The Alpha Iota Chapter of Kappa Kappa Iota met Monday evening, Nov. 5, at the Ruth Doyle Middle School. Chapter Vice President Tricia Moix introduced the guest speaker, Margaret Martin. Mrs. Martin is a retired public school teacher. She shared with the group about the Arkansas State Fair First Lady’s Pie Contest. She and her sister, Robbie Davis, also a retired public school teacher, have participated in this pie contest several years. Each year there will be one type of pie selected for the contest, for example, pecan or chocolate or gooseberry etc. Each contestant’s pie recipe must be original. Winning pie recipes are published. The top three winners each year are invited to a luncheon with the First Lady at the Governor’s Mansion. Mrs. Davis’ apple praline pie won 3rd place one year, and she took Mrs. Martin with her to the First Lady’s luncheon. Mrs. Martin brought two of the apple praline pies to the meeting to share with the Kappas.

She also brought several pictures to share with the group.

Mrs. Moix presented Mrs. Martin a gift of appreciation, pumpkin bread.

The group decided to bring items suitable to be used for Bingo prizes for the Senior Citizens to the December meeting.

Brittany Russell received the door prize from the hostesses, a creamy nutmeg scented candle in a lovely container. Clara Rose Simon won the raffle item, two silver trivets.

The serving table was covered with a green cloth with a white lace overlay. Pilgrims and a fall arrangement decorated the table. Kappas enjoyed the apple praline pies Mrs. Martin brought, and agreed they were delicious. Hostesses also served brownie chocolate cake with ice cream, trail mix and sodas. Hostesses were Mary Jones, Hazel Seay and Kathy Sweere.

The next meeting of the chapter will be at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 3 at the west Conway home of Tricia Moix. Christy Backy will present a program on floral arrangements. Kappas should bring $1 for the raffle item, $1 for the Arkansas Epsilon State Scholarship Fund, and the items for the Senior Citizens to use as Bingo prizes. Assisting Mrs. Moix as hostess will be Danette Fiddler.

Preceptor Alpha Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met at the home of Carla Jones for the Oct. 9 meeting. Opening Ritual was recited by all members. Vice-President Carla Jones conducted the meeting and standing committee reports were given.

Kathy Rose, Ways and Means chair, reported that our fundraiser would be a Scentsy Party held on Nov. 10 at her home. Luncheon would be served.

Our service project will be to fund the Rice Depot with $200 each quarter, birthday parties each month at one of our local nursing homes, and blessing bags to be given away to the homeless.

Kathy Rose and Carla Jones provided refreshments which included sweets, savories and Under the Hill wines.

By secret ballot, Carla Jones was elected as Preceptor Alpha’s 2013 Valentine Queen.

Closing Ritual and Mizpah were recited by all those present.

Our October Social was held at 1:30 p.m on Oct. 20 at the home of Carla Jones.

"Pumpkins and Puzzles" was the theme for the social and everyone was encouraged to come in costume.

There were two fall puzzles and one Razorback puzzle to be worked in the dining rooms and music room. Prizes were awarded for the Halloween and All Saints Day Trivia competition with Debbie Stroud winning and the judges awarded the costume competition to "Honey Boo Boo" and her daddy, "Sugar Bear," aka Debbie and Danny Stroud.

November is the annual fundraiser month for the Newcomers Club of Conway. Traditionally the club holds an auction to sell a combination of items donated from club members and businesses in Conway. This year, Club President Pam Rawls suggested doing something different. She noted that baked goods always sold well in previous years, so she suggested that members bring baked goods to sell at a silent auction. The idea caught on and since the Conway Newcomers Club consists of nearly 200 women who are great cooks, there was a wonderful variety of food items on which to bid.

President Rawls also suggested compiling a Holiday Cookbook of recipes contributed by club members to be sold as a fundraiser. Once again, the members supported the idea by sending in their favorite recipes to be included in a cookbook which was compiled and sold for $5 per copy. Several "tasting" samples of recipes from the book were set out for luncheon guests to enjoy.

The luncheon meeting was held in a meeting room at the Country Inn and Suites and was catered by Hole in the Wall Cafe, which also contributed gift certificates from the restaurant and two dozen fried pies to be sold at the silent auction.

As always, the food and service from the restaurant were excellent.

It was a lively meeting where friends gathered for good food and fellowship and to support their club.

The December meeting will be lunch at 11 a.m. on Dec. 13 at Mike’s Place. Also in December, the club’s traditional Christmas Evening Social will be held from 8 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 at Mike’s Place.

Anyone who has lived in Conway for three years or less is invited to join our group. Please call 205-4025 or 505-8373 for more information.