Conway Civic League

On a sunny, cold, wintry day, ladies of the Conway Civic League gathered for their December meeting at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 12, in the Main Dining Room of Conway Country Club. The setting was beautifully decorated with evergreen wreaths accented by large gold ribbons and bows. The round tables with white cloths and red napkins featured colorful red pillar candles in large glass globes surrounded by arrangements of holly, pine cones and red berries.

Hostesses were Gay Moore, Barbara Henry, Cathy Ketcheside, Molsie Osborne and Dotty Robins, who offered a blessing for the meal. The menu included pork loin, green beans almondine, seasoned mashed potatoes, tossed salad with a variety of toppings and dressings, rolls and butter and ending with a choice of desserts — either pumpkin or pecan pie.

A team of well-known Conway chefs, a father-daughter combination of Jill McCollom and Don Bingham, presented the program and were introduced by Wanda Fulmer. Jill is the Food Services Director and chef at Central Baptist College and also does private catering. Don is Coordinator of Special Events at the University of Central Arkansas. The program entitled "Holiday Treats" included a demonstration of an easy-to-make sweet treat made of miniature vanilla wafers and Hershey Kisses put together with melted white chocolate. Don told stories about family celebrations and traditions through the years, then went to the piano and led the group in the singing of Christmas carols and closed the program with piano solos and favorite sacred songs. The program experience included foods, stories and music.

Secretary Nancy Williams called the roll with 36 present.

Membership chair Judy Holman read names and brief bios on five nominees to fill the three vacancies on the club roll. After a vote, announcement was made that Becky Vint, Vickie Joyner Browning and Julie Adkisson would be invited as new members.

President Sharon Lessenberry led the group in the reading of the Collect.

Minutes of the November meeting were read by Nancy Williams and approved with corrections.

Treasurer Sandra Hudson gave her report, which included a club donation to CAPCA.

Yearbook chair Barbara Satterfield announced that the January 2013 program would be "Happy New Year at UCA" to be presented by Dr. Steve Runge, vice president for Academic Affairs and Provost. Hostesses will be Wanda Logan, Bobbie Clark, Irene Clark, Dottie Halter, Rosanne Johnson and Barbara Isom.

Laurie Smith invited everyone to the annual Haven House Christmas Coffee, that was held on Thursday, Dec. 13, at the home of Cindy and David Naylor.

President Lessenberry led the group in singing "Happy Birthday" to December honorees Nancy Williams, Dottie Halter and Beckye Ezell.

The quote for the month, attributed to Charles Swindoll is: "I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let’s face it-friends make life a lot more fun."

Nancy Williams made the motion to adjourn and all agreed.


The North Faulkner County Extension Homemakers’ Council’s final event in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the AEHC was held recently, their first Christmas dinner and program. Set up and decorating was done by Fran Mauldin, Robert Stroud, Sandee Reynolds, Barbara Fowler, Marie Wilson and Sandi Zimmerman.

Attendees were greeted by Fran Mauldin and Alice Brown in the foyer of the Faulkner County Natural Resource Center Building. The reception table was covered with a floorlength cloth overlaid with white battenberg. The centerpiece of fresh, mixed evergreens, asparagus, purple German statice, fern and pine cones included a 100-year-old oil lamp with a crystal shade. A huge wicker basket sat on the floor at one end of the table and held the items guests brought to donate to needy families. Its handle’s decorations coordinated with the table’s centerpiece.

Each set of double doors into the Tommy Lewis Conference Room was clad with matching evergreen wreaths decorated with white double gypsophila, pine cones, wired-edge gold ribbon and purple velvet ribbon and bows.

Dining tables were covered with purple cloths overlaid with white battenberg cloths and set with Christmas china, crystal, sterling silver or gold flatware. White battenberg napkins were tied with red, green, gold and purple ribbons. All centerpieces on the tables and serving tables coordinated with the one on the reception table.

Serving tables were covered with floorlength, white cloths topped with purple swirls. Coordinating centerpieces completed the look. All tables held multicolored cards with the message, "Our Savior is Born."

Guests enjoyed wassail served from a sterling silver punch bowl and hors d’oeuvres while visiting and playing appropriate games.

Marie Wilson, Nancy Mentgen, the Rev. Matt Pryor, Gerri Johnson and Sandee Reynolds presented the program, "Our Savior is Born." It included the history of the writer and writing of the famous Christmas carol, "Away in a Manger".

Following dinner consisting of roast turkey, dressing, gravy, corn, sweet potato casserole, fresh cranberry salad, rolls and various pies, door prizes were won by Jim Baker, Billi Blount and Anna Sanders.

Beth Wallace served as auctioneer for the white elephants, purchased by Sandi Zimmerman, Hank Chaney, Fran Mauldin and Sandee Reynolds.

Money made from this fun auction supports the general budget from which a large variety of community service projects are funded.

Emily Harris and Emily Lane headed the clean up.