Faulkner County Retired Teachers Association

The Faulkner County Retired Teachers met Tuesday, Oct. 15, in the activity center of Conway First Baptist Church. In the absence of president Ed Bradberry, Jay Fortner called the meeting to order and welcomed members and guests. Golden Corral dinner coupons were given to first time attendees Nancy Goodyear, Nancy Penny and Glenda Hall.

Florene Phipps introduced the program guest, Rebecca Roe, a licensed Zumba instructor. Roe is a graduate of Greenbrier High School, UCA, and has studied at UAMS. She works at Conway Regional Health Center and at the Conway Senior Wellness and Activity Center as a licensed fitness instructor. Members were invited to visit and participate on her classes. She introduced the membership to ZUMBA Gold, a dance/fitness class using Latin music that is modified for seniors.

The minutes and treasurer’s report were printed and distributed to the membership as they entered the meeting. Kathryn Starr announced the details of the fall field trip planned for Oct. 29, at the Faulkner County Historical Museum. Members will meet at 10 a.m., tour the museum and then have lunch at Mike’s Place. Judy McKnight distributed a list of additions and changes in the yearbooks.

Doretta Bright reviewed the plans for participating in the Teacher Education program at UCA. She listed 12 FCRTA members who will assist the Teacher Education Department in preparing students for their interviews for teaching positions.

On behalf of ARTA, Carol Powers presented certificates to Florene Phipps and Judy McKnight for being recognized at the state convention in September for ARTA Individual Achievement Awards in 2013.

Freda Prince, chairperson of the hostess committee, announced that books in the center of each table were to be given as door prizes. Other members of the committee were Denver Prince, Joyce Howerton, Ann Broach, Edna Rives, Mary Pat Cullum, Sylvia Duke, Linda Mills and Liz Workman.

Hervey Galloway reported 716 hours of volunteer service had been performed by the membership, and Elizabeth Rose Black announced 43 members in attendance.

The next meeting will be at Conway First Baptist Church, Nov. 19, and all retired educators are invited to attend.

Progressive Club

The women of the Progressive Club began their Oct. 7 meeting at hostess Endrea Carroll’s home with a real workout — of the kinder, gentler variety. Thea Spatz, an instructor with the Body Recall program housed at Hendrix, led the group in a series of exercises to tone muscles, strengthen bones and improve balance through slow, controlled movement. Mrs. Spatz leads two Body Recall classes at Hendrix each week that often include college students through senior citizens. Mrs. Spatz is a professor emerita of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

President Beverley Freiley led the group in plans for their monthly gift to a local group or agency. Hostess Andrea Carroll assisted by co-hostess Sue Nunnally provided refreshments.