Faulkner Retired Teachers Association

 President Jay Fortner called the January meeting to order, introducing guest Anita Webb and newest member Jim Binam, who is a candidate for a position on the Board of Trustees of the State Teacher Retirement System.

Hervey Galloway introduced speaker Kara Propes, youth services coordinator for the Faulkner-Van Buren Regional Library System. Kara provided information about the many services offered by the facility, including downloading books and songs onto an electronic reader, iPod or phone.  

Florene Phipps read the minutes of the December meeting. Betty Stevens gave the January financial report. President Elect Judy McKnight introduced Host/Hostess Committee Chair Kathryn Starr. Kathryn thanked the January committee of Janie Bloxom, Janet and Arvil Burks, Sarah Guinn, Dorothy Mattison, Linda Mills, Shirley Welch and Cheryl Weldon.

First Vice President Hervey Galloway announced a March 27 field trip to the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion. Sign-ups for this trip will take place at the February and March meetings.

Elizabeth Rose Black reported 49 members present. Julia Fraser reported 750 community service hours for the month of January.

President Jay read a note from Hervey Galloway thanking Peggy Sturgis for her work in setting up the Christmas Program. 

Doretta Bright encouraged members to sign up for the UCA student mock interviews, which were Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the Brewer-Hegeman Center.

Jay Fortner announced that the Nominating Committee for next year would meet immediately after the meeting was adjourned. He displayed a copy of Dr. Pauly’s book, Historic Faulkner County, which is now available for sale. Jay also announced that Friends of the Library needs volunteers and that First Methodist Church is sponsoring tutoring services for non-English speaking students. It is not necessary to speak another language to help with this service. 

Bronnie Rose spotlighted several educational opportunities listed in the Log Cabin.

Food and fellowship was enjoyed by all. The next meeting is Feb. 21.

Progressive Club

Progressive Club of Conway met at the home of Wendelene Smith for the February meeting. Thirteen members were present. Members brought New Children’s Books - A Book Case for Every Child.  

Mrs. Judith Stuart, vice president, introduced to the club members, Mrs. Phyllis Byram, past president of Arkansas Federated Garden Clubs. 

A wonderful and educational evening on plants was enjoyed by the members.

After the program, Endrea Carroll read the January minutes and called the members roll. 

Polly Bruckener gave the treasurer report.

The business meeting was dismissed. Refreshments were served to the club by Hostess Wendelene Smith.

Preceptor Beta Kappa Chapter/Beta Sigma Phi

Preceptor Beta Kappa Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met Jan. 24, at the home of Brenda Hawkins. 

Sixteen members were present.  

President Debbie Creswell shared information about the State Beta Sigma Phi convention which will be held in June in Hot Springs with the members. 

Service Chairman Jolinda Bryant shared a thank you note from the Salvation Army for the chapter’s work during present/food distribution in December.  

The Ways and Means Committee reported that plans are being made for this year’s chocolate-covered, frozen banana booth at Toad Suck Daze.  

Scholarship Committee announced that applications will go out in March to senior girls at Conway High School, St. Joseph High School, and Conway Christian High School who plan to attend a Conway college or university.

The Service Committee reminded members of the project that was held Friday, Feb. 10, at Heritage Living Center to assist with the residents’ Valentine party.

Members then elected the chapter 2012 Valentine Queen who will be announced at the BSP City Council sponsored Valentine Coronation and dinner on Monday, Feb. 13, at Moulan’s Restaurant in the Conway Town Center.

Refreshments were provided by Mrs. Hawkins and Nancy Penny. Sunshine gifts were won by Marsha Wigley, Susan Childers and Ms. Creswell.