Laureate Alpha Omega chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met recently for the annual secret sister "Unbirthday" party at the home of Vernelle Crews; Pam Rawls served as co-hostess. Twelve members and one guest, Judy Schultz, were present. 

Janet Jones, president, opened the meeting by leading the Opening Ritual and welcoming our guest. Bert Lackey read a passage from the Book of Beta Sigma Phi regarding the purpose of our sorority. She also thanked the group for the yellow rose she received following recent hand surgery.

The next regular meeting on Oct. 25th will be the BSP Council sponsored Preferential Tea, chaired by Beta Upsilon chapter. 

The group discussed selling ride tickets at the Faulkner County Fair, which is our annual ways and means project. We hope to be able to continue the project next year. Our chapter is in charge of the BSP Founder’s Day celebration in April. Sissy Moore, Debbie Davis and Pam Rawls were appointed to begin preparations for the event.

Everyone enjoyed creamy potato soup, corn bread, brownies, pumpkin bars and a variety of beverages served by the hostesses and then opened secret sister "unbirthday" gifts.

The meeting adjourned with members repeating the Closing Ritual and Mizpah.

Town and Country

 Garden Club

The Town and Country Garden Club held their October meeting at the home of Barbara Schenk with Connie Buller as co-hostess. There were eight members in attendance.

A very interesting program was presented to us by Don Greenland of "Down Hill Farms." Mr. Greenland raises a variety of garden plants, which on maturity he harvested the seeds and sells the re-captured seeds for a seed company.  

President Peggy Thompson led the business meeting, reports were given by various committees. Plans are now underway for our annual "open house" at the cabin located by the Faulkner County Museum. It will be a one day affair, on Nov. 5. This a joint project with the Conway Garden Club, as well as our Club. There will be a variety of activities during the day along with a bake sale and crafts.

Peggy Prout had purchased a variety of daffodil bulbs for all members. This was the results of a challenge made to our club by Sandra Shepherd for us to participate in the forth-coming daffodil show, which will be in March. Hopefully, we will have some to enter!

Four of our members attended the Northwest Distrist meetin in Russellville on the 4th of October. Those attending were Peggy Thompson, Peggy Prout, Sandra Shepherd and Jean Hieronymus.

Letters of recommendation for two new members were read by Peggy Prout. We are proud to welcome Carol Putnam and Delores Wade to our Club.

Following the adjournment of our meeting we all enjoyed refreshments served by our hostesses. The next meeting will be Nov. 1 at the Faulkner County Museum.

Conway Newcomers Club

The Conway Newcomers Club met at the Agora Conference and Special Event Center on Oct. 13.  

President Pam Rawls called the meeting to order and Nancy Hester introduced the guest speaker, Jamie Gates, Vice President of Public Affairs for the Conway Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Gates spoke of Conway’s city plan—2025, A Plan for the Future of Conway. He called Conway an Educational Town and gave examples of how high our public schools and students rank in the state. Mr. Gates told of plans to widen I-40, the new exit and how it will benefit Conway residents and the technology park on the south side of the city. Plans are progressing for the new airport and suggestions for the current property are being discussed.  

The President welcomed one new member, Maria Pruitt and one guest, Judy Reising. She thanked Peggy Gregory and Judy Myers for the lovely fall centerpieces on the tables.  The minutes were read and approved and the Treasurer’s report was given.  

Judi Moore, Ways and Means Chairperson reported on the annual auction to be held on Nov. 10. Philip Shell will again be our auctioneer and all the workers are in place to make this our best fundraiser.  

Teresa Bates and Anita Boe, Style Show Chairs stated that a meeting will be held for anyone who wants to help with this project. It will be on Oct. 26, and please call Teresa or Anita if you can attend.  

Beverly Freiley, Activities Chair, stated that Red Green and Jeans Day will be held at Dazzle Daze on Nov. 18 and we can help again with that project. Your donation gets you a ticket to the event.  

Door Prizes were the table decorations and they were won by Judy Reising, Bev Freiley, Maria Pruitt, Sue Sewell, Teresa Bates and Pam Rawls. Gail Purtle won the luncheon ticket and Pat Christensen won the Pot ‘O Gold.