CLUB NOTES Hopewell Woman's Club
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.