Club notes

Courtesy photo Members of the Women’s Club of Altoona who participated in the Mountain Lion Backpack Program are (from left): front row — Rosemary Lobre, Amber Smith (Mountain Lion Backpack Program coordinator), Gloria Banks and Debbie Wedge; back row — Robin Beck, Janet Grove and Janice Thomas

Club volunteers with backpack program

The Women’s Club of Altoona joins other organizations in support of the Mountain Lion Backpack Program. The club previously labeled backpacks at local elementary schools to get ready for the new year.

Chair Debbie Wedge reports that the next night for the club to help fill the backpacks is at 5 p.m. Thursday at the old Butterick building.

The next regular meeting begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Pam Etters, executive director of the Altoona Symphony, will talk about a new project planned for downtown Altoona sponsored by the symphony. The symphony plans to place painted pianos on streets for all to play and enjoy.

Many club members will wear red to the February meeting in keeping with the American Heart Association’s “Paint the Town Red” campaign and in support of heart health. Valentine hearts will be on sale for the benefit of AHA. Hostesses for the meeting are Maureen and Sharlene Kirsch (chairs), Janet Grove, Janice Thomas and Deb Wedge.

Also on Tuesday, Mary Jane Hammers and Mary Lou Appleman will hold a 5:15 p.m. session of the Ways and Means Committee to continue work on the fundraiser “A Night at the Races” planned for May 4 at the Bavarian Hall.

Following news of the closing of the Domestic Abuse Shelter, chair Deborah Thomas has asked her committee to also meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday on the second floor of the clubhouse. Ashley Gay Vocco, club member and director of the Victim Services Program for Family Services Inc., will be available to advise the committee as to how the club can continue to assist victims of domestic abuse in the area.

Rebecca Buckreis has announced that there will be no needlework meeting this month since the date falls on Ash Wednesday. Mary K. DeLeo reports that the Caring Committee will return to Maybrook Hills on the fourth Thursday of each month at 6:15 p.m. to assist residents in playing bingo.

Prospective members should contact any member or call the clubhouse at 944-6341 and leave a message. Membership chairs are Wendy Long and Christi Waltz.

President Robin Beck has announced that before this month’s meeting, the trustees, officers and club chairs will make up the January board meeting at 6 p.m.

Railway employees to meet Wednesday

DUNCANSVILLE — The National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees will hold its monthly meeting at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Prime Sirloin Buffet.

NARVRE is the only chartered national organization whose sole purpose is to protect our pension rights.

All retired, veteran and present railroad employees (or widows) of any craft are invited to attend the meeting of NARVRE Unit 173, Altoona.

For more information, call Bob Passarell, unit president, at 979-6720.

Jobel Court to hold info session

The Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America, Jobel Court No. 11, will hold a free informational meeting at 2 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Jaffa Shrine Center, 2200 Broad Ave., Altoona.

Jobel Court is an active group of women which supports three Shriners Hospitals with various fundraisers throughout the year. All that is required is that you be a woman of at least 18 years of age and that you have a heart to serve. The group meets at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Jaffa Shrine.

For more information, “Like” losnajobelcourt on Face-book, email or call 799-0679.

Nursing alumni to meet Feb. 13

The Altoona Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association will hold its first officers and membership meeting of the year at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 13 in the puzzle room at the Graystone Villas, 1101 Flamingo Drive, Altoona.

Bridge club announces recent winners

The Altoona Duplicate Bridge Club has announced the winners of its recent games.

Jan. 17 — Bea Stevens and Mary Moran, first; Akbar Samii and Tudor Trifan, second; Bruce Baldwin and Thana Moussa, third; Cheryl Wherry and Carol Moyer, fourth; Helen Gorsuch and Ed McCauley, fifth.

Jan. 24 — North/South: Akbar Samii and Tudor Trifan, first; Thana Moussa and Summer Rifkah, second; Jean Keller and John Regan, third. East/West: Marcia Dravis and Dave Dravis, first; Bea Stevens and Mary Moran, second; Larry Gourley and Jeff Gourley, third.

Jan. 25 — Thana Moussa and Summer Rifkah, first; Bea Stevens and Mary Moran, second; Cheryl Wherry and Carol Moyer, third; Akbar Samii and Betty Covino, fourth.

Games are open to the public and are held at 6 p.m. Wednesdays and 12:30 p.m. Thursdays at the American Legion Social Hall in Hollidaysburg.

For more information, visit altoonaduplicatebridge

.com or call Bruce Baldwin at 237-5653.