Oh, the splendor of it all.
THE big event is approaching as the Wintersville Woman's Club's ninth-annual "Holiday Splendor" luncheon and style show will be held Dec. 5 at St. Florian Hall, and this is one of those events I'm really looking forward to attending. bringing with me my sister Cathy from Reynoldsburg.
There will be 29 vendors with shopping beginning at 11:30 a.m. and a luncheon of soup, salad, sandwich and dessert served at 1 p.m. Phyllis' Fashions will be the style show host with shopping afterwards until 4 p.m. There also will be a wine fountain.
Jackie Davis and Linda Nolf are co-chairs of this purple and crystal color themed event that also includes drawings for paintings, gift baskets and a 50-50.
Cost is $25 per person which includes lunch and a chance for door prizes, including the grand door prize - a brown pearl ring with three diamonds in a gold setting. Club member Mary Beth Allan modeled the ring at the club's Nov. 18 meeting held at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville. Very pretty and something that club members are not eligible to win, by the way.
All the "Holiday Splendor" proceeds benefit the club's scholarship fund. No tickets will be sold at the door.
Questions can be directed to Claudia Dorich at (740) 264-4361 or Barbara Grimm at (740) 765-4116.
Saturday is the reservation deadline, and only 300 reservations can be accepted. Checks can be made payable to the Wintersville Woman's Club and mailed to the club c/o 610 Fernwood Road, Wintersville, Ohio, 43953.
Davis and Nolf gave the membership an update on the fundraiser at the November luncheon meeting where I broke bread with, among others, Nolf; Suzy Crawford; Pat Kellar; guest Rosemarie Cieslak; and June Sullivan.
In chatting with Sullivan, she told me she went to work in the Herald-Star's classified ads department right after she graduated from Steubenville High School in 1950. The four-year career was in the days when the Herald-Star was on North Fourth Street next to the Fort Steuben Hotel, and Sullivan said she worked on the first floor of the H-S where there was a big counter and a big window where the downtown hustle-bustle was ever evident.
"You could see everything going on," Sullivan said, recalling the parade in the early 1950s when Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis rode down Fourth Street.
The downtown was packed with people, she said, adding that the Market Street paintings done by Richmond artist Dave Barnhouse really revive her good memories of the downtown.
Aside from a Holiday Splendor update at the meeting where Judy Anastasia, president, presided, three new members were introduced: Denise Martin, Janine Gale and Alycia Laneve.
There also were numerous committee reports and introductions.
Charlotte Shively, art chairman, announced she has entry forms for club members interested in participating in the GFWC "Year in Pictures" photography competition, book mark contest and short story and poetry contest. There also is a short story and poetry contest welcoming entries from Indian Creek area students with the club awarding a $25 prize in each of four different age groups: first through third; fourth grade through six; seventh through nine; and grades 10 to 12.
Joan Martinez, chair, international outreach, showed members a sample of an arm band or splint that members can make for donation to Operation Smile, which provides reconstructive surgery for children born with facial deformities such as cleft lip and cleft palate. The splints prevent children from bending their arms and touching their face to keep the surgical incision clean and promote healing.
Club members agreed to save manufacturer coupons for food and non-perishable items for donation to military bases that service personnel can use at commissaries.
Marjean Sizemore, southeast district president, reported that Victoria's Secret has partnered with the GFWC to provide bras to shelters harboring women suffering domestic abuse. More than 20,000 were donated nationally with 2,624 being divided among the five GFWC districts in Ohio. The local ALIVE Shelter has been given 100 bras.
The club also heard a brief presentation from guest speaker Jaimi Ludy of the Wellsville area, site manager, Apex Transfer Station,
Environmental Logistics Services is the parent company of the Apex Landfill in Amsterdam and has three transfer stations on the East Coast and one in St. Clairsville.
Apex in Amsterdam has 90 employees and takes in 7,500 tons of waste per day by rail and by truck, some of it local. It takes in waste - not hazardous or medical - from the region as well as the East Coast.
Ludy explained a methane-to-electricity plan currently under design would generate enough electricity to power about 7,000 homes. A question and answer period followed.
In other business, Anastasia announced that club members donated 50 books at the October meeting with 35 going to the ALIVE Shelter and 15 to the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County, all of them with stickers noting they came from the Wintersville Woman's Club.
In the spring, the club is planning on sponsoring a trip to Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh for its spring flower show.
Also, 104 food items have been donated to St. Vincent de Paul Society, and the club has adopted a local family - a mother with three children - for Thanksgiving and Christmas goods.
Hostesses for the November meeting were chairman Barb Thermes, Mary Beth Allan, Nancy Antill, Ruth Carson, Imogene Louk and Blanche Moores. CarolynLee Barrett offered a reading and invocation.
The table for collections for various projects was overflowing with donations - pop tabs for Ronald McDonald House; plastic grocery bags for Martha Manor; and paper products.
The next club meeting is Dec. 16 at noon at St. Florian Hall where the program will be "Songs of the Season" by Barb Thermes, Lesa Costlow and Leslie Thermes. The club agreed that in lieu of having a gift exchange for each other, they will bring a $10 safe toy in a gift bag for donation to the Wintersville Good Neighbors.