Beta Sigma Phi/Laureate Alpha Omega
Laureate Alpha Omega Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi held their second February meeting at Mike’s Place to enjoy dinner together and to honor this year’s chapter Valentine Queen, Vernelle Crews. Following the meal, members exchanged Secret Sister Valentine gifts.
The chapter’s first March meeting was held at the Shucked Surf and Turf Shack with seven members present. Each member order a dinner of their choice and Janet Jones, our hostess, furnished Maggie’s cookies for dessert.
The business meeting was conducted by vice-president Florene Phipps. Our Founder’s Day packet from the International office has been received and social chair Carol Bales will be in touch with a representative from Laureate Nu chapter regarding the annual Founder’s Day dinner.
Based on the Queen of Hearts, everyone’s favorite card, our hostess presented a program on the history of playing cards dating back to ninth century China and provided handouts for members to take home.
National League of Junior Cotillions
The National League of Junior Cotillions – Faulkner County Chapter held its annual Spring Ball on Friday evening, March 10, at the Brewer-Hegeman Center.
Dressed semi-formally approximately 80 sixth- through ninth-grade students then participated in the elegant evening, complete with dance cards, contests, prizes, corsages and boutonnieres.
This year’s Ball was "A European Tour" and the ballroom was decorated with flags from European countries. The refreshment table, draped with red, white, and blue bunting, was adorned with a large arrangement of red gladiolas, purple foxgloves, white and yellow daisy mums, greenery, flags, and silver candelabras and punch bowl. The tables were decorated with foreign flags and confetti. Refreshments for the evening were white chocolate infusion cake and punch.
The evening ended the Junior Cotillion season, giving the members the opportunity to put into practice all the dances and etiquette that they learned during the past year in Cotillion classes. They danced the night away doing the foxtrot, cha cha cha, swing, and the waltz.
Each spring cotillion students are asked to nominate the lady and gentleman from their class who most exemplify the skills being taught in the classes. The cotillion court is chosen from this selection of students. The queen and king for this Spring Ball are second year students Miss Paislee Stolzer and Michael Henderson. The first year students selected as princess and prince are Miss Masyn Lovelady and Eli Fulgham.
Prizes were awarded to Camille Lambert, Michael Henderson, Luke Robbins, and Hadley Horton for the swing contest; Emma McClurkin, Charlie Meek, Hannah Moellers, and Bryce Allen for the Foxtrot contest. The ChaChaCha contest winners were Masyn Lovelady, Tatum Burrows, Alex Newland, and Daxton Caughern. The Globe Tag Elimination winners were Cayden Shumate, Will Childers, Mallory Malone, and Ainsley Epps. The Border Patrol Game was won by Jones White, Harper Woosley, Fletcher Pearson, Paislee Stolzer, Payton Crum and Shaylee Stolzer.
At the February class, parents were invited to learn the waltz so that they could
attend the Spring Ball to dance with their children. Those winning the Parent-Child Swing Contest were Aiden Shumate and his mother Ana, and Camille Lambert and her father Cris.
Parents who chaperoned for the evening were Sarah Burrows, Tabitha Beal, Beth Ann White, Jody Mannis, Adrienne Nash, Melanie Smith, and Brooke Allen.
The local Cotillion began in 1993. The seven-month program gives sixth through eighth grade students instruction in etiquette, proper manners and social dances. Skills taught include table manners, correspondence, proper introductions, good first impression skills, good posture, paying and receiving compliments, opening doors, assisting with coats, and the like.
"It’s designed to train students in the courtesies that make life more pleasant for them and those around them," said Humphries. "We have seen these ladies and gentlemen grow in poise and self-assurance. And our second year students are becoming very mature ladies and gentlemen."
"The program gives these middle school students the opportunity to learn and practice in a structured, yet fun, atmosphere with their peers," said Patrick Humphries, husband of the director, who also helps with the program. "We know the self-confidence that they gain helps them to withstand negative peer pressure."
Membership is open to any interested sixth, seventh, or eighth grade student in the county. Registration for next season year will be held in May. For information, or to get your child on the list for the program, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.nljc.com/chapter/faulknercounty.