Mingo club speaker offers safety tips

MEETING LEADERS — Janet Petrella, right, president of the GFWC Woman’s Club of Mingo Junction welcomed Vicki Littlejohn, part of the family-owned business Academy of Tae Kwon Do in Wintersville, as the guest speaker at the April meeting. -- Contributed

MINGO JUNCTION — The GFWC Woman’s Club of Mingo Junction held its April meeting at the Mingo Senior Citizens Center with President Janet Petrella extending the welcome.

Pam Pietro gave the invocation.

Diana Taylor introduced guest speaker Vicki Littlejohn, a native of Weirton. She and her family own the Academy of Tae Kwon Do in Wintersville for 35 years, where she is the program director and one of the head instructors at the academy.

In 2013, Littlejohn retired from teaching after spending 32 years in education. She started her career at St. John’s School in Wellsburg and spent 29 years at Steubenville City Schools, concluding her last years as dean of students. She and her husband, Edward, have been married 35 years. All of the Litlejohns are involved with the academy, including their two sons.

The class teaches strength and believing in yourself, according to Littlejohn, who said youth today lack confidence and believing in themselves. She said she often receives letters from former students thanking them for what they have done for them.

Littlejohn offered safety tips to the members. “If you don’t know who is on the phone, do not answer it. When you have a delivery to your house, always have someone with you. Never tell someone you live alone. If you have to go out by yourself, have a whistle around your neck. Make sure and make a copy of everything that is in your wallet, front and back. If someone attacks you and tries to take your purse, let them have it. Your life is worth more,” Littlejohn said.

She related stories of experiences that people have had and overviewed scams.

The academy offers classes on Monday and Wednesday for seniors, and Littlejohn demonstrated exercises members could do. Walking is beneficial, Littlejohn added.

She also advised members to not sweat the small stuff. “God knows how strong we are. We are not the only ones who have problems. When things go bad in your life, relax,” Littlejohn advised.

Sharon Cole-Isner spoke on the Arts Community Service Program which involves various contests for the members, including photography and creative writing. She distributed copies of the WHRC spring 2017 newsletter; the goals of Epsilon Sigma Omicron, an Alpha Delta Chapter; and the Arts Community Service Program.

A report was given on the Cherry Blossom Park ceremony attended by Diana Taylor, Roetta Lewis and Clara Sue Milewsky, who brought pinwheels to be planted. At that ceremony, club member Roetta Lewis explained what the pinwheels represent. April is Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Discussion was held on the Princess Aracoma, Little Chief Logan pageant to be held during the August Mingo Community Days.

Petrella received a thank-you card from Canine Companions for Independence for the club’s donation.

Cole-Isner, chairman of the basket drawing, brought the basket for the clubwomen to see. It contains more than $300 worth of merchandise. The winning ticket will be drawn at the May banquet. It was also taken to Legislation Day and will be taken to the convention.

Petrella reported on Legislation Day, which she, Milewsky, Cole-Isner and Lewis attended.

A report on the annual banquet was given by Cheri Carpico, co-chairman. It will be held at 6:30 p.m. May 11 at JC Wine Cellars in East Springfield. Members signed up for the banquet and gave their menu choices.

Milewsky sent used cards to St. Jude’s Ranch for Children.

The club will serve as the Legislation Day host next year.

Mingo revitalization was discussed.

Cole-Isner volunteered to chair the mystery theater dinner fundraiser to be held later this year.

Joanne Gorney closed the meeting with a reading.

Petrella was the door prize winner.

Hostesses for the evening were arts committee members Taylor, Pam Pietro and Stella Finnegan.