The Conway Newcomers' Club held its monthly meeting and luncheon June 11 at the Conway Country Club. Members and guests were treated to a delicious luncheon of salad, quiche, and carrot cake.
The guest speaker was Sherry Tipps-Holder. She is the head of the Social Studies department at Carl Stuart Middle School, and was Arkansas State Teacher of the Year in 1999 and Arkansas History Teacher of the Year in 2003. Mrs. Tipps-Holder is very interested in cultural geography and recently was chosen as one of 30 teachers in the United States to visit Saudi Arabia. She spent two-weeks there traveling to several areas and learning about the Saudi Arabian culture. Mrs. Tipps-Holder gave a very interesting photographic presentation about her trip followed by a lively question and answer period.
The next meeting and luncheon will be held on Thursday July 9 at the Conway Country Club. The guest speaker will be Pamela Mosley from the Faulkner County Supporters of Sustainable Community.
The Newcomers' Club of Conway is a social organization formed to help those who are new to Conway become adjusted to the area and form new friendships. Anyone living in Conway less than three years and interested in learning more about the club may contact the coffee chair at 327-0482.
COALITION FOR THE HISTORIC COURTHOUSE CULTURAL CENTER
CHCCC met Tuesday, June 9 at the Faulkner County Museum. In attendance were Steve Hurd, Vanessa Norton, Cindy Romeo, Kim Williams, Shirley Barham, Robert Wickser, Ree Walker, Joan Hanna, Lynita Langely-Ware, Nancy Allen and Marianne Welch. Under discussion was the application for tax-exempt status, sources for grants and funding and the feasibility study. In order to expedite the tax-free application process, Joan Hanna is going to make an appointment with H.L. McGill in Little Rock in the next week.
Steve Hurd reported that the initial phase of the study has been completed and gave estimates for mechanical and HVAC repairs and upgrades. He reported that the only asbestos that fell into an area of concern was located at the site of the old boiler, and indicated that it was not a complicated fix.
The fallen concrete was discovered to be a patch in the southeast corner of the building, on the fourth floor, under the roof line.
The Board discussed creating a business plan, asking the Conway Downtown Partnership for assistance. CHCCC is in need of someone to act as a marketing director, to coordinate fund-raising and grant writing efforts. There may be a grant available to fund that position.
The next meeting will be July 14 at 11:30 a.m. at the Faulkner County Museum. Call Nancy Allen at 327-0537 for more information.
FAULKNER COUNTY DEMOCRATIC WOMEN
Faulkner County Democratic Women will meet Monday evening, June 22. The business meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. but members start gathering at 6 p.m. A fund raising event will be on the agenda. We will also plan our July meeting. There will not be a lunch meeting option for this month.