Club news

Marietta Morning Rotary Club

Marietta Morning Rotary Club presented more than $8,000 to the Washington County Free Clinic during their regular weekly meeting on Friday, Dec. 7. The Clinic was also honored with Rotary International’s Family and Community Service Award in recognition of their commitment to families in need within Washington County. Accepting on behalf of the Washington County Free Clinic were board members Dixie Vaughn and Kevin Malcomb.

The Washington County Free Clinic is a volunteer organization that provides medical care and preventative health services free of charge to individuals in Washington County between the ages of 19 to 64 who have no form of health insurance and whose income falls within 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. The clinic is open the first and third Tuesday’s of the month, from 6 to 9 p.m. For appointment information call the Clinic at 374-1750. They are located at 208 Third Street in Marietta.

Marietta Morning Rotary hosts an annual benefit auction aboard the Valley Gem Sternwheeler each fall. All proceeds from the event go toward the benefit of a local organization within the Marietta community that strives to make a difference in the education, health and well-being of those in our community. The Club meets at the Marietta Country Club every Friday morning at 7 a.m.

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 64

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 64 met on Dec. 5 with 14 members present. After the opening ritual, reports were given and approved. Members had refreshments after the meeting.

Unit 64 is trying to find ways to get spouses, children, step children, and grandchildren of veterans to join our organization. Anyone eligible to join should contact the organization.

The American Legion does many things for local charities and for veterans in hospitals and nursing homes.

Contact the post anytime to find out when meetings are held. The public can attend anytime.

The next meeting will be Jan. 16 at 7 p.m.

Marietta Photographic Society

The Marietta Photographic Society President, Carole Wigal welcomed members and guests to the annual Christmas dinner and competition and wished all a Merry Christmas at the Gilman Avenue United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. Paul Van Horn gave the blessing for the dinner. Attendance was 33 and a welcome back was given to Verna Jean Warren.

Wigal reminded members of the exhibit in March at the Parkersburg Art Center. Guests were welcomed and Dewayne and Jennie Lowther presented the club with a surprise showing of old photos displayed on seven easels from the 1950’s of Parkersburg High School and its students they had prepared for their 60th reunion. Dewayne Lowther used a Graflix camera and developed the photos in the high school dark room, which is now a closet at the school. His display was from 2-1/4 X 2-1/4 negatives. “Every photo is a slice of history to someone. “

Judges for the evening competition were Dottie Bibbee, Jayne DeLancey, Gene Hilton, and alternate Steve Minardi. Paul Frye presented the slide entries and Carole presented the print entries and the winners.

Winner of the Slide Category was Ken Wyant with a Montana photo of a mountain scene taken with his Konica camera (before digital) in the 1970’s .

Winner of the Print Category was Laurie Cowart’s photo of the Neuschwenstein Castle, Bavaria , Germany in 1980 on film.

Mark Abbott then presented all the prints and opened discussion about the photos. People spoke of the time the photos were taken, the cameras and film used, and the story behind the old photo.

Door prizes were given out and calendars were given to members for the new year.

History books and memorial key chains were presented to members who had not been in the club during the celebrations of 50 and 60 years.

The next meeting of the Marietta Photographic Society is Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m. at Gilman United Methodist Church in Marietta. Competition subject is “Table Top”.

Photographers of any skill level are invited to attend.