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Mingo women hear Lincoff, ready for Halloween event

October 26, 2012
The Herald-Star

The October meeting of the GFWC Woman's Club of Mingo Junction was held at the Mingo Senior Citizens Center. Sharon Cole-Isner, president, presided.

The invocation was given by Roetta Lewis with opening ceremonies led by Joanne Gorney.

Cole-Isner asked everyone to "Have Pride in Federation Membership."

Martha Romanda introduced guest speaker Eunice Lincoff, the president of the Academy of Lifelong Learning who active on local boards and formerly worked for the Community Action Council of Jefferson County, writing grants and managing social service programs for young mothers and children.

ALL began 10 years ago, bringing together seniors to learn in a relaxed environment.

There are a variety of classes in addition to trips. Twice a year newsletters are sent, and club members were invited to sign up for one.

Members were asked to wear pink, purple or both as October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Domestic Violence Month.

Cheri Carpico gave an update on the Halloween parade/party to be held Tuesday. Mingo children up to the sixth grade will meet at Indian Creek Junior High School and march down through town to the municipal building where pizza, dessert and drinks will be served. When leaving, the children will be given treat bags.

She also announced that donations have been received from Wal-Mart, Wheeler Funeral Home, St. Agnes Catholic Woman's Club, Mingo Lions Club, Democratic Woman's Club and the Knights of Columbus. Sign-up sheets were distributed for members to work.

Gorney agreed to serve as chairman of the Sees candy sale.

Members agreed to pass the hat as a collection for the Boaties Boxes project.

Stephanie Rouse discussed the second-annual mystery theater fundraiser.

Cole-Isner spoke on the Gold Star Mother Pilgrimage held Sept. 30. Members of the club who attended were Bernie Carpico, Cheri Carpico, Cole-Isner, Roetta Lewis, Clara Sue Milewsky, Janet Petrella, Stephanie Rouse and Diana Taylor.

Pledge cards were signed by members for the GFWC Signature Project, Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention.

Petrella, chairman, gave a report on the budget committee meeting.

Bracelets were made by the members to be sent to convention in April with respect to teen dating violence.

Members voted to send a donation to the Southeast District Bench Fund.

Lewis, chairman of the arts committee, spoke on the American Mural Project that will be in Connecticut. It is a three-dimensional painting so large that a special building is being created for it. It is a celebration of American ingenuity, productivity and commitment to work. The project seeks to inspire, to invite collaboration and to reveal to people of all ages the many contributions they can make to American culture. It is intended as a tribute and a challenge. It was decided to use the penny drill money collected for a year to support this project.

The Community Service Project, Education, Committee was in charge of the meeting. Hostesses were Romanda, chairman, and Linda Caputo, Barb Jackson and Tommy Lou Sogan.

Jackson won the door prize.

The next meeting will be held Nov. 8 at the Mingo Senior Citizens Center. Community Service Project, Home Life, Committee will be the hostess with Taylor as chairman.

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