The Alpha Iota Chapter of Kappa Kappa Iota met at the new Carolyn Lewis Elementary School Media Center for their September meeting.

Vice President Tricia Moix introduced the guest speaker, Phyllis Childers, who presented the program, "Quilts and Quilt Making." Ms. Childers displayed two quilts she had completely hand stitched and seven she quilted on her quilting machine showing different stitching patterns. She also showed photos of several quilts she had made for others. She stated, "Every quilt a person makes holds a memory and tells a story."

She encouraged the Kappas to take good care of their quilts and enjoy them.

Kappas enjoyed a great salad supper with many delicious salads. Clara Rose Simon and Linda Wall were the hostesses. The raffle item of a turkey container with candy was won by Doretta Bright. Mrs. Bright also received the door prize, a silk flower arrangement in a basket.

The October meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 1, at AETN. Hostesses will be Amber Horn, Brittany Russell and Amy Malik.

The Parkinson’s Disease Support Group met Wednesday, Sept. 12, at the McGee Center. One new person was in attendance.

Dr. Melanie Smith, Ophthalmologist, was the special guest speaker. She discussed cataracts, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. In discussing cataracts, she used a model of the eye to show the lens that is removed from the eye and where the new one goes. She had a sample of a ne lens. These models helped those present to understand cataracts and cataract surgery.

There are two types of macular degenration. About 90 percent of those with the disease have the "dry type" which is the better of the two. About 10 percent have the "wet type" which you don’t want. This type can lead to more devastating vision loss.

Glaucoma is an eye disease where the pressure in the eye can run too high. There are no symptoms, so a person can have it and not know it. That is why a yearly check-up is highly recommended.

Dry eye is a common problem with Parkinson’s Disease patients because many times they do not blink enough. Dr. Smith suggested PD patients try to blink more often, use moisture eye drops, avoid ceiling fans, and in the winter use a cool-mist humidifier.

Another problem for PD patients is that eye movement gets slower. Dr. Smith recommended having a line on your bifocals to help with vision.

Bronnie Rose, facilitator, presented Dr. Smith a jar of body butter from Wax Worm at Pickles Gap and a decorative cross as a token of appreciation. Those present felt that they learned a lot and that Dr. Smith did an excellent job with her presentation. She was so easy to understand and follow.

Those present enjoyed refreshments of Ritz snacks, chocolate chip cookies, and Mrs. Rose’s homemade fudge. The door prize was won by Jan Gruen. It was a jar of peach butter.

The next meeting of the group will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the McGee Center on College Avenue. A special guest is scheduled to attend. All PD patients and/or their caregivers are encouraged to attend this free, fun, informative meeting.

If anyone has any questions, call Mrs. Rose at 501-329-6282 or 501-246-1972.

Members of Conway Civic League gathered for the inaugural meeting of the 2012-2013 year. The group met in the Fireplace Room of Conway Country Club at noon on Wednesday, September 19.

Hostesses were Melanie Conner, Beckye Ezell, Wanda Fulmer, Maribeth Garrison, Barbara Satterfield and Lulu Thompson. Yearly dues were paid and yearbooks were distributed. Yearbook compilation and printing was done by Sharon Lessenberry while the cover design was the work of Barbara Satterfield.

The lunch menu included cream of artichoke soup, deli sandwich on a croissant, tossed salad with a choice of dressings, key lime pie and a variety of beverages. Barbara Satterfield offered the prayer for the meal.

Table decorations carried out a party theme with gay multistriped paper centering the round tables, colored balloons, party hats, noise makers and goblets containing candies and other party objects.

Beckye Ezell introduced and gave a brief background on the speaker, Patti Stobaugh, owner of PattiCakes Bakery located just west of Stoby’s Restaurant which is owned by her husband, David Stobaugh. PattiCakes main function is to prepare desserts for Stoby’s, but it also offers custom made desserts including decorated cakes and cupcakes, a variety of pies as well as muffins, scones, cookies, breads, quiches and salads. Part of their motto is "You expect excellence and delicious memories...we create them."

President Sharon Lessenberry led the group in reciting the Club Collect, a feature of every meeting.

Secretary Nancy Williams called the roll with 31 present. She then read the minutes of the May 2012 meeting which were approved.

Sandra Hudson gave the treasurer’s report.

Vice president Barbara Satterfield thanked members of the program committee and stated the theme for the year, "Friends and fun are priceless gifts we give each other". Next month’s quote is credited to the late actress Katherine Hepburn, "If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun!" The program, a book review, will be presented by Marion Baker on Oct. l7.

September birthday celebrities were Rosemary Hubbard and Martha McConnell. President Lessenberry led the group in singing, "Happy Birthday".

In keeping with tradition Pat Ott made the motion to adjourn and in doing so also reminded members to vote.