DAMASCUS-Damascus Club Ruritans recently gathered in the fellowship hall at the Damascus United Methodist Church for dinner which was served by the ladies of the church.
Twenty-two members and two guests, Tim Chesney and Poland Township Police Chief Brian Goodin, were present. Chief Goodin talked about several scams that residents need to be aware of. He warned against falling for notices of being chosen as the winner of a million dollar lottery.
Vice President Al Lutz called on all the community service committees' chairmen for their reports and passed out perfect attendance pins to the members. Earl Mather was presented a 54 years of perfect attendance pin.
President Dave Wingett presented John Bartels with an honorary member certificate. Because of his health he felt he needed to resign from being an active member after 48 years of perfect attendance. He is residing in Copeland Oaks.
Treasurer Roger Smith gave his report, which was accepted by the membership.
He told the members that preparation is being made for the club's 47th annual Swiss steak dinner to be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. March 24 at the West Branch High School cafeteria. Worksheets, tickets and posters were passed out to the members present.
Smith is formulating plans with other organizations to "Light up Damascus" on Dec. 8 and working with the students at the elementary school.
A thank-you card was received from the Denny family, some of the members house sat during calling hours and funeral services for their father who passed away.
The club voted the make monetary donations to Sebring West Branch Hot Stove League, Columbiana County Junior Fair Board, Columbiana County Soil and Water District, 2012 Special Olympics, also to purchase an ad in the Ohio District Spring Banquet Booklet.
Due to a conflict in dates, the club voted to make the change in date to serve the FFA Banquet, which is now scheduled for May 1 in the old high school gymnasium.
Upcoming events include a blood drive from 1 to 7 p.m. March 13 at the Damascus United Methodist Church and guest night on April 12.