Newcomers’ Club

The Newcomers’ Club of Conway held its monthly general meeting and luncheon at the Conway Country Club on Thursday, Aug. 11. About 50 members enjoyed a delicious buffet with barbecue and all the trimmings.   

Dr. Amanda Bledsoe with the Hurley Chiropractic Clinic was the speaker and she told of the benefits of acupuncture and massage for women’s health. Many questions were asked and answered.  

President Pam Rawls called the meeting to order and thanked Mary Ann Ricks, Judy Myers, Peggy Gregory for the lovely table decorations with colorful bird houses. Pam had also contributed to the centerpieces. The minutes were read and approved and the Treasurer’s report was given. The Budget for the coming year was discussed, voted and passed.    

There was some discussion about having a buffet instead of the table service we have had. It was agreed that the buffet worked better for serving in a timely manner and more choices will be available with this type meal. Our committee will plan buffet meals for the remainder of the year.  

Activities Chair Bev Freiley told us that she is currently working to complete the lists for leaders of the activities and hopes to have them to the group chairs before the fall season.    

Door prizes were won by Gail Purtle, Diane McArthur, Anita Boe and Carol Rolf. Julie West won the Pot ‘O Gold.  

The Conway Newcomers’ Club is a social organization formed to help those new to Conway become adjusted to the area and form new friendships. Anyone living in Conway fewer than three years and interested in finding out more about the club may contact the coffee chair at 470-8930.  


Central Arkansas Model Railroad Club members and interested train hobbyists are planning to travel to Garvan Gardens on Saturday, Oct. 1, for a day trip to this spectacular garden site that also contains an impressive model railroad installation. A G-scale railroad club in that area maintains and staffs the railroad within the gardens, and a designated host and guide will be on duty that day to point out its features, operate the trains, and answer questions. A caravan will leave Conway at 8:15 a.m. from the parking lot at Whole Hog Café so that we can be at the site at 10 a.m. Club members who live in the Little Rock metro area can plan their route on their own and meet the Conway group at the garden entrance. Admission to the garden is $9 per adult. There is a café on the grounds, and we can have lunch there.

In the afternoon, our host and guide will lead us to a second train attraction – a large backyard G-scale garden railroad in that area. With five loops of trains, this spectacular display may stimulate thought in G scale! Afterwards, all can make their own way home.

The garden has a fascinating history. The grounds were donated to the University by Mrs. Garvan to assure perpetual care for the enjoyment of the public. Read the story and pre-visit the gardens on the Web at: