The Alpha Iota Chapter of Kappa Kappa Iota met recently for their planning meeting. They met at Oak Street Bistro for a brunch.

President Amber Horn conducted the meeting. Vice President Tricia Moix led the discussion of the locations and programs for this year’s meetings. Service projects were also discussed.

Sue Gates received the raffle item which was a decorative note cube in a white wire basket.

The next meeting of the chapter will be at 6 p.m. Sept. 10 at Carolyn Lewis Elementary School. Each Kappa should bring a salad for the salad supper and also prospective new members. Clara Rose Simon and Linda Wall will be the hostesses.

Call Bronnie Rose with any questions at 329-6282 or 246-1972.

The Parkinson’s Disease Support Group met recently for their August meeting at their new location, the McGee Center. The group agreed they wanted to continue using the McGee Center as it has more room and the group is growing. A large number was in attendance with two new persons.

Linda Dickey, founder of Roses Among Thorns, a cancer support group for women, was the guest speaker. Mrs. Dickey shared her story and a little about Roses Among Thorns. Her presentation was entitled "Sandcastle Moments." She explained that "sandcastle moments" were those special times in life when you spend time with another person and the moments last a lifetime. They become special to you. She gave several examples. She challenged each person present to make some "sandcastle moments" that day and to continue to do so in order to have a better, more fulfilling life.

Bronnie Rose, group leader, presented Mrs. Dickey a gift of appreciation, a necklace and earring set.

Dorothy Coffield received a door prize, a book entitled, "My Beautiful Sandcastle Moments." Carol Tuminello received a door prize, a purse. Bob Wedding received sneaker balls as a door prize also.

Mrs. Rose presented a towel set to Mrs. Willa Voyles as an appreciation gift for her conducting the July meeting in Mrs. Rose’s absence.

Those present enjoyed chocolate fudge, chocolate chip cookies, apple turnovers, sugar cookies and drinks.

The next meeting of the Parkinson’s Disease Support Group will be at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 12, at the McGee Center on College Avenue. All Parkinson’s Disease patients and/or their caregivers are encouraged to attend this educational, motivational meeting which is free.

Any questions, call Mrs. Rose at 501-329-6282 or 501-246-1972.

Our opening this year, the weekend of Aug. 25, followed the theme set by BSP International that being, "You’re Among Friends." We chose to call our traditional Christmas in July, however the event happened in August, our Opening due to the BSP theme as we are always amongst our friends. The three day event was held at a Lake House of our President, Peggy Hill, on Greers Ferry Lake.

All eight members attended this wonderful event. We enjoyed Christmas movies as well as Christmas music. Since there was a possible threat of rain and it was windy, our boating excursion was postponed till this fall to view the foliage. Therefore we did arts and crafts; to include making of leather bracelets, beaded bookmarks, and Christmas wreaths. Several card games were enjoyed as well as a Tick Tac Toe Tournament using Santas and Snowmen.

Saturday night, after a delicious chicken dinner, we enjoyed getting to open a Christmas gift from our new secret sister. Then we enjoyed a scoop of "Christmas in July" ice cream. The anticipation of opening what we call Christmas morning was almost unbearable while having to wait till after breakfast. Each of us gives the others the same kind of gift; all opening the same gift at the same time.

We are such a close knit sorority family as we complement each other with assisting one another with the daily chore tasks that goes along with such an event as our Christmas in July; in August this year.

Upon saying the Opening Ritual, a general meeting was called to order dealing with issues of sorority matters. The meeting was adjourned with all repeating the Closing Ritual and Mizpah. We were among friends as well as sorority sisters, thusly keeping with tradition of the BSP theme, "You’re Among Friends."