Roses Among Thorns Monthly Tea — Jan. 18

Roses Among Thorns held their monthly Tea on Jan. 18, in the Wassell Burgess Family Life Center at Springhill Baptist Church. The theme this month was "You’re My Hero."  The entry table had a large vase of red and yellow roses which were provided by the Ye Ole Daisy Shoppe. 

Linda Dickey opened the meeting with prayer and welcomed everyone. She held a drawing for door prizes. She also recognized each one that had a January birthday by giving them a tea cup. Peggy Russ provided each Rose with a badge because she said we are all super heroes and we are all winners.  

The menu consisted of chicken soup, corn bread and grapes. Cupcakes were served for dessert and drinks were also served.

Servers this month were Peggy Russ, Sammie Lieblong, Martha Wilcox and Sue Benge.

Diana Pope, our historian, had a table set up displaying the scrapbooks for us to look at that she had put together for our group.

Bronnie Rose, a volunteer for our group, read a poem about beautiful memories and also writing by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Linda announced that we will be having a fundraiser on Tuesday, March 6, at Chick-fil-A. A sign-up sheet was available. A couple of other fundraisers are being planned.

The next regular meeting was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15.

If you or any women you know who has cancer or is a survivor and would be interested in attending, please contact Linda Dickey to reserve your seat at 501-679-2931 or 501-472-1120.

Laureate Alpha Omega Beta Sigma Phi

Laureate Alpha Omega chapter of Beta Sigma Phi was royally entertained this week by sister chapter Laureate Alpha Delta at a Vintage Tea held at the Arkansas Peddlers’ Antique Mall in Springhill. Sally Lieblong, proprietor, told the group how she came to start her antique business.

Tables were decorated with a Valentine theme. Along with a wide variety of teas our hostesses served scones with fruit spreads, several different kinds of finger sandwiches, pastries and, of course, chocolates.

Everyone wore hats and other vintage clothing. There was a Jackie Kennedy look, coats, gloves, dresses and shoes from the 1960s as well as hundred-year-old aprons and jewelry. Several of the ladies shared stories about items they were wearing such as a "flying saucer" hat, their mother’s dress and a Carrie Nation pin.

Prizes were awarded to winners of games matching love phrases to their authors and listing "then and now" comparisons. Everyone also enjoyed sightseeing through the mall, and guests received packages of special teas as favors.

Kay Baldus, her committee and other helpers are to be commended for a very elegant and enjoyable evening.


Cadron Post Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, met Jan. 21 at the home of Jo Kilduff, 822 Donaghey Ave. in Conway. Co-hostesses were Octavia Baldridge and Kristina Ward.    

Regent Carol Rolf called the meeting to order. Rolf lead the opening ritual with the help of Mary Mosley, chaplain.

Nancy Rodwell led the Pledge of Allegiance. Carolyn Frazier led the American Creed. Suzann Waggoner led the Star Spangled Banner and Rolf led the preamble to the U.S. Constitution.

Wagoner, vice regent, read the President General’s Message. Rolf gave the National Defense Report in the absence of Fern Taylor, committee chairman.

Rolf read the minutes of the December meeting, which were approved as read.

Kristina Ward, treasurer, gave the treasurer’s report, which was approved as read. 

Donations were collected for the Veteran’s fund and Birthday Voices.

Under Officers’ reports:

• Pat Christensen, registrar, reported on transfer members Anna Mary Rudy and Dianne Newton. Members voted to accept them. Paperwork is still be doing by prospective members, Rebecca Wilkins, Kaaran Coyle, Kathy Fowler and Virginia Meadowcroft,  

Under Committee Reports:  

• Suzann Waggoner presented a Conservation Minute on Winter Garden Tips

• Nancy Rodwell read an Indian Minute called "Apache Blessing."

• Carol Rolf read an article, "IN MY PRIME," as a Women’s Issues Minute in the absence of Sharon Lessenberry, committee chairman.

Under Unfinished Business, the chapter collected coffee for the Veterans Affairs Clinic in Conway and labels and box tops for DAR Schools. The regent also encouraged members to subscribe to the DAR Magazine.

Under New Business:

• The Nominating Committee presented a slate of officers for the next two years and asked for nominations from the floor. Since there were no nominations from the floor, the committee present this slate of officers — Carol Rolf, regent; Suzann Waggoner, vice regent; Mary Mosley, chaplain; Carolyn Frazier, recording secretary; Virginia Smith, registrar; Octavia Baldridge, librarian; and Amanda Eggert, historian. A vote was taken and all were approved. Officers will be installed in May.

• Delegates were elected for the State Conference, which will be March 22-24 in Little Rock at the Double Tree Hotel. Delegates are Carol Rolf, Jo Kilduff, Carolyn Frazier, Suzann Waggoner, Virginia Smith, Shirley Barham and Mary Mosley.

• Carol Rolf and Suzann Waggoner were elected delegates to the 121st Continental Congress June 27-July 1 in Washington, D.C.   

• Amanda Eggert was elected as page to State Conference

• Members agreed to participate in Coups for Troops. Coupons, including those that have expired, will be collected for troops and sent to a regional clearinghouse for distribution.

• A George Washington Luncheon in Hot Springs will be Feb. 22. 

• Members discussed having a cluster meeting, agreeing they would support it if other chapters in the area do so as well. 

For the program, members assisted the regent in filling out the annual Master Questionnaire.

Mary Mosley gave the benediction and the meeting was adjourned.

Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

The Parkinson’s Disease Support Group met Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the Conway Regional Rehabilitation Center. Six new persons attended the meeting.

One of the goals of the Parkinson’s Disease support group in Conway is to educate its members of resources available in the area. Three such resources were discussed — a movement disorder specialist, Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery, and the senior counseling center.

Member Don Robbins told about his journey with Parkinson’s Disease. He explained how he was going to PD specialists in Houston, Texas. It got too hard on him to make the trip either by auto or plane, and it was expensive. They told him about a movement disorder specialist in Fayetteville who took part of his training there with them in Houston. Going to Fayetteville was a much easier trip than going to Houston. So he uses the doctor up there — Dr. Alan Diamond. Mr. Robbins believes he is doing quite well in his Parkinson’s journey. 

Mrs. Bronnie Rose, facilitator, presented him a gift of appreciation, which was a Valentine cup filled with candy.

Shirley and Larry Childs from Harrison was the couple who discussed Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery. Mrs. Childs is the facilitator of the Harrison PD Support Group. She has Parkinson’s and has had the Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery. She shared about her Parkinson’s journey and all about the DBS Surgery. She told the group you have to stay awake as you can answer questions and follow instructions. Mr. Childs explained the technical side of the surgery. Those present had many questions for each of them including recovery time, cost, pain, etc. Mr. and Mrs. Childs are very pleased with her surgery and know she is much improved over the condition she was in prior to the procedure.

Mrs. Rose presented a gift of appreciation to Mr. and Mrs. Childs; a red bag holding a jar of sweet potato butter, peanuts, and party mix.

Mrs. Rose presented information about the Conway Regional Senior Education and Counseling Center in the Gordy Building on Dave Ward Drive. The center provides neuro-psychiatric evaluation and treatment for those 65 years of age and older with cognitive, emotional and behavior changes. The staff is made up of five professionals including a geriatric psychiatrist and a licensed certified counselor. Mrs. Rose announced that the counselor is scheduled to be a guest at one of the PD meetings in the spring. Five handouts were presented to those present. A senior does not have to have a referral from a doctor.

Much discussion and questions and answers followed the presentation by the above information. The group played a game and Mrs. Childs won the man’s gift, a jar of sorghum and nuts. Kendis Chenoweth won the woman’s gift, a crown necklace.

Everyone enjoyed visiting with each other and eating chocolate iced cookies, strawberry iced cookies, Valentine candy, chocolate fudge and drinks. While they were enjoying themselves, Mrs. Rose gave each one a nice red apple with a popsicle stick in the apple. The sticks were decorated with Valentine stickers. Those present seemed to enjoy the program, the refreshments, the apples, and the fellowship.

The next meeting of the group will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, in the lobby of the Conway Regional Rehabilitation Center behind Stoby’s. All Parkinson’s patients and/or caregivers are encouraged to attend this free meeting. For additional information, contact Mrs. Rose at 329-6282 or 246-1972.

Alpha Iota Chapter of KKI

The Alpha Iota Chapter of Kappa Kappa Iota met Monday evening, Feb. 6, at College Square. A large group enjoyed the entertainment provided by the Davanzo Family Bluegrass Band. The family members who provided a variety of beautiful songs from Gospel, to love songs, to bluegrass, included Mr. Davanzo on the guitar; Mrs. Davanzo on the bass; daughter, Brittany, fiddle; and son, Nick, banjo. 

Brittany, 16, won the Oklahoma Bluegrass Festival on fiddle in the youth division. She recently won first place in the Arkansas Fiddle competition in the youth division at Clarksville. Nick, 11, is the Arkansas State Banjo Champ for the last two years. He recently won the Oklahoma Bluegrass Festival on banjo. Nick competes in the overall competition for banjo since there is no youth division in this instrument. Few young people compete in the banjo since it is more complicated to learn than some of the other instruments.

The table in the entrance to the meeting room was decorated with Valentines and a decorative Valentine gift. The piano held an arrangement of red roses in a Valentine vase and a framed "Love" picture.

The serving table was covered with red and white cloths centered with a red and white floral arrangement displaying red heart-shaped suckers. Hostesses served party mix, cream cheese/hot pepper raspberry preserves spread with crackers, chip and dip, chocolate fudge, assorted cookies, Valentine cupcakes, honey bun cake and sodas. Hostesses were Linda Wall, Sandy Mason and Bronnie Rose.

Amber Horn received the door prize from the hostesses — a red gift bag containing a jar of apple butter, peanuts, and party mix.

Mrs. Mason won the raffle item — a Valentine vase with hearts on it.

President Mrs. Wall announced the State Board Meeting will be Feb. 25 in Little Rock. The location and time will be announced later. She also announced the Arkansas Epsilon State Convention will be in April in Rogers. The location, time and exact date will be announced later. The Alpha Iota Chapter is making plans to be represented at each of these state events.

The next meeting of the group will be at 6 p.m. Monday, March 5, at Southridge Village. The guest speaker will be Andrea Lennon with True Vine Ministry. Hostesses will be Sue Gates, Mary Langston and Judy Reno. Kappas should bring $1 for the Arkansas Epsilon State Scholarship fund and $1 for the raffle item.

AARP Conway Chapter 796

The monthly AARP meeting was held Jan. 16 at Ryan’s Restaurant. President Ron Ross called the meeting to order. Ron led the opening prayer and Dave Allgeyer led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Vice President Donna Bivens introduced our guest speaker, Dr. Robert Reising from UCA. He is the author of "Chasing Moonlight." The book is available at the county library.

Joyce Lancaster read the minutes of the January board meeting held at the library. Maxine Roop, gave the Treasurer’s Report. She is now collecting dues for the year.

Ruby Johnson gave the Sunshine Report and the Community Service Report. She reported that our members had served 626 hours of service. The Health Report was given by Virgie Tsuda. She spoke on the importance of protecting our eyes. Peggy Sturgis gave the Thought For The Day.

Ruby Hefner won the door prize. The next meeting will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 20, at the Conway Senior Citizens Center. The meeting was adjourned.