Club news May 2

May 11, 2004

Members of the Marlowe (W.Va.) Ruritan Club gather at the club behind "Supply Sgt." Cecil Foltz Jr., holding box, and President Bill Robison, right. The club has been sending gift boxes to troops in Iraq since just before Christmas. Club members and pancake breakfast attendees have been donating toward box contents. The club has been paying for postage. Any contributions toward this project may be mailed to: Marlowe Ruritan, Box 736, Falling Waters, WV 25419. For more information, phone Ed Enamait at 304-274-5926. The club desires to continue mailing boxes until all local soldiers return home.

Charles Adams, treasurer of the South Jefferson (W.Va.) Ruritan Club, presents a check to librarian Dana Jenkins to purchase books for the new South Jefferson Public Library in Summit Point, W.Va. The library used the money to obtain a matching grant for $1,000 worth of new books from the Libri Foundation. South Jefferson Ruritan provided food for the library's dedication, grand opening and open house on April 17.


Two local residents, Dody Smith and Gann Breichner, recently attended the Maryland P.E.O. State Convention in Columbia, Md.

The event, sponsored by the P.E.O. Sisterhood, a philanthropic organization founded in 1869, was held April 23 and 24 at the Sheraton Columbia Hotel. Women representing thirty-five P.E.O. chapters from across the state attended.

Maryland P.E.O. President Nancy Martin presided over the 45th annual convention. The International P.E.O. Chapter membership includes more than 251,000 women in the U.S. and Canada.

They raise money to help women achieve their educational goals through four separate funds:

The Educational Loan Fund, established in 1907, provides below-market loans to students. So far, nearly 40,000 women have received more than $80 million.

The International Peace Scholarship, established in 1949, provides foreign-born women with money to study in the U.S. and Canada. Roughly 5,000 women from 152 countries have received over $16 million.

The Program for Continuing Education, established in 1973, provides need-based grants to women whose education has been interrupted. So far, $18 million has been awarded to more than 20,000 women.

The P.E.O. Scholar Awards, established in 1991, provides financial assistance to women who are pursuing advanced degree or study and research. Awards total $5.1 million to date.

P.E.O. has owned and operated Cottey College, a fully accredited two-year liberal arts college for women in Nevada, Mo., since 1927. Maryland residents who want to attend the college may receive financial aid through the Dorothy Welsh Hamilton Fund.

Martinsburg, W.Va., teenager Steve Eccleston earned his gold belt in the Western Masters Karate System at the MartinsburgBerkeley County Boys & Girls Club on April 19.

Eccleston has been participating in Karate taught at the club by First degree black belt and club staff member David Henry. The testing board included Henry and first degree black belt Travis Murray. Eccleston is the first student at the club to be promoted.

"Steve is an exceptional student in his dedication and skill. I am looking forward to continuing his training and the training of the other students with similar dedication and skill," Henry said.

Eccleston, a seventh-grader at North Middle School, is the son of Abby and Trevor Eccleston of Martinsburg.

Karate is offered free of charge to club members at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays and 5:15 p.m. on Wednesdays. Martinsburg- Berkeley County Boys & Girls Club membership costs $5 per year and $75 for the summer program. Registration for the summer program starts in May. For more information, call 304-263-2696.

The Martinsburg Berkeley County Boys & Girls Club is a United Way Participating Agency.

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