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Women’s club plans its biggest service project

Courtesy photo Members and friends of the Women’s Club of Altoona are all smiles last November as they completed some of the preparation for the annual Thanksgiving dinner served at Sister Paula’s Food for Families. Shown are (from left): front — Chairman Penny Chlebowy, Julia Lane and Taylor Lane; back — Deb Wedge, Janice Thomas, Nancy Boling, Jean Lane, Nancy Moore, Janet Grove, Sue Auker-Slep and Carol Makdad.

Tis the season for the Women’s Club of Altoona to begin its biggest service project, the provision of a home-cooked meal on Thanksgiving Day for those residents who depend on Sister Paul’s Food for Families.

Sister Paula’s was necessarily closed Thanksgiving Day until a little more than 25 years ago when the WCA stepped in.

The project involves nearly every member of club from donations and preparations to members leaving their own families to serve and clean up the meal.

Other service projects continue during November.

With Deb Wedge as committee chair, the club is one of the organizations that support the Mountain Lion BackPack project.

Becky Buckreis is chair of the Knitting Committee that meets monthly to prepare gifts for nursing homes, etc.

The Teen Shelter Committee will provide dinner for the teen residents on the second Thursday of November.

Two different projects are scheduled for Nov. 23. Chairman Polly Mickel reported that committee members will help the Salvation Army with bell ringing at Applebee’s in the Logan Valley Mall from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Coats for Kids Committee will meet at 8 a.m. at Walmart on that same Saturday.

Jennifer Cacciotti has chosen as her President’s Project to focus on deployed military soldiers. Cacciotti supplied members with a list of appropriate food, health and miscellaneous gifts for soldiers, male and female. Members should take their donations to the clubhouse and place them in the bin provided.

At the regular meeting on the first Tuesday, local artist Sarah Jubeck will demonstrate Paint Pouring for the members of the club. She will provide members with the opportunity to use the technique to create small gifts. Jubeck is owner of Paint Party with Sarah, a traveling art business based in Altoona.

The Nov. 5 meeting is on Election Day. The members who voted will have their names entered in a drawing for a prize. Hostesses for the meeting are Marcia Dravis, Jeannine Fagley, Patty Gentsch, Cookie Hall and Nancy Moore.

Jeannine Fagles announced the completion of the Bridge Flight fundraiser. The winners were Hope Sheehan and Helen Gorsuch, first; Nancy Moore and Doe Bolger, second; Betty Covino and Ed McCauley, third.

The Women’s Club of Altoona is open to any woman over the age of 18 interested in improving the community. For more information, contact any club member or call the clubhouse at 944-6341 and leave a message.

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