Conway Civic League
Conway Civic League met at noon Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the Conway Country Club.
President Sharon Lessenberry called the meeting to order and welcomed new member Cheryl Weldon.
The blessing for the meal was given by Barbara Satterfield. The meal was a delicious tomato soup, salad and roll with a variety of cheesecakes for dessert, coffee and tea.
The program was brought by Debra Robinson, director or Faulkner County Senior Citizens. She told of the purchase of the Agora Conference and Special Event Center as the new Faulkner County Senior Citizens Center. She told of all the activities that go on and of all the many services that are provided.
Sharon Lessenberry lead the group in the reading of the Collect then minutes of last meeting were read by Cathy Ketchside. She then called roll and there were 36 members present.
Sharon Lessenberry read a letter of resignation from Patricia Thessing. Committee reports were given.
Hostesses for this month’s meeting were Barbara Satterfield, Vicky Browning, Melanie Conner, Beckye Ezell, Maribeth Garrison and Lulu Thompson.
There was no new business and the unfinished business was to sing “Happy Birthday” to those with birthdays from June through September.
Announcements were made and a motion was made to adjourn.
The next meeting will be Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the Conway Country Club. The program will be “Back to the Future: Visioning for the City of Conway.” Speaker will be Brad Lacey with the Chamber of Commerce.
On Sept. 12, the Newcomers Club was treated to a delightful speaker, Jonnie Fuller. If you weren’t there you missed a tale of a girl from “Enola, Arkansas to the Pentagon.” The Presidents and public officials she knew and the experiences she led were astounding. Hope she writes her memoirs. She was fascinating.
On Oct. 10, Joe Turner of Russellville will be our guest speaker.
The Arkansas Floral Association elected him their president in 2001.
He has won the Arkansas Scholarship Competition, the Arkansas Cup, and received the Mid-America and Southern Retail Designer of the Year and was the recipient of the Bill Plummer Distinguished Award. He does between 80-100 weddings a year and since 1976 that should clock him in at about 3,300 weddings to date. He will lend us his talents in “to do and not to do” floral arrangements.
Remember, at the next luncheon, after we have paid our bill, we will go through the line and order anything off the menu that you desire. We will still begin at 11:15 a.m., but those who work can go through the line at anytime that’s convenient for their normal lunch time and still hear the program and the news of the club.
The deadline for the recipes for our Cookbook will be Oct. 11. Please get them to Janet Sanders “rite directly.” The board has asked that each “activity club or group” donate a gift or basket to be auctioned off at our Silent Auction and Bake Sale on Nov. 14. Our Christmas Party has been set to be at the Conway Country Club on Dec. 7, the first Saturday evening of the month.
If you would be interested in becoming a member of the Newcomers Club, please call Maryann Schigur and she will be pleased to talk to you. All you need is to have a Conway address and be a resident of Conway for less than three years.
Junior Auxiliary of Conway, Inc.
President Jennifer Modrak of Junior Auxiliary of Conway recently attended the area meeting of the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries (NAJA) held recently in Southaven, Miss.
Hundreds of women heard from Mississippi State Senator Sally Doty on the topic of Teen Pregnancy Prevention. Senator Doty currently sits on Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant’s Task Force for the Prevention of Teen Pregnancy. She said, “I cannot tell you how excited I am to have Junior Auxiliary spotlight this issue. I know very well the impact that Junior Auxiliary can have on an issue such as this, and I look forward to concrete results.”
Junior Auxiliary of Conway has 25 active members who dedicated a total of 700 community service hours to Faulkner County in the 2012-13 school year.
This is the time of year when JA chapter programs are kicked into high gear, as students and teachers return to the classroom after summer break. What better way to get members energized for the upcoming year than with an opportunity for learning and networking? The 2013 area meeting focused on getting members ready to rise to the challenges facing our communities and our chapters. While several training workshops were offered for chapter officers, there were also informative sessions on creating new and exciting projects to best serve our community’s children. One such resource is “Connect with Kids,” which is an online tool provided to each chapter by the NAJA Foundation.
In addition, NAJA recently adopted a National Focus for their chapters in developing new programs for 2013-2015. This new National Focus, Teen Pregnancy Prevention, is based on a universal need among children in our communities. In light of the alarmingly-high teenage pregnancy rates and the negative impact on the quality of life of teen mothers and their children, NAJA is encouraging its membership to discuss ways to develop and implement a program that addresses Teen Pregnancy Prevention. Reducing teen pregnancies is one of the most effective ways to improve a child’s wellbeing and reduce persistent child poverty.
NAJA hosts area meetings across the southeast each year to offer training and assistance to the organization’s 101 Chapters. “This is one of the cornerstones of our NAJA mission,” said Leslie Vaughn, NAJA president.
“It is important to offer more in depth resources and educational opportunities to benefit all of our chapter members and the communities they serve.” In particular, she noted, “We are excited about our new National Focus and the potential for developing new service projects around it.”
Junior Auxiliary represents a serious endeavor on the part of women to be active and constructive community participants and to assume leadership roles in meeting community needs. The mission of the National Association of Junior Auxiliaries is to provide support, resources, and educational, leadership, cultural, and healthcare training for NAJA members in order to optimize community service by NAJA Chapters. These educational meetings for members give them the resources to be better community volunteers.
Parkinson’s Disease Support Group
The Parkinson’s Disease Support Group met Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the McGee Center on College Avenue.
Shay Dover, certified senior advisor with Home Instead Senior Care, was the special guest speaker. She discussed senior care, end-of-life planning, and having a game plan. She encouraged each one to have a plan and talk about it with their family members.
She distributed several handouts and gave each one her business card with her cell phone number on it. She encouraged those present to call her if they ever needed anything, and if she could not help them, she would find someone who could.
Those present enjoyed Mrs. Dover’s presentation, asked several questions, and appreciated her caring attitude.
The group presented Mrs. Dover a gift of appreciation, a fall wall hanging.
Following the presentation, those present enjoyed visiting with Mrs. Dover and each other. Refreshments were served, which included a fresh lemon cake, chocolate candies and assorted crackers.
The next meeting of the group will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, at the McGee Center, 3800 College Ave.
A guest speaker is scheduled to attend. All persons interested in learning more about Parkinson’s disease and networking with other Parkinson’s disease patients and caregivers are invited to attend this free, fun, informative meeting.
For additional information, call 501-329-6282 or 501-246-1972.