The Woman’s Club of Shinnston met Monday, May 15t h for a covered dish dinner. Co-President Mary Ann Ferris greeted everyone and Secretary Wanda F. Ashcraft led devotions with a Mother’s Day theme. The Pledge to the Flag was said in unison. The group then enjoyed a meal including home-made lasagna, chicken, broccoli casserole, potato salad, macaroni salad, slaw and apple pie.
During a short business meeting, Co-President Debra Herndon reported that $699.50 had been raised at the recent rummage sale to aid in operation and maintenance of the club house. Herndon asked members to bring in unwanted items for the next rummage sale in August. Mary Ann Ferris reported on club donations and was happy to report that there were 10 applications for a small scholarship the club would be awarding. Wanda Ashcraft, as Club Historian, reported that she had arranged and documented the Club’s yearbooks and was in the process of getting all living past presidents to document their histories. The Club is 101 years old.
Ferris then led a memorial service for Club members who have passed since 2019. The Club had not had a memorial service recently, partially due to pandemic restrictions. Remembered were former members: Virgini Minor. Zelma O’Connor, Melba Jo Harmer, Rosetta Moore, Jean Currey, Josep Brooks, Lucille Anderson, Jeannie Kalaycioglu and Barbara Rogers. Ferris read a poem by Lois Hurst Beatty and then led the group in a responsive reading. The ceremony concluded with the group singing Amazing Grace.
Attending not previously mentioned were Donna Mick, Sulayne Brooks, Connie Leuliette, Carrie Mancino, Debby Starkey and Viviane Spagnuolo.
The Woman’s Club of Shinnston is currently seeking new members and gathering the $25 annual dues for the current year. Interested women or men who would like to join are invited to experience one of the next two meetings. On June 19th at the club house, Wanda Ashcraft will be bringing a program on West Virginia and West Virginia’ Birthday will be celebrated with a cake.
On July 17th, Bobby Bice III will bring a program on local history. Questions can be directed to Debra Herndon at 304-677-6650