The large group who attended the Parkinson’s Disease Support Group meeting observed "Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month" and "World Parkinson’s Day" held at the Conway Regional Rehabilitation Center on Wednesday, April 11. April is "Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month" and the 11th is "World Parkinson’s Day," which is Dr. James Parkinson’s birthday. This was done in honor of Dr. Parkinson who did so much research on what was, in the 1800s, called "Shaking Palsy." Information about Parkinson’s Disease was given to each person. Three new persons attended the meeting.

Mary Sue McNutt, licensed certified social worker with the Arkansas Department of Health, was the guest speaker. She shared with the group how most people have a limitation of some kind and gave some examples of people who have limitations. Then she discussed different ways people cope with the limitation and stress involved. This led to a lively discussion of ways those present cope. Some of the ways they brought up were: exercise, music, humor, telephoning family and friends, writing, making bread and giving it away, movies and staying busy. She encouraged those present to replenish their spirits in whatever way that worked for them. Mrs. McNutt stressed the importance of exercise of some type and keeping busy.

Bronnie Rose, facilitator, presented Mrs. McNutt a gift of appreciation, a bag of party mix and a jar of apple butter. She also presented each new person a bag of information about PD and the local chapter.

The serving table held an arrangement of fresh purple tulips and a lovely cake decorated with white frosting and purple tulips with green leaves and the words "World Parkinson’s Day." The tulip is the floral symbol of Parkinson Disease. In addition to the delicious cake, those present enjoyed chocolate chip cookies, mixed nuts and drinks. Green plates, napkins and cups were used.

Door prizes were presented to two persons — Norbert Schedler received a box of apple-cinnamon cheeseball mix and Clem Gruen received a jar of peach butter.

The next meeting of the group will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, in the lobby of the Conway Regional Rehabilitation Center behind Stoby’s. All Parkinson’s patients and/or their caregivers are encouraged to attend this free meeting. For more information, contact Mrs. Rose at 329-6282 or 246-1972.

Preceptor Beta Kappa chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met Tuesday, April 10, at the home of Lynne Tiner with 17 members present. President Debbie Creswell called the meeting to order. Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

Ms. Creswell shared an invitation to Founder’s Day, hosted by chapter Laureate Alpha Omega. This city-wide sorority event will be held April 24 at Hole in the Wall cafeteria. A head count was taken of members planning to attend. Write-ups for Best Social and Best Service were submitted for judging. The chapter’s Girl of the Year will also be recognized that evening.

Ways and Means chairman, Barbara Money, reported that the Chocolate-Covered, Frozen Banana-on-a-Stick booth for Toad Suck Daze has been reserved. Members then signed up for work slots for the three day festival. Bananas will be ready for pickup by members on Wednesday, April 18, and again on Friday, April 27.

Service chairman, Jolinda Bryant, asked for reports from members who delivered "Thank You" cookie trays to fire stations and police station. All were surprised and very appreciative of the goodies. She then announced that for the April service project the chapter will purchase gift cards for the residents of Soaring Wings.

Scholarship chairman Nancy Penny reported that 15 applications were received from high school senior girls planning to attend a local college or university. Three ladies have been selected to receive the $500 scholarships.

Vice President Anna Boudreaux announced that installation of officers, progression rituals, and Order of the Rose ceremony will all be held during the meeting on May 8.

The next social will be Revealing. Susan Salter reported this will be held at the clubhouse at Centerstone on May 22.

Mrs. Money then presented the traditional box of chocolate candy to announce the engagement and upcoming marriage of her daughter, Ashley. Members applauded the announcement and enjoyed eating the candy.

The program for the meeting was the viewing of the press conference announcing the fate of UofA football coach, Bobby Petrino. Discussion followed.

The meeting was adjourned with members repeating the Closing Ritual.

Refreshments were served by Mrs. Tiner and co-hostesses Sandra Schrekenhofer and Nancy Penny.

Members of Conway Civic League welcomed Spring by gathering at noon on Wednesday, March 21, in the Fireplace Room of Conway Country Club.

Spring decorations abounded with each table featuring flowers, rabbits, baskets, Easter cones and favors.

A lunch menu consisted of cream of artichoke soup, chicken salad on croissants accented with sliced tomato and lettuce leaves, an assortment of colorful fruits, cheese cake, rolls and beverages.

Hostesses included Dottie Halter, Barbara Henry, Barbara Horton, Sandra Hudson, Dora Libby Lamey and Kathy Linn, who gave the blessing for the meal.

Gay Moore introduced Susie Walker who carried out the March theme of "Simply Delightful" by presenting a program on "Decorating for Easter". Mrs. Walker had prepared a colorful table displaying many hand-made seasonal decorations which she described and shared ways of making them, where to buy, how to put together and where to use them. At the end of her presentation she presented lovely door prizes to several delighted members selected at random.

Meredith led in the recitation of the Collect.

President Marsha McClanahan presided and called on secretary Nancy Williams to call the roll with 38 members responding. She then read the minutes of the February meeting which were then approved.

After a vote to fill a club vacancy, Laurie Smith was unanimously voted into membership. The vote was conducted by membership chair Judy Holman.

Cindy Hudson Windle gave the treasurer’s report, subbing for her mother, Sandra Hudson.

Sharon Lessenberry announced that the April 18 program on the theme, "Simply Free" would be presented by James Loyd of Renewal Ranch.

Charlotte Nabholz reported updates on glass recycling and on an electronic recycling event in April at the landfill.

"Happy Birthday" was sung to March honorees Sharon Lessenberry, Pat Thessing and Dorothy Robins.

Following a club tradition, Pat Ott gave the motion to adjourn, and it was unanimously approved.