Wintersville Woman’s Club installs officers, plans programming topics

CLUB LEADERS — Newly installed officers of the Wintersville Woman’s Club are, seated, from left, Judy Ostrowsky, first vice president; Mary Beth Allan, president; Tyra Timmons, second vice president; and Marjean Sizemore, club member, installing officer and GFWC Ohio first vice president; and standing, Joan Doan, recording secretary; Karen Hill, treasurer; and Aimee Jaros, corresponding secretary. -- Janice Kiaski

WINTERSVILLE — While summer brings a hiatus from its monthly meetings, the Wintersville Woman’s Club looks ahead to a 2018-19 club year with a meeting set for Thursday for the programming committee to continue work on monthly speakers.

Programming details also were addressed when officers and committee members met in June at Murray’s Restaurant in Wintersville.

That gathering came on the heels of the club’s final luncheon and business meeting of 2017-18, which was held May 17 at St. Florian Hall and included the installation of officers and honors for various members.

Marjean Sizemore, a Wintersville club member but also GFWC Ohio first vice president, conducted the installation, using chocolate as her theme as she presented candy bars symbolic of officers’ duties.

Returning President Mary Beth Allan, for example, was presented a Milky Way candy bar as “the principal star in the club’s galaxy” and encouraged to “lead and shine brightly” as the officer who presides at meetings, keeps current on club business, follows up on details and represents the club at all times.

Judy Ostrowsky, first vice president, will serve as program committee chairman the first year of the term and a member the second and introduce guest speakers. She also serves as a delegate to the GFWC Ohio Convention. She was presented plain and peanut M&M’s, a reminder of “the mixed bag of programs she will be getting together for the club.”

An Almond Joy was presented to Tyra Timmons in her capacity as second vice president, who will serve as program chair her second year, preside in the absence of the president and first vice presidents and lead in opening exercises among other duties. “Because of your office, you will bring joy to the members by making sure everything is ready for the meeting,” Sizemore noted.

Other officers installed were: Karen Hill, treasurer, presented a Pay Day candy bar as a reminder of her responsibilities for the club’s financial activities; Joan Doan, recording secretary, the recipient of a Mounds bar for “energy to get through the paperwork” of recording club activities and decisions; Aimee Jaros, corresponding secretary, given a Twix bar “so you’re not Twixed and befuddled” by correspondence being shared and sent; and Linda Nolf, parliamentarian, given a Whatchamacallit candy bar to keep the club on track with Robert’s Rules of Order and questions about “You know — Whatchamacallit.”

Various club members were applauded for various reasons during an appreciation segment of the meeting with Sizemore as membership chairman and her committee members presenting certificates to Natalie Doty for winning the essay contest; Lil Ferguson for being a 10-year club member; Judy Anastasio, Nancy Honse, Lu Grimm and Judy Weaver for 15 years of membership; and Imogene Louk for being a member for 60 years.

It was noted that club member Rae Ostrowsky will celebrate her 96th birthday come September.

Joyce Palmer, Nolf and Bonnie DiDomenico were thanked for holding their offices for the past two years, and Timmons and Jaros were acknowledged for chairing Holiday Splendor. Allan presented thank-you gifts to all her officers.

Ruth Carson gave the meditation at the meeting, titled “Pretty Them Freckels.” Reports included Treasurer Joyce Palmer noting the club generated $323.50 at its April in-house “Make It, Bake It, Take It” auction.

Allan reported that Sizemore did “a wonderful job” at the state convention. Jaros said she enjoyed herself as a first-time attendee of the event where the guest speaker was a representative of the Ronald McDonald House. Allan reported the local delegation also heard a speaker’s presentation on autism and historical flags; attended craft workshops; enjoyed a skit takeoff on “Grease” in which Sizemore portrayed one of the Pink Ladies; and had club member Karen Hill as one of the models in the conservation challenge style show, wearing a dress she had designed out of reuseable grocery bags.

“Wizard of Oz” was the theme of the convention, Allan explained, noting the club won the arts contest. Allan won for her picture on flags and Hill for her picture of the lighthouse. The club won loyal jonquils, education, Buckeye magazine, international outreach Shot at Life and Ohio United Legacy of GFWC. Additionally, the club met the challenge of $1,002 and received a framed picture of the GFWC headquarters in Washington, D.C. The club’s name will be listed on a plaque there. Doty won for her creative writing essay on Ohio women and one about herself.

The Americana wreath Timmons made and donated for the convention generated $65 and a Crocks shoe planter made and donated by Claudia Dorich made $25.

The names of three club members entered in the Blue Book of Distinguished Women were Sizemore, Allan and the late CarolynLee Barrett.

In other club business, Ruth Carson reported she still had flags to give to veterans and that a message can be left to a person in the service at USO.org/gfwc.

The club was to award two $1,000 scholarships.

Allan announced that Information Day will be held July 21 in Loudonville.

A “Ladies Day Out” will involve representatives heading to the Youngstown area to the USO Care Package Distribution Facility to help pack boxes to send to service men and women.

Barbara Steele and Darlene Snider served as hostesses of the May meeting.

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