Beta Sigma Phi Laureate Alpha Omega
Laureate Alpha Omega chapter of Beta Sigma Phi entertained sister chapter Laureate Nu on Nov. 12 in the Emeritus at Trillium Park community room. A total of 24 members attended. Vernelle Crews, president of the host chapter, welcomed our guests and led the Opening Ritual.
The theme for the evening was “Light Up Arkansas,” a variation on the International theme of “Light Up Your Life.” Tables were decorated with Arkansas road maps and other items depicting Arkansas products, activities and areas.
Following the BSP grace, a variety of finger foods was served, including ham and cheese sandwiches, chicken salad croissants, vegetable and fruit trays, dips, chips, soft drinks, cookies and a decorated cake in the shape of Arkansas.
The highlight of the evening was guest speaker Chuck Dovish, producer and host of AETN’s award winning “Exploring Arkansas” series. He has been exploring the natural beauty and landmarks of Arkansas for more than 30 years.
He reminded us of the many and varied places to explore in our state and then asked us to provide suggestions for future exploration segments.
All guests won door prizes provided by Heifer International, Aromatique and “Exploring Arkansas,” and everyone present received a goodie bag filled with Arkansas items.
As our service project for November, members brought items to be used as Bingo prizes at a local nursing home. The evening ended with members repeating the Closing Ritual and Mizpah.
Parkinson’s Disease Support Group
The Parkinson’s Disease Support Group met Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 13, at the McGee Center. Two new persons were in attendance.
November is “Caregiver’s Month,” and the group observed the occasion with a special guest speaker, Helene Stallcup, who had been a caregiver for her late husband who suffered from Parkinson’s disease.
Mrs. Stallcup shared her story of helping her husband. At some point we are all caregivers. Mrs. Stallcup stressed that caregivers must take care of themselves or they will not be able to help their loved ones.
Mrs. Stallcup presented each one a decorated copy of a poem she wrote for the occasion. She then read the poem, entitled “Lovegivers.”
Several handouts were distributed. Some were: 1. A list of hospitals in Arkansas involved in the AR SAVES program, which was a follow-up from the October meeting; 2. The October news article; 3. “Home for the Holidays”; 4. “Caregiving Basics”; and 5. “10 Things Every Person with Parkinson’s and Caregiver Should Know,” “Self-Care Crucial for Caregivers,” “Coping Skills for Parkinson’s Care Partners,” and “Sharing Caregiving Tasks.”
The group presented Mrs. Stallcup a gift of appreciation, an Amaryllis and a package of chocolate covered cream drops.
Following the meeting, those present enjoyed visiting and refreshments.
The serving table was covered with an orange cloth; the table was centered with a large, decorative pumpkin. Refreshments included party mix, pumpkin pie cake, chocolate candy, and sugar free cookies.
Elton Robertson won the door prize for making the highest score on a quiz, “Crazy About Candy.” He received an Amaryllis.
The next group meeting will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the McGee Center, 3800 College Ave. All interested persons are encouraged to attend this informative meeting.
The Arkansas State Parkinson’s Disease Coordinator, Lydia Stevens, from Hot Springs, is scheduled to attend this meeting. She always brings the latest news about Parkinson’s.
For additional information, call 329-6282 or 501-246-1972.
Conway Civic League
Conway Civic League met Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the Conway Country Club.
The program was on Healthy Holiday Eating Tips and was presented by Jamie Ryan, MS RD, from Pulaski Technical College. She gave several good tips on eating sensibily during the Holiday Season.
Blessing was given by Judy Hunnicutt. Menu consisted of pork chops and gravy, green beans, baked sweet potatoes, rolls, coffee and tea. Dessert was peach cobbler.
Roll was called by Cathy Ketcheside with 36 members being present.
Minutes of the last meeting were read and approved and all committees gave their reports.
The hostesses for the meeting were Judy Holman, Barbara Horton, Rosemary Hubbard, Wanda Logan, Meredith Wilbourn and Iris Ziegler. They were all recognized and thanked for their help.
“Happy Birthday” was sang to those with November birthdays. They were Judy Holman, Sylvia Meriwether, Kathy Linn, Ella Reese, Carol Teague, Suzanne Brazil, Barbara Henry and Julie Adkisson.
The hostesses for the December meeting are Wanda Fulmer, Bobbie Clark, Barbara Henry, Faye Hunnicutt, Rosanne Johnson and Cathy Ketcheside.
Motion to adjourn was made by Nancy Williams.
The Conway League of Artists will host their annual Pot Luck Christmas Party at the home of Sheila Parsons a week earlier than usual, on Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. This time will allow people to enjoy the potluck and be able to drive home before dark. Sheila’s home is located in Conway at 1805 Hillman St., located off Donaghey. The Conway League of Artists is honoring the past presidents at the event and encourage those who have held that office to attend.
We will have an optional gift exchange for those who wish to participate. We will present the past presidents with a gift. If you have questions, call Coe Wilson, 501-208-2264.