Chapter E, PEO

Chapter E, PEO will meet at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, in the home of Sharon Lessenberry, 2985 Robert Ott Circle. Co-hostesses will be Carol Powers, Elizabeth Benton and Ruth McNeilly. A program on Jewelry for the Women’s Shelter will be presented by Linda Fullerton.




Laureate Alpha Omega chapter of Beta Sigma Phi held their first meeting of the month on Oct. 20 at the home of Bert Lackey. Florene Phipps was co-hostess. 11 members were present. 

Before the meeting members were served Mediterranean dishes, including Italian wines, meat and cheese tray and vegetable kabobs. The meeting was called to order by the president who led the Opening Ritual. 

Treasurer Susan Hooper reported that we had received our check for working at the fair as our annual ways and means project. 

Mary Williams, membership chairman, will be calling a meeting of her committee to discuss the possibility of a spring rush. She also invited everyone to attend Cancer Survivor’s Day to be held at First Methodist Church on Sunday, Oct. 25 from 2-4 p.m. Bert Lackey shared that the Kitchen Store will be holding a benefit for the Conway Regional Women’s Center from 7-9 p.m. Thursday. 

It was announced that the annual Beta Sigma Phi Preferential Tea will be held Tuesday, Oct. 27 at Woodland Heights Baptist Church starting at 7 p.m. The Conway BSP City Council has voted to chair the Saturday luncheon at the next state convention to be held in Little Rock in June 2010. 

The convention theme is Adventures Around Arkansas and we will be promoting local area events and places of interest at the luncheon. One member from each Conway chapter will serve on the committee. 

The program, entitled “The Trials of Travel,” was presented by our four members, Vernelle Crews, Bert Lackey, Florene Phipps and Mary Williams, who just returned from the BSP Greek Odyssey Mediterranean Sea cruise. Some of the places visited were New York City; Barcelona, Spain; Monte Carlo, Monaco; Pisa, Rome, Amalfi and Pompeii, Italy; Athens and two of the Greek Islands and Ephesus, Turkey. 

Since this was the group’s annual Unbirthday Party, members opened “unbirthday” gifts from their secret sisters and finished the evening with Italian cream cake and cold and hot fruit drinks. The meeting ended with the Closing Ritual and Mizpah.


Twentieth Century Club

The Twentieth Century Club met at the Conway Country Club Oct. 16. 33 members were present. Julie Adkisson, president, opened the meeting honoring the memory of Anita Cothran. 

Two guests were introduced; Robin Priest, sister of Suzanne Brazil, and Ann Stevenson, friend of Betty Ellis. The opening prayer was presented by Elizabeth Benton. Minutes and roll call were made by Pat Rice. 

Committee reports were given by Martha Moore, Sharon Lessenberry, and Sara Galvin. The board met before the meeting and confirmed the appointments of Patsy Newton as vice president and Helen Zuber as secretary. Following the delicious lunch, Suzanne Brazil introduced the speaker, Penny Hatfield. To coordinate with the fabulous Halloween table decorations arranged by Terry Hendrickson and Suzanne Brazil, they gave Penny a large black witch’s hat. 

Penny read a dramatic reading from Edgar Allen Poe’s story, The Tell-Tale Heart. The speaker moved to Conway 24 years ago to work at UCA. She has been involved in the community serving on Toad Suck Days, Boys and Girls Clubs, Community Arts, United Way, and Arkansas Shakespeare Theater Boards. .Penny and her husband J.D. Live in a log home out in the county with their blue heeler, Maddie. Program chairman was Terry Hendrickson. Hostesses were Lorine Turner, Mary Ferguson, Suzanne Brazil, and Mary Catherine Maxey. 

A poem, Nightfall, by John Oxenham, with memories of the parting guest, was read by President Julie. The meeting was closed with the Collect.

The Conway Civic League

The Conway Civic League met at the Conway Country Club for its monthly meeting, Wednesday, Oct. 22.

The meeting was called to order by President, Rosanne Johnson, and was followed by the group reading of the Collect. The blessing was asked by Carole Teague. 

The program was presented by Susan Roberts, an independent floral designer. She gave a demonstration on “Flower Arranging Made Simple.” 

Ms. Roberts is employed as a Merchandising and Display Specialist by Conway’s Classic Touch. She also is available for Holiday decorating in private homes. She presented three types of decorations. The first was a Traditional arrangement consisting of mixed flowers in a glass vase. She informed the group that adding sugar to the water before arranging, as well as daily changing of the water and daily snipping of the stems will maintain freshness of the flowers. 

Although personal preference determines a successful arrangement, there are guidelines. One is to place the tallest flower in the center and work down from there. This arrangement was won by Gay Moore. A second arrangement was a modern one assembled with sunflowers, cattails and greenery in a red container filled with oasis. A tip for using Oasis is to keep the stems from being pushed all the way through the oasis to the bottom of the container. 

This arrangement was won by Sylvia Meriwether. The third arrangement was Country French characterized by a very loose look of all kinds of flowers that look as if they were bundled and “plopped” in the container. 

The program was informative and enjoyable. Following the program, a business meeting was held. Bobbi Roberts, Recording Secretary, read the minutes of the last meeting and called the roll. There were 37 members present. Committee reports were given, followed by Old and New Business. 

Pat Thessing encouraged the ladies to attend an event at Oak Grove Cemetary on Oct. 25, “Gone But Not Forgotten.” Sandra Hudson announced the Conway Symphony will hold its Annual Casino Night on Nov. 6. 

The luncheon tables were centered with Fall decorations of Pumpkins, Sunflowers and Scarecrows. The hostesses for the meeting were Sandra Hudson, Chairwoman, Ruth Frenkel, Sylvia Meriwether, Eve Torian and Mae Williams. The next meeting will be held, Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Progressive Club

Progressive Club Nov. meeting will be at the home of President Sue Nunnally. Wendelene Smith will co-hostess the meeting. Leslie Hanks, Conway Regional Hospital, will present the program.