MAYVILLE - The Mayville Tuesday Club heard from Meghan Bartok, a Mayville home-schooled senior who also attends Jamestown Community College twice a week, who described her mission trip to Haiti at the club's September gathering.
Sponsored by the Bemus Pint United Methodist Church in affiliation with Christian Service International of Indianapolis, the trip included 15 people, eight of whom were adults.
The mission was to work on minor construction of a church as well as "sharing God's love with everybody who might not have a chance to hear it," Bartok said.
Three generations are involved in Mayville Library positions. They are, from left to right, Tuesday Club President Dianne Goodrich, home-schooled senior Meghan Bartok who spoke about her visit to Haiti and Melissa Bartok, Meghan’s mom and director of the library.
As it happened, the group was present for Easter Sunday church service to start their week of goodwill.
"Our church built a church and helped finish it," she noted.
Bartok also described a custom among the little girls.
"They dressed in white fluffy dresses for Sunday School," she said. "After, they would take them off and put them away to keep them clean."
Bartok said Haiti's national language is French and is spoken by 10 percent of the people.
"The others speak Creole," she said.
By the end of the week, however, she noted, even though it was a bit difficult, everyone was able to speak to each other.
Although club vice president and program chair Alice Paulus introduced Bartok, it could have been called a family affair. Bartok's mother, Melissa, is director of the Mayville Library and her grandmother, Dianne Goodrich, is club president.