20th Century Club
20th Century Club met on Friday, May 18th, at the Hole in the Wall Cafe’ for it’s last monthly meeting of the 2017/2018 year. Calling the meeting to order was President, Jan Spann, followed by the opening prayer read by Jo Smith.
A delicious buffet lunch of Quiche Lorraine, tossed salad, fruit with dip and a variety of homemade desserts was then served. Following the meal and introduction of guests, Secretary Virginia Benton called roll and read the minutes from the previous meeting.Twenty nine members were in attendance.
Treasurer Becky Vint presented the financial report for the club and Historian Sara Morgan updated everyone on the preservation of the club’s scrapbooks. Club member Peggy Crowell shared that in the “50 Years Ago” column in the Log Cabin Democrat, it was noted that the 20th Century Club was installing it’s new officers on that very day, bringing to light the long history that this club has in the community.
With no unfinished business to conduct, installation of officers for the 2018/2019 year was conducted by Charlene Walthall. Serving the club in the coming year will be President - Jo Smith; Vice President - Virginia Benton; Secretary - Ann York; Treasurer - Sara Morgan; Reporter/Historian - Linda Beene; Chaplain - Carla Jones and Parliamentarian - Jan Spann.
Today’s hostesses and program chairman Melanie Conner, Pat Rice and Sara Morgan were thanked and Virginia announced that the theme for the coming year’s programs will be ‘Happy Homes and Happy Hearts”. After wishing everyone a wonderful summer break, Jan led the membership in the reading of The Collect and the meeting was closed.
Conway Writers Group
Members of the Conway Writers Group met weekly during May 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.
Michael A. read his story based on a historical account from the mid-1800s in rural Missouri where a “doctor” without formal credentials performed helpful treatments to patients. Treece E., the youngest member of the group, read his short, whimsical poem, “Gravity,” about a fictitious cat that caused an apple to fall from a limb of a tree upon the head of Sir Isaac Newton, which ultimately led to his discourse on the Laws of Motion. However, the cat didn’t get any credit for its role in the discovery. Joyce H. read a short story about a group of self-appointed news monitors who screened the local newspaper for typo errors and misleading headlines. However, the group’s zany plan to take over the newspaper as crusaders for accuracy was subsequently abandoned.
Mike M. read a poem, “Alpha and Omega” about a recent tragic loss caused by a miscarriage but followed by a hopeful uplift from news of a subsequent viable pregnancy. June S. read a short story “Hazel Arising” inspired by the book “Watership Down.” Jean L. read an article recently published in an area magazine as told from the perspective of the dog in a household in nearby Little Rock.
Three former members of CWG attended this meeting as “alumni.” Mike B. read his rhythmic poem – actually a song lyric – “Having Our Day” – about the life and times of those living in the 1960s. Carroll W. read a sci-fi, techno story about a society whose citizens are cataloged with details of their life embedded on a data chip. Bob R. announced that he had recently closed a deal with a foundation to continue publishing his book about Moonlight Graham, a renowned baseball player in the first decades of the 20th century.
Cecil McD. read his descriptive essay about a severe 1965 storm in Conway that caused similar effects and damages as a recent local storm in town. He announced that five universities in Arkansas have invited him to allocate his selected writings to their library archives as reference pieces. John L. read his descriptive nonfiction story, “The Sea,” about a U.S. Navy ship caught in a harrowing storm at sea off the coast of Viet Nam in 1965. Joyce R. read text from her book now in progress, which she described as a Christian romance.
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.