Conway Newcomers Club

The May meeting of the Conway Newcomers Club is always a picnic and we always install the new officers at this meeting.

The Newcomers Club’s administrative year runs from June through May. This year’s picnic was held at the Toad Suck Park and the nice weather ensured a good turnout. The picnic consisted of fried chicken as the entrée and the attending members each brought an accompanying potluck dish. What a feast!

Members were encouraged to bring their spouse or a guest, and several husbands attended. We visited with one another, enjoyed the beautiful weather and park, ate a delicious meal, and welcomed the new board members who were elected to lead our Club for the upcoming year.

Rogene Smith presented a thank you gift from the Club to outgoing President Pam Rawls as a token of the Club’s appreciation for all her hard work. Pam served as President in 2007 and again for the past two years. Many positive changes have come about as a result of her leadership and we are grateful for all that she has done.

Officers for 2013 include Peggy Gregory, Ways and Means Chair; Bev Freiley, Activities Chair; Barbara Spencer, Hospitality Chair; Dianne McArthur, Treasurer; Pam Rawls, Outgoing President; Carol Rolf, Corresponding Secretary; Mandy Thomas, Secretary; Donna Bivins, First Vice President; Laura Kirk, Clark-President; and Sue Sewell, Second Vice President.

Parkinson’s Disease
Support Group

The Parkinson’s Disease Support Group met Wednesday, May 8, at the Faulkner County Library, due to the fact that their regular meeting place, the McGee Center, was closed for cleaning.

A large group attended the meeting with three new attendees.

Bronnie Rose, facilitator, presented information about the American Parkinson’s Disease Association Walk-A-Thon to be held at 2:30 p.m. June 22 at the Hot Springs Mall, 4501 Central Ave. She encouraged anyone who would like to and is able, to go participate.

Dr. Vafa Ferdowsian of Ferdowsian Foot & Ankle Clinic on Donaghey Avenue was the special guest. He discussed many foot and ankle situations and made suggestions to the group.

He suggested those present wear good, comfortable shoes and sometimes it might be good to wear insoles in the shoes. Ingrown toenails can be a problem, sometimes painful, and there are some things a person can do to help. If it becomes necessary, a simple in-office procedure can take care of it.

Gout is a form of arthritis and can be caused by genetics, alcohol, or red meat. Drop foot, bunions, and neuropathy were also discussed. Physical therapy helps some of these problems. Dr. Ferdowsian assured many individual questions and checked some feet and ankles. Those present learned a lot and really enjoyed Dr. Ferdowsian’s presentation.

Mrs. Rose presented Dr. Ferdowsian a gift of appreciation - a gift bag filled with a bucket of peppermints, a decorative bag of chocolate candy, and a jar of peach butter.

At the conclusion of the meeting, those present enjoyed refreshments of party mix, sliced apple desert, chocolate covered peanuts, and chocolate candy. They also spent time sharing and fellowshipping with each other. Dr. Ferdowsian was able to stay after the meeting and spent time visiting with the people. They really enjoyed him.

The next meeting of the group will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at the McGee Center. All persons interested in learning more about Parkinson’s Disease are invited to this free, fun, informative meeting.

Any questions, call 501-329-6282 or 501-246-1972.