Wintersville club welcomes new members
WINTERSVILLE — The OFWC Woman’s Club of Wintersville welcomed five new members to its service organization during an installation ceremony conducted as part of its November meeting held at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville.
Membership Chair Judy Weaver, assisted by membership committee member Claudia Dorich, used a kaleidoscope of colors theme for the installation with members set to offer “a rainbow of service” to the organization.
Inducted into the club were Iris Craig, Pat Ketzell, Beth Leland, Kim Morgan and Linda Nocera. They were presented with a club pin and a yellow rose, the club flower. Leland also was installed as the club’s first vice president by Marjean Sizemore, GFWC Ohio first vice president and a member of the Wintersville club. Leland fills the position vacated with the resignation of her mother, Judy Ostrowsky.
Mary Beth Allan, club president, presided at the meeting where final announcements were made about plans for the club’s 17th-annual Holiday Splendor Dec. 2. The fundraiser generates money for the club to award several scholarships. Allan is the event chair.
During the business meeting, reports were given by Treasurer Karen Hill and Recording Secretary Joan Doan. Aimee Jaros, corresponding secretary, reported on thank-you cards received and cards sent.
Community service program reports covered a variety of subject areas. Under arts, Natalie Doty, for example, invited members to stay after the December meeting briefly to help make Christmas items out of the fronts of used cards. They will be given to nursing home residents. Other reports were: Conservation, Darlene Snider noted members are encouraged to make a Christmas ornament or decoration out of recycled items and bring them to the December meeting for display and a contest; education, Joyce Palmer noted the club will sponsor students Morgan Belt and Sarah Crawford to attend the Hugh O’Brien Youth leadership conference and urged members to continue saving used ink cartridges and Box Tops for Education labels; and home life, Ella Jane Burns, chairman, noted 20 donated coats were taken to Urban Mission Ministries for distribution.
Participation in Wintersville’s Christmas parade was reaffirmed.
Joyce Palmer gave the meditation and blessing and also served as hostess along with Ruth Carson and Karen Hill.
The program’s guest speaker was Dave DiBartolomeo who, donned in period garb, gave an animated presentation as he assumed the character of “Private Dave,” offering club members some insight on what it was like to be a Civil War soldier.
“I was a 19-year-old farm boy, and I answered my president’s call,” said DiBartolomeo, who was part of the 98th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Co. B, Third Brigade, Second Division, Army of Ohio, commanded by William Tecumsah Sherman, born in Lancaster, Ohio.
The regiment was raised mainly in Jefferson County with some enlistees from Harrison and Carroll counties as well, he explained. “It was commanded by Col. Willian C. Webster, a truly great officer,” he said. Webster was so idolized by his men that after he was killed in action, about 270 survivors from his regiment — which started with a thousand men — took up a collection and donated to have a monument erected in Union Cemetery in his honor.
The 12-foot monument was erected after the war, in 1866 or ’67, he said.
After the Battle of Bull Run, President Lincoln called for 500,000 volunteers. “My patriotic duty told me this was what I should do. I was really one of the lucky ones. I survived a three-year enlistment without being wounded.”
There were no antiseptics to treat the wounded, he noted. “If you see a surgeon’s kit from the day, you’ll think that his kit belonged to the butcher shop. If you were unfortunate enough to be wounded in the leg or the arm, it was generally gone.”
DiBartolomeo said there were 600,000 deaths on both sides, he said, “in this, the biggest black mark on the country’s history. Father against son, brother against brother, nephew against cousin, it was that way. They — the rebs — had a cause they believed in — we had the cause of the union.”
Ohio suffered tremendously during the war, he said, noting slavery was an underlying cause of it, but tariffs on the products of the south, cotton and corn, came in to play, too.
“My first engagement was the Battle of Perryville, Kentucky”, an important battle, he said, because it kept Kentucky in the Union.
DiBartolomeo said he has been a part of some re-enactments, “a strange place to be. They will tell you before the ‘battle’ who is to die or be wounded.”
Soldiers wore outfits made of 100 percent wool; had a model 1861 Springfield rifle, 58 caliber, as a weapon; might march as many as 25 to 30 miles in a day; slept in half of a pup tent; and had six to eight hard tack rations every three days. He showed members samples of what is not to be confused with Christmas-time hard tack candy. This was made from flour, water and several pinches of salt. It needed soaked in water in order to be eaten.
The club’s final meeting of 2018 will be held Dec. 20 with a noon luncheon and business meeting at St. Florian Hall. Barb Grimm will give the meditation and grace. Gloria Sergakis, Leland and Louise Ball are listed in the program booklet to be hostesses. Bobbyjon Bauman, program manager at the Sycamore Youth and Community Center in Steubenville, will be the guest speaker.