DAMASCUS -Dinner was enjoyed by 26 members of Damascus Ruritan Club and guests provided by the ladies of the Damascus United Methodist Church.
The secretary announced that the joint community service project of all the West Branch Ruritan Clubs have distributed dictionaries to all third-grade students in the West Branch School System. Dave Wingett installed John Coldsnow as a new member to the club. Patty Kimmer, public relations representative from Alliance Community Hospital, spoke about Planetree program, involving physical health, mental, and spiritual care through doctors, nurses and staff, making the patient feeling more comfortable in a relaxed setting. the treasurer gave his financial report, adding the fourth quarter dues were dues for those that are not current.
It was reported the rabies clinic brought in 55 dogs and 17 cats to be vaccinated. Also, the community food drive that was held Sept. 29 brought in 140 pounds of non-perishable food items plus monetary donations. The food and monies were distributed to area food pantries
The club, working with many other organizations and groups in the community, are planning Light Up Damascus for the Christmas season, which will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Damascus Friends Church. The club voted to make a donation to the Ruritan National Foundation in memory of one of the members who has passed away. A monetary gift for an ad will be placed in the West Branch Choral Group program.
Lori Wallace, blood drive coordinator, announced the next blood drive will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Damascus United Methodist Church.
The Nominating Committee, chaired by Walt Lautzenheiser announced its slate of officers for the coming year and also asked for any nominations from floor. The 2013 officers will be Dave Wingett, president; Rick Bell, vice president; Darlene Snyder, secretary; Roger Smith, treasurer; and Roy Johnson, three-year director.
A lengthy discussion was held about what the club should do to help support action to keep the post office in Damascus. The USPS has set a public meeting date for Jan. 15 at 1 p.m. at the fire department meeting room to discuss future plans for the Damascus office. Vice President Al Lutz gave an update of plans for the al-you-can-eat breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Nov. 3 at the Damascus United Methodist Church, 300 Valley Road. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 7 to 11.
The Salem Area Visiting Nurse Association will hold a flu shot clinic from 10 a.m. to noon and 4 to 6 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Damascus United Methodist Church.
It was announced that annual Ladies Night Christmas party will be held Dec. 13 at the Damascus United Methodist Church with the ladies of the church preparing and serving the holiday dinner.