Laureate Nu Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi

Laureate Nu Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi held Beginning Day in the club room at Autumn Manor Apartments. Members enjoyed catching up with news of the summer and played games in which they discovered more of each other’s history and background. A dessert buffet was served by committee members Anna Boudreaux, Jolinda Bryant, Lynn Riggins, and Carolyn Jones.

The first regular meeting of the year was held Sept. 10, at the home of Debbie Creswell.

A business meeting was conducted by President Barbara Money. Members received schedules, committee assignments, and calendars for the upcoming year along with new membership book covers provided by Jolinda Bryant; heard updates from the executive board meeting; and discussed the budget for the year. Time was spent discussing charity projects for the next couple of months which would include a donation to the Miracle League field to be built in Conway for special needs children, donation of diapers to the Central Church pantry, and participation in the Conway Regional Health and Fitness Center race to benefit the breast cancer research and care.

After refreshments, served by Ms. Creswell, Jan Griffin, and Kathy White, Lynne Tiner provided a program on a fun game to help with brain stimulation.

On Sept. 21, seven members enjoyed participating in Conway Regional Health and Fitness Center’s Pink Up the Pace Race to support the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. These members completed the 5k race to represent the chapter.

For the second meeting of September, Laureate Nu enjoyed a dinner outing at Smokehouse Bar-B-Que on Sept. 24. Along with a great time of fellowship, members were entertained with several games provided by Kathy White while awaiting dinner.

Laureate Nu Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi

Laureate Nu Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met Oct. 8, at the home of Suzanne Webb with 15 members present.

Members arrived decked out in various costumes and attire to participate in the chapter’s annual Halloween party. President Barbara Money called the meeting of this rather motley crew to order with members repeating the Opening Ritual. Reading of the minutes of the previous meeting was dispensed. Roll was taken. Treasurer Susan Childers reported the chapter’s balance and then reminded those members who have not paid their $10 assessment to City Council to please do so.

Barbara had received communication from International concerning the renewal of the liability insurance for the chapter at a cost of $43. Jolinda Bryant moved that the chapter renew this policy. Jan Griffin seconded the motion. Motion passed.

For other communication, Barbara shared the Preferential Tea invitation received from Xi Master. This event will be at 6:30 p.m., Oct. 22, at Wesley United Methodist Church. Members of all chapters are encouraged to bring canned goods for the church’s food pantry rather than chapter door prizes. A count was taken for number of LN members attending.

Service Committee Chairman Susan Childers reported that for the September project, the chapter donated $100 to the Conway Miracle League. October’s service project was then discussed. It was decided that for this month, each member will make a concerted effort to bring an extra amount of canned goods/non-perishable items to the Preferential Tea for Wesley Methodist’s food pantry. Members were encouraged to be thinking of projects for November (Thanksgiving) and December (Christmas).

For the Social committee report, members were asked to be thinking of different ideas for the Christmas meeting and party with spouses and dates. This will be discussed at a later meeting.

With no further business, Ms. Money asked that the meeting be adjourned with members repeating the Closing Ritual.

Following the meeting, members posed for pictures in their Halloween costumes (football referees, ‘60’s era hippy chick, beautiful Greek in her toga, a devilish Disney Villain, several perky little pumpkins, a clown, a college professor, and a very creative CD burner). Members then enjoyed spooky and delicious refreshments, which included witches brew drink, mummy dogs, acorn cookies, creepy finger dips, and other ghoulish treats served by Mrs. Webb and co-hostesses Susan Childers and Karen Matthews.

Members then played several fun games that included "Name That Melted Candy Bar Treat" and "Design your own Jack O’Lantern (behind your back!)" and concluded the evening with a fun and informative Halloween Jeopardy. A howling good time was had by all!!

Kappa Kappa Iota

The Alpha Iota Chapter of Kappa Kappa Iota met Monday evening, Oct. 7, at the Carolyn Lewis Elementary School. One new member was present.

The theme of the meeting was "Cradle Care," which was the chapter’s philanthropic project for October. Special guest speaker was Diana Byrd, executive director of Conway Cradle Care. Conway Cradle Care is a non-profit childcare and outreach program to keep pregnant and parenting teens in school and is located in the First Presbyterian Church next to Conway High School. Ms. Byrd stated the goal of CCC is "to help teens (male and female) that have a child complete their high school education by providing mentoring for the teens and a safe, quality, state certified, low-cost day care for the infants and toddlers."

CCC is open to students of all races and religions who are enrolled in a Faulkner County School District. Children from 6 weeks to 3 years are cared for in the childcare facility. Teens who enroll their child in the program must agree to: 1. Not have another child; 2. have regular attendance in school and be making progress toward graduation, and 3. attend parenting and life skill classes.

There are 11 babies at the facility now and more expected soon which will fill up the facility.

The success rate of the teens has been rising as indicated by a chart Ms. Byrd presented the Kappas. For the 2012-13 school year, 100 percent of the seniors either graduated or earned their GED. The national average is 34 to 50 percent. Last year CCC provided services for 44 teens.

Conway Cradle Care applies for grants and uses many volunteers. Additional volunteers are needed.

At the conclusion of Ms. Byrd’s presentation, Tricia Moix, vice-president of Alpha Iota Chapter, presented her a gift of appreciation. The group also presented a monetary donation to Ms. Byrd for CCC.

The room was decorated with decorative pumpkins, gourds, fall leaves and flowers. The tables were centered with fall decorations and black boxes holding pretzels. Following the Choral Grace, led by Danette Fiddler, song leader, those present enjoyed Paula Deen’s Gooey Pumpkin Cake, mixed nuts, spiced pretzels, fall brownie bites, hot cider, and assorted sodas. Mary Jones received the door prize from the hostesses, a "welcome" decorative pumpkin. Hostesses were Sandy Mason, Karen Matthews and Tina Antley.

The next meeting of the Chapter will be at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, at the Faulkner County Library, 1900 Tyler St.

Members should bring canned goods for Bethlehem House, $1 for the raffle item, $1 for the Arkansas Epsilon State Scholarship fund.

Hostesses will be Linda Wall, Clara Rose Simon and Mary Jones.

Newcomers Club

Another great program was chosen by Donna Bivins, our program chairman from Newcomers Club. Joe Turney from Cathy’s Flowers of Russellville made four fantastic designs for fall before our eyes. He said his greatest gift was seeing a finished product before preparing it.

His family was primarily in the produce business and they moved 13 times in his primary years in Oklahoma. He delivered groceries during hi-school and especially to one invalid lady by the name of Velma. Through his talents of displaying produce, she thought he had a talent and when she died she left him her home and flower shop. He was stunned and wasn’t really interested but talking it over with his Dad he felt he should give it a try.

The house was already filled with floral products and if he decided he really didn’t want it, he could sell it...... So began Cathy’s Flowers and Joe Turney’s Career. (I’ll give you a small tip, when sticking vegetables or fruit with a stick to make an arrangement, dip the stick in clove oil and the product won’t deteriorate so fast.)

Remember our November Luncheon will be the Silent Auction, Bake Sale, and presenting the new Cook Books. Activity groups that are donating a gift or card, please contact Judy Meyers, 327-7456. Those that are contributing to the Bake Sale, please contact, Catherine Dillon, 513-1956.

We hope Nov. 14 is high on your list. There will be some wonderful items for your shopping. Ask a friend or several friends and come and join us for the Silent Auction Luncheon at the Hole in the Wall restaurant at 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14.

If you would like to meet new friends and acquaint yourself with Conway through social activities, Come join us! The Newcomers Club. The requirements are you should have a Conway address and be a resident of less than three years. For more information, call Maryann Schigur at 505-8373.

Conway Civic League

Conway Civic League met Wednesday, Oct. 16, at Conway Country Club.

The meal consisted of Apricot Chicken, long grain and wild rice, steamed squash and zuccini, and potato soup, a variety of cheesecakes and coffee and tea.

The program was "Back to the Future: Visioning for the City of Conway."

Brad Lacey talked about the accomplishments of the Conway Chamber during the past few years. The Chamber attributes a lot of the growth to the three colleges in Conway and their major expansions.

Kim Williams spoke on the development of Markham Street, the refurbishing of the Regions Bank building and all of the special events that will be taking place during the upcoming holidays.

T.J. Johnston of the CDC, talked about the Cantrell Field Redevelopment and the aspects of this new development in this area of Conway.

The blessing of the meal was given by Carol Teague. Cathy Ketcheside called the roll and there were 36 members present. Minutes of the last meeting were approved as read.

Eve Torian placed the name of Tracey Williams Smith up for election and she was elected as a new member.

Wanda Eason reported on an amendment to the constitution to change the number for a Quorum from 2/3 to 1/2 plus 1 to constitute a Quorum and amendment passed.

The hostesses for today were recognized and thanked for their work. They were Wanda Eason, Marion Baker, Polly Bumpers,Cindy Hudson, and Wanda Meador.

There was no new business and Happy Birthday was sung to Terry Hendrickson, Melanie Conner, Gay Moore, Molsie Osborne, Rosanne Johnson, Faye Hunnicutt, Polly Bumpers and Susan Standridge.

Motion was made to adjourn and seconded.

The program for the Nov. 20, meeting will be "Healthy Conway: Conway Regional Medical Center." Jamie Ryan, Dietician. Hostesses will be Judy Holman, Barbara Horton, Rosemary Hubbard, Wanda Logan, Meredith Wilbourn and Iris Zieglar.