The Hardin County Business & Professional Women’s Club met at Basil’s Restaurant in Kenton on Wednesday, October 23, at 5:30 p.m. President Sandy Moore welcomed six members and guest speaker Deb Curtis.
Following Grace and before dinner, Deb Curlis presented information about the change from Ada’s ReStore to Beatitudes under her leadership. She has held various jobs with a wide variety of experience over the years. She was pleased to see what could be done to help those in Ada to have a community center. Its purpose is to help all ages and not just for those in need. Her purpose is found in the beatitudes of the Bible with the Latin beatus meaning “happy” and “blessed”. She has found various ways of bestowing blessings on those who enter.
She developed a plan to make Beatitudes an essential and happy place for citizens to come and spend time. After cleaning out and reorganizing things from the old ReStore, she purchased a stove and made plans for serving lunch four days a week and dinner only on Tuesday. She also tries to provide a speaker during the lunches. Citizens can come to eat and learn things which has been well accepted. If someone is in need of food, one can sign for a commodity box. She also is in need of donated clothing, especially for children, so any clothes which are new or gently used can be acquired By clients for $1 (heavy coats for $2). Another favorite selling tool has been filling a bag full of clothes which can be bought for $5. She does not sell appliances, but she does sell books and Knick-knacks.
Beatitudes is not just a store, but it is a place to gather and draw the community closer. She offers an area for Bible study, Zoomba, Bingo which is the third Wednesday of the month, and space for friends to sit and converse. She is even opening on Saturday. Her fundraiser, Christmas Open House, will be November 11 to 22. She is providing children with a chance to come and choose free Christmas gifts for their families. Her Thanksgiving Dinner will be the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, but plans are not settled as yet as to where it will be held as approximately 200 people will be fed. She gladly accepts any donations from the area businesses and individuals to help offset any extra costs. She has found that Hardin County and Ada citizens are generous and are enjoying Beatitudes.
Pres. Moore led the group in thanking Curlis for her information and hard work to make Beatitudes a center for all people. She began the meeting with discussion for a donation for Beatitudes which was accepted. Moore also thanked all for the sympathy card. Sec. Norma Frederick’s report was read and accepted. Treas. Connie Dietz had her report filed for audit. The pin fine and donations were voted to be added to the scholarship fund. Sunshine Fund Chairman Charlotte Spencer had her report filed for audit.
Director Sandy Moore stated the October report for the Helen Mabrey Shoe Fund. She received donations from Susie Closson and Hardin Co. Herb Society, and thank you notes have been sent. No shoes were purchased this month, and she is still waiting for the bill from Shoe Sensation for the past couple of months. The CD will be renewed on November 1. Her report was accepted.
Chairwomen Norma Frederick and Jessica Osborn have arranged a special meeting night for the ONU Holiday Spectacular on November 23 followed by dinner at Viva Maria’s. Everyone has received their tickets so that all can meet by 2 p.m. at the Freed Center in Ada.
Frederick accepted any socks and slippers that were donated for Helping Hands. Donations can be displayed at the Santa Train at Kenton’s Home Savings and Loan as well as the Christmas tree at Huntington Bank. Donations will be picked up at the financial institutions around December 20 so that socks and slippers can be ready for Christmas gifts for Hardin County needy children. The people of Hardin County have always been generous so that these two venues should provide easy access to everyone who wishes to participate. Clubs such as Kenton/Hardin County Soroptimists, Kappa Chapter of DKG Intl., and Hardin Co. Retired Teachers are working together with BPW to provide these small gifts that make a big difference to children. Acceptance by their peers can be as simple as wearing clean socks.
Having no other business, Pres. Moore adjourned the meeting and wished everyone safe travels home.