Middletown leaders to be honored as honorary ball chairs


For more than 40 years, Virginia Jenkins has served on the board of the Middletown Area Federation of Women’s Clubs (MAFWC).

So she understands the prestige of being named honorary chair of the club’s annual Charity Ball. On Saturday, Virginia and her husband of 64 years, Chester, will be recognized as chairs at the 96th Charity Ball for their years of contributions to the community. The ball will be held from 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday at Miami University Middletown Johnston Hall-Miriam G. Knoll Community Center. This year’s theme is “Once Upon a Time.”

Huhtamaki/Ample Industries will be the Presenting Sponsor for this year’s Charity Ball. Dinner starts at 7:15 p.m. provided by Two Women in a Kitchen. After dinner and the program the evening continues with music provided by Middletown favorite Rich Monroe and “Sounds Unlimited,” who will provide a broad selection of music.

Funds raised from this year’s ball will benefit the Middletown Area Federation of Women’s Clubs Endowment that provides funds for women’s health screenings, tests and initiatives for those women who do not have health coverage or can’t afford necessary treatment. Women’s Health Needs service is offered at the Atrium Medical Center, Premier Health Campus-Middletown and has served over 200 women since it was vested six years ago.

“This is a great honor,” said Virginia, 86. “I have seen everybody else get honored, so we are very pleased. It’s an outstanding position to be on.”

The couple has dedicated years to assisting others, especially children in the community. She said that if children are given “a good base,” they can grow up to be productive citizens.

During their childrens’ school years, they worked together or supported each other with the local Boy Scouts at Middletown Sportsman’s Club. He was Boy Scout Leader and she was Cub Scout leader. They also volunteered in the Madison Schools. She coached the girls cross county team and he maintained a section of the Buckeye Trail.

They both love to travel through United States, visiting state and national parks, and friends and family. In their younger years, they were avid motorcycle enthusiasts for more than 26 years.

They have three children, five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

In 1973, the Jenkins moved to Madison Twp., where she has been involved with the community organizations. Some organizations include: Grey Ladies, Eastern Star 67, volunteer at Middletown Regional Hospital, Beta Sigma Phi, Federation, Accents, Middletown Symphony Orchestra and First United Methodist Church/Choir. She is a life member of the Middletown Salvation Army and the Middletown Women’ Center. She has held leadership positions on many of those organizations.

During WWII, Chester was a sergeant in Army Air Force as a radar technician and was stationed in the Aleutian Island Adak and Fairbanks, Alaska. After service to his country, he graduated from West Virginia University with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.

After working for West Virginia Pulp & Paper Company as plant superintendent, he worked for Sorg Paper Co. in Middletown as manager of maintenance and engineering where he retired after 19 years.


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