S.O.A.R chapter schedules picnic
The Tri-Valley Weirton Chapter 8-5 of Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees met in April at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Weirton with John Balzano, president, presiding.
Sandy Gaffney, Highmark Insurance district representative, was the guest speaker. She spoke about Highmark's benefits and answered questions.
GUEST SPEAKER — Weirton Lions Club Vice President Gary Pitcock, left, and President Ken Howell, right, welcomed Sgt. Elizabeth Calmbacher of the Hancock County Sheriff Reserves.
Members discussed ways to help the community.
Balzano reported the chapter picnic will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 12 at Follansbee Park. It is open to members and prospective members. Reservations must be made by June 10.
For information, call Balzano at the Weirton Union Hall at (304) 748-8080.
DKG Society installs officers
The installation of officers for the 2014-16 term and initiation of new members highlighted the May 10 meeting of the Delta Kappa Gamma International Society held at the Harlem Springs United Methodist Church in Harlem Springs.
President Darlene Smith welcomed members and introduced the new initiates: Carolyn Kibble, retired from Indian Creek School District and nominated by Bernice Francis; Angela Smith, Edison Local teacher of Title 1 math and nominated by Karen Goddard and Ruth Farmer; and Lisa Truman, kindergarten intervention specialist in the Carrollton School District and nominated by Smith.
Business at the meeting included the announcement that revised bylaws will be voted on in the fall.
Smith expressed appreciation to Barbara Losey and her committee for the gifts presented to each member at the DKG's 75th birthday celebration. Mary Coleman, who turned 100, was recognized in the State Teacher Retirement System publication, the Ohio Retired Teachers Magazine and The Voice, the DKG quarterly publication.
Carole Thorne led the initiation ceremony. The DKG banner was held by Linda Nocera and Linda Holub. Nancy Shuster explained the seven purposes of DKG and Bonita Lucci the meanings of its symbols. Initiates Kibble, Smith and Truman were presented a red rose, the flower of DKG. New members signed the register and were welcomed by all present.
Thorne also led the installation of new officers, including, Joyce Ferguson, president; Darlene Smith, first vice president; Ann Wiley, second vice president, CarolynLee Barrett, recording secretary; Jane Brower, corresponding secretary; Mary Barnes, treasurer; and Rose Seck, parliamentarian.
Cicely Worthington read a poem, "Vacation Days," and thanked Jan Primack, Mary Lou Custer, Margery Gregg and Smith for their help in preparing the birthday bingo game.
Julie Blanton announced that scholarships were presented to Lucci, Donna Iachini and Arlene Obertance. Smith presented a gift to each of her officers.
Tri-State Marine Corps Club meets
The Tri-State Marine Corps Club held the monthly meeting May 12 with Jim DiBenedetto presiding and 32 members in attendance.
Members discussed the Follansbee Community Days parade, and Wayne Kemp volunteered to again be in charge for the club participants.
J.J. Jurosko, accompanied by the Tri-State Young Marines, will present the club's wreath Memorial Day at the Millsop Community Center service.
Dan Lyons said the silver anniversary coins have been received, and each active member will be presented with one coin at no cost.
Gabe Arlia reported the Young Marines had planned an overnight training session at Tomlinson Run State Park.
Members inducted and welcomed new member Don Rauch of Mingo Junction.
The annual picnic will be held Aug. 3 at the New Cumberland Fire Department grounds. It will include food and beverages, drawings and children's games, provided by the club. All members are encouraged to attend with their families.
Project Lifesaver topic for Lions
Sgt. Elizabeth Calmbacher of the Hancock County Sheriff Reserves Inc. spoke about Project Lifesaver to the Weirton Lions Club recently.
Project Lifesaver is a search-and-rescue system using radio transmitters and electronic tracking equipment. Individuals with cognitive disabilities such as Alzheimer's, autism and Down syndrome wear a transmitter bracelet that helps rescuers locate them.
The equipment is made available through grants and tax-deductible donations. Those who can afford it pay a $10 monthly maintenance fee.
The Weirton Lions Club made a donation to the project, and members encouraged other community organizations to consider making a contribution as well.
Calmbacher is the area Project Lifesaver liaison. Lions also discussed upcoming eyeglass purchases and plans for the new year.
For information on the Lifesaver Project or to make a donation toward the program, call the sheriff's office at (304) 564-4068.
For information on the Weirton Lions Club, contact President Ken Howell at (304) 723-3076.
Toronto Sunrise Seniors meet
The Toronto Sunrise Senior Citizens' May 9 meeting included an update on trips with the Myrtle Beach excursion canceled.
Future trips to Atlantic City and Graceland, however, are under discussion. The trip to Washington, D.C., was hailed "a huge success." John Bodrog thanked all those who helped make it such a fun trip.
President Tim Gribben presided at the meeting where he thanked the kitchen committee for serving the carry-in dinner.
Reports were given by Peg Nordenger, secretary; Rex Mossor, treasurer; and Tracey Wade, social secretary.
Pete Graceffa won the 50-50 drawing.
The signup sheet for the Mother/Father banquet to be held at the First Presbyterian Church on Friday was circulated. Appetizers will be served at 5 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m. All are welcome to come back to the Roosevelt Building to enjoy bingo and cards after the dinner.
Nordenger, chaplain, closed the meeting with prayer.
Bingo and card winners were Marlene Garrett, Kathy Samuels, Tim Gribben. Gloria Howard, John Bodrog, Brenda Cottrell, Paul Sherwood, Jean Henderson, Janet Blaschak, Rex Mossor, Donna Olson, Peg Nordgenger, Dorothy Pavelka, Kenny Mossor, Phyllis Smith, Paul Pavelka, Joyce Gribben, Bob Deku and Sandy Smith.
The Sunrise Senior Citizens hold their meeting the second and forth Fridays of each month at the Roosevelt Building.