Belpre Garden Club
The Belpre Garden Club met Monday, June 11, at the home of Sue Beaty. In the absence of the president, Claribelle Lohr opened the meeting and the club prayer was read by Gretta Bayne. Roll call was answered by guests giving interesting descriptions of birdhouses in their homes and gardens.
Those who helped at the recent work day in Depot Park were thanked for their efforts and others were invited to stop by the park and view the results. The original bed was improved and a new one has been made at the base of the flag pole. This was with the combined effort of garden club members and city employees. Judges for the America in Bloom contest will be in the area on June 18 and club members in addition to others have been invited to have lunch with them on that date.
Sue Beaty presented the program on sunflowers and a bouquet of the bright yellow blossoms decorated her table. She explained the many beneficial qualities of the seeds when included in the diet. They come from the big round center of the flower and contain vitamin E, selenium and magnesium. The sunflower turns throughout the day to follow the course of the sun.
Earline Dye was the recipient of the hostess gift. The July 9 meeting will be at the home of Pauline Collett. At this time members are to bring an original flower arrangement.
Washington County Democratic Women
Washington County Democratic Women's monthly meeting was held May 31 at 11:30 a.m. at VFW Post 5108, Marietta.
President Donna Malcolm introduced guest speak Dr. Robert Chase, Professor and department chair of the Department of Petroleum Engineering and Geology at Marietta College. Chase presented facts and information on fracing: the history, purpose, as well as its economic and environmental effects.
The group planned the schedule for summer months. The summer gatherings will take place June 28 at 6 p.m. with a picnic and auction in Whipple, July 26 lunch or dinner and discussion at a local establishment and on Aug. 30 a luncheon meeting at the Harmar Tavern.
Washington County Democratic Party Chair, Molly Varner reviewed the slate of candidates for the November election and informed the group of a Meet and Greet with Lou Gentile, former Ohio Governor, Ted Stricklan and other local candidates scheduled for June 11 at American Legion Post 64 from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Peg Litler, candidate for county commissioner announced that she will be holding a fundraiser on June 8 at Marietta Country Club beginning at 6 p.m. There will be a buffet dinner, live music provided by Little Rock. In addition, a golf scramble will be held on July 29. Fliers will come out soon on the scramble.
Malcolm introduced Nick Benson, Senator Sherrod Brown's campaign representative and gave him the opportunity to speak. Benson explained the efforts of the campaign to re-elect Brown and supporting the rest of the local and national Democrats on the November ballot. Benson circulated information and cards to sign up to assist with the campaign effort.
The capsule drawing was won by Molly Varner.
Next month's meeting will be the picnic and auction at 6 p.m. on June 28 in Whipple at the home of Donna Malcolm.
The Franciscan Meals board held its monthly meeting at Shoney's Restaurant on June 14. Fourteen members were present.
Chairman Suzie Adams opened the meeting with prayer. Secretary Suzy Walters read the minutes of the May meeting. Treasurer, Norma Lang gave the financial report. It was reported that 79 volunteers, both office workers and drivers, volunteered 316 hours to deliver 611 meals in the month of May.
Committee reports were given. The position for a driver scheduler is still open. This is a job that could be done from home with some telephoning or could be done on our office computer. Anyone interested in this volunteer position should call Hugh Huck at 373-2652.
Plans for the annual volunteer appreciation dinner to be held Sept. 20 at the Marietta Knights of Columbus Hall were discussed. Deb and Norma Lang are in charge of arrangements.
We lost long time volunteer driver, William Bawn in May. Our sympathy goes out to his wife. He will be sadly missed.
Anyone interested in having meals delivered to their home should call the Franciscan Meals office at 373-7998 or Marian Kurner at 373-2221.
The Franciscan Meals Program is a non-profit organization and a totally volunteer program with no paid employees and affiliated with RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program). Volunteers provide their own vehicles, gas and time, and are appreciated for making the program work.
Washington County Republican Women's Club
The Washington County Republican Women's Club held their noon luncheon meeting in the social room at the First Baptist Church, on May 14.
The meeting was called to order by President Anita White who led the group in the pledged to the flag, and Ron Feathers, candidate for Washington County Commissioner, gave the opening prayer.
White recognized and welcomed guests, Barb Hintz, Connie Grady, Roxie Neville, and Suzan Schramm.
Lunch was prepared by Dianne Crandall and Anita White.
Sharon Adams gave the secretary's report and LeeAnn Johnson gave the treasurer's report, and both reports were approved as read.
The president reported that she attended a Women's Luncheon with Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor in Zanesville. The message at the luncheon was "Get behind Romney." The date of Oct. 6 is the OFRW Fall Conference at the Embassy Suites, Dublin, Ohio. White reported that the bi-laws had been approved and ready for the July meeting. The Reagan Day Dinner will be Oct. 4 at the Shrine Building with guest speaker, Josh Mandel, candidate for U.S. Senator.
A "thank you" note from Sara Snow, President of Marietta College Young Republican Club, was read, "for all of our help through the year."
Khadine Ritter gave an interesting talk about the famous women in the Revolutionary War, "War Heroes."
The next meeting will be at noon on July 9 at First Baptist Church and there will be no June meeting.
The Little Hocking Garden Club held their June meeting at the home of Linda Vernick. Roll Call was answered by naming trees your father planted. Fifteen members were in attendance.
An inspirational was read. After reports were given, the business meeting was presided over by president, Bertha Stone. The club plans to enter a float in the 4th of July parade as usual, and the committee has been contacted.
The hostess's arrangement was "Using Wood" as the program was "Pruning Trees". presented by Wanda Boring. It was very interesting and informative. She made hand-outs for each member to take home. Following refreshments the club viewed all of the hostess's plants and flowers.
Next month's meeting will be a covered dish dinner on Thursday, July 12, at the home of Jerry Bedilion at Constitution, above Belpre. He will give a program on "Living Wreaths". Trees are the best monument a man can erect to his own memory. They speak his praises and are blessings to children as yet unborn. The average tree will drink roughly 2000 quarts of water each year.
Woman's Home Board
The Woman's Home Board met for their annual luncheon meeting in the Social Hall of St. Marys Church with 17 members, the home manager and two guests present. During the luncheon a new member, Mary Antons, was introduced and welcomed.
Rose Nardi and Trina Cummings, representatives from the Peoples Bank gave their annual informative summary report on the status of the Washington County Woman's Home Investment Account. They also answered questions raised by the board members.
Beth Lepore presided over a short business meeting following the meal and presentation. The monthly treasurer's report was given by Jim Williams who also included an update on the Alma Barth Restoration Fund. House committee chair, Mary Anne Ley's report included maintenance repairs that have been completed this past month and she asked that the board approve funds to replace one of the basement beams, and a faulty kitchen air conditioner.
The next regular meeting of the board will be held at the home on July 11 at 1 p.m.
Muskingum Garden Club
The Muskingum Garden Club held the June noon meeting at the home of Helen Drake. The home was decorated with the patriotic theme in honor of Flag Day. Drake's daughter, Bonnie Jane Forni, assisted with the lunch, using Taste of Home recipes. Prayer was given by Drake.
Jo Ann Naeser conducted the business meeting. Devotions were given by Drake. Roll call was answered by telling the nicest garden ornament you have. Drake gave the secretary's report and Judy Van Dyke gave the treasurer's report. Three new members were voted into the club. They were Jerry Miller and wife Diana, and Cindy Clary. Members reported on the ReSTORE Marietta they had done on May 16 in the evening.
Following the meeting, members went to Arden McDougal's where she showed them how to make cement leaves.
The next meeting will be at Val Hoover's home on July 10 at noon.