Laureate Alpha Omega chapter of Beta Sigma Phi held their first fall meeting and annual secret sister "unbirthday" party on Tuesday at the Trillium Park community room with all 13 members present.

Hostess Mary Williams served ham and turkey wraps, seven layer dip, chips and soft drinks prior to the business meeting.

President Vernelle Crews called the meeting to order and led the Opening Ritual. She also announced that the chapter has received a three star rating certificate from International.

Janet Jones passed out new yearbooks using this year’s theme, "You’re Among Friends." Judy Schultz, service chairman, suggested some projects for the year. Bert Lackey asked members to consider volunteering as docents for the Symphony Orchestra Designer Houses.

The social committee is making plans to entertain sister chapter Laureate Alpha Delta in October and continuing preparations for the BSP council sponsored Preferential Tea.

Members finalized the work schedule for ticket sales at the fair, and Sissy Moore provided parking passes for the workers.

Mary Williams and Peggy Hahn presented the program on birthday traditions "among friends" around the world by sharing birthday customs celebrated in other countries.

The meeting was adjourned with members repeating the Closing Ritual and Mizpah. Members then enjoyed "unbirthday" cake and exchanged secret sister "unbirthday" gifts.

The first regular meeting was held Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the home of Sarah Rivers.

Small American flags were on display to honor those lost during 9/11 and represent this year’s theme, You’re Among Friends.

A huge chef salad along with a fruit salad was served to those attending.

The opening ritual was said prior to the start of the meeting that included reports and discussion from all committees.

Tonight’s program was the viewing of the photo album with daily write ups of each day’s account of adventure leading up to the hostess becoming a 50 stater in mid June.

Afterward the Closing Ritual and Mizpah were held. Some Secret Sister gifts were then exchanged and we enjoyed visiting with one another.

The Newcomers Club of Conway held their monthly meeting at Hole in the Wall Cafe on Thursday, Sept. 13.

The guest speaker, Dr. Gayle Seymour, UCA professor, was introduced by First Vice President Sada Vandiver. Dr. Seymour spoke on "View of Crystal Bridges." This is the first new museum dedicated to American art in 50 years.

The Museum was founded by Alice Walton who also serves as chair of the Crystal Bridges Board of Directors. There is no admission fee to view the museum’s permanent collection, which is on view year-round, but admission fees may be charged for temporary exhibits.

Newcomers Club President Pam Rawls introduced one guest, Mary Grubb of Crossett. She was attending with Pat Milner. Two new members were also introduced to the Club.

Table decorations were wreaths decorated for fall and were given as door prizes.

Donna Bivins spoke about this year’s Club fundraiser. During the November meeting, a baked goods auction will be held. Members are encouraged to bring baked goods to both "sample" and one to sell.

A Holiday Cookbook is also being put together to be sold during the bake sale. Please send your holiday recipes to Peggy Gregory or Donna Bivins so they may be included in the cookbook. Plan to bring friends along for the meeting and sale.

The Club is asking members to sign up to serve as docents at the Conway Symphony Designer House which will be open for tours from Sunday, Oct. 19 through Nov. 10.

Further information will be provided to the Newcomers Club on specific dates volunteers are needed.

The October meeting will be held at Hole in the Wall Cafe on Thursday, Oct. 11.

Preceptor Beta Kappa Chapter of BSP met Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the farm home of Jolinda Bryant with 13 members present.

President Debbie Creswell called the meeting to order with members reciting the Opening Ritual. Recording Secretary Carolyn Jones read the minutes of the previous meeting which were approved as read.

Treasurer Barbara Money reported the chapter balance as well as recent expenses include the $1,500 to UCA for the three scholarships and for Beginning Day.

Debbie reported she had received the insurance form from International. Barbara will send the form and the check to cover the chapter for the 2012-13 year.

Debbie then stated that the Executive Board will meet prior to the first meeting in October to discuss our chapter’s progression to Laureate.

Kathy White announced that the Dinner Out meeting on Sept. 25 will be at 6:30 p.m. at Pizza 42. Members need to let Kathy know if they plan to attend. Debbie thanked the Beginning Day social committee for a great kickoff event.

Suzanne Webb reported that our chapter is responsible for the City-wide Valentine Queen Coronation dinner.

The committee to work on that consists of Susan Childers, Nancy Penny, Marsha Wigley, and Suzanne. The Preferential Tea will be held on Oct. 23.

More information will be forthcoming. City Council dues for the 2012-13 year are $10. Members are encouraged to pay these to Barbara as soon as possible. Suzanne also reported that Epsilon Xi chapter has dissolved.

This was met with sadness as this was the chapter into which many of us originally pledged. This leaves five remaining chapters in Conway.

Susan Salter announced that the Oct. 9 meeting at her house will be the annual Halloween costume party and encouraged members to be working on their costumes.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned with members repeating the Closing Ritual.

Carolyn Jones presented a program entitled, "You’re Among Friends" and read a poem about the importance of each member.

She then shared memories of her pledging and subsequent years in BSP. Other members then shared similar memories of what BSP has meant to them over the years.

Refreshments were served by Mrs. Bryant and co-hostesses, Debbie Creswell and Kathy White. Sunshine gifts, tickets to Dazzle Daze, were won by Brenda Hawkins and Carolyn Jones.