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GFWC Curwensville members attend state convention in Harrisburg
Monday, May 20, 2013
General Federation of Woman's Club Pennsylvania held its 116th convention May 3-5 at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel, Harrisburg. Attending from GFWC Curwensville Woman's Club were President Rhonda Sheeder, Vice President Brenda Rumfola, GFWC Pennsylvania Third Vice President Lois Richards and GFWC Pennsylvania Public Issues Chairwoman Kathy Long.
The theme of the convention was "Our Children Hold Our Future." Opening ceremonies were presented by the Mechanicsburg Minutemen Color Guard, followed by the singing of the national anthem led by Second Vice President Donna L. Reeder and the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America.
A memorial service for past state presidents Delores M. Kohlhas, 1992-1994, and Patricia L. Crawford, 2002-2004, was led by First Vice President Vicky Ann Trimmer. During the afternoon business session the keynote speaker was Milton S. Hershey School Coordinator of Admissions, Marketing and Recruitment Kathy J. Smith. She presented a program on the school. Long presented two awards during this session.
GFWC Middle Atlantic Region First Vice President Deen Meloro was the featured speaker for the Friday evening banquet followed by line dancing with Tamora Stum. Richards presented membership awards during this session.
Saturday morning the keynote speaker was state Sen. Patricia H. Vance, who highlighted several bills of interest to members of GFWC Pennsylvania along with a few tidbits of humor.
The annual arts festival was also held that day. Curwensville member Sharon Aaron won third place in style life.
ABC27 News in Harrisburg anchor Valerie Pritchett was the afternoon session keynote speaker. She spoke on a project called "Val's Kids" that features children in foster care, who through the Statewide Adoption Network are seeking permanent homes. At this session GFWC Curwensville Woman's Club received the Arts Community Service Program award for a program, chaired by Barbara Baronak, held at Curwensville Public Library.
Saturday evening's banquet featured Sharon Veet, registered nurse, BS, from Pennacle-Health Woman Care Resource Center of the greater Harrisburg area. She spoke on the importance of humor in people's lives.
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