Conway Civic League
Conway Civic League met for a noon luncheon at the Conway Country Club on Dec. 8. Susan Standridge introduced Joan Hanna, director of the Conway Women’s Chorus. Ms. Hanna gave a brief history of the group and introduced its members, who then presented a lovely program of choral music centered around a Christmas theme; there were several solos. Accompanying on the piano was Bryan Cole.
Following the buffet lunch, a short business meeting was held, conducted by President Rosanne Johnson. Club member Wanda Meador led the group in reading the Collect. Secretary Sharon Lessenberry read the minutes of November’s meeting, and reported that 44 members responded to roll call. Treasurer Sandra Hudson gave her report, announcing that each month the League members make donations supporting CAPCA and Bethlehem House. President Johnson acknowledged the hostesses, Terry Hendrickson, Florine Bell, Wanda Eason, Beneva Farris, Sylvia Meriwether and Laura Simpson, commending them on the beautiful table arrangements. Special recognition was given to Suzanne Brazil for her help in
Vice President Marsha McClanahan announced that the next meeting will be held Jan. 19 at the Country Club, and that Brad Lacy, President/CEO of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce and Conway Development Corporation will be the speaker. With best wishes for happy holidays, the meeting was adjourned.
BETA SIGMA PHI
Laureate Alpha Omega chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met Dec. 14 for the annual Christmas Party and secret sister gift exchange at the home of Mary Jane Moix with eleven members present.
Service chairman Sissy Moore reported that we were unable to get names from the Santa for Seniors tree so the group voted to give our Christmas service allotment to a local humane society group.
For our program Mary Jane Moix read a poem on the meaning of the Christmas Tree and Pam Rawls entertained us with a poem about Santa’s gifts for the "mature" woman. Each member then shared something good happening in their lives this season.
Several members brought dishes and our hostess served an assortment of Christmas goodies, including her famous eggnog. After refreshments the secret sister Christmas gift exchange was held.
At our first meeting in January we will entertain sister chapter Preceptor Beta Kappa.
Parkinson’s Disease Support Group
The Parkinson’s Disease Support Group met Dec. 8 at the Conway Regional Rehabilitation Center behind Stoby’s.
Mrs. Lydia Stevens, Arkansas Coordinator for The American Parkinson’s Disaease Association from Hot Springs, was the special guest. She brought informative handouts about the newest information on Parkinson Disease. She shared the latest news about stem cell research and new trial studies about new medications. She conducted the Bingo game where everyone received several nice Bingo prizes, which she brought. The Bingo cards were different. Under the "B" were PD signs and symptoms; under the "I"; medications for Parkinson; under the "N", research; under the "G", therapies; and under the "O" were towns in Arkansas with PD support groups. This was an informative and learning activity for those present as Mrs. Stevens explained each entry on the cards
Mrs. Bronnie Rose, facilitator, presented Mrs. Stevens a live Poinsettia and a plate of chocolate fudge in appreciation for her work as Arkansas coordinator.
Jo Ann White of Conway was also a special guest at the meeting. Mrs. Rose wanted the group to meet her as she is a volunteer each month by calling half the members a day or two before the meetings to remind them the meeting is coming up. Mrs. Willa Voyles is also a volunteer and calls the other half. Mrs. Voyles is a member of the group. Mrs. Rose presented each with a plate of chocolate fudge and a Christmas dish towel.
Mrs. White also wrote a special poem for the group entitled "A New Year For The Parkinson’s Support Group," which Mrs. Rose read. Each person present received a printed copy.
Mrs. Rose presented each person a rose angel ornament. Mrs. Stevens presented Mrs. Rose a decorative package of Bath and Body Works products as an appreciation gift for her work as local fcacilitator.
Following the meeting, those present enjoyed refreshments and visitng. Chocolate fudge, peppermint candy, chips and drinks were served.
The group meets the second Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. in the Conway Regional Rehabilitation Canter behind Stoby’s. A;; Parkinson’s patients and their caregivers are encouraged to attend these informative meetings.
The next meeting of the group will be Jan. 12 at the Rehabilitation Center. New products and information from the American Parkinson Disease Association and the Parkinson Disease Foundation of the Heartland will be distributed and discussed.
For more information, call Bronnie Rose, facilitator, at 329-6282 or 246-1972.
Alpha Iota Chapter of Kappa Kappa Iota
The Alpha Iota Chapter of Kappa Kappa Iota held their Christmas celebration meeting Dec. 6 at he Conway home of Susan Setzler. Vice President Linda Wall conducted the meeting in the absence of the president, Deanna Rice.
Helen Benafield was the special guest speaker. She encouraged each one present to say "Merry Christmas" instead of "Happy Holiday". Mrs. Benafield shared some favorite memories of earlier Christmases. She discussed the true promises God made to His people.
For their chapter Christmas project, members brought items to give to the Conway Senior Citizens suitable to be used as Bingo prizes. Hazel Seay took the gifts to the Senior Citizen Center. They also collected money for the Arkansas Epsilon State Scholarship Fund.
The Setzler home was decorated in a Christmas motif with a large lighted tree and lighted houses. Assisting Mrs. Setzler as hostesses were Amber Horn and Sara Andrews. They served cheese ball and crackers, pretzels and dip, puppy chow, lemon squares, assorted cookies, peppermint bark, hot cider, coffee and assorted sodas. Clara Rose Simon received the door prize from the hostesses, a package of dip mix with a holiday bowl and spreader. Hilda Lovell won the raffle item, a box of note cards.
The chapter will not meet in January The date and location of the February meeting will be announced later. The March meeting will be at the home of Sue Gates. "Book Sharing" will be the topic for the meeting. Members decided to bring new or gently used books to donate to the Conway Rgional Hospital.