"Please relax and enjoy your dinner" read the line in the program bulletin for the spring banquet of the Mingo Woman's Club held May 9 at the Triple Play Cafe in Steubenville.
That was easy to do as Mary Jane Tiberio, chairman of the banquet committee, welcomed members and guests, including me, colleague Esther McCoy and Marjean Sizemore, a member of the Woman's Club of Wintersville and Southeast District president.
I came at the invitation of Clara Sue Milewsky, a busy and efficient press reporter for this club as well as for the Mingo Lions Club, and enjoyed chatting with her as well as Kathy Maguschak, who will be one of the professionals on hand when the Woman's Club of Steubenville holds its Obama Health Care Forum on June 3 at Eastern Gateway Community College, beginning at 1:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Magushak will be there to field insurance-related questions.
Shelly Bateman, left, presented perfect attendance awards to, from left, Mary Jane Tiberio, Joanne Gorney, Sharon Cole-Isner, Roetta Lewis, Clara Sue Milewsky and Bernie Carpico.
-- Janice Kiaski
Elizabeth Crothers, Tiberio's sister, gave the invocation. By the way, I've finally figured out who Crothers reminds me of. Something about her facial expressions puts me to mind of Meryl Streep.
The evening's entertainment was the Thermes Women - Barbara Thermes, who is the president of the Woman's Club of Wintersville, and her daughters, Lesa Thermes and Leslie Thermes.
The trio sang a variety of inspirational songs in addition to some fitting Mother's Day songs - "In My Daughter's Eyes" and "A Handful of Weeds." Wrapping up the performance was Barb's senior moments spoof set to the tune "Memories."
The banquet brought two announcements, including the one in the separate story to the right on Sharon Cole-Isner, club president.
The other announcement concerned Janet Petrella, whose name is being entered in the Blue Book of Distinguished Women of Ohio.
At the Pioneer Workers luncheon, the Pioneer Workers of the Ohio Federation of Women's Clubs entered Petrella's name in recognition of her dedicated service.
I discovered that the Mingo women are a group of collectors - lots of different things for lots of different causes. This includes old cell phones donated to AT&T for calling cards for the troops; old glasses for the Mingo Lions Club; old towels, blankets and newspapers for the Jefferson County Humane Society; new and newly expired coupons for service families overseas; gently used shoes for Urban Mission Ministries; and tabs from beverage cans for the Ronald McDonald House.
Milewsky recognized honorary members in the club who have been a part of the organization for more than 40 years. The two in attendance were Betty Ralston and Mary Kay Hallock, attending with her daughter, Mary Jo Boehm. Others are Kathryn Grantonic, Darlene Hoff and Barbara Jackson.
Roetta Lewis conducted the memorial service, lighting a candle in memory of all the club members through the organization's 83-year history "who have brought us this far."
She also read a thought-provoking poem titled "If Tomorrow Never Comes."
Shelly Bateman presented perfect attendance awards - honors for Tiberio, Cole-Isner, Lewis, Milewsky, Joanne Gorney and Bernie Carpico. Diana Taylor also will receive one.
A short business meeting was conducted with Cole-Isner applauding the club women for their work the past year and reviewed awards the club received at the GFWC/Ohio Federation of Women's Club's Southeast District Legislation Day.
On the club's futureagenda are two more projects, including providing and helping to plant flowers as part of a beautifcation project at the entrance of Oakland Cemetery.
The other project is sponsoring a Little Princess Aracoma and Little Chief Logan pageant as part of Community Day festivities in August.