Remembering events, activities and club happenings through the years gave members of the GFWC Women's Club of Mingo a time to appreciate the "Throwback Thursday" theme adopted for their annual banquet, which was held May 8 at the Mill Creek Inn located at 572 county Road 22A, Bloomingdale.
Several members took the theme to the next level, wearing outfits reflective of a certain period with Diana Taylor and Cheri Carpico among them, both dressing as hippies. Groovy, baby.
The bottom line as the reminiscing progressed was that the Mingo club members have done a lot of positive things for their community, generating fond memories in the process.
Joanne Gorney and Roetta Lewis served as co-chairs for the banquet and will share duties as co-presidents of the club for the 2014-16 club years. The ceremonial passing of the gavel was observed with outgoing President Sharon Cole-Isner - who provided some disco tunes for music to dine by - doing the honors.
Cole-Isner, who was thanked for her leadership as the Mingo club president and is now the new president of the GFWC/Ohio Southeast District, updated the members on a few items, noting the annual mystery theater dinner generated $1,855.05 and that the club's Little Miss Aracoma and Chief Logan Pageant is set for Aug. 9.
Gorney welcomed guests to the banquet where Shelly Bateman gave the invocation.
Mary Jane Tiberio presented four perfect attendance awards, one of which went to herself. The others were for Cole-Isner, Lewis and Stephanie Rouse.
Barbara Jackson was the lone honorary club member in attendance and was introduced by Kathy Maguschak. Honorary members are those women who have logged 40 or more years of continuous service to the club and, as Maguschak said, have been not just leaders, educators and mentors, but, more importantly, friends.
Other honorary members are Darlene Hoff, Betty Ralston, Katie Grantonic and May Kay Hallock.
Some gift-giving at the banquet included a presentation to Cole-Isner by Janet Petrella, and Cole-Isner acknowledging her board members, including Clara Sue Milewsky, Stephanie Rouse, Bernie Carpico, Tiberio, Cheri Carpcio, Bateman and Petrella.
Using "Ocean Treasures" as her theme, Stephanie Rouse inducted the new officers for 2014-16, reminding each of them of their important role in the club's dynamics as she presented them with a particular shell - a sand dollar for the treasurer, for example, and a star fish, for instance, for a reaching-out director at large position.
As Gorney and Lewis assume co-presidency duties, joining them as club leaders are Cheri Carpico, vice president; Kathy Magushak, treasurer; Clara Sue Milewsky, recording secretary and press reporter; Mary Jane Tiberio, corresponding secretary; Sharon Cole-Isner, parliamentarian; and Janet Petrella, director at large.
Club member Martha Romando, 1940-2013, was remembered in a memorial.
At the state GFWC convention held in April, the Mingo club received the following awards:
The Top 20 Honor Roll Award, presented for accumulating 2,865 honor roll points for outstanding participation in federation programs and projects.
Category II for outstanding participation, GFWC Ohio community service program, public issues.
Category II for outstanding participation, GFWC Ohio community service program, arts;
State honor roll award, presented for outstanding participation, earning more than 300 points in reporting;
State award presented to club with special recognition for article sent to the Buckeye Magazine.