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His­toric Hopewell Foun­da­tion

For many years, the His­toric Hopewell Foun­da­tion has had a yearly auc­tion to ben­e­fit We­ston Manor, the St. Den­nis Chapel, and other his­toric sites. This year the event was held at Gun­cot­ton on Satur­day, Novem­ber 3, from 6-10 p.m.

The guests filled the build­ing, with many peo­ple at­tend­ing and en­joy­ing all the fes­tiv­i­ties in the gleam­ing new busi­ness. Ev­ery­one had fun see­ing friends and ac­quain­tances, and won­der­ful hors d'oerves and drinks were served as peo­ple min­gled.

The event fea­tured a silent auc­tion, and peo­ple looked at all the paint­ings, jew­elry, glasses, dishes, clothes, din­ners, and other items for sale. Peo­ple bid on the many items and were happy when they won. The silent auc­tion lasted un­til 7:30, and then ev­ery­one gath­ered in the din­ing room and en­joyed a de­lec­ta­ble din­ner.

Ta­bles in the din­ing room fea­tured lovely, white table­cloths,with a beau­ti­ful flo­ral cen­ter­piece of mixed flow­ers. On the ban­quet ta­ble was a large flo­ral ar­range­ment. The din­ing room held won­der­ful items for the live auc­tion, which in­cluded many trips, din­ners, va­ca­tions, a large screen TV, cloth­ing, and jew­elry.

Peo­ple bought flash­ing rings and played the game "Heads Or Tails." The MC, Brian Kur­dzi­olek flipped a coin and peo­ple guessed "Heads or Tails." The last one to guess cor­rectly won a gold neck­lace and ear­ring set.

Mr. Kur­dzi­olek had fun ban­ter­ing with the au­di­ence as he presided over the live auc­tion, and he drew many laughs with his kid­ding. Ev­ery­one had a good time, and peo­ple were very happy when they won items in the auc­tion.

The evening drew to a close with a very suc­cess­ful and happy event, and HHF is grate­ful to all who helped so much.

This re­port was

Jane McCullen of the His­toric Hopewell Foun­da­tion greets guests of the HHF’s an­nual auc­tion to ben­e­fit We­ston Manor, the St. Den­nis Chapel, and other his­toric sites.

writ­ten and pro­vided by Joan Hol­land.

The Hopewell Woman's Club does many good things for peo­ple, and on a rainy and chilly Novem­ber day, some of the mem­bers and a friend gave out pa­tri­otic lap robes to Amer­i­can mil­i­tary vet­er­ans who are res­i­dents of the River View on the Ap­po­mat­tox Nurs­ing Home.

Ginny La­mon­tagne and her friend, Brenda Ange, act­ing on be­half of the Woman's Club, made 15 red/white/blue lap robes for vet­er­ans. They worked on them for sev­eral weeks, craft­ing and cre­at­ing, mak­ing sure the lap robes were both pretty and durable.

On Mon­day, Novem­ber 12, one day af­ter the city of Hopewell held a Vet­eran's Day Pa­rade, a cer­e­mony mark­ing the 100th an­niver­sary of the end of World War I, and a con­cert at the Bea­con The­atre, Woman's Club mem­ber Ginny La­mon­tagne and her friend Brenda Ange brought the beau­ti­ful lap robes to give to the vet­er­ans.

Barbara Stron­gin, also a club mem­ber, met them, and she had a list of vet­er­ans re­sid­ing in the build­ing. They walked around, giv­ing out the robes, talk­ing with the res­i­dents and staff, and spread­ing joy with each step they took.

All the vet­er­ans seemed happy to re­ceive the presents, and some told where they had served and in what branch of the ser­vice. There were both men and women vet­er­ans, and all were thanked for their ser­vice.

At their reg­u­lar Novem­ber meet­ing, Alice Litch­field, from Prince Ge­orge showed Ike­bana de­signs for flo­ral ar­range­ments and then gave them to club mem­bers.

In De­cem­ber, the club mem­bers will give stock­ings filled with small gifts to the nurs­ing home res­i­dents. They also help the Food Pantry, and other wor­thy causes.

Help­ing peo­ple brings hap­pi­ness to the club mem­bers, and they are glad to help.

This re­port was writ­ten and sub­mit­ted by Joan Hol­land.

Ettrick Friend­ship Club

The monthly meet­ing of the Ettrick Friend­ship Club was held at Mount Cal­vary Bap­tist Church on Novem­ber 5, 2018 with the Pres­i­dent Joe Funk pre­sid­ing. He opened the meet­ing with a prayer and wel­comed mem­bers. Jerry Fisher was wel­comed as a vis­i­tor. There were 13 mem­bers present. In­spi­ra­tional de­vo­tions were given by the chap­lain Ann Pond. At­ten­dance, min­utes and the trea­sure re­ports were given by June Sim­mons, a thankyou note from Deb­bie and Jim Lamoreau was read by the pres­i­dent.

He­len Mann was thanked for her role as Hos­pi­tal­ity chair­per­son. Del Funk vol­un­teered to as­sume this role. The pres­i­dent stated that Billy Walker and Art Turek, two faith­ful mem­bers, will be missed. Mark Walker thanked mem­bers for prayers and thought­ful­ness in the death of his fa­ther, Billy Walker.

The De­cem­ber lun­cheon will be held at the Golden Cor­ral at 11 a.m. on De­cem­ber 3.

Ann Pond en­cour­aged mem­bers to vote on Tues­day, Novem­ber 6th.

The pres­i­dent in­tro­duced the “Danc­ing Grannies”, co­or­di­nated by Phyl­lis Ack­er­man. Ellen Yancey gave a brief his­tory of the group be­gin­ning in 2002. She also nar­rated the pro­gram by telling sto­ries and jokes between dances. The Danc­ing Grannies were: Linda Pond, Sharon Cole, Deb­bie An­drews, Ann Dun­bar, Jan­ice Snow, and Agnes At­wa­ter.

The Danc­ing Grannies danced to Christ­mas car­ols and fa­vorite songs. This en­ter­tain­ment was en­joyed by all at­tend­ing.

Prayer for the sick and bless­ing for the food was given by Joe Funk.

Hostesses were June Sim­mons and He­len Mann.

The meet­ing was ad­journed by the pres­i­dent fol­lowed by re­fresh­ments and fel­low­ship.

This re­port was writ­ten and sub­mit­ted by Linda Pond.

Con­cerned Black Men

The Con­cerned Black Men held its 25th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion on Oc­to­ber 25th at Peters­burg High School. Michael Denise was the key­note speaker. He shared two quotes with our youth - "To be the man, one must be a man and if you do what you are sup­posed to do, you can do what you want to do." "You have no rights in jail."

Con­cerned Black Men was founded in 1993. The pres­i­dent is Wade Watkins.

Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 120

Com­rade Win­fred Bald­win re­ceived the Le­gion­naire of the Year Award from The Amer­i­can Le­gion on be­half of John D. Combo Post 120, in recog­ni­tion of his hard work and ded­i­ca­tion dur­ing the 2017-2018 Le­gion Year. This award is voted on by mem­bers of the Post and sub­mit­ted to the Amer­i­can Le­gion Depart­ment of Vir­ginia. The mem­bers of the Post vote an­nu­ally to present one mem­ber with this pres­ti­gious award.

Com­rade Bald­win is the 2nd Vice Com­man­der of Post 120. He is also the Amer­i­can­ism Chair­man, and the Chil­dren and Youth As­sis­tant Chair­man. He as­sists with the An­nual Back To School Event, Toys-4-Tots Pro­gram, Thanks­giv­ing Canned Goods Drive, Safe Hal­loween Event, and so many other func­tions that are held at Post 120 and other lo­ca­tions. He is a mem­ber of the Post 120 Le­gion Rid­ers. He is the co­or­di­na­tor when fam­i­lies call us in need of sup­port with getting food for their chil­dren.

Com­rade Bald­win is the epit­ome of what be­ing a Le­gion­naire and a mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Le­gion is all about. It is con­tin­ued ser­vice to the Amer­i­can Le­gion, our Post, his fel­low vet­er­ans, and the com­mu­nity. Hav­ing a mem­ber of his cal­iber is very ben­e­fi­cial to our or­ga­ni­za­tion. He is a team player and some­one who is al­ways ready to take on re­spon­si­bil­ity in order to get things done.

We are al­ways look­ing for vet­er­ans who would like to be a part of our or­ga­ni­za­tion. If you an in­ter­ested vet­eran who served dur­ing a time of war, please visit us at 5115 County Drive, Dis­putanta, VA 23842.

This re­port was writ­ten and pro­vided by Mable Far­ris for the Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 120.


Brenda Ange, Ginny La­mon­tagne and Barbara Stron­gin hold one of 15 red/white/blue lap robes created for lo­cal vet­er­ans by Ginny La­mon­tagne and her friend, Brenda Ange, act­ing on be­half of the Hopewell Woman’s Club. On Nov. 12, Ange, along with La­mon­tagne and Stron­gin, both Hopewell Woman’s Club mem­bers, de­liv­ered the pa­tri­otic lap robes to Amer­i­can mil­i­tary vet­er­ans who are res­i­dents of the River View on the Ap­po­mat­tox Nurs­ing Home in Hopewell.


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