Jobel Court holds election of officers
Members of the Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America Jobel Court No. 11 in Altoona celebrated their 2014 installation ceremony on March 23 and welcomed the following officers for the 2014-15 court: Julie Bratton, high priestess; Kathy?Brown, princess; and Diana Wilkins, associate princess.
Jobel Court raises money all year for the Shriners Hospitals in Philadephia, Cincinnati and Erie. Last year, its three annual fundraisers (homemade apple dumplings, homemade peanut brittle and the annual basket fundraiser) raised more than $14,000 for the Shriner's Hospitals.
Recently elected officers of the Ladies Oriental Shrine of North?America Jobel Court No. 11 in Altoona are (from left): Diana Wilkins, associate princess; Julie Bratton, high priestess; and Kathy Brown, princess.
The Lakemont Lions Club held its annual spell-ing bee on April 8 at St. John’s School in Lakemont. St. John’s and Baker elementary schools each provided four spellers. This is the 43rd consecutive year that the club has held the spelling bee, and Lion Tom Bradley has been a chairman for all 43. Presenting the award to this year’s winner, Samantha Peterson of St. John’s School, are Susan Edwards, club vice president, and Bradley.
The court also has a sewing club that makes Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls for kids to choose as a "buddy" before going into surgery and also to have with them during their hospital stay, as well as their recovery at home. The court recently sent body and neck pillows to the hospitals to help keep them more comfortable after surgery.
This year, the potentate's theme is "All About the Kids." Jobel Court intends to hold to that theme and do all it can to help the kids at Shriners Hospitals.
DAR members attend state conference
The Adam Holliday Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, was represented at the 117th annual Pennsylvania State Society Daughters of the American Revolution State Conference April 24 to 27 in Pittsburgh.
Members were active in various workshops, business sessions, luncheons and the state banquet. They also participated in the 250th celebration of the Fort Pitt Block House, the 85th anniversary of the Pennsylvania Madonna of the Trail Monument and a memorial service for deceased members at Mount Lebanon Methodist Church.
DAR regent Janet Hoover and members Jayne Garver (district director), Lynne Hoover (recording secretary) and Virginia Smith (chaplain) have been working to promote the state regent's theme "Our Heritage, Our Members, Our Future," tying into the National Society DAR theme "Honoring our Heritage - Focusing on the Future - Celebrating America."
The state regent has engaged the state's 6,200 members with her project to raise funds for the Pennsylvania Children's Day Care Center at Tamassee DAR School in South Carolina.
Hoover reported on the chapter activities for the year, which have included support of the DAR schools, Good Citizen and American History essay programs for local students, support of Project Patriot and service for veterans.
In April, the chapter hosted students and their guests for the Good Citizen and American History programs. Abigail Martin chaired the American History program with students in fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grades from the Spring Cove School District, including Victoria Waite (sixth grade winner), Reagan Bush, Lindsey Kensinger, Jaraka Waite (eighth grade winner), Austin Garner, Cassie Mock and Yvonne Longenecker.
Viola Bettwy chaired the Good Citizen program, which had seven seniors from area high schools, including Jenna Conner, winner, Huntingdon Area High School; Mitchell Vogatsky, Central Cambria High School; Emily Chobany, Portage Area High School; Samantha Ochs, Juniata Valley High School; Kylor Kieswetter, Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School; Caitlin Villa, Tussey Mountain High School and Katie Smith, Mount Union High School.
Bridge club announces recent winners
The Altoona Duplicate Bridge Club has announced the winners of its recent games.
April 30 - North/South: Kevin Davis and Ed McCauley, first; Carol Moyer, Betty Covino, Dave and Marcia Dravis tied for second. East/West: Peg Robinson and JoEllen Gehl, first; Hope Sheehan and Barbara Vander Jagt, second.
May 1 - Robinson and Carl Hurd, first; Othella Anderson and Barbara Marinak, second; Jeannine Fagley and Peggy Gutshall, third; Dauby Oswalt and Louise Magee, fourth; Cheryl Wherry and Leslie Musselman, fifth; Dave and Marcia Dravis, sixth.
Games are open to the public and are held at 6 p.m. Wednesdays and 12:30 p.m. Thursdays at Park Hills Country Club, Altoona. For more information, call Robinson at 942-8396.