Conway Civic League

Members of Conway Civic League were entertained by a "Wild Man" at their April 17 noon meeting in the west dining room of Conway Country Club. Hostesses were Cindy Windle, Wanda Eason, Barbara Horton, Sandra Hudson, Sylvia Meriwether and Nancy Williams.

The meeting room was decorated to remind one of outdoor camping and cooking experiences with hunting, camping, fishing and outdoor cooking items displayed on the round tables and around the room.

The menu included cream of broccoli soup, salad greens enhanced with vegetable toppings and dressings, penne pasta with vegetables and a dessert choice of cheesecakes. A blessing for the meal was offered by Sandra Hudson.

The quote for the month, attributed to Walt Disney, was: "It’s kind of fun to do the impossible."

Maribeth Garrison introduced the speaker and told of her experience as a participant in one of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s "Becoming an Outdoors Woman."

She then introduced the speaker, Steve "Wildman" Wilson, a long-time member of the Commission’s staff and a regular TV and radio personality on behalf of publicizing all that is great about The Natural State. Mr. Wilson spoke of his love for Arkansas and its natural beauty and stated that he has worked with the organization for 34 years. He told about sessions of "Becoming an Outdoors Woman," which are held at Ferndale 4-H Center in August and September and compared the experience to "a deer camp for 100 women." Participants may choose from a variety of skills and activities.

President Sharon Lessenberry led in the recitation of the club Collect and then called on Secretary Nancy Williams to call the roll with 37 members responding. Nancy read the minutes of the April meeting, which were approved.

Treasurer Sandra Hudson gave the financial report.

Program chair Barbara Satterfield announced that the monthly meeting on May 15 would be installation of officers for the 2013-14 club year and would be conducted by Parliamentarian Charlotte Nabholz. Nominating Committee chair Ella Reese reported the following slate of officers to be voted on: President Sharon Lessenberry; Vice president Barbara Satterfield; Recording secretary Cathy Ketcheside; Corresponding secretary Lulu Thompson; Treasurer Laurie Smith; Historian Beckye Ezell; Reporter Judy Hunnicutt; and Parliamentarian Charlotte Nabholz. There being no nominations from the floor, the slate was unanimously approved.

The Community Needs Committee recommendation, proposed earlier, was presented again and approved. The funds will be divided among the following community-based organizations: Soul Food Café, Conway Interfaith Clinic, Senior Citizens Center and the Humane Society of Faulkner County.

President Lessenberry led in the singing of "Happy Birthday" to the April honorees: Pat Ott, Cathy Ketcheside, Maribeth Garrison, Sandra Hudson and Laurie Smith. At the suggestion of Nancy Williams, the meeting was adjourned.

Faulkner County Republican Women

The Faulkner County Republican Women have been busy this year. New Officers were elected in December and installed in January. Melonaie Gullick installed the officers by giving each officer a different color flower with the color representing characteristics of the woman. Melonaie also gave an explanation of the organization of the Republican women from local to state to the national level.

The officers for 2013-14 are: President Scotty Keller; First Vice President Jana Hiland; Second Vice President Sherry parks; Treasurer Juanema Hinesley; Recording Secretary Fran Nichols; and Corresponding Secretary Joyce Garrison.

In February Sheriff Andy Shock was the speaker and told of the reorganization of the sheriff’s department under his leadership.

Boyce Hamlet of the Prosecuting Attorney’s office spoke on the parole and probation situation for the March meeting.

Ten of the ladies attended Legislative Day at the State Capitol in March. They attended various committee meetings in the morning and had lunch at the Holiday Inn Presidential. Several Republican legislators spoke at the luncheon.

The April meeting was at Smitty’s Restaurant with Judge Mike Maggio as the speaker. His talk was interesting and informative. Several of the women attended the state meeting (Arkansas Federation of Republican Women) in Little Rock on April 5-6. Three of the women were elected to state offices. Melonaie Gullick was elected president, Elizabeth Sotallaro was elected treasurer, and Wanda Morris was elected director of the Second Congressional District.

Roses Among Thorns

Roses Among Thorns enjoyed a two day retreat, March 19 and 20 at the Ozark Conference Center in Solgohachia.

Upon entering the huge great room with a fire in the native stone fireplace, we were blessed with the amazing view of the Arkansas River Valley and an overview of Lake Overcup and Petit Jean Mountain. An array of lighted candles throughout the room added warmth to the retreat’s theme, "A Cup of Comfort." While visiting with one another, the Roses enjoyed a variety of snacks and drinks, as well as the conversations and views.

The sumptuous meals were prepared and served by Kelly, a breast cancer survivor, and Emily in the dining room. The room had two walls of windows with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains, valleys and water. The tables were decorated with spring colors and held glass garden bowls of flowers.

Linda Dickey orchestrated the retreat; we had share time, games, girls’ night out party, quiet time and a time of reflection. Ashton Snowden, Linda’s granddaughter, presented a slide show of the monthly Roses’ Teas from its beginning and sang to us "It’s In His Kiss". We all received Clinique gift bags, Easter baskets filled with goodies and a very special leather devotional book, "Jesus Calling," by Sarah Young, with our names engraved on the front. Copies of a poem written by Virgie Tsuda in 2009 about Roses Among Thorns were also given to everyone. Linda read Philippians 4:4 "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again Rejoice". She said we should celebrate our lives everyday and she wanted this retreat to be relaxing, renewing and refreshing and to be a comfort on the mountain top. We ended our time by listening to the recording of Josh Grobin sing, "You Raise Me Up." Everyone left the mountain top feeling comforted and blessed.

Beta Upsilon Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi

The annual Founder’s Day Awards Dinner was held at Mike’s Place on the evening of April 23 chaired by Xi Master. All five Conway chapters and guests were welcomed. The meeting progressed slowly as each chapter’s representative from the head table served their part of the program at the appropriate time. This included: Pledge of Allegiance, Opening Ritual the BSP Grace, Founder’s Day Pledge, and International message. Dinner orders were taken from all around as seen from being seated at the Head Table. Ten door prizes were drawn for during the evening. The nice meal was salad, and entrée of shrimp or chicken, vegetables, rolls, chocolate cake and ice cream as dessert, while a choice of tea or coffee as the beverage.

The anxiously awaited results of the three write up awards took an extremely unbalanced turn of events. Not ever occurring in my long years of attendance, one chapter dominated all three first places with lengthy, involved, detailed almost storybook like pages of script justifying in particular their service items. Our chapter’s writer, whom up until now had placed first on half of all her write ups over the past four years, was glad to have even placed this year on her two write ups and was very disappointed in the judging. However, she is most proud and remains delighted over winning the most prestigious and coveted first place awards on three consecutive years for her service write ups. To her knowledge this accomplishment had never been acquired, which is documented with her Founder’s Day first place award certificates in her personal BSP scrapbook. It has always been to my understanding that the write ups are NOT ever to have any of their members named, nor give a monetary cash value amount, and are to be a summary as told many years ago by our then matriarch member. When serving as chair of this event, our judges were given these rules to follow in their decision. This most unfortunate turn of events may cause the chapters not to participate any more in the write ups as is slowly being the case. Therefore Founder’s Day Awards Dinner may soon be, as early as next year, only to announce the new theme and each chapter’s Woman of the Year.

When it came time to announce our Woman of the Year, it was with great difficulty for Sarah Rivers to announce herself to serve tonight this distinguished honor never bestowed upon her and being the only member from her chapter in attendance. She has been the visionary and executor of all this year’s service projects. Our chapter appreciates all the extra duties she has accomplished by submitting the monthly reports for publication in our local newspaper, the Log Cabin Democrat, to show our relevance to our community. This honoree recognized and thanked Jolinda for getting her involved in the writing and submission of most of the write ups for the past five years now, each of which did receive an award. With the accumulation of award certificates, an amazing, unique, and personal scrapbook has evolved from these and other interesting BSP items. It tells the story of how she joined BSP, all the offices held, that her daughter, Melanie, was awarded (2006) 1 out of 41 BSP International scholarships and is the only recipient to ever receive one from our chapter. This scrapbook received an award tonight, as it has been the only one presented in 21 years. Sadly, I announce that she has attended her last Founder’s Day Dinner as a member. The evening ended with everyone repeating the Closing and joining hands with all chapters for the Mizpah. Oops! No group picture of the Women of the Year was even taken.


The Alpha Iota Chapter of Kappa Kappa Iota will meet at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 6, at Ruby Tuesday’s for their final meeting of this school year.

Officers for 2013-14 will be formally installed at this meeting. Hostesses will be Sue Gates and Judy Reno.

Kappas should bring $1 for the raffle item and $1 for the Arkansas Epsilon Scholarship fund.

Beta Sigma Phi

The City Council of Conway’s Beta Sigma Phi Chapters held the 2013 Founder’s Day Dinner on Tuesday, April 23, at Mike’s Place. The theme for this year was "You’re Among Friends," and indeed good food and fellowship was enjoyed by all attending. The hosting chapter was Xi Master.

Eva Koger, City Council president, welcomed members, pledges and guests. Xi Master chapter had five guests/new members: Geraldine (DiDi) McDaniel, Brenda Smith, Joyce Lancaster, Karen Blaylock and Jackie Moix. Laureate Alpha Omega introduced their guest, Linda Alberson.

The sorority’s Opening Ritual was recited by members as they were led by Xi Master.

The Beta Sigma Phi Grace was led by Sarah Rivers, Beta Upsilon. The Founder’s Day Pledge was led by Peggy McKaskle, Laureate Alpha Delta and the Message from International BSP was read by Laureate Alpha Omega’s Vernell Crews, who concluded with the announcement of the 2013-14 theme: "Light Up Your Light."

Following a wonderful dinner and dessert, Barbara Money, Laureate Nu, presided over the presentation of the yearly awards. This year Laureate Alpha Omega was awarded the first place in three awards: Ways and Means, Service, and Social. First Place in Scrapbook was awarded to Xi Master, who also won the Attendance award.

Ms. Kroger then recognized each chapter’s 2012 Woman of the Year for presentation of 2013’s recipients: Beta Upsilon - Sarah Rivers; Laureate Alpha Delta - JoAnn Cummins; Laureate Alpha Omega - Mary Jane Moix; Laureate Nu - Jolinda Bryant; and Xi Master - Margaret Shamburger.

Door prizes were furnished by the five chapters and were distributed throughout the evening by Xi Master members.

The evening was adjourned with members standing to repeat the Closing Ritual. The next meeting for the individual chapters will be Tuesday, May 14.