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Woman’s Club of Huntington donates Ritter Park tree

May 4, 2019

The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON - In celebration of Earth Day, the Woman’s Club of Huntington dedicated their 13th tree donated to Ritter Park on Monday, April 22.

Huntington Mayor Steve Williams attended the ceremony and presented a proclamation declaring that day to be the General Federation of Women’s Clubs Day in Huntington to club President Viola Parsley. The proclamation recognized the club’s contributions to the community.

Scott Miller, supervisor of both Ritter Park and Harris Riverfront Park, represented the Greater Huntington Park and Recreation District at the dedication.

Miller expressed the gratitude of the Ritter Park Board and the city for the club’s continuing generosity in providing a tree each year for Ritter Park.

For the past 13 years, the club’s Conservation Committee has purchased a tree to be planted in Ritter Park.

Conservation Committee Chairwoman Mary Madsen commented that the members of the club contributed money at each club meeting to buy the tree as well as to support other conservation measures as determined by the committee.

This year’s tree is an October Glory maple, provided by Lavalette Landscaping. This year’s tree and 12 others provided by the club in recent years are planted along the entryway to the park, which begins at the fountain on 13th Avenue.

The Woman’s Club of Huntington is a volunteer organization whose purpose is to serve the community in ways that help others and improve life in the city. The club is affiliated with both the state and national General Federation of Women’s Clubs.