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Martha Sparks
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MAN — At each of START’s scheduled meeting dates, a holiday, either early or late, is celebrated. At the meeting held Thursday, June 28, START celebrated both West Virginia’s birthday and July 4.

Needless to say, flags of different sizes were used by START’s new decorators, Gretchen Donahue, JoAnne Hensley and Donna Thibault in decorating the fellowship hall at Bruce McDonald United Methodist Church.

Table decorations included blue table cloths with red and yellow placemats. The napkins reflected a U.S. flag motif and the centerpiece for each table was a W.Va. State flag with a U.S. flag on each side. A large red, white and blue flower arrangement with a “flag” ribbon was the centerpiece on the registration table. A large plastic cover with the U.S. flag motif surrounded the trash container.

To make the patriotic decoration really appropriate, START was pleased to have Army Staff Sergeant Jason Doczi as a surprise honored guest.

Frank Thompson, START president, opened the meeting by recognizing the guests which included Carolyn Kitchen and Debbie Epperly from M&J Jewelers, Staff Sergeant Doczi, and Richard Mitchell. Thompson invited Rev. Randy Sites to give the opening prayer.

After a buffet luncheon, Robert Perry, accompanied by Alice Harrison, led the group with singing “The West Virginia Hills”.

In memory of Bill and Emma Mitchell, two dearly-beloved members, Thompson presented their son Richard Mitchell with two pieces of START memorabilia. The first, a framed certificate naming Emma as a certified member of START’s 90th Birthday Hall of Fame, and second, a photo album from START’s photo library of pictures of Bill and Emma at various START meetings beginning with December 2003. Bill and Emma were charter members of START. Afterwards, Richard thanked the group for the gifts and for the kindness START had shown to his parents in various ways over the years.

The June birthday celebrants included Uhel Adkins, Mrs. Bellam, Terry Cline, William Coyer, Mike Donahue, James Grimmette, Gertie Moore, Shirley Rick, and Ada Mae Trent. Of these members present, their picture was made while the group sang the “Happy Birthday” song accompanied by Harrison at the piano.

Thompson introduced Carolyn Haynes Kitchen as the guest speaker. Kitchen is the CEO of M&J Jewelers located at 115 Main Street in Man. She gave a brief, interesting history of the store which was founded by Ed and Joan Haynes, Kitchen’s parents, and George and Mary Cunningham in 1975. Prior to the opening of the business, Mr. Haynes and Mr. Cunningham worked at jewelry stores in Logan. Mr. Haynes worked as the watch repairman at Crown Jewelers and Mr. Cunningham worked at Bermann’s Jewelry. As lunch partners at Franklin’s Dairy, this was probably the place where plans were made to open their own jewelry store in Man. As part of their business plan, they decided to name the business after their wives—“M” for Mary and “J” for Joann.

At the conclusion of her talk, Kitchen donated several items to use as door prizes at the end of the meeting.

During Thompson’s introduction of Carolyn, he acknowledged that M&J Jewelers has supported START by donating a gift to use as a door prize each year and has done so since 2003.

“The Town of Man is fortunate to have several reputable and professional women as CEOs of their own business,” said Thompson. “We need to remember to support our local businesses.”

Army Staff Sergeant Jason Doczi, is the son of George and Dotty Doczi of Lorado. He was visiting his parents between assignments and pleasantly surprised START with his attendance. Staff Sergeant Doczi is eligible for retirement from the military in four years. He has served three tours of duty in the mid-East, one in Iraq and two in Afghanistan. After visiting with his parents, he reported to his new assignment at Fort Benning, Ga.

During the business session, Harrison gave the treasurer’s report. Thompson announced that the Friends of the Library would pay for the pizza party that is held at the end of the Children’s Summer Reading Program which is on-going at the Library. He also announced that the pancake breakfast hosted by Wendy’s was very successful. He conveyed his thanks to all the people responsible for making this a very successful event.

Then, there was the drawing for door prizes. Those winning door prizes were Elizabeth Tackett, Richard Mitchell, Angeline Bassham, Alice Harrison, Jean Wintz, Dotty Doczi, Sites, Lounice Spears, Barbara Spears, Bernie Queen, Sherry Frye and Perry.

After the drawing for door prizes, Donahue and Gertie Moore distributed t-shirts to the members. Some time ago, START decided to purchase t-shirts from Elliott’s Custom Graphics for all the members that had signed up to receive one.

The 48 members and guests signing the attendance register were Lou Arnold, Jane Grimmette, Lessie Bailey, Helen Nelson, JoAnne Hensley, Elmer and Lounice Jeffrey, Norma Jean Nelson, Merlin and Delores Spears, Ella Cook, Jean Wintz, Lenora Moss, Rev. Randy and Judy Sites, Jerry and Nancy Garrett, Barbara Spears, Bertha Allen, Bernie Queen, Peggy Mosley, Patricia Doczi, Angeline Bassham, Alice Harrison, George and Dotty Doczi, Staff Sergeant Jason Doczi, Sherry Frye, Robert Perry, Betty Gentry, Paul and Donna Thibault, Mayor Jim Blevins, Shirley and Zettie Brown, Arthur and Barbara Brunty, William T. Coyer, Elizabeth Tackett, Carolyn Kitchen, Debra Epperly, Mae Osborne, Gertie Moore, Mike and Gretchen Donahue, Richard Mitchell, and Frank and Elaine Thompson.

START’s next meeting will be held at noon Thursday, July 26, in the fellowship hall of Bruce McDonald United Methodist Church.

“Everyone is welcome to attend,” said Thompson.

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