Belpre Garden Club
Janet Robinson was hostess to the Belpre Garden Club at her home on Oct. 8. The meeting was opened with the reading of the club prayer by Barbara Corazzi. Program books for the following year were distributed and a poem "The Jack-o-Lantern" was read. Leslie Pittenger gave a report on the America in Bloom symposium which she attended in Fayetteville, Ark. Belpre made a good showing in its first endeavor and will continue to participate in Belpre in Bloom. Stargazer lily bulbs are available for purchase to aid this project and may be obtained at the Belpre City Building.
The October program consisted of a video "Gardening with Jerry Baker" in which he gave instructions for year round flower care. There were recipes for plant foods and insect repellants concocted from common household products. His speaking was interspersed with inspirational quotes shown on the screen. Janet served refreshments and presented the hostess gift to Claribelle Lohr who will be hostess to the group Monday, Nov. 12 at The Churn, a local restaurant.
Western Washington County Historical Society
Western Washington County Historical Society held its first "Local History and Genealogy Fair" at the newly finished Community Resource Center at the Barlow Branch Library Saturday, Oct. 6. Twenty-five exhibitors displayed various family or community histories through photographs, post cards, artifacts, family trees, scrapbooks, Power Point programs, posters, books, letters and documents. Copies were made from many of those displays thereby preserving those histories should the originals be destroyed or lost. The Scenic Hills Lions Club, Marietta Chapters of Daughters of American Revolution and Sons of the American Revolution, Washington County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, the Multicultural Genealogical Society of Chesterhill, Marietta College's Special Collections Library, the Washington County Public Library's Local History and Genealogy Library, Campus Martius Museum, Belpre Historical Society and Farmers Castle Museum offered resource books for sale or informational hand-outs. Family histories including Brackenridge, McVicar, Lawton, McGregor, Root, Gordon, Trotter, Greenlees, Smith, Needham, Flowers, Reynolds, Mayle, Norris, and Coffman were just a few of those researched. A book describing Civil War veterans gravesites in western Washington County compiled by Sally Hale and Marjorie Cunningham was available. The Oliver Tucker Museum at Beverly and Lower Muskingum Historical Society displayed many artifacts from that area. Eldon Young of Cutler displayed the history of the M&C Railroad. Donna Cunningham presented photos of schools of Washington County. Richard Davis of Marietta played old 78 RPM records and displayed a map of Washington County. Myrtie McVicar had an extensive display of the people and buildings of early Bartlett and Cutler and Hugh Coffman concentrated his display on Warren Township including the Constitution area.
Waterford United Methodist Women
The Waterford United Methodist Women met Oct. 4 at the church. Barb Stephens, president, called the meeting to order. Ten members were present. Judy Adams led devotions. Sherrill Alltop, secretary, read the minutes of the September meeting, which were approved. Wanda Swingle, treasurer, reported on the finances. Money had been sent to the District UMW and she had also sent in bar codes to be redeemed. Four members had attended the Beverly UMW Retreat in September, which was themed "What a Trip". Adams is now taking orders from the RADA catalog. A $100 donation will be sent to the Beverly American Legion Auxiliary for their "Toys for Kids" project for Christmas. Stephens thanked those that helped with cleaning the kitchen after the contractor work. Adams will send for curtain samples for the kitchen and dining area. Planning is taking place for the Basement & Bake Sale. It will be held Friday, Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to noon. A $2 b bag sale only, on Saturday. Setup will start on Oct 22. Several are working on different ways of advertising. Stephens led the program, "Finding Peace Through Action". Swingle led the blessing. Refreshments were served by Linda Taylor and Kay Worstell with fall decorations.
Washington County Republican Women's Club
The Washington County Republican Women's Club held their noon luncheon meeting on Oct. 8 at the social rooms at the First Baptist Church.
The meeting was called to order by President Anita White. She welcomed and recognized guests, Glen Miller, Allison White and Andy Kasick.
Opening prayer was given by LeeAnn Johnson, wife of Congressman Bill Johnson. The pledge was led by White.
Lunch was prepared and served by Nadine Kasick.
Sharon Adams gave the secretary's report and Johnson gave the treasurer's report and both were approved as read.
White and Johnson attended the O.F.R.W. conference in Columbus. The topic of the conference was for more women to get involved, "It is not too late."
Johnson announced that there will be another "Women's Call Day" to be announced. The last one was a very big success.
White reminded the members to please get the judge's postcards addressed as they will be mailing them soon. She asked for a list of veterans who will be receiving postcards from the organization.
The Constitution Day was a success and White thanked everybody for their help. Also, a big thanks was given to all of those who helped and supported a very successful Reagan Day Dinner and reception.
As November will be the last meeting of the year, White asked the members to please be thinking about where they might want to serve on the different committees. The nominating committee for new officers for next year announced the slate, President Anita White, Vice President Khadine Ritter, Secretary Karen Morris, and Treasurer LeeAnn Johnson.
The Women's Club will join the executive committee to help with the cost for the next edition of the Marietta Post.
Jerry James gave a program on President Ronald Reagan and the Young American's Foundation with a slide presentation, with the help of Matt Lupardis.
The next meeting will be held Nov. 12.
For information: (740) 373-0046.