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Brooke County community happenings

December 6, 2012
The Herald-Star

Many attended GFWC convention

MOUNDSVILLE - Many members of area chapters of the General Federation of Women's Clubs- West Virginia attended the 99th-annual Northern District Convention, Oct. 13 in Moundsville.

Jo-Ellen Wright of the Weirton Woman's Club, presided over the meeting.

State officers present included Carol Allen of Princeton, state president; Helen Moren of Bethany, state recording secretary; and Betty Long of Bluefield, state corresponding secretary.

The McMechen Woman's Club was the host club, with Cassie Sherman, the club's president, serving as convention chairman and Kathy Vani as registration chairman.

A moment of inspiration was led by Sherman, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and Club Collect, which was led by Ina Polsinelli, past district president. Rules of convention were outlined by Parliamentarian Alice Mitchell of New Cumberland.

The keynote speaker was Allen, who stressed the importance of increasing members and spoke on her special project, diabetes. Clubs will be raising money to send children to a Camp KNO KOMA, a weeklong camp for juveniles with diabetes.

Wright announced her project is hunger.

District officers who gave reports were Moren, Sandy Smith, Lexie Hanket and Dorothy Hawkes of New Cumberland.

Mitchell, Hankett and Diana Durst of Weirton were elected to the nominating committee.

Club presidents who outlined their activities for the year were Moren, Linda Viderman of the 20th Century Club of Follansbee, Hawkes, Sherman, Hanket, Lynette Williams of the Civic League of Warwood, Norma Schoene of the Tuesday Arts Club of Moundsville and Deloris Partoric of the Weirton Woman's Club.

Reports were presented by the following district chairmen: Durst, conservation; Shirlee Baltich, home life; Carmel Esposito, public issues and the state scholarship fund; Jamesie Beecroft, bylaws and standing rules; Sharon Neeley, fundraising; Debbie Puskarich, advertising; Shoene, the president's special project; and Betsy Wells, arts and crafts.

The memorial service was conducted by Baltich. Schoene invited members to Moundsville for the 2013 district convention.

Library to show animated film

WELLSBURG - The Brooke County Public Library will be showing the science-fiction adventure, "Men in Black 3", rated PG-13, at 1 p.m. Tuesday and the animated film "Ice Age Continental Drift," rated PG, on Dec. 15 at 11 a.m.

Call (304) 737-1551 to reserve a seat and popcorn for either free screening.

Library offers craft class

WELLSBURG - The Brooke County Public Library will be offering a craft class for age 9 to adults on Dec. 13 at 5:30 p.m.

Participants will make an old-fashioned paper ornament. Stop by the library to see a sample.

Call (304) 737-1551 to register for the free program.

Bethany women take on projects

BETHANY - The Bethany Woman's Club, General Federation of Woman's Clubs, met Nov. 19 at Bethany Memorial Church with President Helen Moren presiding.

Devotions were led by Judy VanHorn, using a Thanksgiving theme. Reports were heard from Secretary Beverly Chambers and Treasurer Judy Pyle. Moren reported on the Connections program on Oct. 17 and Make A Difference Day.

The club delivered meals to 10 families in the community and on Nov. 13, a spaghetti dinner was held, honoring 14 veterans. Nine stockings were sewn and filled for Boatsie's Boxes to send to servicemen and women serving overseas.

Favors were made for Ann's Country Retreat and Valley Haven Nursing Home. Donations also were made to the window fund at Bethany Memorial Church, Anna Jarvis Home, Pearl Buck Foundation 1734 Society, Camp Mountain Heart, GFWC-WV Scholarship and the GFWC state president's project, Camp Kno Koma; and district president's hunger project.

The group's Christmas dinner will be held Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Bethany Memorial Church. Guests will include former Kiwanis members and community members.

Refreshments were served by VanHorn.

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