November 15, 2013 10:50 AM
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The Indiana Photo Club

The Indiana Photo Club met Oct. 16 in Room 104 of Keith Hall on the Indiana University of Pennsylvania campus. Tom Betts welcomed some additional new members to the group’s second meeting of the year, and general discussion followed on a variety of topics relating to the art of photography and the technology available today.

John Risinger offered the program for the evening, showing a variety of images that had recently been entered into the Group A division for the Photography Society of America’s International Competition. Risinger reminded members that all the photographs had been winning images in local competitions and that from that elite group a few had been selected as International ribbon winners. Members viewed and critiqued the images.

Entered into this month’s regular local competition were 22 images. Jim LaFontaine’s photograph titled “Corn Sunset” was voted as the first-place image, scoring 14 points, and his “Bar Harbor Trail” was awarded an honorable mention. Wayne Cessna’s “Beirstadt Lake” was awarded second place with a 13-point score, and Sherrill Begres’ image “Death Valley” placed third. Judges for the competition were Jim Reber, Ron Repine and Sandy Oliver.

[PHOTO: "Corn Sunset," by Jim LaFontaine]

The Indiana Photo Club will meet next at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 in Room 104 of Keith Hall. Gary Ferrence, a retired IUP biology professor and well-known local speaker and photographer, will present the program for the meeting. In “Walking with Jesus,” Ferrence will take members on a photo journey of the Holy Land, presenting through-the-lens highlights of a pilgrimage that he and his wife enjoyed in June of 2012. Included in the program will be visits to many notable places: Nazareth, Bethlehem, the River Jordan, Galilee, Capernaum, the Mount of the Beatitudes, The Mount of the Transfiguration, the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane, Jerusalem, Golgotha, the Empty Tomb and Caesarea.

All meetings of the Indiana Photo Club are open to the public and new members are always welcome. Anyone with an interest in photography, regardless of experience or skill level, may attend the meetings and participate in the discussions regarding photographic techniques and improving one’s images.

Blairsville Elks Ladies Auxiliary

President Patti Ann Cribbs called the meeting of the Blairsville Elks Ladies 406 Auxiliary to order at 7:06 p.m. Nov. 5. There were 16 members present, including eight officers.

A motion was made by Peggy Boeh, past president, and seconded by Jane Potochniak, past president, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting as read.

The treasurer’s report was placed on file for audit.

Several members were mentioned by the sickness and distress committee: Evelyn Bondra, Stella Farabaugh, Carol Pike, Sharon Angelo, Kathy Teslevich, Ruth Brozeski, Ella Wodowski and Jane Potochniak

Nancy Shurina, vice president, reported on the Oct. 20 basket party.

Shurina thanked committee members: co-chairwomen Edna Torok, Kathy Cardellino, Kathy Cobler, Patti Ann Cribbs and Sharon Angelo; kitchen workers Marie Kenny, Mary Ann Thomas, and Tammy Torok; door and raffle workers Peggy Boeh, Bondra and De Iezzi; and all of the auxiliary members for the delicious desserts and generous donations of baskets and door prizes.

Next year’s basket party will be held April 28 and hosted by Patti Ann Cribbs and Marge Patz. More details will follow as the time gets near.

Jean Shepherd explained what “Share the Joy” was and, after a motion was made by Patz and seconded by Shepherd, the auxiliary made a donation to the project. Shepherd also explained the “less fortunate” project where cash is given. The club tries to give to an Elks family first but outsiders in need are also accepted. If any auxiliary member knows of a family in need, contact Shepherd.

Shurina won the Good of the Order. Kenny celebrated a birthday.

A motion was made and properly seconded to pay the bills.

Lisa Fodor, Toni Apryasz and Cribbs hosted the luncheon of chicken and egg salad sandwiches, cake, candy and coffee. The tablecloths were of fall motif with scattered leaves on the table.

December’s luncheon hosts will be Bondra, Thomas, Annette Lucas and Becky Povich. It will be the club’s Christmas party and the meeting will be held downstairs with a $10 gift exchange.

President Cribbs closed the meeting at 8:10 p.m.

Evergreen Garden Club

The Oct. 21 meeting at the Trinity United Methodist Church focused on making cornhusk flowers with club member Jean Williams as instructor. She showed various ways of making flowers and other cornhusk projects. She also dyed some husks green and red to make it more colorful. All the members then tried their hand at making flowers during a fun, hands-on workshop.

The Nov. 18 meeting at the Trinity United Methodist Church will be a wrap-up meeting for the Tinsel Time Luncheon. Committee members are working hard to make sure all is ready for a successful and entertaining day.

There will be a brief business meeting.

Tinsel Time tickets are available from club members, The Book Nook, the historical society, the Indiana County Tourist Bureau and Flo’s Floral & Gift Shop of Homer City. Proceeds benefit the Evergreen Garden Club scholarship fund and the many civic gardens nurtured by the club. Join the club for great food, great shopping, entertainment by the melodic Indi-Annas and door prizes gifted by the merchants of Indiana. The luncheon will be held Dec. 5 at the Rustic Lodge from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A ticket is required for admission.

The public is invited to meetings, which are held the third Monday of every month.

For more information, contact Marcy Cunkelman, publicity chairman, at (724) 459-7229.

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