Vienna, W.Va.—On Saturday, April 28, the Muskingum Valley Chapter of Stepping Stones from Zanesville, Ohio, hosted the 59th annual convention on the Ohio Valley University campus. The chapel and lunch areas were decorated in red, white, and blue, reinforcing the theme of this year’s convention: “God bless the USA; God bless OVU; God bless Stepping Stones.” Most of the 82 attendees also sported red, white, and blue garb in honor of the occasion.
Highlights of the day included the presentation of colors by Ariel Johnson, a current OVU student who is active in the National Guard. The National Anthem was sung by Jocee Janiki, another OVU student. The Acapella Singers provided music, and the hostess chapter presented a skit, “Patriots on Parade.” Red, white and, blue items were displayed as a silent auction, and a live auction showcased a beautiful quilt, also in patriotic colors, made and donated by the Muskingum Valley Chapter. Reports of each chapter’s activities were presented by the presidents as were lively reports by those who had taken the Dollar Challenge at the previous year’s convention.
The Cathie Lynn Chapter was recognized for having members present from Texas, Alabama, South Carolina, and Maryland, all women who had come to refresh Stepping Stones friendships. A new chapter comprised of students, the Lady Scots Chapter, was also recognized. Members of chapters in West Virginia, Maryland, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, as well as members of a national chapter, presented funds totaling $35,249.45.
The four purposes of Stepping Stones were all in spirited evidence at the convention:
- Recruit students
- Keep public relations to the forefront in the chapters’ communities
- Raise funds for OVU
- Develop and promote lasting relationships among Christian women
Anyone interested in starting a new chapter of Stepping Stones or joining an already established chapter is invited to contact Susan Cockerham, Director of Stepping Stones, at 304.482.8540.