The GFWC/OFWC Woman's Club of Steubenville held its final noon luncheon meeting of 2012 by installing two new members; enjoying the voices of the 16 Steubenville High School a capella choir members; and formally presenting two checks to two causes.
The meeting held Dec. 3 at the Steubenville Country Club was occasion to welcome as new members Iris Craig and Lorraine Hazlett and to hear holiday selections, courtesy of the choir members under the direction of Scott Wolodkin.
How lovely these teenagers sounded and looked - the eight guys in their black slacks and black silk shirts and the eight girls in their red dresses.
Kathy Mills, right, club president, with newly installed members Lorraine Hazlett, left, and Iris Craig
-- Janice R. Kiaski
If you're able to check this story out on our website at www.heraldstaronline.com under the heading of "community," there is a video uploaded with this story so you can hear a little of what I'm talking about here.
Wolodkin, incidentally, announced that the Christmas concert will be held at the high school auditorium at 7 p.m. Thursday.
I sat with club member Pat Albaugh, retired Steubenville school educator, who came expressly to hear the singers; Beth Rupert-Warren, who is getting acclimated to her new job as the executive director of the United Way of Jefferson County; and Stephanie Rouse, past president of the Woman's Club of Mingo. Rouse and her husband, Rodney, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on Dec. 2. Congratulations to them.
In lunch conversation, Rouse mentioned that 2012 brought a mission completed in that with visits to Oklahoma, North Dakota, Washington and Oregon, she and her husband have now visited all 50 states.
A mention here about the dessert at this luncheon I must make.
It was a killer piece of chocolate cake, a chocoholic lover's piece of chocolate cake, mind you. With every bite, I became more and more sedated. I was ready to find a pillow and blanket and head off to Snoozeville after that dessert. Yummy.
Kathy Mills, club president, welcomed everyone to the meeting and introduced her guest, Barb Thermes, president of the Woman's Club of Wintersville.
Martha Alloggia offered the devotion on the Christmas story and the blessing before lunch was served. Donna Keagler and Martha Olivito were greeters and hostesses.
Marge Bedortha, corresponding secretary, announced the club had received a thank-you note from Scott Dressel, president of the Grand Theater Restoration Project. The club recently made a donation of $500 to that restoration effort.
In addition to Rouse, Thermes and the high school performers, another guest was the Rev. Ashley Steele, executive director of Urban Mission Ministries in Steubenville. The club had collected mittens, gloves and hats which were presented to Steele along with a check for $500.
Steele thanked the club for its generosity and made available the mission's "Bright Horizons" newsletter for December, which outlines many of its holiday ministries, including Santa's Recycle Shop at the Urban Mission Warehouse at 311 N. Sixth St. It will be held Dec. 18 and 19 from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. both days. It involves the distribution of new and gently used toys as part of a program for parents who do not have their children registered with the agency.
Donations for this continue to be accepted.
Something I didn't realize until I read the Urban Mission newsletter is that it has a second-edition Christmas ornament available for purchase for $5.
It features a silver engraving of the warehouse ministry center on a glossy blue ornament that comes individually boxed and ready for giving. To get one, call the mission at (740) 282-8010.
Steele, who has been the mission's executive director since July 2011, told the club members the mission is a place where something is always going on.
For Thanksgiving, close to 1,000 food baskets were provided, and Christmas food baskets will be distributed as well.
"It is such a busy place, and I always love it around the holidays because you see the community step up and give, and we always thank God for the generosity that is demonstrated," Steele said.
Mills made a formal presentation of $2,500 to Steele, who thanked the club for its generosity and said the money will go toward the mission's food distribution program.
Mills also made another check presentation, this one for $500 for the Beacon House breakfast that will be held Dec. 21. The check was accepted by Rupert-Warren. The Beacon House is on North Sixth Street in Steubenville, next to where the old Gill Hospital was. It has 10 efficiency apartments and is a safe haven for chronically homeless adults.
The club also took up a collection for veterans, with the money to be sent to the Chillicothe Veterans Administration Medical Center.
The club's next meeting won't be until March as members voted last year to abandon meetings for January and February given they are traditionally in times of inclement weather.
The club's luncheon and business meeting March 4 will feature a presentation by Lauren Costello and Michael Gromczewski, who are teachers from the School of Bright Promise.
Their topic will be "Teaching Autistic Children."
Dolores Pirraglia and Carlotta Jordan will serve as hostesses and greeters.