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Cadron Post Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, met Dec. 18, 2010, at the home of Carol Rolf, regent, for its annual Christmas meeting and potluck luncheon. Fern Taylor, Suzann Waggoner and Willa Voyles served as co-hostesses.

The regent called the meeting to order and led the opening ritual with Voyles acting as chaplain. Nancy Thompson led the Pledges of Allegiance; Shirley Barham, The American’s Creed; and Waggoner, the National Anthem.

Waggoner, vice regent, introduced Thompson, who then introduced Els Strickland, representing the Children’s Advocacy Alliance of North Central Arkansas. Strickland told the group about CASA —Court Appointed Special Advocates for the Twentieth Judicial District. 

Mary Coleman, secretary, read the minutes of the November meeting, which were approved as read.

Velma Gould, treasurer, gave the treasurer’s report, which was accepted.

Donations for the Veterans Fund and Birthday Voices were collected. Mary Coleman and Fern Taylor brought birthday gifts that were auctioned. Barham and Taylor were the winners.

Pat Christensen, registrar, gave a Women’s Issues Minute, noting that women should be extra-aware of safety during the holiday season.

Waggoner gave a Conservation Minute.

Jo Kilduff, Veterans Affairs Committee chairman, asked for donations to send to women serving in the war overseas. She will collect and mail these items after Christmas.

Rolf introduced Andrea Elizabeth Eades, winner of the chapter’s Good Citizens’ Scholarship Contest, and her parents, Danny and Marian Eades of Conway. Andrea, a senior at St. Joseph High School in Conway, read her essay titled, "Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility for Preserving It."

Andrea received a $100 check from the chapter and her entry will now be judge on a district level.

Taylor offered a blessing of the food, and members were dismissed for the potluck luncheon.

 

Roses Among Thorns

Roses Among Thorns held their monthly tea Dec. 15, 2010, at Springhill Baptist Church Family Life Center. Our theme for this month’s tea was "A Gingerbread Christmas". Entrance tables were decorated with an assortment of gingerbread men and houses, Christmas trees and poinsettias. The dining tables were covered with white cloths topped, red and white checked scarves holding Christmas candle lamps surround with fresh greenery. At each place setting there were gingerbread ornaments, candy canes and a December news letter for everyone to take with them. Fresh roses were provided by Ye Olde Daisy Shop.

Linda Dickey welcomed new member Beverly McGuire. Linda read a poem entitled "A Special Gift" written by Rose member Shirley Kimbrell and offered a blessing for our meal. We enjoyed a buffet of chicken salad and pimento cheese sandwiches, assorted vegetables with dip, fruit trays, a variety of desserts and hot apple cider. Servers this month were Marilyn Turney, Sue Benge, Jeanette Belding, Peggy Russ, Martha Wilcox, Sue Lieblong, Patricia Moix and Judy Jones. 

Joy Kelso introduced the Crumpton Family, which included the Mom, Dad, three sons and one daughter, from Heber Springs. They blessed us with their beautiful harmony of uplifting songs and testimony.  

Door prizes were given, December birthdays were announced and Linda read some interesting gingerbread trivia. We enjoyed a game of exchanging gifts and a special gift was given to Linda from the Roses. We all appreciate what she does to uplift and encourage us.

In closing Linda read a paraphrase of I Corinthians 13 entitled "Christmas Love."

 

FAULKNER COUNTY 

RETIRED TEACHERS 

ASSOCIATION

President, Jay Fortner called the Dec. 21 meeting to order. He introduced Peggy Sturgis who introduced Nancy Allen, Doris Thompson and Jo-Ed Woodard. The trio performed a beautiful medley of Christmas music. Fortner introduced guests Sara Shinn, Gwen Galloway and Jennifer Stevens. Carol Powers gave the prayer prior to the bountiful potluck holiday meal.

Recording Secretary Florene Phipps read the minutes of the November meeting.

Treasurer Allene Clifton handed out the November financial report. President Elect Ben Bakker introduced the chairman of the hostess committee, Freda Prince, who then introduced her committee: Denver Prince, Doretta Bright, Sara Andrews, Bronnie Rose, Virginia Brown, Carolyn Bruce and Carol and Charles Powers. Bakker gave a report on the result of the fundraisers for the Conway Public School Foundation, which now has an account balance of $7,543.                                                       

Elizabeth Rose Black reported 54 members present. Betty Stevens reported 1,164 community service hours for the month of November. Doretta Bright asked members to sign up for the UCA Partnership/Student Interviews. Bright described the process and volunteer preparation for the project. The mock interviews will take place on Feb. 1 at the Brewer-Hegeman conference center. 

President Fortner thanked Hervey Galloway and the Membership Committee for their work. The meeting adjourned to dessert and fellowship. 

Conway Civic League

Conway Civic league convened its first meeting of the new year Jan. 19 in the Fireplace Room of Conway Country Club. Tables were decorated in a winter theme featuring penguins on gaily decorated shopping bags accented with tissue paper inserts in black, white and red. Thirty-nine members enjoyed a lunch of cream of artichoke soup, chicken salad on a bed of lettuce with assorted fruits, rolls and a dessert of hot spicy peach cobbler. Kathy Linn offered a blessing preceding the meal.

Hostesses for the meeting included Wanda Fulmer, Marion Baker, Elizabeth Benton, Rosanne Johnson, Kathy Linn and Iris Scales.

Charlotte Nabholz introduced Brad Lacy, President and CEO of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce and of the Conway Development Corporation. He discussed the "2025 Project" -a plan for the future of Conway. It focuses on improving our city by emulating other successful cities like Rogers and Chattanooga, Tenn. Citizen-led planning resulted in a strategic plan with emphasis on transportation, job creation and education. 300 citizens volunteered to help write the plan. It includes: keep Conway active (parks, trails, playgrounds), keep Conway building (homes, businesses, downtown infrastructure and activities), keep Conway creative (arts and culture), keep Conway learning (education at all levels), keep Conway moving (better streets, public transportation, pedestrian/cyclist friendly), keep Conway safe, keep Conway working (growing small business and existing industry). 

Lacy introduced two of the 13 members of the of the Chamber’s staff who assisted with the presentation: Mary Margaret Satterfield, director of events, and Whitney Farris, communications director.

Pat Ott, first president of Conway Civic League (organized in 1950) led the group in the club Collect.

Secretary Sharon Lessenberry read the minutes of the December meeting and called the roll. The treasurer’s report was given by Sandra Hudson.

Next meeting will be Feb. l6, with  Kim Williams, director of the Downtown Partnership nd Keep Faulkner County Beautiful, presenting the program.

 

FAULKNER COUNTY 

RETIRED TEACHERS 

ASSOCIATION

President Jay Fortner called the meeting to order by encouraging members to begin the meeting with refreshments. 

Judy McKnight introduced the speaker, Jo Kilduff, Past State President of the Colonial Dames and XVII Century Clubs. Her topic was "Joining Patriotic Societies". She distributed information on several of the major organizations and discussed the process of qualifying for membership.

Recording Secretary Florene Phipps read the minutes of the Dec. 21 meeting.

Treasurer Allene Clifton handed out the December financial Report. President-elect Ben Baker introduced Linda Fullerton, chair of the host committee: Nancy Congleton, Wanda Eason, James Fullerton, Sarah Guinn, Linda Mills, Ella Reese, Kathryn Starr and Shirley Welch.

Judy McKnight announced the February program on the "History of Faulkner County" will be presented by Dr. Roger Pauly, Associate Professor of History at the University of Central Arkansas. Elizabeth Rose Black reported 51 members present. Betty Stevens announced that members had reported 1,615 Community Service hours for the month of December.

Doretta Bright asked that members who signed up to participate in the UCA Partnership – Student Interviews meet with her at the conclusion of the meeting. Jay Fortner announced that Julia Fraser will not be able to serve as the Chair of the Nominating Committee and asked for a volunteer to serve in this capacity.

Janet Burks, Chairman of the Scholarship Committee, announced that 17 applications had been received and evaluated. Lynzie Lamb has been selected as the scholarship recipient.

Following the meeting, the UCA Partnership volunteers met with Doretta Bright.