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Guys & Dolls OCCL

The regular monthly meeting of Guys & Dolls OCCL was held Jan. 28 at the home of Belle Cunningham with eight members attending. Vice President, Rita Offenberger, conducted the meeting.

Before the business meeting, LeAnn Price of the Washington County Suicide Coalition presented a very enlightening and interesting program. A question and answer time was held.

Old business brought up the subject of the Stanley Party to be held at Martha Hunter’s home on March 25. It was decided to donate the premium received to the Suicide Coalition and the Camp Corral projects. This will be decided after the Stanley Party is held. Camp Corral is a summer camp for children of wounded or disabled military families.

The vice-president reported that all of the Achievement 10 projects have been fulfilled for this year. The Southeastern District Spring Conference will be held April 13 at the Etna United Methodist Church in Etna, Ohio.

The next meeting will be at the home of Katy Rauch on Feb. 25. April Wagner will present a program on the “Power of Prayer”. All members are to bring items for the Food Pantry to this meeting.

Marietta Photographic Society

The Marietta Photographic Society met for its January meeting at the Gilman Avenue United Methodist Church. President, Carole Wigal called the meeting to order and judges Mark Abbott, Bill Jahn and Dave Reed with alternate Paul Bibbee were chosen.

Print winner was Ed Kelbaugh whose two entries tied, “Elgin Works” and “Pin Hole Camera”. “Elgin Works” was a photo of the inner workings of an Elgin watch.

Digitally Enhanced winner was Kathy Abbott’s “Sea Urchin in Natural Light”.

A program was presented by Mike Williams of Marietta who has several magazine cover credits. Mike showed slides of his work and described each shot and the technique used to obtain the photograph.

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The next Marietta Photographic Society meeting is on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. at Gilman United Methodist Church in Marietta. Competition subject is “Motion”. Photographers of any skill level are invited to attend.

Washington County Farm Bureau

Washington County Farm Bureau officially kicked-off the 2013 membership campaign on Jan. 29 at Meadowbrook High School, Byesville. Approximately 290 people attended the multi-county event to plan and organize their campaigns.

“Our membership workers are very excited about our campaign to target new farmer members and landowners and we are contacting a lot of members and getting their input on issues,” said Ralph Coffman, president of Washington County Farm Bureau.

Carol Zimmer is leading the membership campaign and provided volunteers with the materials and support needed to carry out the membership drive. The kick-off also reviewed Farm Bureau’s accomplishments from 2012 and provide membership workers with information they can use to answer questions about Farm Bureau.

Coffman said that Farm Bureau works extensively at the community, state and national levels for policies that will forge a partnership between farmers and consumers that meets consumer needs and ensures agricultural prosperity in a global marketplace. Farm Bureau was instrumental in securing Current Agricultural Use Values (CAUV) for taxation.

Zimmer said last year Washington County Farm Bureau signed lots of new members, bring the total membership in the county to 1665. Washington County Farm Bureau has been very visible at many local activities such as the Fair Food Stand, Oil and Gas issues, County Square Dance and Safety meetings.

Washington County Farm Bureau is part of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation and its more than 214,400 members. In addition to representing agriculture in statewide legislative and public policy issues, Ohio Farm Bureau also offers a variety of money-saving member benefits that more than pay for the annual membership dues, Zimmer said. Visit the website