The Newcomers luncheon was held Aug. 8 at the Hole in the Wall Cafe at a new time, 11 a.m. The speaker was Laura Case Melton, board member and fund-raiser for the Faulkner County Council on Aging.
They have purchased the Agora building and are almost finished with painting and remodeling the kitchen. They plan to open the facility by January 2014. Mrs. Melton also spoke of the vital part that the center plays in our community.
Services they provide includes 16 vans that transport citizens to doctors, grocery stores, pharmacies, rehab centers, etc. They have delivered more than 92,000 “meals on wheels.” The senior citizens treat this center as a lifeline and a wonderful place for fun, laughter and good will.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if everyone who lives in Faulker County would send a dollar or two to the Faulkner County Council on Aging to help pay for the center? It’s a service that we all will be using, either now or later. The motto is “make it happen.”
Next month will feature Jonnie Fuller of Conway. She is 94 years old and has, according to Tammy Keith, “rubbed elbows with U.S. presidents, won dance contests and wishes there was another term for senior citizens, like ‘prime-timers.’”
There will be a coffee given for prospective members at Maryann Schigur’s home on Aug. 15. If interested, please feel free to call 505-8373 or e-mail email@example.com. Come and say hi, to meet and to greet. Partake of a meal — it’s guaranteed a treat!
Kappa Kappa Iota
The Arkansas Epsilon Kappa Kappa Iota State Board met Saturday, Aug. 10, at the Faulkner County Library.
State officers in attendance were: Susan Peterson, president, Russellville; Mandy Kuykendall, president-elect, Van Buren; Debbie West, vice president, Dardanelle; Brenda Smith, secretary, Greenwood; Martha Couch, treasurer, Little Rock; Diana Glaze, parliamentarian, North Little Rock; and Sharon Balloun, past president, Dardanelle.
Kappas from Arkansas chapters were in attendance. Special guest was Jane Treat, former national and state Kappa Kappa Iota president, from Fayetteville.
Dardanelle’s Becky Childress led the Kappas in the “Code of Ethics.” Mandy Kuykendall presented the thought for the day, “Today’s Vocabulary Lesson,” about the word “can’t.”
State KKI business was conducted. President Peterson announced that the next State Board meeting will be Feb. 22, 2014, in Dardanelle, and the State Convention will be April 11-12, 2014, in Little Rock.
The Alpha Iota Chapter of Conway served as hostesses and provided a breakfast brunch of sausage casserole, dip and chips, assorted fruit, warm muffins, apple fritters, juices and coffees. The tables were covered with purple and yellow cloths and decorated with arrangements of mixed flowers. The serving table held the KKI emblem.
Martha Couch presented Brittany Russell, from the Alpha Iota Chapter in Conway, a KKI pin since this was her first time to attend a state meeting. Several Kappas received door prizes at the conclusion of the meeting.
The Alpha Iota Chapter held their first meeting of the school year Monday, Aug. 5, at the home of Amber Horn, president. The Kappas enjoyed a breakfast brunch.
Kappas worked on the business for this year, including the Kappa membership book and meetings. Empathy was also discussed.
Linda Wall won the raffle item, shea body butter and Russell Stover candy. Elizabeth Humphrey received the door prize, Wind and Willow dip mix, a dip dish and spreader.
The next meeting of the Conway chapter will be Monday evening, Sept. 9, at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1501 Scott St., located on the corner of Faulkner and Scott streets. The salad supper will begin at 6 p.m. and a special guest is scheduled to attend. Members should bring $1 for the Arkansas Epsilon State Scholarship and $1 for the raffle item.
AARP Chapter 796
The Conway AARP Chapter will meet Monday, Aug. 19, at 11:15 a.m. for lunch, program and meeting at noon at the Conway Senior Citizen Center. Shenel Sandidge, executive director for Faulkner County Habitat for Humanity, will speak. Everyone is invited. President is Ron Ross.