Beta Upsilon Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi

Six out of eight members were present for the Jan. 8 meeting. President Peggy Hill led the group in the opening ritual as the meeting was called to order. Previous minutes were approved.

Deloris Bennett gave the treasurer report after reimbursement for the service projects. The night’s agenda was primarily discussion of the plans to entertain their sister chapter, which was finalized.

A few things dealing with service were discussed. One hundred handmade Valentines have been donated to a nursing home, as well as Valentine decorations for the preschool we have been sponsoring. The little ones enjoyed building their own snowman made from edible foods; while the teachers were glad it was packaged individually which made the project easy.

Sunshine gift was won by Patti Williams. Meeting ended with us reciting the closing and mizpah.

Vilonia Extension Homemakers’ Club

The Vilonia Extension Homemakers’ Club, formed by the North Faulkner County Extension Homemakers’ Council recently held an organizational meeting in the Community Room of the Vilonia City Hall.

During their meeting conducted by the NFCEHC president, a nominating committee was formed. Members include Sandy Sharpe, chair, Sue Briley, Dona Laywell and Betty Freeman.

Election of officers will be held during their Feb. 4 meeting. This new club will be meeting at 1 p.m. the first Monday of each month in the Vilonia City Hall Community Room.

Their mission is to empower individuals and families to enrich their lives through education, community service and leadership development.

For additional information and/or a list of some of the fun upcoming events already on their calendar, call 450-9595.

Conway Civic League

Members of Conway Civic League gathered for the first meeting of the new calendar year at Conway Country Club at noon on Wednesday, Jan. 16.

The Fireplace Room was seasonally decorated with round mirrors on each table accented by white tree branches with crocheted snowflakes, crystal icicles and tiny flower vases with miniature blooms (for a hint of Spring) and bright red Cardinals perched among the limbs. White ceramic deer and scattered votives completed the wintry scene.

Hostesses were Wanda Logan, Bobbie Clark, Dottie Halter, Irene Clark, Rosanne Johnson and Barbara Isom. President Sharon Lessenberry called on Irene Clark to give the blessing for the meal. The menu included pecan encrusted chicken breast, herb roasted potatoes, a vegetable medley of zucchini, squash and onions, rolls and butter and a dessert of warm peach cobbler with whipped cream.

The quote for the month is one attributed to well-known businessman, Donald Trump: "I try to learn from the past but I plan for the future by focusing on the present. That’s where the fun is."

Barbara Satterfield welcomed Dr. Steve Runge, University of Central Arkansas interim provost and vice-president for Academic Affairs, as the program, which had as its title: "Happy New Year at UCA." Dr. Runge, who has been at UCA since 1991, finished his PhD in biochemistry from Ohio State University and has been on the faculty of UCA for 22 years. He shared interesting statistics about the University such as the diversity of the student body who represent 61 countries, 42 states and all 75 Arkansas counties with an average ACT score for incoming freshmen of 23. Acxiom hires more graduates from UCA than from any other university. UCA is the only four-year public university in Arkansas with a residential college system available for all students. UCA student athletes led the Southland Conference with the highest number of students (112) named to the conference scholastic honor roll. Following his presentation, Dr. Runge fielded questions from the group.

President Lessenberry led the club in the recitation of the Collect.

She then asked Secretary Nancy Williams to call the roll with 30 members responding. This was followed by the reading of the minutes of the December meeting.

A financial report, including a a club donation of $191 to CAPCA in December, was given by Treasurer Sandra Hudson.

Lulu Thompson and Barbara Satterfield gave brief backgrounds on new members Julie Adkisson, Vicky Browning and Becky Vint, who in turn related other information about themselves. They were enthusiastically welcomed by the club.

Corresponding secretary Thompson read a thank you note from CAPCA for the club’s financial help. A preview of the February program was given by Barbara Satterfield. It is titled "How to Re-design What You Love," to be presented by Tami Risinger on Feb. 20.

Sylvia Meriwether, reporting for the Community Needs Committee, previewed the charitable organizations that are being considered for special financial help. They include Renewal Ranch, Soul Food Cafe and the Faulkner County Humane Society. Sylvia also solicited suggestions from members for other organizations to be considered. A vote will be taken next month.

Motion to adjourn was given by Nancy Williams with a quick second by Irene Clark and unanimous approval by all.

Conway Extension Homemakers club

The Conway Extension Homemakers club will be having a workshop to stuff teaching dolls for Arkansas Children’s Hospital. This workshop will begin at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the Faulkner County Library, 1900 Tyler St. in Conway. Everyone is welcome. Our programs are open to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

The Parkinson’s Disease Support Group met Wednesday, Jan. 9.

Mrs. Bronnie Rose, facilitator, conducted the meeting since she had several handouts to give each one and also she had some things to discuss with the members.

One topic discussed was how they liked the location of the meetings. They agreed that the location is nice and they like it. They meet at the McGee Center once a month at 1:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday.

Another topic of discussion was who they would like to invite to be special guest speakers. Mrs. Rose is working on the list of speakers for 2013 now. They requested a pediatrist and a neurologist. Mrs. Rose will try to get one of each.

Mrs. Rose distributed a report of the Dec. 12 meeting. The group passed their "Arkansas P.D. Change" jar around to collect money for the Arkansas PD Chapter which they do every month.

Handouts were distributed which were discussed — some short discussions, some longer discussions. Some of the handouts included "Does a Physician Specialty Make a Difference?," "Preparing For Your Neurology Appointment," "Tai Chi Improves Balance in People with PD," "Traveling with Parkinson’s Disease," "Optimism," "Caregiving," "The Five R’s of Exercise," and "Parkinson’s Biggest Taboo — Driving."

Mrs. Rose encouraged those present to find a good doctor who knows about movement disorders and Parkinson’s Disease. She suggested they laugh a lot, create a healthy lifestyle, drink a lot of water, get up and move — exercise at least three times per week, five if possible, eat good nutritional meals — and get plenty of sleep. The importance of taking their medicine on time and according to the doctor’s instructions were emphasized. In fact, they played a game about taking medicine. Frances Nabholz won the game prize, a nice writing pen.

Darlene Hertz won the door prize, a box of candy.

The group enjoyed refreshments and fellowship at the end of the meeting.

The next meeting will be 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the McGee Center. A movement disorder specialist from Oklahoma is scheduled to be the speaker.

Mrs. Rose encourages those planning to attend to bring their questions written down so they won’t forget something they wanted to ask this doctor. All Parkinson’s patients and/or their caregivers are urged to attend this free meeting. Call 501-329-6282 or 501-246-1972 for additional information.