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Waynesville Study Club holds fundraiser for community
Waynesville Study Club holds fundraiser for community

Waynesville Study Club members show a quilt. Front row: Glenda Slawson, Bertha Echelberry, Annette Troutt, Donna Hickey, Pam Johnson, Tammy Simpson. Back Row: Dee Dixon, Helen Pitt, Jinnie Alexander, Cindy Grizzell, Carol Poegler, and Beth Deering.
WAYNESVILLE, Mo. (Nov. 14, 2008) — Members of the Waynesville Study Club held their annual fundraiser Nov. 8 at the St. Robert Community Center, selling craft items and food to support community organizations.

“We try to make about $2,000 per year and put $2,000 back into the community; we still have nuts and cookbooks to sell,” said club member Jennie Alexander.

The organization is small — it currently counts about a dozen regular attendees at its meetings on the first Tuesday of each month — but has been active for decades as a social organization supporting groups like Good Samaritan, Genesis, and similar organizations.

“The Study Club’s members are mostly in their fifties; it’s a mix of teachers, nurses, secretaries and stay-at-home moms,” said club member Bertha Echelberry. “We’re just here to support the community.”

Those interested in joining the club can call Echelberry at 774-2658.

Vendors at the craft show included Roy and Penny Peterson, cattle ranchers in the Turkey Ridge area east of Richland who also run Penaroyal Collectibles as a hobby.

“We’ve probably been here five or six times so far,” Penny Peterson said. “It’s a good atmosphere, there are a lot of people here, and we lots of things.”

Some of the most popular collectibles sold by the Petersons include burl-knot bowls, made from trees with large knots in them that Roy Peterson carves and turns into polished bowls. He started making the knot bowls after seeing tree branches knocked down by major ice storms two years ago.

“I saw a tree down and I asked him to make me a bowl out of it,” Penny Peterson said.

“It’s a business you can make some money at, but it’s also a lot of fun to do,” said Roy Peterson.

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