There was plenty of festive music in the air when the GFWC/OFWC Woman's Club of Wintersville held its final meeting of 2012 on Dec. 20 at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville on the eve of the first day of winter when snow was in the forecast.
Club member Cheryl Taylor - and proud mother, too - introduced her son Zachary Taylor, Steubenville High School's band director, who performed brass quartet Christmas selections during lunch along with Rick Hicks, assistant director, and students Francesca Torini and Shauna Contumelio.
Cheryl introduced the foursome who stopped by to perform after having already played that morning at Lancia's and Martha Manor.
Final meeting of 2012
After lunch, the musical program entitled "Sing in the Season" was presented by Jefferson County commissioner Tom Graham, who sang a variety of holiday favorites, many of which members sang along to with little urging.
Graham was introduced by Natalie Doty, the club's second vice president.
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Brass quartet music courtesy of Zachary Taylor, Francesca Torini, Shauna Contumelio and Rick Hicks
-- Janice R. Kiaski
At my table where I sat with Donna Phillips, Bonnie DiDomenico, Cheryl Taylor, Mary Coleman, Judy Weaver, Nancy Honse and Rosalie Falbo, the lunch conversation was lively and varied, running the gamut from gun control and the tragedy of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting to everyone's level of readiness for Christmas.
Jackie Davis made a point to come over and thank me for the photo I had taken of her and her mother, Helen Gaudio, that ran on a picture page from the club's 11th-annual Holiday Splendor fundraiser held Dec. 2.
Jackie said the photo generated calls from people her mother had not heard from in a while, so it's always nice to hear that there's positive response to photos in the newspaper.
Speaking of Holiday Splendor, that was among the reports given during the business meeting where Barb Thermes, president, presided. Pat Freeland, who co-chaired the event along with Marjean Sizemore, thanked club members for their help in making the event such a success. Treasurer Joyce Palmer reported the profit at just over $5,000. The money raised goes toward scholarships.
Guests at the Dec. 20 luncheon meeting, in addition to the quartet and Graham, were Amelia Mougianis, there with Gloria Sergakis, and Palmina Maggi, there with Rosemarie Cieslak.
Jackie Davis gave a humorous reading entitled "Merry Christmas to My Female Friends" and grace at the meeting where hostesses were Gloria Popp, Pat Perry, Carole Yaich, Donna Phillips, June Sullivan and Gloria Sergakis.
Doty led the group in opening ceremonies; military personnel were remembered in a prayer and moment of silence; members answered roll call by acknowleding their favorite Christmas song and/or cookie; and CarolynLee Barrett, recording secretary, gave a condensed version of the November minutes.
On behalf of the club, Barb Grimm, public issues chairman, presented a thank-you cake to the Wintersville Volunteer Fire Department, which was accepted by Anthony Kniszek, one of the firemen. The cake was a gesture of gratitude for the department's service to the community.
Community service reports included the following:
SPECIAL PROJECTS: Chairman Ella Jane Burns reported on a family in need that the club helped as a Christmas project, providing gifts and money for groceries.
INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS: Barb Whiteman, chairman, thanked everyone for cutting coupons apart. She also reminded club members to bring personal hygiene items to the January meeting.
PUBLIC ISSUES: Barb Grimm, chairman, thanked club members for the 19 bags of "Toiletries for Teens" gifts given to Urban Mission Ministries for its Christmas distribution.
EDUCATION: Jackie Davis thanked everyone for the 417 school supplies valued at $296 that were brought in September. School supplies also will be collected at the January meeting.
Pat Freeland reminded members to keep saving pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House, noting the club so far has provided 47 pounds. She said 1,200 tabs is the equivalent of 1 pound.
Donna Phillips, chair of arts, led club members in a tennis shoe project to benefit the ALIVE Shelter. There were nine pairs of tennis shoes decorated and filled with toiletry items.
In new business, Thermes reminded committee chairman that year-end reports need postmarked by Feb. 1. A meeting was to have been held Wednesday to work on reports, and the executive board was to meet today.
The club's next regular luncheon meeting will be held at noon on Jan. 17 at St. Florian Hall with the program featuring Corky Nosek, president of the Ohio GFWC, via Skype.
CarolynLee Barrett will offer meditation and grace.
Hostesses will be Barb Steele, Pat Keller, Gloria Kotur, Bonnie DiDomenico, Robbie Young and Linda Nolf.