Shakespeare Club

The Conway Shakespeare Club will meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at the home of Connie DeBoer. Co-hostesses will be Linda Rogers and Fritzie Vammen. Irma Gail Hatcher, and Frances Hendricks will present a program on P.D. James.

United States Daughters of 1812

In commemoration of the 200th Anniversary of The War of 1812, the Arkansas Society, United States Daughters of 1812 (U.S.D. 1812), recently held a memorial service and marked the graves of Nathan Jenkins and Drew White, both Veterans of the War of 1812, buried at historic Bellwood Cemetery in Pine Bluff, Ark. The service, conducted by Vice-President National Mary Webster Glenn of Texas and State President Sheila Beatty, was attended by members from Pine Bluff, Hot Springs, Hot Springs Village, Little Rock, Cabot, Vilonia and Stuttgart.

The Arkansas State Society has estimated that more than 630 patriots of the War of 1812 are buried in Arkansas and is continuing to identify burial sites. The War of 1812, instrumental in solidifying the United States’ independence from Great Britain and sometimes referred to as the “Second War for American Independence,” officially began its bicentennial celebration on June 18, 2012.

Membership in the United States Daughters of 1812 is available to women age 18 and over who can offer satisfactory proof that they are lineal descendants of an ancestor who, during the period of 1784-1815 inclusive, rendered civil, military, or naval service. For further information, contact State President Sheila Beatty at 501-915-0456.

Faulkner County Retired Teachers Association

The Faulkner County Retired Teachers Association held the regular monthly meeting Feb. 18 in the activity center of Conway First Baptist Church. President Ed Bradberry called the meeting to order and called on Mary Pat Cullum, who introduced the program for the afternoon.

David Beekman, who is retired from Entergy, presented a slide show on his 20-day trip to China. The membership enjoyed seeing pictures of all the interesting architecture, terrain, and customs throughout the country. He and his wife were there just after the Chinese National Days and experienced some of the elaborate decorations and celebrations.

Jennie Webb, scholarship committee chairperson, presented a $500 check to Jacob Tillman of Heber Springs, Ark., and a student at UCA. After beginning a degree in engineering, Jacob made a career change to become a secondary school math teacher. Jacob is at Vilonia on an internship at the present time. He spoke briefly offering his appreciation to the FCRTA.

Elizabeth Rose Black reported 39 members present. The attending membership gave 653 volunteer hours in the community in January, with Bronnie Rose, Polly Bakker and Judy McKnight contributing the most.

Doretta Bright reported on the mock interviews recently conducted at UCA as part of the UCA/FCRTA partnership. She expressed appreciation to the following members who participated: Hervey Galloway, Betty Courtway, Sharon Rapp, Ruth Slaton, Edna Rives, Jennie Webb, Ann Broach, Steve Clark, Sara Andrews, Mary Kay Joslin, Mary Pat Cullum and Janie Bloxom. Those interviewed will be in the Central Arkansas schools as interns during the spring semester.

President Bradberry reminded members of the retiring teachers luncheon planned for late Aril. Judy McKnight will serve as chairperson and all officers will assist her.

All county public school teachers retiring at the end of this school year will be invited guests. The meeting was adjourned for food and fellowship.

The next meeting will be at 1:30 p.m. March 18 in the Activity Center of Conway First Baptist Church. The Civil War in Story and Song will be presented by Conway Women’s Chorus directed by Joan Hanna.