Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on May 26, 1974 · Page 47
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 47

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, May 26, 1974
Page 47
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Provisional Begin Year of Training ; A year of intensive study and training began on May 11 for 28 provisional mem- b.ers of the Junior League of Charleston, who were introduced at the organization's annual meeting, held at Edgewood Country Club. : During their provisional year, the young women will be entered on a course presented by community leaders who are authorities in such fields as education, urban renewal, the cultural arts, economic and industrial development, physical and mental health, and various branches of govern- ijtient. ;;J.This community program, combined with a study of the structure and philosophy of the Association of Junior Leagues, plus in-league committee meetings and [placement, observations should help each provisional understand better how and .why a Junior League functions in a community. ./"The league is a training organization, and its ultimate goal is to promote volun- · teerism through a well-defined program of training. Mrs. Isaac N. Smith and Mrs. Robert Hart will supervise the year-long project. :A BRIEF RESUME of the backgrounds for each of the 28 new provisional follows. :,,·:·' Charleston native, Miss Amelia Mann ·-Alexander is employed in the trust depart! nient of Charleston National Bank. Educated at Hanna Moore Academy, the University of South Carolina and Morris Harvey College, she has done volunteer work with retarded children and as a candy striper. Previous employment includes office positions with hotels in Charleston, S. C., and Augusta, Ga. Mrs. John Michael Anderson (Robin Gardner) graduated from Penn Hall Junior College and West Virginia University. She has done volunteer work with handicapped children and the Head Start Program in Wheeling, and with the March of Dimes, Cancer Society and Children's Museum here. Her husband is a local attorney, and they have two young sons. Mrs. William M. Anderson Jr., the former Jane Neal of Heathsville, Va., grad- uated from Hollins College and worked at the Federal Reserve Bank in Richmond. She has done volunteer work at the Charleston Art Gallery and the Opportunity Shop of St. Johns Episcopal Church. Her husband is research and statistics director for the State Board of Regents, and they have a year-old daughter. * * * ANOTHER HOLLINS college graduate, Jane Gary Beattie was busy in volunteer work throughout her student days there. Now employed by the Charleston Parks and Recreation Commission, she does volunteer work with disadvantaged children and at St. Matthews Episcopal Church, teaches tennis and dog obedience training. The former Cathy Kingsburg, Mrs. Richard D. Bradford has a psychology degree from Hollins College and worked at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. Coming to Charleston two years ago, she has done volunteer work at Charleston Memorial Hospital and with the Keep a Child in School program. She and her husband, a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Thornton Berry, have a six-months- old daughter. Katherine Eskew Capito was educated at Stratford College in Danville, Va., and spent her junior year studying in Spain. She has been a counselor for six years at Camp Allegheny and has volunteered at Kanawha Valley Hospital. · Cynthia Gail Chambers is now student teaching at the elementary level and will graduate this month from West Virginia University, being active in tennis and swimming, and a member of Li-Toon-Awa honorary and Delta Gamma Sorority. She has been a candy striper at Charleston Memorial Hospital. * * * A SPEACH THERAPIST with the Kanawha County Schools, Caroline Clark Dobbins is a graduate of Ohio University, being a member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority. A former candy striper at Charleston Memorial Hospital, she attends the Baptist Temple, and has done volunteer work for the heart fund and mental retardation center. Mrs. John J. Fesenmeier, the former Mary Ann Barrow of Cincinnati, Ohio, is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and her husband is a chemical engineer at Union Carbide. Her volunteer work has been with the PTA, March of Dimes, Heart Fund, Sacred Heart Church and Greater Charleston Swimming Assn. Nancy Ruffner Gill was educated at WVU and Morris Harvey College and now is employed by the law firm of Spilman, Thomas, Battle and Klostermeyer. She has worked as a volunteer with the YWCA, Parks and Recreation Commission, Charleston General Hospital, United Way and Muscular Dystrophy drives. Mrs. Charles A. Gray, the former Rachel Davis of Princeton, N. J., has a home economics degree from Iowa State University and did graduate work in market research at Radcliffe. Here in Charleston, she is a Sunday School teacher at First Presbyterian Church, and has done volunteer work for Sunrise, the Haunted House and Charleston Symphony Women's Committee. Her husband is associated with FMC, and they have three children. * * * BARBARA REGINA OUTER is majoring in special education at the University of Kentucky, being a member of Alpha Delta Phi Sorority. In summer she volunteers at Kanawha Valley Hospital and teaches retarded children at camp. This semester she is working with slow readers in Lexington. Mrs. John T. Kay Jr., the former Kathy Jones of Beckley, graduated from the WVU school of pharmacy, and has worked locally as a pharmacist. She is an active volunteer for Keep a Child in School, Children's Museum, Sunrise and Chi Omega Alumnae. She and her husband, a partner in the law firm of Kay, Casto and Chaney, are Sunday School teachers at First Presbyterian Church. They have three children. Mrs. Bruce C. Leckie (Sheila Ann Sullivan), a Charleston native, graduated magna cum laude from WVU with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's in rehabilitation counseling, being a member of Phi Beta Kappa honorary and Chi Omega Sorority. Her husband is a,trust officer at Kanawha Valley Bank. ON THEIR WAY TO ANNUAL MEETING Gina Rugeley (left), president, Sallie Hart, Debbie VenaMe and Beverly Weissert POSING ON TERRACE STEPS MegRippetoe (left), Mary Ann Fesenmeier, Suzanne Thorniley, Kathy Kay and Jane Shuman The former Frankie Sallie, Mrs. James H. McCain earned her English degree at Southwestern Tennessee University and has been an interviewer for that school since coming to Charleston. She also is a volunteer for Keep a Child in School, Sunrise and Children's museum. Her husband is a research chemist with Union Carbide. BETSY McCULLOUGH will graduate in June from Stratford College, with a degree in psychology and sociology. During her college years, she has worked with Head Start children in Danville, Va., and in a rehabilitation program at Virginia State Prison. A member of St. Johns Episcopal Church and Magna Charta Colonial Dames, she is a former candy striper at Memorial Hospital and riding instructor in Houston, Tex. Another Charleston native, Ruth Morgan Peyton was educated at Baldwin School, Hollins College, University of London, and Dag Hammarshjold College in Maryland. She has done volunteer work at Sunrise and the school for the blind at the University of Pennsylvania. Marjorie Rippetoe earned her degree in history and Spanish at Hollins College, spending her junior year in England. Employed as a medical secretary, she has done extensive volunteer work at Charleston Memorial Hospital. Mrs. James W. Shuman (Jane Hall) has an economics degree from WVU, being a member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority. She has been a volunteer for the Children's Museum, Haunted House and the Ecology Center. She and her husband, a broker with Bache and Co., are active in the First Presbyterian Church and have a three- year-old son. ELLEN MAXWELL THOMAS, also a native Charlestonian, will graduate from the University of Virginia with a degree in environmental science. She spent one summer as a student intern for the Appalachian Research and Defense Fund and now is a volunteer tutor for underprivileged children. She also has worked at Sunrise and Charleston Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Jesse Thomas III, the former Margaret Cicely Walker, graduated in elementary education from Florida State University, belonging to Chi Omega Sorority, and taught school in Atlanta, Ga. She has worked here with the Children's Museum, United Fund and St. Johns Church Opportunity Shop. She and her husband, a salesman with Bethlehem Steel Corp., have an 18-month old son. Martha Jane Thornhill attended Marymount Junior College, graduated from Arizona State University and is employed as assistant tennis professional at an Arizona country club. Last summer she worked at George Washington Community School and gave private tennis lessons locally. * * * MRS. BRIAN THORNILEY (Suzanne Linn Wright) was educated at Marshall University, and was a candy striper and a provisional for the League of Service when living in Clarksburg. She and her husband, a teacher at Charleston High School, have a 15-month-old daughter, and both are leaders of a youth group at First Presbyterian Church. Mrs. John P. Thrift Jr., the former Porter Watkins of South Boston, Va., studied at Stratford College and she is an active guild member at St. Johns Episcopal Church. She and her husband, manager of J. Q. Dickinson and Co. here, work with a youth group in the church. They have two daughters. Mrs. Thomas H. Vanderford IV (JoAnn Ross) attended WVU, graduated from Morris Harvey College in elementary education and returned to WVU for a master's degree in special education. A member of Chi Omega Sorority and a reading specialist, she has taught in Morgantown and Charleston and now tutors reading at Overbrook School. She and her husband, a lawyer with the firm of James, Wise, Robinson and Magnuson, have a young daughter. * * * MARY ELLEN VANDERWILT graduated from Duke University and will receive a master's degree in city planning from Ohio State University where she has a teaching assistantship. She has worked as a life guard and in the planning division of the Department of Natural Resources, and spent last summer as a planning intern with the Regional Intergovernmental Council. Deborah Dent Venable, another native Charlestonian, attended St. Andrews College and will graduate this year in elementary education from the Univerisity of Kentucky, being a cheerleader and a volunteer at the Lexington YWCA. Here she has served as a counselor at the Salvation Army camp and as a candy striper at Charleston Memorial Hospital. Mrs. George Weissert (Beverly McCrary) is a Charleston native and the wife of Union Carbide chemical engineer. She has served two years as president of the Kanawha Valley Junior Woman's Club, and has done volunteer work with the Heart Fund, Charleston Memorial Hospital, Project Concern and the Children's Museum Haunted House. Photos by Ferrell Friend Sunday- Gazette-Mail 0Me v " Sv- ·^:v^:- *v · ·"^tr-D v Charleston,, "W^ejst Virginia l ; r:^"^":\ : l IE May 26,1974 AT MANTLE Robin Anderson (left), Amelia Alexander, Cindy Chambers, Jo Ann Vanderford and Porter Thrift CHATTING Fankie McCain (left), Cicely Thomas, SheilifLeckie, Cathy Bradford and Nancy Gill

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