WEIRTON - President Diane Pastoric presided at the annual Weirton Woman's Club Christmas meeting at the Masonic Lodge Annex Dec. 2.
The woman's club is a General Federation of Women's Clubs of West Virginia member organization.
Festivities began with International Outreach Chair Colleen Mindzak and Carla Glover strolling through the crowd and singing the "Wassail Song." An England Christmas tradition is serving wassail, a hot drink.
The Weirton Woman’s Club donated gas cards to the J.D. Rockefeller Career Center Licensed Practical Nurse program students. Attending the presentation were, from left, Donna Frischkorn, Program Director Kathy Dray and Club President Diane Pastoric. -- Contributed
The club also made a donation to the Salvation Army. Those attending the presentation included, from left, Major Sue Dewan, Pastoric and Major David Dewan. -- Contributed
The Drama Committee entertained with a selection of Christmas carols. Committee members honored long-time Chair Bonnie Nichols for her commitment and talent to the club and community. The committee is now under the direction of Enid Williams. The committee also includes Minnie Pazich, Mary Rose Orrechio, Diana Durst, Molly Mossor and Susan Slowikowski. George Melhorn accompanied them.
The Literary Department was in charge of the decorations for the evening; the Garden Department provided the favors; and the Art Department awarded the door prizes.
Barbara Raynolds gave the inspiration and led the Pledge of Allegiance and the Club Collect.
Pastoric presented a $200 check to Majors David and Sue Dewan of the Salvation Army. Club members donated nonperishable items for the food pantry.
She also presented six gas cards at $50 each for the license practical nurse program students to Kathy Dray, program director at the J.D. Rockefeller Career Center.
Diana Durst, GFWC State Project Chair, reported, through the club's projects and donations, four children at $275 each will attend Camp Kno Koma, a diabetes camp for children, in 2014. Durst reported the house tour with the Hancock County Arts Council was a success.
Public Issues Chair Cathy Cooper and Pastoric gave an ICE: In Case of Emergency presentation to the Church Women United organization. They presented a wreath at the Veterans memorial service Nov. 11. Thirteen Christmas gifts will be given to the veterans at Serra Manor. Pastoric, Cooper, Jeanne Amidon and Bernice Pitcock decorated the Christmas tree displayed at the Millsop Community Center. Carol Village, Religion and Spiritual Values chair, noted a New Life Worship Center representative was the November minister for 25 residents at the Weirton Geriatric Center. The Rev. Christina Hosler of the Paris Presbyterian Church will be the December's minister. Hosler will play the flute and some members of the choir will sing.
Club members donated personal supplies for the troops and will be given to Bootsie's Boxes for distribution. Pop can tabs were also collected for the Ronald McDonald House.
Home Life Chair Sandy Robbins reminded everyone to get their flu shots.
Keeping with International Outreach program, Pastoric spoke on her childhood memories of Christmas traditions and celebrations with family and friends. The Art Department will meet Feb. 24 at Holiday Inn with greeting card artist JoAnn Dankovchik. The Literary Department meets Feb. 17 with "A Walk Down Memory Lane" by members.
A report writing workshop will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 3 at the Hancock County Savings Bank conference room. All reports must be postmarked by Feb. 1. The executive board meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Jan. 23 at Hancock County Savings Bank.