The Conway Garden Club met Tuesday, Sept. 4, for our first meeting of the 2012-2013 year. The Hostess was Julia Fraser and Co-Hostess Carolyn Stewart.

President Florine Phipps opened the meeting by welcoming everybody back and introducing our speaker, Betty Baxter, a local Master Gardener. She did a very good PowerPoint presentation on "Butterflies" with beautiful pictures.

President Phipps led the group in the Collect; Secretary Julia Fraser read the minutes and Treasurer Elizabeth Black gave her report. President Phipps went over all the contests provided by the Arkansas Federation of Garden Clubs for the year and then handed our new yearbook pages, as well as the 2013 Arkansas Flower and Garden Show Booklets.

Julia Fraser did a lovely flower arrangement. The group enjoyed refreshments of sandwiches, fruit and a strawberry and blueberry trifle.

The October meeting will be held at the "Lot" with Hostess Elizabeth Black; program "The Proper Care of Trees," by Ronnie Newton. The November meeting will be at Tipton & Hurst, "Wreath-Making," Hostess, Paulette Herring. In December a pot-luck luncheon and gift giving will be in the home of Vernelle Crews.

Installation of officers for the newly formed North Faulkner County Extension Homemakers Council was recently held in the Tommy Lewis Conference Center of the Natural Resources Building. Barbara Boen, of London, Arkansas Ozark District Director of EHC, served as the emcee and introduced the state officers of Extension Homemakers in attendance: Kaye Green of Rison, president; Johnette Johnson of Mt. Ida, vice president; Mary Fisher of Danville, president elect; Carolyn Morris of Yellville, treasurer; Patsy Glover of Jefferson County, secretary; and Karen Bell Fox of Rison, Parliamentarian and EIN Advisor.

State EHC President Kaye Green, conducted the installation. She was assisted by Mary Fisher, State president elect.

Sandi Zimmerman of Conway was installed as president; Maxine Coughlin of Mayflower as vice president; Marie Wilson of Wooster as secretary; Gerri Johnson of Greenbrier as treasurer; and Emily Harris of Greenbrier as educational chairman.

Beth Wallace, immediate past president of the Roadrunners’ EHC, offered a prayer of thanksgiving and blessing of the newly formed council.

Following the program, a reception was hosted by the Roadrunners’ EHC who founded the North Faulkner County Extension Homemakers Council to better serve all of Faulkner County.

The AARP monthly meeting was held Monday, Aug. 20, at the Conway Senior Center.

President Ron Ross opened the meeting and welcomed members and guests. He introduced Marsha Brown, a new member. Joe Johnson gave the opening prayer and Peggy Sturgis led the Pledge.

Vice President Donna Bivens introduced our Speaker, David McCollum, a Sports Writer with the Log Cabin Democrat. David described one of his greatest moments as a writer. This was a parade on Pennsylvania Avenue for the changing of the President of the United States.

President Ross made the following announcements:

Raymond Patterson is recovering from a 4 by-pass heart operation.

Our recent Book and Bake Sale was very successful and the proceeds were donated to the Conway Senior Center.

Our September meeting will be our fall social at the First United Methodist Church. It will be a potluck meal followed by Bingo. We are asked to wear our red AARP shirts and to bring a gift wrapped Bingo prize.

Our Hootenanny will be on Oct. 20 at the Senior Center.

Joe Heird, Hub Leader, gave a report on the recent Hub Meeting.

State President Sherry Walker led a discussion at the meeting on the topic, "You’ve Earned a Say," about Social Security and Medicare. Joe reminded us that Social Security was started in 1935 and Medicare in 1967. The next Hub meeting will be in Cabot on Nov. 16.

Secretary Joyce Lancaster read the minutes from the last meeting. Maxine Roop gave the Treasurer’s Report. Ruby Johnson gave the Community Service Report and the Sunshine Report. Peggy Sturgis gave the "Thought for the Day." Norma Strickland won the door prize. The meeting was adjourned.

Conway Shakespeare Club will hold a luncheon meeting at noon on Sept. 20 at the Conway Country Club.

Mary Fleming will begin the year’s study of "American Short Story Writers" with a look at "The Short Story Genre" and a presentation of "My Life With Short Stories." Linda Arnold will also lead a brief discussion on "Poetry: 100 Years."

The hostesses for the September meeting will be Linda Rogers, Pat Thessing and Mary Fleming.

Members are reminded to bring their checks for the luncheon and for the year’s dues.