Area BPW group notes 65th birthday

The Montrose Business and Professional Women celebrated its 65th anniversary recently at the Inn at Montrose. Seated is member April Taylor Kirkpatrick. Standing, from left, are Montrose BPW president Joyce Rudzianski, guests William Host and Johanna Hripto, and member Connie Hitchcock.

BY HELEN B. FOSTER

Correspondent

Montrose Business and Professional Women’s Club members celebrated the club’s 65th birthday during its Dec. 14 meeting at the Inn at Montrose.

President Joyce Rudzianski opened the meeting in regular form before introducing guests and former members.

Other BPW clubs represented were: Wayne County BPW, Judy Murphy; Nellie Jane DeWitt BPW, Susquehanna, Alice Deutsch, Lori Hubal and Helen Foster. Donna Cosmello represented Hallstead’s Louise Bache Club.

Rudzianski and her committee, Connie Hitchcock and April Taylor-Kirkpatrick also presented a program pertaining to Montrose Area High School’s program on alternative energy sources, a new physics lab course by William Host, physics instructor at Montrose Area High School and student Johanna Hripto.

Host said the new course at MAHS is an elective that provides hands-on learning for a technical-oriented experience into solar electricity, wind power, natural gas and solar hot water. Students completing the course provided by the Madison Area Technical College in Wisconsin receive a record of completion.
Host said he is looking to raise funds to build a solar lab and send students to take the same course he took. The cost per student would be $1,495.

Hripto said she took the course as she is interested in environmental sciences.

She explained the components of the course and the online course and those from around the world who participated in the program. Hripto is president of the senior class and a member of student council and the Key Club.

Host thanked the BPW members for giving him the opportunity to present the information on this new course at MAHS and said he will be looking for opportunities to present the same information to other civic organizations as he continues his fund raising efforts that will include letters to community leaders and grant writing.