Chester Arts Club organizes for the fall

Pictured front (from left): Sue Boston, Velma Jackson, Jean Hanlon, Wanda Hood; back, Kitty Binkowski, Joanne Lange, Vivian Richmond, Donna Stevens, Willie Balt, Mary Ann Wright, Polly Mackall, Bev Stevens. (Submitted photo)

CHESTER — Secretary Kitty Binkowski called the monthly meeting to order on Sept. 27 at Crickster’s Family Restaurant. She reminded the ladies that most members will be celebrating a birthday this year which ends with a 0 or 5 so she brought a birthday cake to note their birthdays.

Mrs. Jeanne Hanlon read a poem “Kindness” and Donna Stevens finished with grace before lunch was served.

Mrs. Mary Ann Wright presented the Treasurer’s report. Secretary Kitty Binkowski stated there were no minutes of the last meeting.

Willie Balt as Chair of the Community Improvement Committee reported the Club will leave the flowers in the planters along Carolina Avenue and the City Building until a frost is predicted. She will organize the flowers removal and installation of pine and decorations before the “Festival of Trees” at the City Building on Nov. 17-18.

Balt further reported progress regarding the Chester Arts Club Christmas Tree for the Festival of Trees. A friend, Kay Moore, is painting a table donated by Betty Dennis (an original 1950s Arts Club member) to support the tree. Mr. John Murray, son of Mrs. Murray, the “Purple Hat Lady of Chester” has donated a purple hat and hat box to decorate the tree stand. Members have donated jewelry pins, broaches, and miniature dress shoes to decorate their “Lady’s Tree”.

Over $375 of gift cards, lottery tickets and cash will go to the lucky winner of the Arts Club Fall Raffle. Wright made the motion, seconded by Bev Stevens to sell raffle tickets at the Fox Crest Fall Festival on Sept. 30. Tickets will be sold again at the Festival of Trees, Nov. 17-18 and Hometown Christmas, Dec. 2 celebrations. The drawing will follow the end of the Hometown Christmas Parade.

A general discussion decided the Arts Club will again sponsor an Angel Christmas Tree for the WV Veterans’ Home. Last year, President Joann Hobbs donated a 7 plus foot tree erected at Crickster’s Family Restaurant. The Club purchased four presents and donated gas money to member Marlene Fleming who delivered the presents to the Veterans Home in Barbour County, W.Va.

A general list of tentative programs for the ensuing Club year was received. Wright will take the Club for a tour through “Memory Lane” at the Chester City Building. Binkowski will call the Hancock County Museum in New Cumberland to arrange a tour. She also mentioned an “Edgar Alan Poe “ reading organized by the Hancock County Arts Club, a subsidiary of the Hancock/Brooke Convention Visitors’ Bureau, to be held Oct. 27 at the Hancock County Museum on WV Route in New Cumberland.

Prior donations to local charities and community events were itemized and discussed. Discussion followed concerning various amounts to donate from the Club’s raffle fundraiser.

The girls enjoyed their birthday cake and social time together.