Faulkner County Retired Teachers

Michael Ray, director of membership services of the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System, was speaker at the November meeting of the Faulkner County Retired Teachers Association on Nov. 19, at First Baptist Church, Conway.

After being introduced by Sharon Rapp, Mr. Ray reminded members of the strength and success of the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System. The return on investments last year was 14 percent. His focus was on member problems and issues and retirement options available to Arkansas teachers. He urged members to contact him any time with questions and issues.

Local chapter awards received at the annual state convention in Little Rock were released.

The Outstanding Youth Project in the state was again awarded to FCRTA. Doretta Bright coordinates the FCRTA/UCA partnership for mock interviews for teacher interns. This is the second time this project has been chosen for top honors.

Judy McKnight and Florene Phipps were recognized for their work in the local chapter and were presented Individual Achievement Awards.

The Unit Achievement Award was presented to Hervey Galloway, 2012-13 president.

Sharon Rapp and Ben Bakker were recognized for more than 1,000 hours of volunteer service last year.

President Ed Bradberry presided over the business meeting. Minutes and the treasurer’s report were printed and available to members. Janie Bloxom, president-elect, thanked the hosts and hostesses: Janet Burks, chairperson; Arvil Burks, Janie Bloxom, Nancy Mitchell, Carolyn Bruce, Betty Stevens, Ruth Slaton, Shirley Pratt, James Clark and Marietta Hurley. Hervey Galloway reported members recorded a total of 1,251 volunteer hours this past month. Kathryn Starr reported on the field trip to the Faulkner County Historical Museum. Judy McKnight announced plans to distribute yearbooks to all members who have not received theirs.

President Bradberry reported the Greenbrier area retired teachers had met twice and he was able to attend only one meeting. They will meet jointly with us for the next three months.

The next meeting will be the Christmas pot luck to be held at the church at 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 17.

The meeting was adjourned for food and fellowship.

Beta Sigma Phi Laureate Alpha Omega

Laureate Alpha Omega chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met Nov. 26 at the home of Bert Lackey with eight members present. Prior to the meeting everyone visited over dip, chips and wine. Following the BSP Grace, a meal of chicken potpie and cranberry sauce was served by the hostess with chocolate éclairs, cream puffs and spiced cider for dessert.

The meeting was called to order by president Vernelle Crews who led the Opening Ritual. Judy Schultz read a thank you note from sister chapter Laureate Nu for entertaining them earlier in the month.

Service chair Judy Schultz reported that Bingo prizes had been delivered to a local nursing facility and provided names from the Santa for Seniors tree for members. Unwrapped gifts will be brought to the next meeting for delivery. The group also decided to contribute to the Log Cabin Democrat’s Community Christmas Card.

The program, entitled Grandkids Light Up Your Life, was given by Bert Lackey, who talked about Road Scholar Intergenerational travel opportunities and shared experiences and photos of past trips with her grandchildren.

The meeting concluded with members repeating the Closing Ritual and Mizpah. Our next meeting will be the annual Christmas party and gift exchange at the home of Vernelle Crews.


The Alpha Iota Chapter of Kappa Kappa Iota met Monday evening, Dec. 2, at the Faulkner County Library.

As Kappas entered the meeting room, they brought gifts to be given to the Faulkner County Senior Wellness and Activity Center for the seniors to use as Bingo prizes. The Senior Citizens Center is the philanthropic project for the month of December.

Special guest speaker was Debra Robinson, director of the Senior Wellness and Activity Center. Mrs. Robinson gave a short history of the center including the fact that she has worked there 35 years. Last year more than 2,000 seniors were served. The present facility has a little more than 9,000 square feet. Mrs. Robinson shared information about the new facility they are hoping to move into in the spring, the Agora Center. The new facility has almost 19,000 square feet and will make it possible to offer more programs for the seniors. The goal of the center is to offer something for all seniors.

Tricia Moix, vice president, presented Mrs. Robinson a gift of appreciation, a bag of fresh baked cherry, oatmeal, cranberry, white chocolate cookies.

Those present enjoyed refreshments served from a table covered with red and green Christmas cloths and decorated with Christmas decorations. Meat balls; cheese ball and crackers; trail mix; cherry, oatmeal, cranberry, white chocolate cookies; chocolate mayonnaise cake; sour cream pound cake; and sodas were served by hostesses Terri Seiter and Danette Fiddler.

The door prize was won by Clara Rose Simon, which was two Wind and Willow cheese ball mixes and a holiday spreader.

The raffle item was won by Brittany Russell which was a Christmas tray, dip mix, and spreader.

At the conclusion of the meeting, President Amber Horn, presented the Bingo gifts to Mrs. Robinson for the Senior Citizens Center.

The group will not have a January meeting. The next meeting of the chapter will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Faulkner County Library, 1900 Tyler St. Members should bring $1 for the raffle item and $1 for the Arkansas Epsilon State Scholarship. Hostesses will be Doretta Bright, Sarah Guinn, and Hilda Lovell.

Laureate Nu Chapter
of Beta Sigma Phi

Laureate Nu Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi was entertained on Nov. 12, by sister chapter Laureate Alpha Omega at the Trillium Park community room.

The evening’s focus was an informative and entertaining program on Arkansas in conjunction with this year’s sorority theme of “Light Up Your Life.” After a delicious supper of sandwiches and dips with vegetables, fruits, and chips, a cake decorated in the shape of Arkansas was served for dessert. Guests were then treated to guest speaker Chuck Dovish, producer and host of AETN’s “Exploring Arkansas.” Door prizes and goody bags included all Arkansas-produced products. The evening was not only a great reminder of what our state has to offer, it was also an enjoyable event. The second November meeting was held at the home of President Barbara Money with co-hostesses Lynn Riggins and Karen Matthews. Members discussed recent service projects and decided on one for December. The chapter voted to provide Christmas gifts of clothing and other needed items to five elderly residents of a local nursing home. The chapter will purchase the clothing, and members will contribute toiletries and other incidentals. Members also decided on the annual Christmas party. A members-only event will be held on the evening of the first December meeting at the home of Kathy White. Members are asked to bring a favorite dish and a gift for a “Dirty Santa”/gift exchange. The evening will begin earlier than usual at 6:30 p.m.

After refreshments were served by Mrs. Money and co-hostesses, a program on the history and current issues of the social security system was presented by Mrs. Money, a certified public accountant.

Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

The Parkinson’s Disease Support Group will meet 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.

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 disease.

For additional information, call 329-6282 or 501-246-1972.

Conway Shakespeare Club

The Conway Shakespeare Club will meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at the home of Mary Fleming. Co-hostesses will be Linda Arnold and Ruth Voss. Connie DeBoer will present a program on “‘The Case of the Religious Sleuth:’ Chesterton to Kellerman.”

Faulkner County Retired Teachers

The Faulkner County Retired Teachers will meet at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, in the activity center of First Baptist Church, Conway, 1719 Robinson Ave., for a potluck luncheon. The program will be provided by Vilonia Primary Melodies directed by Geneva Day. All retired educators are invited.