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Garden department reviews year

GARDEN DEPARTMENT MEMBERS — The Garden Department of the GFWC Weirton Woman’s Club held its opening meeting on Sept. 10. Members include, seated, from left, Ann Parsons, Dawn Neeley, Chairman Maralyn Ridgway, Doris Sadler and Teresa Conley; and standing, GFWC Northern District President Diana Durst, Carla Colson, Patty Kaminski, Lea Shirer, Carla Glover, Barbara Reynolds, Enid Williams and Sharon Neeley. -- Contributed

WEIRTON — The Garden Department of the GFWC Weirton Woman’s Club held its opening meeting on Sept. 10 at Undo’s at the Holiday Inn. Chairman Maralyn Ridgway welcomed the members and thanked hostess Carla Colson for the decorations.

Barbara Raynolds gave the inspiration. Reports were given by Secretary Ann Parsons, Treasurer Sharon Neeley and Jeanne Amidon, financial review chairman. Conservation Chairman Patty Kaminski reported on herbs, and Ecology Chairman Sharon Neeley spoke on biodegradable items. Hospitality Chairman Leas Shirer reported 12 members in attendance. Barbara Raynolds will be hostess for October.

A summary of events and projects for the past year were reviewed. Becky Walker from the WVU Extension Service was a guest speaker. The Master Gardener or 2017 spoke on plant propagation and is a volunteer at the Weirton Christian Center Community Garden. She presented members with seedlings to grow.

Marsha Von Ludman, another Master Gardener, spoke on orchids, and Heather Tokas discussed herbs and had starter plants she presented to members. Ann Bailey, Master Gardener of the WVU Extension Service, encouraged members to become a Master Gardener through a 12-week program given in Weirton. Scott Weaver from Iannetti’s spoke to the department about pruning shrubs and trees, planting bulbs and different colored Christmas trees. He fielded questions concerning planting and fertilizing and explained how they grow poinsettias for Christmas.

Members held their Make It or Bake It meeting, exchanging their gifts using the Left Right Story. Barbara Raynolds, assisted by Diana Durst and Enid Williams, told the Christmas Story with narration and music.

Members collected cereal boxes to donate to the GFWC Northern District Conservation Project. The boxes are sent to Uganda where the woman make jewelry from them, then sell it to help sustain their families and become self-sufficient.

The garden department’s annual calendar luncheon attracted about 140 women. Scotty Hicks provided entertainment. Funds earned are used for scholarships, conservation camp recipients and community projects.

Carol Scheerbaum from the WV Extension Service was a guest speaker with the garden department donating funds to sponsor a campership for two recipients to attend Camp Webster. They were selected based on their 4-H achievements.

Funds were donated to the Salvation Army for Thanksgiving dinners, and a dogwood tree was donated to the Weirton Christian Center.

The garden department is planning projects to help the community and to help sponsor children with scholarships and sponsorships for the coming year.

The calendar luncheon will be held on March 28.

Helen Gibson, president of the GFWC Weirton Woman’s Club, noted new members are welcome to join. For information, contact Gibson at (724) 312-8082 or by e-mail to hmgibson@windstream.net.

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