Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

The Parkinson’s Disease Support Group will meet at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the McGee Center, 3800 College Ave.

All Parkinson’s patients and their caregivers, and anyone else interested, are encouraged to attend this meeting as the facilitator, Bronnie Rose, has a new DVD produced by the American Academy of Neurology, featuring Michael J. Fox, for each person. She has additional new booklets and leaflets from AAN.

Mrs. Rose also has several new leaflets, books, and brochures about Parkinson’s from Teva Neuroscience.

If a person is unable to attend this meeting, try to get a relative or friend to attend so they can get this new, up-to-date information.

The group will be observing Valentine’s Day with games and prizes. They will also enjoy fellowship and refreshments.

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

Beta Sigma Phi Laureate Alpha Omega

Laureate Alpha Omega chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met Jan. 28 at the home of Sondra Pugh with nine members and one guest, Carol Bales, present. The hostess served chili with broccoli cornbread and soft drinks.

The business meeting was called to order by President Vernelle Crews who led the Opening Ritual.

Judy Schultz, service chair, suggested the backpack program at our local elementary schools, which provides food for students over the weekends, as our March service project. The chapter will make a monetary donation and everyone will bring a small bag of "kid friendly" food to the first meeting in March. Our February project will be to bring dog or cat food to the Valentine Queen dinner to be delivered to the Friends of the Conway Animal Shelter.

Plans were finalized and duties assigned for the Valentine Queen dinner to be held Tuesday, Feb. 11, in the Wesley United Methodist Church fellowship hall. The meal will be catered by Pasta Grill.

As our program for the evening, our hostess read an article entitled "Leave the old and pursue the new: God has a better year." She encouraged us to Light Up Our Lives in 2014, and each member shared something they hoped to accomplish or improve in the new year.

Following the meeting everyone enjoyed brownies and ice cream. The Sunshine gift was won by Mary Williams.

Faulkner County Retired Teachers

The Faulkner County Retired Teachers met Jan. 21 in the activity center of Conway First Baptist Church. President Ed Bradberry called the meeting to order and welcomed members and guests.

Ella Reece introduced Stephen Svetz, instructor/investigator with the attorney general’s office. Mr. Svetz heads the ID Protection Unit and brought much information on protecting your identity. He stressed that people should not carry Social Security, Medicare, and multiple credit cards. Some other ways to prevent ID theft are being sure to shred incoming mail with name, deposit outgoing checks at post office and not in personal mail box, and buy from retail stores with credit card and not check. He admonished all who think leaving purses and wallets "hidden" in the front seat of cars is safe — or even in the trunk!

Other things to watch out for are using a credit card at ATM and gas pumps. Make sure nothing is attached to the machine as you insert your card. Use the pumps closest to attendant station. Pay bills online or through automatic withdrawal from your bank account. Change your password frequently, buy with credit card, and never give out financial numbers to a caller. The main message was: Be Alert!

President Bradberry conducted the business meeting. Printed minutes and the treasurer’s report were approved. Forty-two members were in attendance.

The Host/Hostess committee was introduced: Charlotte Collier, Chair; Jay Fortner, Betty Courtway, Sara Andrews, Jo Nell Lowry, Doretta Bright, and Ova Lee Shelby.

Doretta Bright asked for volunteers to help with the mock interviews for education majors at UCA to be held Feb. 6. The mock interviews are held in the fall and spring to assist the students as they go for their first interview for a teaching position.

President Bradberry called for members to volunteer for committees to plan a banquet for all Faulkner County teachers who are retiring at the end of the current school year. Committees will be formed at the next meeting.

Elizabeth Rose Black reminded that membership donations are in order for the scholarship that Retired Teachers presents to an education major at UCA each year.

The next meeting will be 1:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at Conway First Baptist Church.

The meeting adjourned.

The membership enjoyed refreshments and fellowship.