Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

The Parkinson’s Disease Support Group will meet at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, in the Southridge Village Media Room, 1306 S. Donaghey Ave. A guest speaker is scheduled for this meeting. All interested persons are encouraged to attend. Any questions, call 329-6282 or 501-246-1972.

Newcomers Club

Remember that at our next meeting on March 13 will be the Newcomers Style Show Luncheon at the Conway Country Club. We will start seating at 11:15 a.m. and then we will have a short business meeting where we will be discussing and voting on the location of our future luncheons.

This style show will be featuring accessories of scarves and jewelry presented by LESLIE from Belk. We are so excited about this show, ask your friends to come along with you, but please remember to make your reservations by calling Sue Sewell at 501-428-3837 before March 10.

Anyone wishing to join our group, call Maryann Schigur at 505-8373.

Laureate Nu chapter
of Beta Sigma Phi

Laureate Nu chapter of Beta Sigma Phi joined sister chapters Feb. 18 at Wesley United Methodist Church for a dinner celebrating this year’s Valentine queens.

After a dinner catered by Pasta Grill, chapters announced the 2014 queens. Laureate Nu crowned Carolyn Jones as their queen, presenting her with a poem, yellow rose, and gift. Chapters brought contributions to the Conway Animal Shelter and the clothes closet at Wesley UMC.

The chapter met Feb. 25, at the home of Janie Carpenter for a regular meeting with 15 members present. President Barbara Money opened the meeting and then shared thank you notes from Mrs. Jones for being honored as this year’s queen, and from Lynn Riggins in appreciation for the meal and yellow rose sent upon the death of her mother, who was also a long-time member of Beta Sigma Phi. A social committee announced a “surprise” event to be held on March 25, and members were encouraged to put the date on their calendars. It was announced that our members would entertain Laureate Alpha Delta chapter beginning at 6:30 p.m. March 11 at McDowell Properties. A light supper will be served. Other committees discussed various service and scholarship projects coming up. After closing ritual, Nancy Penny presented a program on ideas gleaned from the recent flower and garden show. She demonstrated how to make butterfly feeders and ways to make potting containers. Ms. Carpenter, along with co-hostesses Sandra Schrekenhofer and Susan Salter, then served refreshments to conclude the evening.

Cadron Post

Cadron Post Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, met Feb. 15, at the home of Mary Mosley. Co-hostesses were Mary Coleman and Kimberly Jones with assistance from Suzann Waggoner and Carolyn Frazier.

Regent Carol Rolf asked Mary Mosley to introduce the program, which was on the Conway Symphony Orchestra. Mike Binko, president of the CSO Board of Directors, and Mary Mosley, president of the CSO Guild, spoke. Kayla Copeland of Greenbrier, who is a music major at the University of Central Arkansas and a flutist with the symphony, presented several selections.

Refreshments were served. Regent Rolf called the meeting to order and presented the opening ritual with Chaplain Mosley. Nikki Reid led the Pledge of Allegiance and Willa Voyles led the American’s Creed. Suzann Waggoner led the singing of the National Anthem and Carol Rolf led the reading of the Preamble to the Constitution.

Vice Regent Waggoner gave the President General’s Report and Regent Rolf read the minutes of the January meeting in the absence of Carolyn Frazier, secretary. The minutes were approved.

Kristina Ward, treasurer, gave the treasurer’s report, which was accepted. Donations were taken for the Veterans Fund.

Vice regent Waggoner gave a Conservation Minute on the drought in California and Regent Rolf gave an Indian Minute. Sharon Lessenberry gave a Women’s Issue Minute.

Under old business, the vice regent discussed gifts for those who present programs to the chapter. She normally creates small, original pieces of art for the guest speakers and frames them herself. She asked if the chapter could pay for the frames and suggested $35 for the next year. A motion was made and seconded to give Suzann the $35. During discussion, the motion was amended to give Suzann $50; that motion was seconded and approved. Members were also asked to bring frames and wrapping paper to the May meeting, which will be given to Suzann.

Under new business, the nominating committee presented the slate of officers for next year: Nikki Reid, regent; Suzann Waggoner, vice regent; Mary Mosley, chaplain; Carolyn Frazier, secretary; Pam Jolly, treasurer; Pat Christensen, registrar; Kimberly Jones, historian; and Octavia Baldridge, librarian.

The regent asked for nominations from the floor. Being none, a motion was made, seconded and approved to accept this slate of officers. Officers will be installed at the May meeting.

Regent Rolf announced that Edna Lee Sullivan’s membership has been transferred to Tate’s Bluff in Camden.

The regent discussed the upcoming State Conference, which will be held March 13-15 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Little Rock.

Members discussed possible programs for next year. Rolf said the new regent would appoint new committee chairmen in May and asked that members consider serving on committees that might interest them.

The regent announced that she and several members served cake and punch to the veterans at the VA Outpatient Clinic in Conway on Feb. 14 in observance of the National Celebrate Our Veteran Patients Week, Feb. 9-14.

Mary Mosley gave the benediction and the meeting was adjourned.

The next meeting will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Vilonia home of Carolyn Frazier. For information, call 327-0482.

Progressive Club News

The Progressive Club began their first meeting of 2014 on Jan. 6, with County Judge Allen Dodson as guest speaker. When he was appointed to the Faulkner County Judge position on Jan. 31, 2013, he did not expect the challenges he would face later in the year with the Mayflower ExxonMobil oil spill. He became judge when former Judge Preston Scroggin was appointed as Director to the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission. Judge Dodson explained that as county judge, he was involved for many hours in oversight of the oil spill. He particularly noted the skilled county employees who worked with many groups in resolving the oil spill. Judge Dodson outlined the many and varied duties he performs as the chief executive of Faulkner County. The group finished up the evening with fellowship and refreshments served by hostess Beverley Freiley, and co-hostess Judie Stuart. As a service organization, items were collected for a local veterans group and delivered later in the week.

Crystal Kemp, Manager, Marketing & PR, Conway Corp., was the speaker for the Feb. 3, meeting of the Progressive Club. Mrs. Kemp explained some of the many services available in the area of energy conservation, in-home energy assessments and zero interest loans for energy. She answered questions from individuals regarding cable and phone services, as well as some anticipated new services. Hostess Polly Bruckner and co-hostess Sue Wynkoop served refreshments. Baby products were provided for Life Choices in fulfilling the group’s service commitment. One of the members commented, “I have learned more about Conway and Faulkner County through our programs since being in this group than in the previous 15 years we have been in this area.”

For information, call 327-2546.

Beta Sigma Phi Laureate Alpha Omega

Nine members of Laureate Alpha Omega chapter of Beta Sigma Phi joined together for dinner at Mike’s Place restaurant to honor our chapter’s 2014 Valentine Queen Linda Alverson. The group enjoyed visiting over an excellent meal. To end the evening, secret sister Valentine gifts were exchanged. The March meeting will be hosted by Debbie Davis.

United States Daughters of 1812

During the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 (2012-15) all new members admitted to the United States Daughters of 1812 (U.S.D. 1812) in Arkansas are designated as Bicentennial Members. At the recent 100th State Council for U.S.D. 1812, 13 Bicentennial Members were sworn in by Vice-President National Mary Webster Glenn of Texas.

Sworn in were: Bernice Brakefield and Kay Tatum of Little Rock; Carol Porter, Susan Veal, Judy Robbins and Mitzi Hunter of Hot Springs Village; Judy Coleman, Margaret McGrew and Mary Anne Riehart of Hot Springs; Sheila Moore Mitchell and Sandra Poore of Pine Bluff; Kimberly Jones of Vilonia; and Mary Miller of Batesville. The Bicentennial Members sworn in were presented with a 200th Anniversary War of 1812 lapel pin by Mrs. Glenn.

The U.S.D. 1812, founded in 1892, is a volunteer women’s service organization. Among its objectives are: Dedication to promoting patriotism; preservation of United States history; and the teaching and emphasizing the heroic deeds of the civil, military, and naval life of those who molded this government between the close of the American Revolution and the close of the War of 1812. For information regarding the activities of the Arkansas State Society U.S.D. 1812, contact Sheila Beatty at 501-915-0456.