Damascus Ruritans learn latest in area drilling
DAMASCUS - Thirty-three members and guests enjoyed a lasagna dinner on Nov. 14, prepared and served by the ladies of the Damascus United Methodist Church. All military veterans present were recognized.
Secretary Darlene Snyder introduced Greg New (with Dorfman Production) who talked about the latest in gas and oil drilling in the area. He gave a very detailed power point presentation of the land formation and where the oil and gas is coming from here in Ohio.
A detailed report of the funeral dinner the club members provided for late member Earl Mather in his passing. Dinner was served to approximately 60 relatives and friends. Members provided either covered dishes or money. The remaining money will to go to Millie Mather to help her with funeral expenses along with a list of those contributors.
President Dale Wingett presented an outstanding student award to a former eighth grader, Ashley Weber, now freshmen at West Branch High School. She is the daughter of Randy and Tina Weber of North Benton.
Ohio District fall convention was held Nov. 9 at Colerain, hosted by Zone 7 Clubs (Colerain, Flushing Area, Rolling Hills, St. Clair). Instructors were Frank Kinsey, a national director from St. Clairsville Club and Karl Kiener, Zone Five governor and member of the Washington Club. Live auction, results $1,552.50, and Silent auction results were $466.50 totaling $2,019. These funds will be shared with the Ruritan National Foundation. Reports and 2014 election of district officers included Ohio District Governor Glenn Fish, Lt. Governor Janet Kinsey, District Secretary Barb Fish, District Treasurer Maynard Yho.
It was announced there were 10 people received their flu vaccination, held Nov. 5 at the Damascus United Methodist Church, administered by the Salem Area Visiting Nurse Association, sponsored by the Damascus Ruritan Club as a community service project.
Members will be ringing bells for the Alliance Salvation Army on Nov. 29 at Thornes IGA Market at the College Plaza in Alliance.
The membership voted to receive two new associate member applicants, Henry and Michelle Price. President Wingett installed Matt Manley, Damascus Elementary School principal, as a new regular member of the club and placed him on the Business and Profession committee, chaired by Bill Orend.
The club gave financial support to the Salem Salvation Army, Robert Bycroft Adopt a Class, Quaker Canyon for use of their building, sent money to Ruritan National Foundation in lieu of flowers for Carroll Miles and Earl Mather deceased members, also a monetary gift for the Light Up Damascus project on Dec. 14.
Fairfield Township Ruritans hear about food bank
COLUMBIANA - The Fairfield Township Ruritan Club held its monthly dinner meeting on Oct. 24 at Heck's Restaurant. President Rick Urmson presided. Zone Governor Wayne Urmsom delivered the invocation. Sixteen members and four guests were welcomed, with acknowledgment to new members Donald Mook and T.J. Setinsek. "Learn and Earn" students Paige Pancake and Spencer Patrick were introduced.
Urmson announced a thank-you card was received from Meals on Wheels for the club's continued generous report. The boys at the Rogers Correctional Facility also sent a card thanking the members for crocheting scarves and hats for each boy.
Election of officers will take place at the December meeting and their duties will begin at the January board meeting. Urmsom and Wayne and Dennis Holtom will attend the November Ruritan Zone 2 meeting.
The chicken barbecue pit was moved to a permanent location for the 53rd annual chicken barbecue. Assisting at the barbecues will be the boys from the Rogers facility, along with the three Earn and Learn students. Members also voted to purchase an outbuilding to store various possessions in one single location, with the barbecue pit.
The club voted to donate $300 to the Christmas lights at Firestone Park and agreed to volunteer at the park throughout the Christmas season. Program Chairman Ken Nickalo re-introduced new member Mook, superintendent of Columbiana Schools, to explain the need for the bond issue that appeared on the ballot. Tom Kibler, senior from Lisbon High School, discussed his experience at Boys State this summer.
Mike Iberis, executive director of the Second Harvest Food Bank, was introduced as the main speaker. He told of the many hungry people in the local communities, and how the food bank is trying to handle the program, concentrating especially on children. He also told of the incredible support he had in 2012 in being the winner of a $1 million reward from Walmart last year. The club made donations to his program and continues to support the local food bank program.
R-Weigh groups reward weekly weight loss winners
SALEM - The R-Weigh weight support groups met at 1 and 5 p.m. Monday at the First Friends Church. The good loser at the afternoon group was Annie Katz and Sue Carver was the goalie for the week.
Gerry Heffinger presided at the meeting and Roni Fauver did a program on "Aspartame, the Sweet Poison" and read testamonials by users of the artificial sweetner that told of the side effects it caused them.
The Turkey Trotters fed their turkeys more quarters than the Turkey Gobblers and are winning the turkey contest so far. Sandy McGarr announced that the Christmas party will be on Dec. 9 and the dinner fee is due on Monday.
Karen Pauline presided at the evening meeting and Peggy Kurtz's inspiration for the week was that there is no quick fix, it takes change in your diet most of all.
The good losers at the evening group were Sharon Bigalow and Barb Smith. Ruth Miller was the goalie for the week. Smith did an enlightning program on "Finding Your Inner Strength."
Birdie Reinhart announced that in lieu of a gift exchange at the Christmas party, the members will make a donation from a list of needed items for the church's pantry starting Monday. Next week is the deadline to get your reservation in and pay the dinner fee for the party on Dec. 2 at the church.
The Bright Feathers fed their turkeys more quarters than the Hot Trotters did. Members will be paid $1 per pound for their November losses and the turkey contest will end with the winners sharing the quarters at both groups on Monday.
Weingart Cousins welcome guests, 17 family members
SALEM - Krystal and Pete Howell, June Barnes' granddaughter and husband, were welcomed when 17 members of Weingart Cousins met recently. The next breakfast begins at 8 a.m. Dec. 10.
Christmas Boutique at First United Methodist
SALEM - The women of the First United Methodist Church are hosting a Christmas boutique from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7 at the church.
A soup and sandwich lunch will be available on Friday. A cookie walk is planned on Saturday. Decorated wreaths, gift baskets, gift items, children's gift items, centerpieces and decorated trees, etc., will be available. All old and new items have been donated by members of the church. All proceeds from the sale will be applied to the capital improvements fund. For more information call Norma Byers at the church at 330-337-9531.
Holiday bazaar at Salem Memorial Building
SALEM A holiday bazaar will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 6 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Salem Memorial Building, 785 E. State St. Arts and crafts, seasonal items, and candies and baked goods will be available for purchase. Featured vendors, along with other entertainment and attractions, will be live on stage. Lunch will be available for purchase. A Chinese auction and 50/50 raffle will be held on Saturday. All proceeds go to the Salem Memorial Building Association. For more information call 330-332-5512.
Slovak Club sets holiday craft show
SALEM - The public is invited to the annual Christmas craft show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Salem Slovak Club, 313 S. Ellsworth Ave.
Vendors include Miche, jewelry, crocheted items, candles, Avon, tied blankets, Tastefully Simple, Pampered Chef, water globes, baked items, gift bags, etc.
For information on available table space call 330-337-8426.
Canfield AARP to meet for lunch
CANFIELD - The Canfield Area AARP #3104 will meet for lunch at 1 p.m. Dec. 2 at Ala Carte.
Reservations may be made by calling 330-533-3528. Steve Fazzini will entertain with musical selections.
The final bus trip of the year is Dec. 11 which includes a stop at the Youngstown Historical Center of Industry and Labor, a luncheon and "A Hollywood Christmas" show at Packard Music Hall.
For reservations call 330-505-0938.