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Presidents attending the GFWC West Virginia Convention, from left: State President Helen Moren; International President Marian St Clair; Western District President-elect Deanna Tilley; Parkersburg President Jayne Whitlow; and State Director of Junior Clubs Dusty Smith. Second row, state president-elect, Cathy Jo Bryant. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — The 116th annual GFWC West Virginia State Woman’s Club Convention was held March 18-20 at The Greenbrier with six Parkersburg club members attending.

The theme was “Change Makes a Difference” as the 65 clubs in West Virginia dealt with changes brought on by the pandemic. Those changes, however, did not hinder the good works and community involvement of the 97 members of the Parkersburg club.

In addition to workshops and meetings, recognition for a job well done was noted by state officers. The Parkersburg Woman’s Club under the leadership of President Jayne Whitlow was honored with several awards in the Large Club category including the designation as both an Honor and Superior Club, in addition to being named as a Rhododendron Club for increasing its 2021 membership.

The Parkersburg Woman’s Club earned first place awards for fundraising, under the leadership of Jody Stewart; for Clubwoman Advertising; for the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Project; and for the Epsilon Sigma Omicron reading program led by Maxine Ellison. First-place awards were also presented to three of the five Community Service Programs including the Civic Engagement and Outreach CSP, Carmen Hathaway, chair; Education and Libraries CSP, Susan Gardner and Jane Hardman, co-chairs; and Health and Wellness CSP, Linda Taylor, chair. In addition, the Education and Libraries CSP was named the Best Overall in the state regardless of club size.

Second place awards were earned for the Support Fund; the Scholarship Fund; leadership; the 2021 Membership Drive chaired by Patty Miser, Pennies for Art, Domestic Violence and Awareness chaired by Kathy Roedersheimer; and the Opioid Crisis, Drug Abuse and Recovery project chaired by Sharon Sheridan.

Earning a third-place award was the Environment CSP, co-chaired by Jane Prichard and Janie Grimm.

In addition to the club awards, club members received individual awards in the Arts and Crafts competition: first place/blue ribbon, Judy Wilson in Oil Painting; first place/blue ribbon, Jane Graham in Dried Flower Arrangement; and second place/red ribbon, Judy Wilson in Pen and Ink Drawing.

The Blue Star Award was given to Patty Miser, who recruited 19 new members during her 54 years of membership in the club.

Even with varying COVID-19 restrictions in place, the Parkersburg Woman’s Club remains committed to its outreach into the community.

“All the issues associated with the pandemic made the volunteer efforts of the club even more important, from making sure reading material in our Little Libraries was made available to adults and children to sponsoring outreach programs including helping House to Home serve the homeless population and sponsoring 340 brown bags of supplemental food each week to students at Jefferson School,” Whitlow said.

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