Clubs and Organizations
May 20, 2012
From community service organizations to social clubs, there are countless organizations in the Ohio Valley that provide opportunities that bring people together for a common cause. Clubs and organizations can be found in communities throughout the area. Rotary clubs, for instance, can be found in several local communities. Each one brings members together to provide community service to their area and to international projects. Through fund-raising efforts, Rotary clubs help provide needed funding for scholarships, projects and charities. Rotary clubs such as the two St. Clairsville clubs - the (Noon) Rotary Club of St. Clairsville and the St. Clairsville Sunrise Rotary Club, The Barnesville Rotary Club, the Bridgeport Rotary Club, Belmont-Bethesda-Morristown Club, and others, meet regularly and always welcome new members. Local Lions Clubs have made a major impact in the last few years. A perfect example is in Martins Ferry where the local chapter helped spearhead a major overhaul of the city’s park and playground, upgrading the equipment to rival that of any city in the Ohio Valley. The success of the Ferry Lions Club led to establishment of a Leos Club chapter in the school district. Shadyside’s newly formed Lions Club is looking to follow in its northern neighbors footsteps. There are also other active service organizations like the Kiwanis Club in Bellaire, Colerain Ruritan Club and the Ruritan Club of St. Clairsville. The Ohio Valley Christian Soldiers has also been a very active service organization in the area over the past few years. The OVCS has been a juggernaut when it comes to fund raising, and they play host to one of the most popular annual golf scrambles in the area. Several chapters of the Free and Accepted Masons, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Protective Order of the Elks - for which local native Jim Nichelson recently served as national president. All of these service organizations hold popular fund-raising events throughout the year and truly get the public involved in their efforts. Social clubs are also plentiful throughout the valley. There are active garden clubs like the Garden Club of Mt. Pleasant, women’s clubs, organizations like the St. Clairsville Downtown Revitalization Task Force, Polish American clubs, Italian American clubs - including the Sons of Italy in Bellaire, Moose Lodges, the NAACP and more. American veterans from the Ohio Valley are also active in Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion posts throughout the area. Youth of the community can also become active members of area clubs and organizations. There are Boy Scout and Cub Scout organizations, as well as Girl Scouts - Black Diamond Council, Future Farmers of America, the Junior Fair Board and many other groups for children and teens.