Woman’s Club hosts Taylor Diversion’s Programs

Photo submitted to Times Observer Debra and Michael Cummings and Trinity B. (center) of Taylor Diversions Programs, Inc. offer the program at the Woman’s Club.

Debra and Michael Cummings of Taylor Diversion Programs, Inc. (TDP) in Tionesta, were the presenters at the Monday, Feb. 5 Woman’s Club luncheon.

Their non-profit organization’s mission statement is “TDP provides supportive prevention and intervention services necessary to optimize life of at-risk youth and their families by using proven strategies in education, vocation, nature, and wellness that result in stronger, healthier communities.” TDP is one of 55 vocational entities in PACTT the Pennsylvania Academic/Career & Technical Training Alliance.

Debra and Michael brought one of their students, Trinity, to speak of her experiences at TDP. Each student at TDP has a goal of discovering their “golden egg” – their personal strength-what they are good at. Besides her academic endeavors, Trinity is pursuing boxing in which she is quite talented. She will be competing in a golden gloves event in Dubois in March.

Taylor was named after “Pap” Taylor, Debra’s grandfather, with the idea of promoting old-fashioned values, ethics and beliefs in family life.

The school and residential buildings are on the island in Tionesta, PA donated by Mr. Sherman. They have their private academic license now. GED preparation, boat building, folk school, fiber arts, Serve Safe certification and hotel/lodging certification are just some of the offerings at TDP. Students stay for a varying amount of time depending on their accomplishments and achievements.

Two pies made by the culinary students were brought for sampling but the Woman’s Club members in attendance decided on a raffle with proceeds going to Taylor Diversion Program. The Cummingses were proud to announce that their program received the PA Program of the Year Award from PACTT.

Carolyn Worley, Woman’s Club president, conveyed the gratitude of the members to the Cummingses and Trinity enlightening them on the TDP program.

Marti Casteel and Barb Olson were hostesses for the luncheon prepared by Catering Plus. Valentine decorations and heart candies graced the tables.

Saturday, April 7th is the date for the annual Usable Discards event in the ballroom of the Club. It is only one day this year and the time is 9 a.m. to p.m. with “Pay what you feel is fair” at this garage sale type event .

April 1 is the start of a new membership year. For the second year, Woman’s Club of Warren will have a TEAM UP membership drive. If a current member brings in a new member they both pay $160 for one year dues. If a current member brings in 2 new members they all pay $125 for one year. If three people join together as new members they pay a one year $125 dues rate. Regular dues are $225 annually. Donna Holding is Membership Chair and more information & her phone can be obtained from the club manager at 723-5910.

The annual spring Fashion Show date has been set for Monday, May 7, in the ballroom at 310 Market Street. Cheri Greenstein of GG My Love will show fashions, shoes and a wide variety of accessories.

The next luncheon is Monday, Feb. 19, with member Verlynn Kleppe speaking on improving posture. Chuck Gray and Peggy Morgan are hostesses and reservations are due Friday, Feb. 16, by noon. More information on the Woman’s Club is at http://www.warrenwomansclub.org