Local clubs doc­u­ment their monthly meet­ings and ac­tiv­i­ties

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On Wed­nes­day, Nov. 14, 2018, mem­bers of the Hopewell Fed­er­ated Woman’s Club held their monthly meet­ing in the Fel­low­ship Hall at First Pres­by­te­rian Church. Each year the club honors veter­ans at their Novem­ber meet­ing, and this year was no ex­cep­tion. Mary Kelly, was the guest speaker, and she told of her ex­pe­ri­ences in the Army. Her fa­ther was an of­fi­cer and they moved a lot while she was grow­ing up. “A lot of fam­i­lies do,” she said. She be­came an Army nurse, and she was shocked when she saw the hor­ror that had taken place in Nazi, Ger­many, with the gas chambers used to kill Jewish peo­ple. “I was there in 1972,” she ex­plained, telling of see­ing the rem­nants of those ter­ri­ble days in the 1930s and 1940s. She grad­u­ated, mar­ried a min­is­ter, and had a fam­ily. She be­came an in­spec­tor with the Army, and she said she is glad she served. “To serve with honor makes me feel proud,” she said.

The club women were very im­pressed with her, and they thanked her for com­ing and gave her a warm round of ap­plause.

Other guests in­cluded Larry Pankey, who served as an Army Cap­tain in Viet­nam, work­ing as a mil­i­tary ad­vi­sor, and David Har­less, who also is an Army vet­eran, and he talked about all the good the VFW does.

He said the Army be­gan mak­ing women aides while he was in the ser­vice. He also re­minded ev­ery­one that Nov 11th, 2018, was the one hun­dredth an­niver­sary of the end of World War I, the so-called “war to end all wars.”

Club Pres­i­dent Janet Evans, who served as a nurse in the Army Re­serves, brought her uni­form and a group photo from her Army days. She told of be­ing trans­ferred from her home state of Ohio to Texas, and even­tu­ally to At­lanta, Ge­or­gia. Ms. Evans served about seven years in the Army. She no­ticed the dif­fer­ence in tem­per­a­tures from the cool cli­mate of Ohio to the hot weather of Texas. She told of that with a laugh. “We went for long hikes,” she re­mem­bered, as she told of her ex­pe­ri­ence.

The Hopewell Fed­er­ated Woman’s Club will hold its next meet­ing in De­cem­ber, with a Christ­mas theme. The club mem­bers help many peo­ple and or­ga­ni­za­tions, and they are pleased to do so.

This club re­port was sub­mit­ted by Joan Hol­land, the club’s record­ing sec­re­tary.

Ma­toaca Woman’s Club

The monthly meet­ing of the Ma­toaca Woman’s Club was held on De­cem­ber 18, 2018, at New Hope Bap­tist Church. The meet­ing was called to or­der by recit­ing the Pledge of Al­le­giance. Devo­tions were given by Car­olyn Vivas. Our De­cem­ber meet­ing was also a potluck din­ner. The hostesses were Peggy Perkin­son, Shan­non Perkin­son, and Alyx Perkin­son. Mem­bers of the Club en­joyed the din­ner and the hol­i­day fes­tiv­i­ties.

At­ten­dance was ver­i­fied by roll call by the record­ing sec­re­tary. The min­utes from

the Novem­ber meet­ing were dis­pensed and ap­proved.

Club mem­bers want to thank Marie Mar­shall for the Tree Light­ing and Terry Prior for the role as Mrs. Santa Claus. The Tree Light­ing was held at New Hope Bap­tist Church due to the weather and spon­sored by Touch­stone Bank.

Lisa Ch­es­ley an­nounced that the judg­ing of the Com­mu­nity Light­ing Con­test took place on Dec. 15, 2018.

Win­ners of the event were as fol­lows:

• 1st place - Wal­ter and Cathy Heath, 20136 Ivan Road

• 2nd place - James and Julie Smith, 21504 Robert­son Avenue

• 3rd place - Bret and Pamela Holschuh, 21508 Lee Street

The Christ­mas Gift Ex­change event took place, along with the dis­tri­bu­tion of Christ­mas cards. Mem­bers ex­changed well wishes for the hol­i­day.

The door prize, a snow­man cookie jar with a con­tainer of homemade cook­ies, was given by Brenda Austin and won by Heather Viar.

The meet­ing was ad­journed. This club re­port was sub­mit­ted by Jane Mur­phy, the club's record­ing sec­re­tary.

[CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO]

Hopewell Fed­er­ated Woman’s Club Pres­i­dent Janet Evans, right, stands with Mary Kelly, a US Army vet­eran and guest speaker for the club’s Novem­ber 2018 meet­ing.

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