Laureate Alpha Omega Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi

Members of Laureate Alpha Omega chapter of Beta Sigma Phi were invited to Light Up Our Lives and celebrate the new year with sister chapter Xi Master on Jan. 14 at the College Square community room. We were welcomed by party chair Shirley Heffington who led the Beta Sigma Phi Grace before everyone began to enjoy the party food of ham and cheese mini-sandwiches, black-eyed pea salad, cheese dip and chips, fruit, brownies and tropical punch which was provided by the Xi Master social committee.

“Dear Abby’s New Year Resolutions — Just for Today” were read and everyone participated in a fun pass-the-present game. Janet Jones won the prize, a 2014 calendar. Eva Koger, Xi Master president, read a party poem written by Grace Thompson who is a charter member of BSP in Conway.

Each chapter retreated to separate corners and held a brief business meeting. Social chairman, Judy Schultz, outlined preparations for the BSP Council Valentine dinner to be held Feb. 11. Our chapter will chair the event this year. Janet Jones designed the invitations, which have been sent to all local chapters.

Following the business meetings, our host chapter provided party favors of candy-filled champagne glasses and a 2014 monthly planner for each member.

Conway Civic Club

Conway Civic Club met Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Conway Country Club for their first meeting of the New Year. The program was brought by Michelle Nabholz and Dr. Doug Stroud and represented the store Pazazz, in downtown Conway. They gave ideas and demonstrations of decorating your home and information for interior designing. Showed how to mix old with new and said that you just needed to be yourself when decorating your home.

The lunch consisted of chicken tortilla soup, Mexican rice, black bean casserole, chicken enchiladas, rolls, cherry cobbler and tea and coffee. The meeting was called to order by President Sharon Lessenberry. The blessing was given by Barbara Satterfield. Cathy Ketcheside called the roll and there were 34 members present. December meeting minutes were read and approved and committee reports were given.

Hostesses for this month were, Nancy Williams, Suzanne Brail, Beneva Farris, Dottie Halter, Sylvia Meriwether and Bobbi Roberts. There was no new business and also no old business to discuss. “Happy Birthday” was sang to those that have January birthdays. They were, Eve Torian, Meredith Wilbourn, Iris Ziegler and Lulu Thompson.

The hostesses for the February meeting will be Sandra Hudson, Ruth Frenkel, Barbara Isom, Kathy Linn, Pat Ott and Dorothy Robins. Motion was made to adjourn by Nancy Williams.

Colonial Dames
of America

Chapter Thirty Four Arkansas of Colonial Dames of America recently met at the Little Rock Art Center. The Honorable Judge Morris Arnold addressed the group. Judge Arnold spoke about Colonial Arkansas history, notably Arkansas Post and other areas in Arkansas. Judge Arnold referenced many of his comments from the variety of books he has written on Colonial Life in Arkansas.

Chapter Thirty Four meets twice a year at the Art Center. Ladies from all over the state of Arkansas are members of Chapter 34 CDA. Colonial Dames of America (CDA) is an international society of women members whose direct ancestors held positions of leadership in the Thirteen Colonies. The organization’s goals are education in American History and historical preservation. The CDA owns and maintains the accredited Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden in New York City. The Mount Vernon Hotel, known previously as the Towle Mansion, was the oldest stone house in New York. Built in 1799, the Towle Mansion is the eighth oldest building in New York City.

Ladies having an acceptable ancestor and desiring more information about CDA may contact President Mary Reid Warner at 501-922-6598 or one of the ladies in the above photo.

Newcomers Club

Disappointment was our middle name when we had to cancel our evening of celebration at the CCC for our Christmas party. But due to “inclement weather” we had to cancel, the ice and temperatures were unforgiving. We were looking forward to our luncheon in January, but as you know, “inclement weather,” and we were afraid of accidents. But, now it’s the middle of January, the sun is shining, the temperatures are bouncing from 60 to 32 and back again, so there is a chance we will be meeting on Feb. 13 at a new place, China Town (next to JC Penney) for lunch.

There have been so many rumbles about our luncheon choice, the board has decided to go to some new places. The first pick was at China Town for February and the second was the Conway Country Club for March. At the meeting we will then open it up for discussion and then put it to a vote.

There isn’t a lot of news except our wonderful Style Show is coming up and we’re really getting excited in presenting to you a great show. Looking forward to seeing you all at the Chinese Restaurant on the 13th at 11 a.m.

If you would care to join our club, meet new people and join in on the card and game fun, please call Maryann Schigur at 505-8373 and she will be glad to take care of you and you will be coming into a world of fun.