Winona Ruritans hold family picnic

WINONA — The Winona Ruritan Club held its annual family picnic on Aug. 22 at the Winona Evangelical Friends Church. Approximately 35 attended. The club supplied the ham and roast beef, rolls, beverages and condiments and members supplied coverdishes and desserts including homemade ice cream. President Homer Huprich introduced Boys State Delegates Dustin Sanor and Mitch Kelly. Both were sponsored by the club to attend the American Legion Boys State Program on June 11-18 at Miami University. Secretary Lee Stamp reported that the tickets and advertisement posters were ready for the pancake and sausage breakfast on Oct. 14 at Willow Grove Grange.

TOPS 777 recognizes weight loss

SALEM — Shirley Johns was recognized as a 16 1/2 year KOPS when TOPS Chapter 777 met on Aug. 21. Weekly winners on Aug. 30 included Mabel Pasco Brenda Adams and Pat Sheen, best losers; and Frances Valentino, KOPS. Monthly winners were Linda Evanoff, best loser; Carrie Toy, runner-up; Twila Shoaff, trooper award; Linda Gerace, KOPS; and Valentino and Gerace, at goal or below. Debbie Phillips received the special award. Shoaff presented a program titled, “Letting Family in on Your Weight Loss Journey.” She also offered the inspiration, “A Friend of Mine.”

Damascus Ruritans hear from MCFB

DAMASCUS — Twenty-two members of the Damascus Ruritan Club and four guests met on Aug. 10. The ladies of the Damascus United Methodist Church prepared and served dinner for the group. David Denny presented Brock Smith with the club’s Honorary Eighth-Grade Student Award. Jim Grimm introduced Barb Biery from the Mahoning County Farm Bureau. She spoke of the contamination in the watershed caused by the over usage of chemicals in the fields. Not all contamination comes from the farm land runoff. Farmers and residents are asked to have soil tested before applying chemicals on their land. Dave Wingett present Walter Lautzenheiser and Kenneth Steer with the Tom Downing Award for their outstanding service to the club in the past years.

Members approved the board’s recommendations to make a financial donation to Damascus Elementary for back to school supplies for needy students, and the use of the Quaker Canyon building for the July picnic. It was announced the club will be co-sponsoring a rabies clinic with the Mahoning County Board of Health from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Damascus Fire Department’s meeting room on state Route 534. During the event the club will hold a food collection drive of non-perishable items to go to the Damascus Friends Church Food Pantry.

Wingett announced the Zone Six fall meeting begins at 7 p.m. Sept. 12 at the North Georgetown First Brethren Church, hosted by the West Branch Area Ladies Club. The annual Zone Six steak fry is slated Sept. 19 at the Quaker Canyon Building on Valley Road, hosted by the Damascus Club.

Gardeners share experiences

DAMASCUS — The Damascus Garden Club, a member of the Garden Club of Ohio Inc., met on Aug. 10 at the home of June Wallace. First Vice President Marilyn Wingett opened the meeting by welcoming new member, Lynn Cameron, with a yellow rose, a symbol of the club. Fifteen members responded to roll call. The minutes of the July meeting were read and approved and the treasurer’s report was accepted. Correspondence that had been received consisted of a thank-you card from Pat Hoopes and an email from the Garden Club of Ohio Inc.

Conservation Chair Val Knoedler reported on the condition of the post office garden. Community Care Chair Ginny Huffman said that Rhonda Mitchell will provide the bud vases for the September community blood drive. Dave Peterson, chair for the Here Comes Fall door decorating project, reported that plans were set for the display which will consist of fall flowers with copper accents. The decorated door was on display at the Canfield Fair. Historian Carol Kuner and Knoedler and Lee Keuntz have worked on updating the Damascus Garden Club display at the school house. Telephone Chair Marge Miller asks that members who receive a phone message from her about club meetings return a call to her to verify that they are aware of the message. Ways and Means Chair Peterson suggested that the door decorated for the Canfield Fair could be raffled off for a fund raiser. The idea is in the planning stage. A collection was taken for the Penny Pines Project.

Under old business, Peterson volunteered to copy the honorary member certificate that had been presented to a previous member for use in future presentations. There was no new business to be discussed.

Wingett reminded the members that the Garden Club of Ohio Inc. is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year. For the month’s program members shared various gardening experiences with which they have dealt. Hosts Wallace and Mitchell served refreshments at the end of the session.