Roses Among Thorns
Roses Among Thorns held their monthly Tea on Nov. 18, at Springhill Baptist Church. The theme was “Giving Thanks”. Each table was decorated with a horn of plenty filled with fall flowers and leaves as the centerpieces. The entry table was decorated in thanksgiving and fall décor with matching candles. Ye Ole Daisy Shop in Conway provided yellow and red roses.
Each guest had a mini horn of plenty and a bag of candy corn at her place. Linda opened the meeting with prayer and welcomed everyone and introduced our special guests. We were honoring the Wassell Burgess family. Jean Burgess and Ross Burgess, wife and son of the late Wassell Burgess were our guests. Keeping with the theme of giving thanks, we are so thankful for this family and the Wassell Burgess Family Life Center at the church. They allow us to have our meeting there each month.
Linda shared what a great contribution this family has been and still is to this community. Bronnie Rose was also a special guest. Ross provided music and songs throughout the luncheon. We were all blessed by his beautiful songs. Linda Dickey’s devotion was about giving thanks and rejoicing. She announced recent donations to our group including proceeds received from K2K Salon’s annual Pink Party and other donations. We are so blessed to have donations to keep this support group growing and going. She also gave a recap of the retreat last month to Mount Eagle.
It was such a huge success. Plans are already being made for another retreat there next year. Several that attended the retreat got up and spoke about what it meant to them. It was such a blessing to hear them speak from their hearts.
Virgie Tsuda read a poem she wrote just for this group about the retreat experience titled, “ Sisterhood of Roses Spa Retreat “. She also provided copies for each one attending. Lunch consisted of chicken and rice balls, provided by Joy Kelso, sage muffins, stuffed cranberry sauce and a green salad. Assorted cakes and brownies were served for dessert. Hot and cold tea was also served. Servers this month were Peggy Russ and her team of ladies from the church. Peggy Angelo also helped serve. Linda welcomed back Vernagene Moore-Kelly. She is a member that has been unable to attend for several months. It was great to have her back. Also in attendance was Carol Ekman.
Carol received a gift for being a new member. She also recognized and presented gifts to all who had birthdays this month. Door prize drawings were won by Christene Clark and Nancy Stetz. Linda reminded us all to bring a $5 gift next month to exchange at our Christmas Tea.
Ross Burgess closed the meeting with a prayer and a song. Our next regular meeting will be Wednesday Dec. 16 at 11. If you or any women you know who has cancer or is a survivor and would be interested in attending, please call Linda Dickey to reserve your seat at (501) 679-2931 or (501) 472-1120.
The Twentieth Century Club met Friday, Nov. 20 at the Conway Country Club. The meeting was called to order by President Julie Adkisson who introduced new member, Glenda Schmidt. The other new member, Carol Patty, will attend the next meeting. 35 members were present. The president thanked Suzanne Brazil for the wonderful Thanksgiving decorations.
Minutes were read and roll called by the secretary, Helen Zuber. The treasurer’s report was made by Fritzie Vammen. Elizabeth Benton gave the opening prayer. Following the delicious Thanksgiving meal, Sue Jones introduced the speaker, Dede Roberts, Associate Pastor of Conway Methodist Church. Rev. Dede has remarked, “We will be feasting and celebrating ThanksgivingDay, yet the roots of giving thanks are as deep as our faith and bring life the simple act of saying thank you!” She told of the history for our Day of National Thanksgiving.
In the first year of the presidency of George Washington in 1789, a Day of National Thanksgiving was set for the last Thursday of November. Since that time, Americans have celebrated this day in remembrance of all the blessings which God has poured down upon this nation and her citizens.
In the presidential proclamation for Thanksgiving Day in 1863, President Abraham Lincoln had this to say, It has seemed to me fit and proper that God should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November as a Day of Thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.”
Hostesses were Rosemary Hubbard, Mary Fleming, Martha Lierley, and Martha Moore. The meeting was closed following the reading of the Collect.
Rolling Hills/Thousand Oaks Neighborhood Association
At the November meeting of the Rolling Hills/Thousand Oaks Neighborhood Association, officers were elected for the years 2010 and 2011. Robin Hall, president; City Councilman Mark Vaught, vice president; James Quinn, secretary; and Keith Jones returns as treasurer.
All residents of the Rolling Hills and Thousand Oaks are welcome to attend the Associations meeting and enjoy visiting with their neighbors after the meeting when refreshments are always served.
The next meeting will be Monday Feb. 8, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. at the Faulkner County Library.
Chapter CA of PEO
Chapter CA of PEO will meet Dec. 3, at the home of Janet Gregory. The meeting site has been changed from the yearbook designation.
The Social time will begin at 9:30 a.m. followed at 10 by the program “Making Gifts of Love” followed by the business meeting.
Members are encouraged to bring a “handmade” or “homemade” gift for display and remarks.
Co-hostesses are Jo Smith, Martha Moore and Laura Gladwin.