OPALS Annual Luncheon Set for Nov. 5

Monday, October 06, 2014

WHEELING, W.Va. – OVMC's Older People with Active Lifestyles (OPALs) program will host its annual luncheon Wednesday, Nov. 5, at noon in OVMC's Nurses Residence.

This year's speaker is Eriks Janelsins, president and CEO of Oglebay Foundation, who will speak on “A Gift For You: E.W. Oglebay’s Legacy as Park Pioneer.” Janelsins' speech will explore the unique circumstances and extraordinary leadership by Wheeling citizens in the creation of the Wheeling Park Commission. Luncheon attendees will learn about the history of Oglebay and Wheeling Park and the legacy and vision of Colonel Earl W. Oglebay, as well as how parks have had an impact on the people, landscapes, and economy of the Ohio Valley. Janelsins will also share how OPALs members can benefit from the lifelong learning and recreational opportunities because of generations' past contributions.

The cost of the luncheon is $10. To make a reservation, call the OPALs reservation line at 304-234-8877. The deadline for payment and reservations is Oct. 27.

OPALs program at OVMC and East Ohio Regional Hospital consists of a group of residents in the Ohio Valley, ages 55 years and older, who are active and want to remain active. The organization’s goal is to provide education and experiences that promote wellness and well-being. Membership benefits include: free parking, free yearly cholesterol screenings, educational programs, free exercise classes, organized day and multi-day trips, social activities, discounts at the hospital gift shop and cafeteria, as well as a free subscription to a monthly newsletter.