Toledo-Szeged Committee “Paprika and Roses” fundraiser

Staff Writer

The Toledo-Szeged Committee welcomed 80 participants to “Paprika and Roses,” a program featuring a presentation and display of Hungarian embroidery Oct. 9 at the Hungarian Club of Toledo.
Members of the Embroidery Club of the Calvin United Church of Christ created and organized the display. Attendees, who came from this area as well as Michigan, Dayton and Akron, learned about different types of Hungarian embroidery, and how paprika is included in the Kalocsa embroidery and roses are featured in Matyo embroidery. They also enjoyed a selection of Hungarian appetizers.
The event highlighted the preservation of the rich Hungarian cultural heritage that was introduced in Toledo’s Birmingham neighborhood in 1977, led by Judy Balogh and continued by women who kept this tradition alive.
The embroidery classes meet Monday afternoons at Calvin United Church under the guidance of Elizabeth Renz.
Held in celebration of the 32nd anniversary of the Toledo-Szeged Sister City relationship, the event also raised funds for the committee’s annual Christmas project to provide gifts to up to 100 children in Szeged, Csongrad County.

Denise Niese receives Tribute to Women Award
Denise Niese, a member of the Wood County Republican Women’s Club (WCRWC), was honored by the Ohio Federation of Republican Women (OFRW) at the organization’s annual conference held in Dublin, Ohio.
Niese received the “Tribute to Women” award in recognition of her accomplishments in support of the Republican Party, the Federation of Republican Women and her community.
Niese has been a member of the Wood County Republican Women’s Club since the club was rechartered in 2016. She stepped in to become club secretary when the prior secretary passed away. While holding that position, she assumed the role of club treasurer, a position she still holds.
She chaired the Ohio Federation of Republican Women Nominating Committee in 2021. During her dual role as Wood County Republican Women’s Club secretary and treasurer, she was elected to the Northwood School Board and held the position of executive director for the Wood County Committee on Aging.
Recently, she oversaw the building of a new $8 million facility designed to be the main site for the county’s office on aging. She is also responsible for seven other WCCOA locations.
In her roles with the Northwood school board and the Committee on Aging, Niese has mentored women, impacted the community and served on other county and state boards and committees.
She and her husband, Dale, have two sons and a granddaughter.


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