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Marietta Franciscan Community Meals

The Marietta Franciscan Community Meals board held its monthly luncheon and business meeting at Shoney’s Restaurant on June 12. Fifteen board members were present.

Chairman Judy Grize opened the meeting with prayer. Minutes of the previous meeting were read by secretary Suzie Walters. Treasurer Norma Lang gave the financial statement and reported that 80 volunteers (office workers and drivers) volunteered 320 hours to deliver 550 meals in May. Committee reports were given by Jackie Lang, driver scheduling, and Mary Offenberger, client contact.

Mae Lang, who passed away this month, was remembered fondly by those present. She was not only a board member for many years but also a driver and office worker. Our sympathy goes out to her family.

Anyone interested in having meals delivered to their home should call the Franciscan Meals office at 373-7998 or Mary Rita Offenberger at 373-2762. Meals can be delivered five days a week at $3 per meal.

The Franciscan Meals Program is a non-profit organization and a totally volunteer program with no paid employees affiliated with the Retired Senior Volunteer Program. Volunteers provide their own vehicles, gas and time. Food providers include Harmar Place, Marietta Center and Selby Hospital.

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National Society of Arts and Letters

The Ohio River Valley Chapter celebrated the 70th anniversary of the founding of the National Society of Arts and Letters by hosting its National Convention in Charleston, W. Va. Founded in 1944 in Chevy Chase, Md. by Francesca Nielsen and Mollie Nicholson the organization flourished through the United States by assisting and promoting the achievements of young artists as they build careers in their respective art forms.

The 2014 National Convention, chaired by Mary Ann Osborne of Parkersburg, was held at the Charleston Marriott Town Center. She was assisted by Sally Davis, Nora Corra, Ann Bailey and Carolyn Hollendonner of Parkersburg, by Becky Wright, Charles Pridgeon and Jeanne Tasse from Marietta and by many volunteers.

In addition to the meetings and workshops, there was an anniversary dinner at the Erma Byrd Gallery of the University of Charleston and a reception at the Governor’s Mansion. The National Competition in Woodwinds was held and 18 instrumentalists competed for $26,000.

Following the convention, an optional trip to the Greenbrier was planned. The 2015 National Meeting and Competition in Drama will be held in St. Louis, Mo.