June Boose (left) and Ruth Waggoner (right) promoting Club 250 Tickets as members of the fundraising committee - Ada Herald
June Boose (left) and Ruth Waggoner (right) promoting Club 250 Tickets as members of the fundraising committee.
HARDIN COUNTY — The Kenton/Hardin County Soroptimist Club met Thursday, Oct. 4, at Henry’s Restaurant. President Laura Ferguson called the meeting to order at 6 p.m. with a Welcome and Introduction of guests. 2
President Ferguson thanked Sue Lohrber, Norma Frederick, and Amy Aulthouse for being the hostesses for our October meeting. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Linda Moon and the Soroptimist Grace by Norma Frederick.
Members enjoyed dinner while President Ferguson began the business order. Minutes from the last meeting reviewed, motion to approve by June Boose and second by Jodi Dearth. Treasurer’s Report reviewed and ordered to file for audit. Correspondence shared with the club from Soroptimist International to invite members to visit the updated website soroptimist.org. There are a lot of resources available on the website and members were encouraged to visit the site.
Missie Austin and Sue Lohrber reported on Women’s Health and Fitness Festival last weekend. Weather was great for the event and the turnout was good for the first-year event.  The committee is hoping to grow the numbers each year. Set up went very well with the help of the volunteers and the ONU students. Vendors seemed to be happy with the layout and turnout as well. A total of 8 mammograms were done during the event. Guest speaker had a great message and thank you to Gabriella Kreuz for her message and time spent at the event. Many thanks to the volunteers, ONU students, OhioHealth, Kenton Times for the coverage and so many more. But a special thank you to Sue Lohrber for her dedication and hard work, a gift was presented to Sue to show appreciation.  OhioHealth had flowers delivered to our meeting as another thank you to Lohrber and Austin. The committee will have an after-action meeting to review suggestions and improvements for the next event. Any suggestions are welcomed. President Ferguson thanked and congratulated the committee on a successful event.
Reminder to members of the upcoming Soroptimist Fall meeting in Lima Oct 12th – 13th. Rooms are still available.  All members are encouraged to attend, it is a great event to learn more about Soroptimist and meet other Soroptimist members.

Jess Purcell from HC Chamber did a presentation for the upcoming Luna Fest. First, she thanks Kenton/Hardin County Soroptimist Club for partnering with the Women Lead for this event. The want to bring Luna Fest to the Hardin County came as a recommendation from Christina Cross. She visited many Luna Fest when she lived in California.  She thinks it will be a benefit to our Hardin County community. Luna Fest is a series of short films, by women, about women, and for women. Money raised from this Luna Fest will go the Safe Haven of Hardin County. These films will relate to everyone and will have an impact on everyone who attends. Both partners are excited for the upcoming event with the bonus of helping our Safe Haven of Hardin County. Luna Fest will be Oct. 11th at 6pm at the Mid-Ohio Energy Coop. 1210 Lima Street Kenton Ohio. General admission will be $10 (to be donate to Safe Haven of Hardin County). Ticket information www.hccba.com and more info can be found about Luna Fest at www.lunfest.org.
Hardin County Leadership Graduation will be Oct 11th. Our Soroptimist member Heather Blue will be graduating. Members are encouraged to attend in support of Blue.
President Ferguson moved on to Committee Reports. Dream It, Be It has been rescheduled to Nov. 3rd. Committee to set prep meeting this month. Those wanting to register can visit Kenton/Hardin County Soroptimist International Facebook page. Dream It, Be It is a program designed for girls about middle school age. During the event we talk about careers, our future, self-image, and what we want the future to look like. Pre-registration will be needed and a T-shirt and lunch that day will be provided.
The next Care and Comfort gathering will be Oct. 29th at Missie Austin’s home. Gathering will being at 6pm and end around 8pm. Last month, Care and Comfort put together 71 care kits. 16 kits went to You Care Habilitation Services of Kenton, 30 kits to Helping Hands, and 25 kits to Forest. The group is currently working on quilts. The group is still taking donations of toiletries for future care kits. Safe Haven of Hardin County will be added to the care kit and quilt list.
Rose Garden report was given by Linda Moon. We will need to buy new roses for next year. After the first freeze, volunteers will be needed to put the roses to bed for the winter.
Sue Lohrber reminded members the Live Your Dream scholarship applications are due Nov. 15th. All applications are only being accepted online: bit.ly/LYDA-apply. You are eligible to apply if you are a woman with primary financial responsibility for yourself and your dependents and are attending an undergraduate degree program or a vocational skill training program and have a financial need. Send applications and two (non family) references to lydawards@ soroptimist.org.
Reminder of upcoming events through Safe Haven of Hardin County was reviewed. Luna Fest Oct. 11th, Sip and Paint, Oct. 23rd., Gala Nov. 8th, and Purse Bingo July 27, 2019.
In closing, next meeting will be at Henry’s Restaurant Nov. 1st at 6pm. Hostesses will be Jenny Grant, Karen Kier and Jessica Hinson.
Names were drawn for the Club 20 fundraiser. Soroptimist International of Kenton/Hardin County is sponsoring Club 250 raffle tickets. Only 250 tickets will be sold and once the tickets are sold, we will start the drawings for 2019. Tickets are $52 each and one winner will be drawn each week for 52 weeks. Week 1-48 win $100. Week 49-50 win $125, week 51 wins $250, and Week 52 wins $500. Winning tickets drawn week 1 through 48 will have their tickets put back in for future drawings. Winning tickets drawn after week 48 do not go back in. Weekly winners will be mailed a check. Please consider purchasing a ticket to support our club and all the worthy causes through the funds we raise. For more information, please contact Laura Ferguson 567-674-1023 or email her at laura.r.ferguson@gmail.com
Members were welcomed to attend the Safe Haven of Hardin County Vigil at 7 p.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church following the meeting to support Safe Haven of Hardin County.
Carrie Newland closed the meeting with the Soroptimist Pledge.