R-Weigh groups recognize weekly winners
SALEM - Karen Pauline was the mistress of ceremonies when the evening R-Weigh weight support group held its 2013 recognition of good losers on May 12 at the First Friends Church.
Ruth Miller led the members in the R-Weigh prayer and singing the fellowship song. Linda Lude read a caring poem honoring the officers and presented monetary appreciation gifts to Leader Gerry Heffinger, Co-Leaders Pauline and Registered Certified Dietician Carol Held, Secretary Wilma Grams, Treasurer Patty Pim, Weight Recorder Shirley Dias, Assistant Weight Recorders Miller and Patty Hartman and Weight Recorder helpers Janel Anderson and Diane Hart.
"Change" was the 2013 theme created by Peggy Kurtz who was surprised with a post card shower from the members for the many inspirational sayings and post cards she sent to the members all year. Chris Learn, Lude and Edie Sternburg sang a new "Change" song dedicated to Kurtz and thanked her with a bouquet of red carnations.
Lude, Learn and Sternburg sang Lude's written "You Will Be Rewarded" to the award winners opening the awards program. Heffinger presented the greatest loser monetary award to Sara Smith, second place to Sternburg and third place to Barb Smith. "Hang In There" clothes hangers went to six members; Avon lip balms went to eight members; $1 for each 10 pound loss went to six members and "Keep It Off" dollars went to 15 members for each 10 pounds lost previously to 2013.
Renea Olson entertained reading "It is Spring Time To Plant" and the "Journey On The Train of Life."
Hart honored longstanding goal members Ruth Ann Hall and Angie Reichle, one year; Jesse Rea and Eleanor Billet, three years; Lisa Jones and Kurtz, four years; Anderson and Dias, five years; Lude and Held, seven years; Jo Carol Gray, nine years; Pauline, 11 years; Vi Woodall, 12 years; and Miller 18 years plus.
The goal members were awarded $1 for each year they were a goal member and a red carnation. The members have lost and kept off 16, 19, 22, 23, 25, 38, 40, 41, 44, 45, 46, 51, 52, 72, 77 and 82 pounds. Hart displayed a photo album of the goal members' before and after pictures and introduced each goal member who told of their losing history and showed their large "before" clothes and revealed their new figures.
Door prize winners were Pauline, Jones and Heffinger winning a fresh pineapple and Gray and Pim winning a Whitehouse fruit basket. Lude created a "Roll Off the Pounds" favor and gave it to each member. Lude, Learn and Sternburg led the members in singing the 2014 "Power Of Women" ending the program.
The afternoon 1 p.m. R-Weigh weight support group held its recognition of 2013 good losers on May 19 at the church. Rachel Weaver led the members in the R-Weigh prayer and singing the fellowship song.
Jo Anne Bogdan read a poem honoring the officers and Patty Miles presented monetary appreciation gifts to Leader, Heffinger, Secretary Sandy McGarr, Treasurer, Sylvia Eller, Weight Recorder Dias and Assistant Weight Recorder Roni Fauver.
Sue Kinirons was invited as a guest entertainer singing songs and leading the members in singing the reward song opening the awards program. Heffinger presented the greatest loser monetary award to Helen Baker, second place to Annie Katz and third place to Carol Jules.
"Hang in There" clothes hangers went to four members; Avon lip balms went to three members; $1 for each 10 pound loss went to three members; and "Keep It Off" dollars went to seven members for each 10 pounds lost previously to 2013.
Kinirons led the members humming the graduation song when Katz entered the room wearing a graduation cap and carrying a diploma being the new 2013 goal member. Katz was awarded a marlar balloon, card shower, fruit basket and bouquet of red carnations.
Eller presented a $1 per year monetary award to longstanding goal members Bogdan, one year; Sue Carver and Fauver, three years; Miles, eight years; and Weaver, 10 years. The members have lost and kept off 11, 20, 24, 35, 39 and 58 pounds.
Dias introduced each goal member and told of their losing history and each showed their "before" clothes and revealed their new figures. Each member received a red carnation for each award they received. Eller and McGarr awarded $5 door prizes to Evelyn Peters and Katz, $10 to Gloria Judy and $20 to Bogdan. Eller won the Whitehouse fruit basket. Kinirons was thanked with a bouquet of red carnations for leading the songs and ended the program leading the members in reciting the "Power Of Women" song.
Heffinger founded the successful R-Weigh weight support groups on Sept. 11, 1995, with the help of Dias and the late Tillie Smutko. There is no national organization to answer to or get diet information from. R-Weigh stands for My Weigh, Your Weigh, R-Weigh, and is the only non-profit volunteer group with monies paid in going back to the members through monetary weekly awards, contests and paying members $1 per pound for their losses each month.
R-Weigh meets at 1 and 5 p.m. every Monday at the First Friends Church. New or past members are always welcome to start over with no fines imposed for gaining back weight they lost previously. For more information call 330-332-1078 or 330-337-6889.
Damascus Garden Club holds meeting
DAMASCUS - The Damascus Friends Church was the site for the May 8 meeting of the Damascus Garden Club, a member of the Garden Club of Ohio Inc. President Rhonda Mitchell opened the meeting with birthday wishes to Hilda Spack and greetings to the 15 members present. Correspondence from the Damascus Community Center was read.
Committee reports: Val Knoedler has been working on the post office garden by checking on plants and doing clean-up.
Community Care: Marty Hollinger has provided bud vases for the May community blood drive.
Ways and Means: Peggy Stoffer reported on the progress of the yard sale.
Table decorations for the Goshen Alumni Association Banquet will be prepared on June 14 at the home of Ken Steer. Members are to meet there at 9:30 a.m. to help prepare the vases. Marilyn Wingett presented the new banner for display during National Garden Week, which is June 1-7, 2014. Any club member who wishes to donate a pot of flowers for display during the week may do so. Marilyn Brumbaugh is donating a flower pot for display at the bank. President Mitchell reminded members of the rules and deadlines for participation in the club's Aug. 16 garden club show. Sign-ups for a trip to Miller's Greenhouse were taken. Members will pick up the containers they created there for the club's March project.
President Mitchell advised the members that the Alliance Carnation Festival board is seeking volunteers to work on preparing and selling carnations at the summer event. It was announced that the club's June meeting will be held at the Damascus Friends Church.
Kim Lewis, program manager with the Mahoning County Green Team, presented the program for May. She spoke about environmental clean eating and companion planting to avoid pesticides. Hostess for the month was Carol Kuner with Val Knoedler and Marcia Spack as co-hostesses.
Seven and One Club meets at home of Mrs. Jack Bruderly, honors birthday
SALEM - The Seven and One Club met May 21 at the home of Mrs. Jack Bruderly. In honor of Mrs. Ken Kaufman's birthday, she was treated to a shower of cards by the members for her special day. The guest for the evening was Mrs. Keith Keslar.
Mrs. Bruderly used an Hawaiian theme featuring chicken salad served on a quarter of a pineapple accompanied by sticks of fresh fruit and pineapple-shaped sugar cookies.
Cards were played and prizes went to Mrs. Larry Dearth, first; Mrs. Herb Bott, second; Mrs. Kaufman, low; and Mrs. John Hively, travel.
The hostess served an ice cream cake for dessert. The next club night begins at 7 p.m. June 25 at the home of Mrs. Fred Weingart.
West Point Lions Club presents Key Award
WEST POINT - Pat Tressler welcomed 23 members to the West Point Lions Club's meeting on May 19. Members discussed the new policies and procedures manuals distributed May 5.
It was announced that 2014-15 officers will be installed on June 25 with the Lisbon Lions Club. The club will not meet on June 16 as previously scheduled. Four members attended the New Waterford Lions Club's charter night.
Arla Ehrhart was presented with a Key Award. The award was received from Lions International for her commitment to club growth by bringing in two new members. Brandy Anderson won the 50/50. The next meeting begins at 7 p.m. June 2 at St. Agatha's Church.