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Club notes

Blair Garden Club to meet Monday

Blair Garden Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the American Legion Post 516 Social Hall on North Juniata Street in Hollidaysburg.

Deb Arnsparger, florist and owner of Creative Expressions and Anteeks, will demonstrate using gourds and pumpkins as receptacles for fall arrangements.

Social distancing will be observed, and masks are required.

William Penn Association plans activities

The William Penn Association Branch 800 met Oct. 12 at the Our Lady of Lourdes Education Center, Altoona, following COVID-19 guidelines.

In recognition of Nov. 12, Veterans Day, officers voted to send a monetary donation to the Homeless Veterans Fund at the Van Zandt VA Medical Center, Altoona.

The Thanksgiving Day Mass at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Altoona, will be celebrated at 9 a.m. for living and deceased members of the WPA. Members are asked to attend.

Because of the pandemic, all branch Christmas parties have been canceled for this year by the WPA Home Office. There will be no WPA Branch 800 December party in Altoona. Also, branch elections are postponed. Current branch officers will retain their positions.

The WPA is a fraternal organization with headquarters in Pittsburgh and branches throughout the United States. For information, contact Bob Jones at 942-2661.

Our Lady of Victory Court holds meeting

Our Lady of Victory Court 722, Catholic Daughters of the Americas, held its monthly meeting Oct. 1, following COVID-19 precautions.

The Patriotic Rosary was led by Annette Fisanick. Members of the Eastern Rite shared Oct. 1 was also a special Feast Day, “The Protection of the Holy Theotokos.”

The raffle tickets for the court’s only major fundraiser in 2020 will be distributed in November. Money received will be used to help support various charities keeping the mission of the Catholic Daughters.

Members will distribute white ribbons and information on the White Ribbon Campaign this weekend at each of the local parishes as a reminder in the fight against pornography.

Catholic Daughters is open to all Catholic women. For more information, call Cindy Keefe, local regent,

at 247-8796 or Merlann Malloy, vice regent, at 674-3323.

The next meeting will be the Divine Liturgy Memorial Service at 6 p.m. Nov. 5 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Northern Cambria, for members that have passed in 2020.

Marine birthday party changed this year

The St. Stanislaus Club of Altoona has canceled the Marine Corps Birthday Celebration scheduled for

Nov. 10 due to COVID-19.

However, the Catholic War Veterans Club at 290

Valley Ave., Altoona, has agreed to host an outdoor event for all Marines and veterans at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10.

For more information, call 942-6477.

PARSE elects new officers, directors

Members of the Pennsylvania Association of Retired State Employees (PARSE) of Blair, Bedford, Huntingdon Chapter 1-10 met recently.

Members elected the following officers: Sharon Dell, president; Lou Gresik, vice president; James Dell, secretary; and Shirley Kurtz-Flaugh, treasurer.

Directors are Victor Ballash, Paul Flaugh, Eugene Garner, Eva Howell and Rose Launi.

The chapter holiday luncheon is at noon Nov. 12 at Slick’s Ivy Stone Restaurant, 8785 William Penn Road, Osterburg.

Entertainment will be provided, followed by a brief program.

Toys for Tots has been chosen as the charity to support. Attendees are asked to take a toy in the original package, unwrapped.

Members will be mailed complete information regarding the luncheon, including an RSVP card in the near future.

PARSE dues notices have been mailed from the state office and remain at $20.

Questions may be referred to James Dell at 793-0060 or jcdell@centurylink.net.

State retirees postpone meeting to Dec. 3

The Pennsylvania State Retirees has changed the date of its next meeting to 12:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at Hoss’s Steak and Sea House, Duncansville.

The meeting was originally scheduled for Oct. 29.

Catholic Daughters holds meeting

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Our Lady of The Alleghenies Court 1755, held its regular monthly meeting on Sept. 9 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Hollidaysburg. Nineteen members attended, including officers.

Co-chairs Danielle Fitch and Pattie Fromknecht reported on the CDA National Education Contest. Due to the pandemic, they announced the schools will not be participating in the program this year. Discussion was held to possibly have something similar held for only the members of the Court. The semi-annual ham and cheese sale has been canceled. Tentative plans are being made to conduct a sale in the spring.

Garvey Manor is interested in establishing a virtual program to have some spiritual/personal connection with the residents. Due to pandemic, it is difficult for everyone to get together. This would benefit both the Catholic Daughters and the residents because time is the only thing we can safely share. Contact Danielle Fitch for more information.

Diana Byrnes reported the yearly lottery was a success with all the tickets being sold.

It was decided the money raised at an auction at the annual picnic would be split four ways with each organization receiving $150. The recipients will be the St. Vincent de Paul Society, American Rescue Workers, St. Leonard’s Home and the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home.

All members are invited to sign up to serve on any current vacancies on committees.

Any Catholic woman interested in joining can contact any member or Laurie Staub, local regent, at 327-9663.

Area clubs and nonprofits can email articles and photos to community@altoonamirror.com.

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