Mingo women host Legislation Day

Janet Petrella, left, president of the Woman’s Club of Mingo Junction, and GFWC/Ohio President Lisa Hedrick -- Janice Kiaski

MINGO JUNCTION — The Woman’s Club of Mingo Junction served as the host club when Legislation Day was held March 17 for the GFWC/Ohio Federation of Women’s Clubs.

Pam Pietro served as general chairman of the event held at Harmony United Methodist Church and attended by about 32 women representing seven clubs. The Southeast District takes in 28 counties, including Jefferson, Harrison, Carroll and Belmont counties, and has clubs spread out from Tuscarawas County to Proctorville and Circleville. The Southeast District is one of five districts in Ohio.

GFWC/OFWC Southeast District President Pat Ketzell of Bridgeport, a member of the Junior Women’s Club of Barnesville, presided, offering introductions and commentary. She noted, for example, that there was a group of 39 club women who traveled recently to Washington, D.C., visiting GFWC Headquarters, a National Historic Landmark that became GFWC’s official headquarters in 1922. The visit there included a tour and reception, and Ketzell said traveling there has been something she’s always wanted to do in her 49 years as a federation member.

GFWC/Ohio President Lisa Hedrick explained the effort of women’s clubs in the state campaign to raise $50,000 for the headquarters is approaching the $20,000 mark. The capital campaign continues until 2022.

The money, Hedrick added, is not about cosmetics or decor but instead for ensuring the building is safe, liveable and “lasting another 100 years.”

She noted when it was purchased, Ohio gave $10,200. “We were the second highest in giving money to buy headquarters.”

A break in the business of the day came when two club members modeled outfits they’d created out of reusable tote bags as part of the 2018 GFWC Annual Convention Conservation Challenge. Every state has been invited to participate in the challenge to be held at GFWC annual convention in June in St. Louis.

Modeling their outfits were Sheryl Kay Peckens, Southeast District junior director, and Karen Hill of the Wintersville Woman’s Club.

The guest speaker in the afternoon session was state Sen. Frank Hoagland, R-Mingo Junction, who touched on the opioid epidemic and human trafficking.

Numerous district awards were presented at the event, many under the community service program headings in categories determined by the number of club members.

Local winners were: Arts, Mingo and Wintersville; conservation, Mingo and Wintersville; education, East Springfield Junior Women’s Club and Wintersville; home life, Mingo and Wintersville; home life, Canine Companions for Independence, Mingo; international outreach, Mingo; international outreach, Heifer International, Wintersville; international outreach, Operation Smile, East Springfield; international outreach, Shot @ Life, Wintersville; public issues, Wintersville; leadership, Wintersville; membership, Mingo and Wintersville; communications and public relations, Mingo and Wintersville; WHRC, Wintersville; GFWC signature project, domestic violence awareness and prevention, Mingo and Wintersville; signature project, prevent child abuse America, Mingo; GFWC junior special project, advocate for children, Mingo; and fundraising, Mingo and Winterville.