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Rules of procedure, visits, drawing part

from the April meeting of the Funseekers

WEIRTON – The Funseekers gathered on April 7 at Undo’s in Weirton with President Judi Gaynor welcoming 58 members to the meeting.

Birthdays and anniversaries were recognized. Joann Bugin led the traditional opening with a short prayer, the pledge of allegiance and the song of “God bless America.”

After dinner Regina Truax, Chair of Entertainment, introduced the duo of Dave and Shari Watkins, who sang oldies and current selections and led backing vocals.

Gaynor opened the business meeting which included the reading and approval of the Treasurer’s and Secretary’s reports.

Gaynor and Charlotte Christian lead a discussion on proposed changes and bylaw updates. Several areas of concern for members were discussed and revisions were suggested. The adopted changes will better reflect the activities and actions of Funseekers, it was noted.

Updated copies of the revised bylaws will be available at the May 4 meeting.

Tour Director Truax reported on upcoming trips and excursions, all of which are open to the public. For more information, contact Truax at (304) 723-0419.

The schedule includes: May 13, trip to Nemacolin Lady Luck Casino; June 19, “Carousel” at Lincoln Park; June 24, Sugarcreek; June 27-July 1, Nashville; July 4, Gateway Clipper Fireworks Cruise with Dinner; July 22, Hartville; July 24, Rock & Roll in Lincoln Park; August 29-Sept. 3, show trip to Myrtle Beach; September 21-23, trip to the Senaca Niagara casino; October 12-14, “David” in Lancaster, Pennsylvania; from Oct. 17 to 21, the Museum of the Meeting and Creation of the Arc; and November 15-18 in New York, including the 911 Memorial.

Jeannette Panebianco won the draw 50-50. Door prizes were presented by Larry and Barbara Purks to winners Ron Fallert, Harold Snyder, Diane Segan, Diane Starr, Laura Mamula, Dodie Magone, Barbara Jean Losey, Regina Truax, Joann Llewellyn and Charlotte Christian. Roberta Antinone won the Undo’s gift certificate.

Bernice Balog, founding member, will present door prizes at the meeting on May 4 at the Scaffidi restaurant in Steubenville.

Joann Bugin offered a final blessing.

Buckeye Local online campaign

helped the Ukrainian people

CONNORVILLE — The Buckeye Local High School Art Club sponsored an online charity campaign via social media in April and collected clothing, hygiene products and medical supplies for the people of Ukraine.

The event was held in conjunction with IC Care of Wheeling, which transported contributions from across the Ohio Valley to the war-torn country.

Councilor Amanda Gruber said this was the first time the 10-member student group had held a donation drive and they appreciated everyone’s generosity.

Local students are winners

in the DAR JAC competition

STEUBENVILLE — The Fort Steuben Chapter of the DAR Daughters of the American Revolution announced that students from Harding Middle School and Jefferson County Christian School have won prizes in the DAR Junior American Citizen contest.

This year’s theme was the 100th anniversary of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, according to JAC President Nancy Valles. The Fort Steuben Chapter received 321 registrations. The contest categories are Banner Art, Poster, Stamp Design, and Photo Essay. There are also creative expression entries for the poetry and short story categories.

Sixty students in grades one through 12 received awards from Ohio State’s DAR; 29 of the East-Central Division, which is a group of five states; and 12 from the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Museum to mark the anniversary with a lunch of re-enactments

WELLSBURG — The American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor Museum will mark the 80th anniversary of the defense of the Philippines in World War II with tributes, re-enactments and lunch beginning at 10 a.m. May 7.

Located in the Brooke County Public Library at 945 Main Street, the museum has the largest collection of artifacts related to those who fought against the Japanese invaders of the Philippine Islands, including the many who participated in the march of Bataan’s death. Those planning to attend are urged to make reservations by calling (304) 737-7295 by Sunday.

Applefest Scholarship

applications are due May 5

WELLSBURG — The Wellsburg Applefest Committee is accepting applications through May 5 for two scholarships it will award to a Brooke County high school graduate living in Brooke County.

Applicants may be home-schooled or attend public or private school, but must be Brooke County residents with a 2.5 or higher grade point average. Presented in May, the $500 scholarships can be used to attend college, university, trade school or online credit courses.

Applicants must submit their name, address, email address, preferred contact number, names of civic organizations they have been involved in, and an essay of at least 250 words describing their volunteer efforts and how these have affected their community or organization. Essay and information should be sent to: Wellsburg Applefest Committee, PO Box 108, Wellsburg, WV 26070.

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