Beta Sigma Phi

The five Conway chapters of Beta Sigma Phi crowned their 2013 Valentine Queens at a sorority council sponsored dinner on Tuesday, Feb. 12. Laureate Nu chapter chaired this year’s event which was held at the Golden Corral.

Members were welcomed by Nancy Penny of Laureate Nu who led the BSP grace and everyone enjoyed a buffet dinner.

Tables were decorated with red and white shreds, candy hearts and Valentine gifts wrapped in red cellophane, which were given as door prizes at various times during the evening.

Friends of the Conway Animal Shelter fund-raiser calendars were available for sale at the event.

The 2013 chapter Valentine Queens were announced and crowned by the 2012 queens, who also presented a rose and gift to each new queen.

Valentine Queens for 2013 are: Eva Koger, Xi Master; Cheryl Imboden, Laureate Alpha Delta; Judy Schultz, Laureate Alpha Omega; Anna Boudreaux, Laureate Nu; and Peggy Hill, Beta Upsilon.

The evening ended with members repeating the Closing Ritual and joining hands for the Mizpah.

Newcomers Club

The Newcomers Club of Conway held their February meeting at The Hole in the Wall Cafe where an excellent luncheon was served.

The Hole in the Wall Cafe is scheduled to open their second restaurant, named Cast Iron Skillet, on Feb. 25. It will be located in the former Backyard Burger building near Walmart on Skyline Drive. Not only will they serve their same homestyle cooking menu, but it will also feature a drive-thru window.

Former Newcomers Club President Sharon Beekman and her husband David presented a slide show from their trip to China in October of 2010. They left Little Rock at 11:15 a.m. on Friday and arrived in Beijing at 11:45 p.m. on Saturday. They visited many sites around the country of China including Beijing, Tiananmen Square, and the Forbidden City, which was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. It is located in the middle of Beijing, China.

Then they saw the Great Wall of China, a silk carpet factory, Xi’an, and the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses, which is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funeral art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BC and whose purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife. The figures vary in height according to their roles, with the tallest being the generals.

They toured the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a well-preserved ancient building and a holy place for Buddhists, then traveled to Lhasa, which is one of the highest cities in the world at nearly 12,000 feet. There they visited the Tibetan Museum before traveling to Chongquing and the Three Gorges Dam. Then it was on to Wuhan, which has a population of over 10 million people. Finally, they traveled to Shanghai and Hong Kong.

The trip looked fabulous and the Newcomers Club members got to enjoy it vicariously through the slide show. Thanks to the Beekmans for their informative and extremely interesting presentation.

If you are new to the Conway area (having moved here within the past three years) and would like to know more about the Newcomers Club, call 205-4025 or 505-8373 for information on how to join our group.