NEW CUMBERLAND - The Woman's Club of New Cumberland, a General Federation of Women's Clubs of West Virginia member organization, met Nov. 5 in the Swaney Memorial Library.
President Dorothy Hawkes presided and led members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and Collect for Club Women.
New Cumberland Mayor Linda McNeil was the guest speaker and spoke about her vision for the city and detailed the city departments, including streets, finance, police, festival and parade, water and sewer, business and development corporation and park board. Goals include preserving the city's history and concerns include increased heavy truck traffic and dilapidated structures. There will be a bus toward in the near future in which McNeil, city officials and the development corporation will discuss an economic development plan.
Secretary Patty Fisher read the October minutes and correspondence.
The club will participate in the Dec. 14 New Cumberland Christmas parade, which has the theme, "Silver Bells." The club also will host the Nov. 16 Hancock County Arts Council holiday home tour reception at the Swaney Memorial Library and provide hostesses at the tour's stops at the Lee home on Ridge Avenue, New Cumberland, and the Pettit home on Veterans Boulevard, New Manchester. Members agreed to participate in the Weirton Salvation Army Angel Tree project.
Treasurer Alice Mitchell read the financial report. Education Chair Patty Fisher reported Anna Raines, Swaney Memorial Library librarian and woman's club member, distributed books to each of the 14 classes at New Manchester Elementary School during open house.
Fisher also reported Raines and Hawkes were awarded first place for the craft items at the fall convention, and they will be judged at the state level in March at the Greenbrier.
Home Life Chair Terri Fisher will collect items to make a basket for the silent auction for the Nov. 23 Make-a-Wish Gala at Mountaineer Race Track and Resort. Conservation Chair Lisa Maloney asked members to collect rugs, towels and blankets for the Hancock County Animal Shelter.
Raines will work with McNeil to create a "Community Book." Ways and Means Chair Sally Greathouse suggested the club hold a Rada Cutlery fundraiser.
Raines announced there will be a Dec. 14 "Breakfast With Santa at the Swaney Memorial Library. Volunteers are welcome. The club is collecting peanut butter for donation to the local food pantry. The club Christmas party will be held at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Mitchell home. Club members are asked to bring a covered dish and an ornament for the gift exchange.
Raines and Betsy Wells served refreshments.
The next meeting will be held Jan. 7, and Hawkes and Shirley Weinberg will be hostesses.