Club notes

Courtesy photo District Governor John Harker is shown with Roaring Spring Lions Club President Marti Reffner.

Roaring Spring Lions host district gov.

ROARING SPRING — The Roaring Spring Lions Club hosted its annual Past District Governor’s Night in conjunction with the current district governor’s visit Sept. 3.

This year’s governor, John Harker, a Roaring Spring member, visited the club for his official visit.

He brought the message from the international president. He also spoke on his theme for the year, “Fighting Hunger,” as there are more than 40 million in the UAS who do not have enough to eat. Harker is the seventh Lion from the Roaring Spring Club to advance to governor.

Harker inducted a new Lion during his visit and gave awards to four Lions who have helped increase the club’s membership.

Golden Nuggets plan dinner-dance

The Golden Nuggets Club in Altoona will hold a dinner-dance at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Bavarian Hall, Altoona.

The cost is $12 per person. Three hours of dancing will be held in the upstairs ballroom after the meal. The club is accepting new members.

For more information, call Hilda at 944-6320 or Mackey at 793-2859.

Retired railway employees to meet

DUNCANSVILLE — The National Association of Retired and Veteran Railway Employees will hold its monthly meeting at 11 a.m. Wednesday at 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 979-3584.

Class of ’55 to meet Thursday

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Hollidaysburg High School Class of 1955 invites members and guests to attend its monthly breakfast at 9 a.m. on the first Thursday of each month at The Dream restaurant.

AFSCME retirees to meet Wednesday

DUNCANSVILLE — The regular meeting of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Retirees Subchapter 8306 will meet at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Patchway Road office. A light luncheon and nominations and election of officers will occur. The executive board will meet at 12:30 p.m.

Bingo will follow.

Association adopts Nurses Honor Guard

The Altoona and Mercy Hospitals School of Nursing Alumni Association adopted the Nurses Honor Guard concept.

It will be organized and directed by Cindy Bowman, and policies will be adopted at a later date.

The Nurses Honor Guard pays tribute to nurses at the time of their death at the funeral or memorial service. It is similar to a military tribute and officially releases the nurse from their nursing duties. The ceremony is brief — it takes about five minutes — and consists of reciting “The Nightingale Tribute” and laying of a white rose on the casket or next to the urn symbolizing the nurse’s dedication to their profession. A triangle is rung after a roll call for the nurse. A lit Nightingale lamp is carried up at the beginning of the ceremony and is then extinguished and presented to the family with a personal condolence.

Anyone interested in volunteering with the Guard should contact Bowman at 687-3918.

Marine Corps to celebrate birthday

The Marine Corps League will hold its 244th birthday and Veterans Day celebration Nov. 10 at the St. Stanislaus Society Club, 1901 16th Ave., Altoona. The doors will open at 6 p.m.

Commandant’s message and cake-cutting ceremony will be held at 7:30 p.m. All veterans and guests are welcome. Dress is casual.

For more information, call the club at 942-4115.

Swinging Squares to hold dance

The Swinging Squares Square and Round Dance Club will meet from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday at Jaggard United Methodist Church, 1801 Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona. Those attending are asked to take items for the local food bank.

Dances are on Thursday nights. Club caller is Howard Williamson, and the club cuer is Donna Williamson.

It is always free to watch. Class member fee is $4. Nonmember fee is $4.50.

For more information, call 742-7078 or email


Chimrocks to salute veterans

HOLLIDAYSBURG ä The Chimrock Square & Round Dance Club will hold a dance from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Masonic Hall, 1008 Edgar St.

The cost is $5 to dance. It is free to observe.

The theme is “Patriotic Salute to U.S. Veterans.”

For more information, call 695-4874.


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