Piper Plays for Woman’s Club Friday

Betsy Bethel-McFarland

WHEELING — The Woman’s Club of Wheeling will meet Friday at Monument Place, 91 Kruger St.

The executive board of directors will meet at 10:45 a.m. The general meeting will begin at 1 p.m. President Patty Travis will preside at both meetings. Betsy Bethel-McFarland, an award-winning piper from Martins Ferry, will present a program on bagpipes.

It will be the last business meeting of this club year; however, officers and committees will be working to prepare for another year, beginning with a membership tea at 1 p.m. on Sept. 20.

The club’s spring luncheon will be held at Belmont Hills Country Club, St. Clairsville, at noon April 26.

The education community service committee will have a book swap Friday and the conservation community service committee will collect newspapers for local animal shelters. The public issues community service committee is collecting used and worn U.St. flags that will be given to the American Legion for proper disposal.

The home life community service committee will conduct a memorial service for members who died in the current club year.

In observance of April as Donate Life Month and in honor of National Green and Blue Day, members are asked to wear green and blue on Friday. Organ Donar Awareness is a signature project of General Federation of Women’s Clubs-West Virginia.

Ten members of the club attended the federation’s state convention at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs. Travis will give report on the convention and present the awards that the club received.

Bethel-McFarland performs and shares her love of the pipes and Scottish culture at schools, public events and civic organizations. She has served as pipe major of the Macdonald Pipe Band of Pittsburgh for nine years, performing in parades and competing at Highland festivals throughout the eastern United States and Canada, as well as in Scotland.

She learned to play the Highland bagpipes at age 12 while living in Dunedin, Fla.

Bethel-McFarland is the communications manager and grant writer at Youth Services System Inc. She also is co-owner with husband Dave McFarland of Mmm… Popcorn LLC, a gourmet popcorn shop on Market Plaza in Wheeling.

Formerly of St. Clairsville, Bethel-McFarland was a newspaper reporter and editor for 23 years in Indianapolis, Martins Ferry, Pittsburgh and Wheeling.

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