Beta Sigma Phi Laureate Alpha Omega

Soup’s on for the 10 members of Laureate Alpha Omega chapter of Beta Sigma Phi who attended the first meeting of 2013 at the home of Sondra Pugh. The hostess served homemade chicken noodle soup and chili with broccoli cornbread and soft drinks.

The business meeting was called to order by President Vernelle Crews who led the Opening Ritual. Florene Phipps, membership chair, announced that the pledge ritual for Linda Alverson will be held at the next meeting.

Judy Schultz, service chair, will pick up the clothing brought by members for the Conway Regional Hospital ER. At our next meeting members are asked to bring items for the Children’s Hospital activity closet. Their greatest need is items for older boys. It was reported that our names had appeared in the Log Cabin Democrat’s Community Christmas Card.

Our January social will be dinner at Mike’s Place on Friday, Jan. 25. After dinner, several members will also be attending a performance of "A Chorus Line" at UCA.

Mary Williams stated that the Friends of the Conway Animal Shelter had contacted her regarding their calendar sales fund raiser. Since she had provided these calendars for our group at Christmas, we will encourage other Conway BSP chapters to also participate.

Janet Jones passed out additional and corrected yearbook pages. She also stated that she will host the next meeting at the Trillium Park community room.

The meeting adjourned with members repeating the Closing Ritual and Mizpah and enjoying visiting among friends over a choice of pecan or Boston cream pie. The sunshine gift was won by Linda Alverson.

Conway Newcomers Club

The January meeting of the Conway Newcomers Club was held at Hole in the Wall Café on Thursday, Jan. 10. Dr. Carolyn Brown was the invited speaker. Dr. Brown, Professor of Flute at the University of Central Arkansas, spoke to the group about the Conway Symphony Orchestra. She is one of the original members of the orchestra which was founded by community music supporters 28 years ago. The Conway Symphony Orchestra is unique in that it is composed of a mix of professional musicians, top student musicians, and faculty members. Their mission statement is to create meaningful experiences through performances and education and to provide high-quality, professional musical performances for the Central Arkansas community. Their next performance is Feb. 16, at Reynolds Performance Hall on the UCA campus. Dr. Brown entertained the Newcomers Club with a solo flute performance.

The Conway Newcomers Club held their regular business meeting after Dr. Brown’s performance. The club has formed a Nominating Committee to search for members to serve as leaders of the club for the next year. It was mentioned that our club needs to have new leadership this next year to invigorate the club with fresh ideas for growth. If you are a current member of the Conway Newcomers Club, please consider serving on the Board next year. And if you are new to the Conway area (having moved here within the past 3 years), please consider joining the Conway Newcomers Club. It’s a wonderful way to meet people, to form friendships, and to participate in social activities. Please call 205-4025 or 505-8373 for further information about the Conway Newcomers Club.

Faulkner County Retired Teachers Association

President Hervey Galloway called the December meeting to order and gave the invocation for the meal. Two guests, Joyce Lancaster and Jayme Huff, were welcomed.

Peggy Sturgis introduced Jo-Ed Woodward who sang Christmas carols during the pot luck luncheon. Virgie Tsuda introduced her grandchildren, Dan and Elisa DeTonga. Dan, on piano, and Elisa, on saxophone, presented a program of wonderful Christmas music.

Florene Phipps read the minutes of the November meeting. Betty Stevens gave the December financial report.

President Elect Polly Bakker thanked the Host/Hostess committee: Virginia Brown, chair; Sara Andrews; JoAnn Bailey; Ben Bakker; Sandra Bradberry; Laura Clark; Jay Fortner; Charles and Carol Powers; and, Jerry and Joy Wilson.

First Vice President Peggy Sturgis announced the January program: Debra Robinson and Jo-Ed Woodward with the Faulkner County Senior Citizens Center. Elizabeth Rose Black reported 50 members present. Julia Fraser reported 1,372 volunteer community service hours for the months of November and December.

Doretta Bright encouraged members to sign-up for mock student interviews to be held from 2 to 4 p.m., Feb. 25, at the UCA Brewer-Hegeman Center. Polly Bakker asked for a moment of silence for the children of Newtown, Conn.

Sharon Rapp encouraged members to consider a unique gift in the form of a brick recognizing a person or school program, at the same time supporting the Conway Public Schools Foundation. Bricks will be placed in the courtyard between the new high school and the new cafeteria under construction.

Carl Barger announced that one of our musicians, Elisa DeTonga, was a National Merit Semi-finalist. The door prize of a beautiful Christmas decoration was donated by Ruth Slaton and won by Mary Pat Cullum.

Attendees enjoyed additional food and fellowship.

Conway Business and Professional Women

Guest speaker at the monthly meeting of Conway Business and Professional Women will be Sonja J. Keith, who is an owner of 501 Magazine and recipient of the 2012 Chamber of Commerce "Outstanding Woman in Business" award.

Please join us as she presents "Loving life in the 501."

The meeting will be held at the Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, corner of College and Donaghey, on Tuesday, Jan. 22.

Be there at 5:30 p.m. to order your dinner, guest speaker will begin at 6 p.m., followed by a short business meeting.

Conway Running Club

The January Conway Running Club (CRC) membership meeting will be held 7-8 p.m., Monday, Jan. 21, at the Conway Regional Health and Fitness Center, 700 Salem Rd.

The meeting is open to the community and childcare is available. CRC Acting President Pete Tanguay will discuss opportunities and plans for the new year, encourage runners to join this year’s Grand Prix team, and share what it means to be a CRC member. "New members to the CRC can expect to be surrounded by runners and athletes who care about their community and making a healthy lifestyle a priority in Conway and beyond. Group exercise is proven to be a more successful way to meet fitness goals, and CRC can guarantee friendship, tips and support every step of the way."

The Grand Prix series for 2013 is in its 32nd year and includes 20 races across the state. The Grand Prix is for everyone, regardless of speed. The race series is a great way to tour Arkansas, meet runners and help out your local running club in the Team Competition. For more information on the Grand Prix and for a list of races, visit

Conway Running Club meetings are held the third Monday of each month and are intended to join Conway area runners together in one place to provide valuable information to help their running and advance the sport and the value of a healthy lifestyle. Conway Running Club is a member of the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) and is dedicated to promoting running, walking, and other fitness-related activities in the Conway area. There are currently more than 125 members ranging in ages eight to 74. Even though running is considered an individual sport, Club members believe that sticking with it and improving is something that requires other people in order to stay motivated and inspired. Become a member today to improve as a runner, make friends and connect with Conway’s running community. To connect with other members, see photos and videos and stay in touch with important announcements, visit and join us on Facebook.