Chester Arts Club meets

Chester Arts Club members recently prepared the Frank Richmond Memorial Garden for the winter. (Submitted photo)

CHESTER — The Chester Arts Club monthly meeting was opened by President JoAnn Hobbs at 1 p.m. Oct. 25 at Crickster’s Family Restaurant. She led the membership with the Pledge of Allegiance and Club Collect. Donna Stevens read an article “Who is Important in Your Life?” and led the ladies with a prayer before lunch was served.

Treasurer Mary Ann Wright presented her report of the checking and savings accounts. Secretary Kitty Binkowski read the minutes of the September meeting.

Willie Balt, chair of the Community Improvement Committee, reported Wright, Hobbs, Binkowski and Bev Stevens had joined her Sunday afternoon at the Frank Richmond Memorial Garden behind the Chester City Building. The ladies pulled weeds, trimmed rose bushes, perennial flowers and shrubs for the winter months.

The planters along Carolina Avenue have been cleaned of summer flowers to be ready for Christmas decorations. The Club will meet together to install pine boughs, painted wood snowmen and ribbon in each planter before the “Festival of Trees” Nov. 17-19.

Members designated times they would sell raffle tickets for their Christmas raffle during the “Festival of Trees” at the Chester City Building. The ladies and businesses of the community have donated over $430 of gift cards to be won by a ticket purchaser. Tickets will be sold for $1 each or 6 for $5 at the “Festival of Trees” and “Hometown Christmas”. Funds raised will be utilized for local charities and community projects.

The Arts Club is also donating a decorated “Lady’s Christmas Tree” for the “Festival of Trees”. Decorated with ribbon garland, broaches, jewelry and miniature slippers; the tree sits in an antique hat box with a purple velvet hat.

The ladies of the Arts Club will once again be organizing the Community Angel Tree with gifts to be delivered to the West Virginia Veterans’ Home of Barboursville, W.Va. There are 84 gentlemen and two lady residents of the home at this time.

Lunch was served and friendly conversation lead to the adjournment of the meeting.