Correction:

In the May 2 Club News article regarding the Faulkner County Retired Teachers Association, there was an incorrect identification of the recipient of the FCRTA scholarship. The scholarship winner was Reagan Goode, and not Morgan Good as previously printed.

20th Century Club

Twentieth Century Club met on Friday, April 20th at the Hole in the Wall Cafe’ for it’s monthly noon meeting.

President Jan Spann called the meeting to order and welcomed special guest, Dr. Christina Miller, Bio-Agricultural Chief of State. Wrenetta Austin, standing in for Chaplain Debbie McConkie, gave the opening prayer after which the members enjoyed a delicious buffet of chicken salad, chips, broccoli soup and a variety of pie choices.

Roll call and the minutes from the previous meeting were read by Secretary Virginia Benton. There were 27 members in attendance. Report of the Treasury was given by Becky Vint and the Care Committee updated everyone on several members with cares and concerns.

In Unfinished Business, Charlene Walthall read the proposed slate of officers for the 2018-2019 year which were then unanimously approved. They are as follows: President - Jo Smith; Vice President - Virginia Benton; Treasurer - Sara Morgan; Secretary - Ann York; Chaplain Carla Jones; Reporter/Historian - Linda Beene and Parliamentarian - Jan Spann.

Jo Smith announced that the club’s final meeting, before breaking for summer, will be on Friday, May 18th and hostesses will be Melanie Conner, Pat Rice and Sara Morgan. Jo also thanked Julie Adkisson, Sarah Frost and Van McDuff for hosting April’s meeting.

Tara Stainton was the Fabulous Female Speaker of the Month in the area of Food. Tara is a Certified Organic Farmer and owns and operates Rattle’s Garden in Vilonia which contracts with clients to provide fresh organically grown vegetables throughout the summer months. Prospective clients can check out Rattle’s Garden on Facebook!

At the conclusion of this delightful program, Jan shared the quote of the month and the meeting was closed with the reading of The Collect by the membership.

Conway Writers Group

Members of the Conway Writers Group met weekly during April on Friday afternoons from 2 to 4 at the Ola and John Hawks Center in Conway. Co-leaders Bob R. and Jean L. began each meeting with news about upcoming literary events in the Conway area, offered a welcome to newcomers, and called on members to voluntarily read their current or previous work of poetry and prose in many forms.

April 6

CWG members nominated four members to the Conway Area Arts ASSOCIATION for consideration for awards. Bob R. prepared and submitted the nominations. June S. read her two short poems for children. Mike B. read his poem, My Name is 1957, which he composed as a celebration of the 60th alumni reunion of the Benton High School class of 1957, of which he is a member. His poem was included in a booklet offered to classmates during their reunion program.

April 13

Brandon J., a UCA student majoring in communications, attended this meeting with TV gear in hand and recorded scenes for possible use in a planned short video news segment about CWG for presentation on TV/6, the UCA cable channel. Cecil McD. reported on his recent visit to an elementary school in Hope, Arkansas. As a mentor to those youngsters, he presented five tips on writing. Jean L. read her recently published magazine article about Debbie Teague, a successful real estate representative. Jean L. is currently writing articles for five magazines in the region.

April 20

Sharon F. announced that she is seeking a publisher for her children’s story about an adventurous pig that decided to seek the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Other animals joined the trek along the way, and they all shared a reward – although not what they expected. Joyce H. read her article about a family member who came to America from Great Britain, became a cook as an indentured servant, and later inherited land from his father. Subsequent generations of the Lee family included CSA General Robert E. Lee. Bob R. acknowledged the helpful feedback offered to him by members while he was composing an article for publication in a magazine.

April 27

Two newcomers attended this meeting; Rose S., a teenager interested in fantasy works, and John L., a writer of naval military history. His hefty book included many WW2 photos, illustrations, and crew member notes and diary entries about their experiences aboard the USS Independence until its demise. Libby T. read her short story as a work in progress, I Am Here; She Is There, an introspective commentary. Mike B. read his poem, Hoboken Hobo, about a hobo savant who offers wisdom beyond what might be expected from someone at that station in life.

Conway Writers Group meets weekly to support and encourage each other and improve the craft. Members view all writing as creative. Its goals are to encourage, assist, and celebrate writing in all its forms. Meetings are free and open to the public. Members take inspiration from the comment of author Isabelle Allende who advised, “Write what should not be forgotten.” The following poem is an example of work created by a member.