Addresses sought

Operation: Touch of Home is asking for help in getting names and addresses of area men and women who are serving in Afghanistan and other hostile areas to be recipients of the organization's Spring 2012 shipment of essentials.

Persons having such information are asked to contact touchofhome@hotmail.com [1]. One may also download a form from the group's website and mail it to the organization at P.O. Box 162, Brodheadsville, PA 18322.

Volunteers are also needed. Visit the website events page at www.operationtouchofhome.org [2] for opportunities.

Grief Support Group

The Grief Support Group meets for a 13-week program at the Effort United Methodist Church on Merwinsburg Road, Effort, on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. New groups are now forming for a program to start in April.

All discussions are held in a caring, supportive and respectful environment.

For more information call the church at (570) 629-1890.

West End Rotary

Linda Salas of Riverside Rehabilitation Services will be the featured speaker at the West End Rotary Club breakfast meeting at 7:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 2 at the Western Pocono Community Library.

PVEN Board

The board of directors for the Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Network will meet at 9 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 2, at Zion Lutheran Church in Brodheadsville.

PV Band Parents

Pleasant Valley Band Parents will meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 2, at the high school in Brodheadsville.

Effort Lions

Lion Ron Nier, Region 1 chairperson for Lions District 14U, visited the Effort Lions Club at the club's recent meeting. He brought members news about upcoming meetings and conventions, and urged members to attend.

He also told the group that the 2017 Lions International Convention will be held in Chicago, in celebration of LCI's 100th anniversary and being the birthplace of Melvin Jones, founder of Lionism.

Monroe Seniors

The next meeting of the Monroe County Seniors is 9 a.m., Friday, Feb. 3. The group gathers twice a week at Zion Lutheran Church in the social hall.

Friendly competition

Effort UMC is having a Souper Bowl competition on Super Bowl Sunday.

Parishioners are asked to place their canned goods and nonperishables in collection pots labeled NFL and AFC. The total tally of both pots will be given to the church's Supplemental Food Resource Center.

The total number of families the church food pantry serves continues to grow.

Chestnuthill PTO

The Chestnuthill PTO meets Tuesday, Feb. 7. For more information call the school in Brodheadsville.

Historical society

The Chestnuthill Township Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 15, at the township park building on Route 715. Anyone interested in preserving the history of the township is welcome to attend.