DAMASCUS - Twenty-seven members of the Damascus Ruritan Club and guests enjoyed a meal prepared by the ladies of the Damascus United Methodist Church on Sept. 13. Dr. Kuentz, resident and former member of the club, gave an informative talk about aging and health. Joe and Carrie Skolosh were installed as new members. Carrie was placed on the Public Service Committee and Joe on the Social Development Committee.
An American Red Cross blood drive was held Sept. 18 at the church, co-sponsored by the Beloit, Damascus, and Goshen Center Ruritan clubs. The club also sponsored a highway clean-up on Sept. 22 of U.S. Route 62. The club will host a "nourish our community food collection" from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 29 at the parking lot of the Damascus Post Office. Monetary gifts may be made out to the Damascus Ruritan Food Drive. All will be shared with area food pantries. The club will host its second annual area wide rabies clinic from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 29 at the Damascus Fire Department meeting room on state Route 534. All dogs must be on leashes and cats in cages. Cost is $6. Other vaccines will be available at an additional cost.
A public breakfast is scheduled from 7 to 11 a.m. Nov. 3 at the Damascus Friends Church. The club will also host its annual flu clinic from 10 a.m. to noon and 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Damascus United Methodist Church. The annual Ohio District fall convention will be held at the First Christian Church, 1141 Beech Avenue, Alliance, hosted by the Washington Township Ruritan Club. The national convention will be held Jan. 24-26, 2013, in Covington, Ky.
David Denny announced that Craig Brown, Columbiana County Recorder, will be the guest speaker for the club's next meeting on Oct. 11. Nominating committee chairman Walter Lautzenheiser announced the names of those seeking offices for 2013. Nomination will also be accepted from the floor at the Oct. 11 meeting when 2013 officers will be elected.
President Dave Wingett reported on the work in progress at the Welcome to Damascus sign at the east end of village. Old shrubs have been removed. The individual organizational signs were removed, the main sign painted in preparation for updated signs to be placed on. New top soil has been spread, ready for new shrubbery to be planted.
Club Secretary Darlene Snyder announced the 60th anniversary of the first three Ruritan clubs in Ohio, Fairfield Township, Lisbon and Hanover Township, will held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13 the Columbiana County Career Center, 9364 state Route 45, Lisbon. All Ruritans are welcome to attend. For reservations call Milton Butler at 330-424-9973.