Local clubs document their monthly meetings and activities
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.
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.