The Newcomers Club of Conway met April 12 at the Agora Conference and Special Events Center. President Pam Rawls called the meeting to order and the minutes were read by Secretary Mandy Thomas. They were approved with a slight correction. The treasurer’s report was given by Diane McArthur.

Pam thanked Peggy Gregory and Judy Myers for the beautiful decorated cookies in baskets that were centerpieces for the tables. Guests were welcomed and introduced. Jewel Devin, Freda Fowler, Doris Palmer, Jacki Shoate and Lois Carlon were introduced as prospective members. A coffee was held at the home of Rogene Smith on Thursday, April 19. A Game Night was held at Rogene’s home on April 16 to teach games to those wishing to participate in daily activities.

First Vice President Nancy Hester introduced Monty Rowell, General Manager of KUCA who told of the history of Conway’s radio stations. One story was about the tornado of 1965. One listener with a good view of the tornado called the station and was put on the air as she gave a detailed description of the terrible storm passing through the city. Mr. Rowell’s talk was enjoyed by all.

President Rawls introduced Peggy Gregory, chair of the nominating committee. Peggy presented their report of prospective officers. They are: President - Pam Rawls; First vice President - Sumer Dudman; Second Vice President - Mary Sue Stearns; Secretary - Mandy Thomas; Corresponding Secretary - Carol Rolf; Treasurer - Diane McArthur; Hospitality - Virgie Tsuda and Peggy Gregory; Activities Chair - Bev Freiley; Ways and Means Chair - Donna Bivins. The slate was accepted by acclimation. Committee Chairs will be appointed by the President.

Bev Freiley announced that two new Triple Play Canasta groups had been formed. These groups along with the Wine and Dine group and the Beginning Fun With Photos group is not on the renewal forms and need to be written in at the bottom if you wish to join them.

Door prizes were won by Sada Vandiver and Pam Rawls. Bev Freiley won the Pot ‘O’ Gold and the lunch ticket for the next luncheon won by Beulah McCain. The meeting was then adjourned and all attendants were invited to take home a cookie from the centerpieces.

Members of Conway Civic League met at noon April 18 in the Fireplace Room of Conway Country Club with 39 members and several guests.

The tables were centered with clear glass rose bowls resting on mirrors and containing brightly colored artificial fruits accented with magnolia leaves. Hostesses included Iris Scales, Ruth Frenkel, Charlotte Nabholz, Judy Hunnicutt and Patricia Thessing.

Sharon Lessenberry offered a blessing before the meal, a buffet luncheon of chicken salad with a variety of toppings and dressings, rolls, carrot cake and beverage choices.

The monthly theme was "Simply Free" and the program, introduced by Pat Ott was given by James Loy of Renewal Ranch who gave his personal history including recovery from alcohol and drug addiction through the intervention of caring Christian friends and pastors. He helped found Renewal Ranch, located in Perry County, which is a facility treating men 21 years and older dealing with addictions. He named several influential ministers who are involved in the program, which is planning to expand facilities in order to help more people. The free program is engaged in a fund-raiser to finance facility expansion.

Wanda Meador, a former president, led the group in reciting the Collect.

President Marsha McClanahan presided and called for Secretary Nancy Williams to call the roll and to read minutes of the March meeting which were approved. Treasurer Sandra Hudson gave a financial report, which included a club donation to CAPCA and also announced that $200 was available for a gift to a worthy local charity. After short discussion the members voted to donate the money to Renewal Ranch.

Next month’s theme will be "Simply Official" and will feature installation of next year’s officers. Nominating committee chair Wanda Fulmeer reported the following list: President-Sharon Lessenberry; Vice president-Barbara Satterfield; Recording secretary-Nancy Williams; Treasurer-Sandra Hudson; Corresponding secretary- Lulu Thompson; Historian-Beckye Ezell; Reporter-Betty Courtway; and Parliamentarian-Charlotte Nabholz. There being no nominations from the floor, the slate was unanimously elected.

New member Laurie Smith was welcomed as was visitor Sheila Stevenson of Rotorua, N.Z. "Happy Birthday" was sung to April honorees Patricia Thessing, Cathy Ketcheside, Maribeth Garrison, Sandra Hudson and Laurie Smith.

Pat Ott gave the motion for adjournment and it was unanimously approved.

President Jay Fortner called the April meeting to order and welcomed new member Judy Corcoran. He provided updates on three members.

Hervey Galloway introduced speaker Angela Howard, coordinator of the Recycling Program for the City of Conway. Angela described the state-of-the-art recycling system in Conway and Faulkner County, including machinery that is able to separate the recyclables automatically by laser beam.

Secretary Florene Phipps read the minutes of the March meeting. Treasurer Betty Stevens gave the April financial report. Elizabeth Rose Black reported 47 members present. Julia Fraser reported 827 community service hours for the month of March.

President Elect Judy McKnight introduced Host/Hostess Committee Chair Carolyn Lewis, who introduced the April committee of: Judy Corcoran, Aleene Henson, Beth Henze, Don Robbins, Mary and Russell Langston, Faye Sanson, Connie Simpson, Jeannie Webb, and Carroll and Mary Williams.

First Vice President Hervey Galloway gave a report of the field trip to the Governor’s Mansion on March 27. Second Vice President, Carroll Williams reminded members to pay their dues by May so their names will be included in the yearbook. He also provided information about how the silver on the battle ships is stored when the ships are on active duty.

Julia Fraser, Chairman of the Nominating Committee, announced the slate of officers for the 2012-13 year. They are: President, Hervey Galloway; President Elect, Polly Bakker; First Vice President, Peggy Sturgis; Second Vice President, Carroll Williams; Parliamentarian, Jay Fortner; Secretary, Florene Phipps; Treasurer, Betty Stevens; Reporter, Sharon Rapp; Historian, Charlotte Bell.

The proposed slate of officers was elected. Jay Fortner announced that officer reports are due to ARTA. Judy McKnight asked everyone to sign up for host/hostess for next year. Hervey Galloway encouraged members to write program suggestions on the forms provided on the tables. The telephone committee will need a chairman and additional members.

The May 15 meeting will be a potluck luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m. The above slate of officers will be installed. Ben Bakker announced that First United Methodist Church has invited FCRTA to join them on May 3 for a field trip to Crystal Bridges Museum.

Ben mentioned need for a FCRTA representative to the Conway Public School Foundation Board. Carl Barker announced a brick sale by the Conway Public School Foundation.

The Carolyn Lewis Elementary School dedication is set for Sept. 6. The ARTA District VI meeting is May 9 in Little Rock.The meeting was adjourned to food and fellowship.

The Conway chapters of Beta Sigma Phi sorority attended the annual Founder’s Day awards dinner Tuesday, April 24, at the Hole In The Wall restaurant. Laureate Alpha Omega chapter chaired the event.

Janet Jones, Laureate Alpha Omega president, welcomed the group. The Pledge of Allegiance and Opening Ritual were led by Debbie Creswell of Preceptor Beta Kappa. Peggy McKaskle of Laureate Alpha Delta led the BSP Grace, and everyone enjoyed dinner of salad, chicken scaloppini, green beans, Rosemary bread with a choice of strawberry or chocolate desserts.

Following the meal, Eva Koger led the Founder’s Day pledge. Sondra Pugh of Laureate Alpha Omega was honored with the Golden Circle Ritual, signifying 50 years of sorority membership. Xi Master chapter gave special recognition to Grace Thompson who is the only charter member of the first Conway BSP chapter still active after 57 years. Mrs. Thompson’s daughter, Lynn Riggins of Preceptor Beta Kappa, accompanied her.

Awards were given for the best projects in the following categories: Best service project, first place, Preceptor Beta Kappa; second place, Beta Upsilon; third place, Xi Master. Best ways and means project, first place, Laureate Alpha Omega; second place, Beta Upsilon. Best social, first place, Xi Master; second place, Laureate Alpha Omega, and third place, Preceptor Beta Kappa. Awards for best scrapbooks went to Laureate Alpha Omega and Xi Master. The Founder’s Day attendance award went to Xi Master.

Each chapter announced their 2011-2012 Women of the Year. They are: Beta Upsilon, Sandra Holmes; Preceptor Beta Kappa, Debbie Creswell and Jolinda Bryant; Laureate Alpha Omega, Florene Phipps; Laureate Alpha Delta, Peggy Lutz and Xi Master, Peggy Russ.

Following a drawing for door prizes, Vernelle Crews of Laureate Alpha Omega chapter read the message from BSP International and announced that the theme for the 2012-13 sorority year will be "You’re Among Friends."

The meeting was adjourned with members repeating the Closing Ritual and Mizpah.