Conway Civic League

Conway Civic League met on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at the Conway Country Club at noon for the December meeting.

The meeting was called to order by President Sharon Lessenberry. The blessing was given by Kathy Linn. The meal consisted of cream of asparagus soup, ham, green beans, sweet potatoes, rolls, a variety of cheesecakes and coffee and tea.

The Christmas program was presented by Crosstown Trio who played a wonderful selection of Christmas music.

It was very enjoyable.

Meeting was called to order by President Sharon Lessenberry. Roll was called by Cathy Ketcheside with 36 members present, and welcomed new member, Traci Smith. Minutes of the last meeting were read and approved. Committee reports were given and hostesses for today were recognized and thanked. They were Wanda Fulmer, Bobbie Clark, Barbara Henry, Faye Hunnicutt, Rosanne Johnson and Cathy Ketcheside. "Happy Birthday" was sang to those having December birthdays, Judy Holman, Nancy Williams, Dottie Halter and Beckye Ezell.

Hostesses for the Jan. 15, 2014, meeting will be Nancy Williams, Suzanne Brazil, Beneva Farris, Dottie Halter, Sylvia Meriwether and Bobbi Roberts. The January meeting will be Putting "Pizazz" in Downtown Conway.

Motion was made to adjourn by Nancy Williams.

Newcomers Club

Tis the season to be jolly and I am so glad that the ice and snow have left the area. We are winding down our year and what a great year it was. Many new people have joined our group and are now getting acquainted and participating in the joys of Conway life.

We were very sorry our wonderful Christmas party had to be canceled "because of inclement weather" (hope not to hear that phrase anymore) but we may have a spring-bash to look forward to.

For those of you who don’t know about our club, our purpose is for the development of fellowship among new residents and help and aid them into the civic and social activities of our community. So if you are entertaining the idea of joining or finding out about our club, please call Maryann Schigur at 505-8373.

Have a wonderful holiday and a very Happy New Year.

Parkinson’s Disease Support Group

The Parkinson’s Disease Support Group met Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the McGee Center. One new person was in attendance.

Mrs. Lydia Stevens, Arkansas Parkinson’s disease coordinator from Hot Springs, was the special guest along with her husband, Don Stevens, who accompanied her. Mrs. Stevens brought several good handouts and answered a lot of questions from the attendees. She encouraged each one to continue to do exercises on a regular basis.

Following Mrs. Stevens’ presentation, she led the group in playing Bingo. Every person won several nice prizes. Jan Gruen won the blackout prize for covering her entire Bingo card.

Norb Schedler presented a gift of appreciation to Mrs. Stevens from the group.

Two games were played and enjoyed — "Yultide Trivia" and "Christmas Synonyms." Jimmy Higgins won the prize for the "Yultide Trivia." There was no winner in the second game.

At each meeting, the "change" jar is passed around for people to put their change in. This is given to the Arkansas Chapter of Parkinson’s Disease. The group presented Mrs. Stevens $70 from their jar which was their collection since August when Mrs. Stevens attended the meeting and the group presented her the money from the jar. This money is used for Arkansas Parkinson’s Disease expenses.

Mrs. Stevens presented Mrs. Bronnie Rose, facilitator, a gift of appreciation for her work with the local Parkinson’s Disease Support Group.

A list of dates and locations for the 2014 Parkinson’s Disease meetings was presented to each person. The meetings are held at 1:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. All meetings will be at the McGee Center except for the March 12, 2014, meeting, which will be held at Southridge Village.

The refreshment table was covered with a white cloth and displayed a musical Santa centerpiece. Cheese and crackers, chocolate fudge, pumpkin spice butter cream cupcakes, strawberry candy, coconut candy, and assorted cookies were enjoyed by those present as they visited with each other and with Mr. and Mrs. Stevens.

The next meeting of the group will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at the McGee Center.

For any questions, call 329-6282 or 501-246-1972.

Beta Sigma Phi Laureate Alpha Omega

Following a week’s delay due to bad weather, Laureate Alpha Omega chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met Dec. 17 for the annual Christmas Party and secret sister gift exchange at the home of Vernelle Crews with 10 members and guest, Susan Hooper, present.

The Beta Sigma Phi Grace was led by Pam Rawls and our hostess provided a dinner of meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, carrots, biscuits and cornbread, with Key lime pie and cheesecake for dessert, which was enjoyed by all.

Service chairman Judy Schultz announced that the chapter had provided gifts for two names from the Santa for Seniors tree and that gifts had also been provided by individual members. The service project for January will be a donation to the local elementary schools for weekend food packages and clothing for emergency use at school. The group has also made a donation to the Log Cabin Democrat Community Christmas Card.

Plans for the council sponsored Valentine Coronation to be held on Feb. 11, 2014, were discussed and will be finalized before the first January meeting.

The family of the late Peggy Hahn shared her collection of Willow Tree angels and each member chose an angel to keep as a memory of Peggy.

For our program everyone told about their most memorable Christmas and the evening ended with the secret sister Christmas gift exchange.