Laureate Alpha Omega chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met recently at the home of Debbie Davis with 11 members present. The hostess served a country meal of pinto beans, pan fried potatoes, slaw and cornbread.

The business meeting was opened by President Janet Jones who led members in the opening ritual. Remembering our sister Sue Goodwin, several sympathy cards received by the chapter were passed around and Janet read a letter from International and shared the booklet "The Stars Shine Through." 

The treasurer reported that we have received a check for our ways and means project at the fair. Mary Jane Moix was appointed to complete the year as social chairman and Sissy Moore will finish the year as service chair. The group decided to participate in the Santa for Seniors program again this year.

Janet reported on the Preferential Tea held in October. Our program was a discussion of members’ recent trips. Bert Lackey told of a few of her many wonderful experiences in Egypt. Florene Phipps and Vernelle Crews shared memories of their trip to Israel, which included a four day hospital stay. 

The meeting was adjourned with members repeating the Closing Ritual and Mizpah. The Sunshine gift was won by Peggy Hahn, and everyone enjoyed desserts of pineapple upside down cake and homemade cookies. The next meeting will be at the home of Sondra Pugh.

Conway Civic League

The Fireplace Room of the Conway Country Club was turned into a virtual "pumpkin fairyland" as members of the Conway Civic Club gathered for their November luncheon Nov. 17. Pumpkins of various sizes, shapes and colors were tastefully arranged on the tables and on the mantel above the fireplace, all accented by fall leaves and berries. Each member’s place was marked by a miniature pumpkin bearing a "Happy Thanksgiving" greeting. Judy Holman was the decorator with assistance from committee members Martha McConnell, Beckye Ezell, Barbara Isom, Ella Reese and Carole Teague.  

The invocation was given by Barbara Isom after which members enjoyed a buffet lunch of tossed salad, turkey and dressing, green beans, rolls and, of course, pumpkin pie.

Vice president Marsha McClanahan introduced Dr. Merritt Holman of Lonoke who presented the program on "Growing and Decorating with Pumpkins." Dr. Holman, son of member Judy Holman, is a graduate of Baylor University. After deciding on a farm related career he received a PhD from the University of Arkansas in cotton physiology. He is now a consultant for farmers and also does research for cotton seed companies. In the last three years, he has become a partner in pumpkin farming and raises a variety of pumpkins and gourds which are marketed locally at Plant Outlet and Flower Depot. Dr. Holman fielded many questions from the audience.

President Rosanne Johnson called the business meeting to order. Secretary Sharon Lessenberry called the roll, then read the minutes of the October meeting. Sandra Hudson gave the treasurer’s report. New member Nancy Crisp Williams was welcomed. It was announced that Conway Cradle Care is in need of a good, used TV.

Bobbi Roberts invited members to the Friday ceremony naming the District Court Building in honor of her late husband, Russell L. "Jack" Roberts. Vice president McClanahan announced that the Dec. 8 meeting would feature a music program by an ensemble of the Conway Women’s Chorus directed by Joan Hanna.


The Faulkner County Democratic Women’s October meeting was moved to the McGee Center as a result of early voting at the Faulkner County Library. Vice president Linda Paxton presided over the meeting. A nominating committee composed of members Nancy Graddy, Judy McKnight and Betty Pickett was chosen to nominate potential candidates as officers for the 2011 year. Travis Montgomery of the Victory 2010 Coordinated Campaign addressed the group and spoke about the need for volunteers at the Democratic Party Headquarters through Election Day. The group also heard a report about the Public Relations Committee’s activities. In addition, the FCDW was reminded to preorder FCDW T-shirts and car magnets featuring the FCDW logo and web address. Anyone interested in purchasing these items can find more information through the FCDW website at, or by emailing The group decided to postpone their November meeting one week because of the Thanksgiving holiday and will meet Nov. 29. The meeting will still be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Faulkner County Library. For more information about the Faulkner County Democratic Women, visit