‘Small but mighty’ Mingo Woman’s Club gets top 20 state ranking

The Mingo Woman’s Club won numerous state and district awards, placing 13th out of the top 20 clubs in Ohio, which has a total of 48 clubs. By the awards display are, from left, Janet Petrella, club president; Marjean Sizemore, second vice president of the GFWC/OFWC; and Mary Jane Tiberio, banquet co-chair. -- Janice Kiaski

Out of 48 woman’s clubs in Ohio, the GFWC/OFWC Woman’s Club of Mingo Junction ranked 13th in the top 20 clubs presented awards at the recent state convention in Columbus, an achievement applauded by the “small but mighty” 14-member group that gathered May 11 at J C Wine Cellars in East Springfield for its annual banquet and final meeting of the 2016-17 club year.

Special guest Marjean Sizemore of Wintersville, second vice president of the GFWC/OFWC, congratulated the club on its “fantastic year” and told the members, “Your community is lucky to have you, and your community knows who you are.”

Club President Janet Petrella also thanked club members for their work throughout the club year, acknowledging that it was their involvement that made the awards possible. “You deserve a hand,” she said, a comment followed by a round of applause.

Awards received were: district award for outstanding participation in the signature project to prevent child abuse; special recognition for outstanding participation in sending articles to the Buckeye magazine; district award for outstanding participation in Canine Companions for Independence, home life; district award for outstanding participation, home life, community service program; district award for outstanding participation in communications and public relations; district award for membership; state award in appreciation for participation in the GFWC Ohio annual report; participation award in GFWC Jr. special project, advocates for children; special recognition for articles submitted to Buckeye magazine; Circle of Life 2014-16 junior special emphasis award; state award for outstanding participation as Shot @ Life international outreach partner; award for outstanding participation in GFWC junior special project, partner, March of Dimes; state award for outstanding participation in fundraising; honor roll, Southeast District; state award, outstanding participation in home life partners, heart truth; Ohio United for supporting the legacy of GFWC Campaign for the Future; state award for outstanding participation in communications and public relations; and Ohio Top 20 Clubs, 13th ranking.

“Summer Days” was the theme of the annual banquet co-chaired by Cheri Carpico and Mary Jane Tiberio, which included a word game of picnic items led by Tiberio. Top winner was Roetta Lewis.

Pam Pietro gave the invocation.

Carpico extended the welcome to members and guests, which in addition to Sizemore included Alberta Mader of Bergholz, sister of club member Clara Sue Milewsky, the club’s recording secretary and press report.

A special reading titled “The Daffodil Story” was given by Joanne Gorney.

Milewsky presented perfect attendance awards to Sharon Cole-Isner and Kathy Maguschak.

Diana Taylor led a ceremony in recognition of the club’s honorary members, including Darlene Hoff, Barbara Jackson, Betty Ralston, Kathryn Grantonic and Mary Kay Hallock. She expressed gratitude after having read their names, thanking them for their years of service to the club, for being leaders and mentors but most of all friends.

A pamper and relax basket featuring more than $300 in donated items was a project undertaken by Cole-Isner with tickets sold prior to and during the banquet as a fundraiser. The basket was won by Petrella.

In a brief business meeting led by Petrella, it was noted that Taylor will chair the Princess Aracoma and Little Chief Logan pageant for Mingo Junction Community Days this summer and the club’s annual mystery theater dinner program fundraiser will be held in late October and chaired by Cole-Isner.

Officers continuing in their two-year term through 2018 are Petrella, president; Stephanie Rouse, vice president; Maguschak, treasurer; Tiberio, corresponding secretary; Milewsky, recording secretary and press reporter; Lewis, parliamentarian; and Bernie Carpico, director at large.

Shelly Bateman was thanked for preparing the programs.