Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

The Parkinson’s Disease Support Group met Wednesday, March 12, at Southridge Village in the Media Room. A large group attended with several new people present.

Mrs. Bronnie Rose, facilitator, introduced the new attendees, as well as Marilyn Hill, activity director at Southridge Village. She thanked Ms. Hill for allowing the group to meet in their lovely facilities.

A report of the February Parkinson’s Disease meeting was distributed to each person. A list of the dates and meeting places for the remainder of the year’s meetings was also presented.

The speaker for the meeting was introduced by Mrs. Rose. Stephen Svetz, instructor/investigator with the Attorney General’s office, spoke on "Identity Theft." He heads the ID Protection Unit. Mr. Svetz’s presentation was packed with many suggestions for what to do to prevent identity theft and what to do if one is a victim.

Some of the ideas presented in the hour-long presentation were:

• Do not carry your Social Security card, Medicare card and several credit cards in your purse or wallet.

• When using a debit or credit card, run the transaction through as a credit.

• Do not leave your purse or wallet in your vehicle or even hidden in the trunk.

• Do not write checks unless absolutely necessary — use a credit card instead.

• Do not keep bank statements, bills, other statements, and so on for a long time. Discard them as soon as you are through with them. Keep Income Tax records only three years unless there is some reason to keep longer.

• At the gas pump, use the pump nearest the attendant’s station and check to be sure a "reader" has not been attached to the place where you insert your card. If you find one, report it at once.

• Shred all information as soon as you can, even your mailing label on any magazines you receive. Use a shredder that shreds horizontally and vertically both.

• If you receive a telephone call requesting confidential or financial information, do not give it out.

If a person is a victim, report it immediately to the authorities. If the situation cannot be resolved soon, call the Attorney General’s office.

Following Mr. Svetz’s presentation, he answered many questions from the attendees and even continued to answer questions one-on-one after the meeting.

Mrs. Rose presented Mr. Svetz a gift of appreciation, a deluxe tool and a bag of fresh pecans. Mr. Svetz drew names for door prizes. Don Robbins and Darlene Hertz received the door prizes - St. Patrick’s green beads and a green plaque each.

Following the meeting, those present enjoyed refreshments and visiting with each other and with Mr. Svetz. The serving table was covered with a white cloth and decorated with green and silver St. Patrick’s Day decorations. Cupcakes, cookies, trial mix, pretzels, and sugar-free chocolate candy were served.

Ms. Hill and Southridge Village provided the cupcakes and cookies.

The next meeting of the group will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, at the McGee Center, 3800 College Ave. All interested persons are encouraged to attend this free meeting. The group will observe Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month.

Any questions, call 329-6282 or 501-246-1972.

Conway Civic Club

Conway Civic Club met Wednesday, March 19, at the Conway Country Club at noon.

The program was Grand Camp: Time Set aside for Grandchildren. The program was presented by Susie Walker and she told of her Camp time with her grandchildren and the wonderful time they had. Very interesting and challenging for grandparents that would like to make some special time for and with their grandchildren.

The hostesses for today were introduced and thanked for their work. They were Laurie Smith, Julie Adkisson, Susan Standridge, Becky Vint and Cheryl Weldon.

Julie Adkisson gave the blessing for the meal. The lunch consisted of chicken pot pie, spinach artichoke soup, rolls, dessert, tea and coffee.

Roll was called and there were 30 members present. Minutes of the last meeting were read and approved. Committee reports were given. There was no new business or old business. "Happy Birthday," was sung to those having March birthdays and they were Donna Hambuchen, Dorothy Robins and Sharon Lessenberry.

Next month’s Hostesses will be Donna Hambuchen, Florine Bell, Terry Hendrickson, Gay Moore and Eve Torian. The program for the April 16 meeting will by "A Legacy of Looking Stylish," presented by Lefler’s Fashions.

Motion was made to adjourn by Pat Ott and seconded by Faye Hunnicutt.

Beta Sigma Phi Laureate Alpha Omega

Laureate Alpha Omega chapter of Beta Sigma Phi held their first March meeting at the home of Debbie Davis with all members present. The Pledge Ritual was held for our newest member Carol Bales. Our hostess served a robust country meal of baked ham, pinto beans, pan fried potatoes, slaw, deviled eggs and cornbread. Yum!

Following the meal the business meeting was called to order by President Vernelle Crews who led the Opening Ritual. It was reported that the pet food and other items provided by all four BSP chapters at the February Valentine Queen Coronation dinner were delivered to the Conway Animal Welfare Unit.

For our March service project members brought "kid friendly" food items to be donated to the elementary schools’ weekend backpack food program along with a monetary donation. As our April service project the chapter will purchase a complete Bingo set for the St. Andrews Place activity center.

The meeting adjourned with members repeating the Closing Ritual and Mizpah. Everyone then enjoyed a social time and desserts of peach cobbler, apple cake, ice cream and cookies. The Sunshine gift was won by Pam Rawls.