavers, Chuckles and Jaw Busters to be armed sweetly with all the duties and challenges the position will entail.

While Kathy Mills presided at the meeting for the final time as club president and was applauded for her leadership in that capacity, she now comes on board as the club’s treasurer, relinquishing the presidency to Iris Craig, who is newer to the club.

Craig and Mills will be joined in the officers’ lineup along with Donna Keagler, vice president; Marge Bedortha, corresponding secretary; and Judy Brancazio, recording secretary.

Craig told her club peers she is honored to serve as president and looks forward to the club’s continuing commitment to accomplishing great things. She also made an appeal for members to actively recruit new members and bring a friend to the next meeting in the fall.

Mills and Keagler did the honors in officially welcoming two new members to the club in Charity Hospice representatives Hope Kurtz, chief operations officer, and Kim Zifzal, one its registered nurse.

The meeting also included a memorial service led by Carlotta Jordan with assistance from Judy Brancazio, a ceremony remembering club members who recently passed away. They included:

Shirley Mitchell, a 50-year member of GFWC who started as a junior member. She served in all offices of the Woman’s Club of Steubenville, including two separate terms as president. She continued as president of the East Ohio River District and then as secretary of the OFWC, vice president and president of Ohio Federation. “Her life was GFWC and especially the Steubenville club,” Jordan said. “Even with all of her health issues, she continued to serve as trustee chairman of Memorial Forest Shrine,” Jordan said.

Joan Powell: “Joan was a longtime member of our club,” Jordan said. “She belonged to both the garden department and fine arts department. She served in many capacities during her membership years. We will always remember her for her love of antiques.”

Anne Burks: “Anne receive life membership in 2004,” Jordan said. “She was a member of the garden department and has served as department chairman. Anne was a willing member and worked on any committee to which she was assigned.”

Donna Keagler, program chair, and Jan Rainbolt served as hostesses and greeters at the June meeting where a report was given by Karen Majoris-Garrison, outgoing treasurer, and Eleanor Weiss gave her final read to meeting minutes as interim recording secretary.

Other club business included mention of work on the club’s program book for the 2014-15 club year, a project to be addressed later this summer at the home of Dolores Dooley, chairman and director at large.

The club’s regular noon luncheon and business meetings at the Steubenville Country Club fall on the first Monday of the month from September through June – except for January and February, traditionally weather nasty months so the club does not schedule meetings then.

September’s meeting, however, will be a little different since the first Monday is Labor Day, a holiday. That being the case, the club will have its first meeting of the 2014-15 club year on the first Thursday instead, which is Sept. 4.

I always enjoy being a guest at the monthly meeting, even if it is part of my job. I had the pleasure of sitting with Iris Craig, Judy Brancazio, Carlotta Jordan, Dolores Pirraglia, snowbird Barbara Sweeney for lively conversation running the gamut from history and D-Day to class reunions.

See you in September.