Conway AARP Chapter
The Conway AARP Chapter will have our monthly meeting on Monday, Oct. 21, at the Conway Senior Citizen Center at 1620 Donaghey Ave., lunch at 11:15 a.m. Our speakers will be Sheron Loetscher and Judy Massingill with the First Centennial Bank Travel Department in Conway. Also please attend our chapter’s Third Annual Hootenanny from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Conway Senior Citizen Center.
Donations accepted only for some great entertainment and fellowship, and all proceeds go to the Senior Center. Everyone is invited to both events.
Conway Garden Club
The first Conway Garden Club of the 2013-2014 year met in the home of President, Florine Phipps. The Co-Hostess was Elizabeth Rose Black.
Delaine Garter gave a report on the District Meeting held in Russellville. Vernelle Crews our Historian brought the Scrapbook, which took second place in the state of Arkansas for the second year in a row. Decorating the Log Cabin Museum was discussed. Dues Were collected by Treasurer Carolyn Stewart, and Julia Fraser took minutes for Paulette Herring. President Phipps handed out new materials for the handbook. Refreshments were served.
The Conway Garden Club also met Oct. 1 in the Garden of Elizabeth Rose Black, Co-Hostess was Paulette Herring. The garden was decorated for fall with pumpkins, mums, ghosts along with all of the yard art in Elizabeth’s garden. Fall flower arrangements were on each of the luncheon tables.
Guests were Mary Johnson, Kathy Pearson, and Pat Byrd, who joined the club. Our special guest was “Hal” short for Halloween in his special chair.
Elizabeth Rose Black introduced our program “Wild Bird Life.” The speakers were Marianne Stansbury, Park Interpreter for Pinnacle State Park; and Sarah Baxter, Educational Program Specialist for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Sarah is on the Early Morning Show, KATV Channel 7 on Wednesdays. The program was outstanding. They brought in bird specimens we could hold in our hands, described their characteristics, then played the bird’s song on an iPad.
In most cases we saw the male and female of the species. We learned so much more about birds. They also gave us a booklet “Arkansas Birds.” We enjoyed the program so much and the two speakers stayed and ate lunch with us.
President Florine Phipps presided over the business meeting, leading us in the Collect. Secretary Paulette Herring read the September minutes taken by Julia Fraser, Elizabeth Rose Black gave the treasury report for Treasurer Carolyn Stewart.
We discussed our role in decorating the Log Cabin Museum, Nov. 9 with the Town and Country Club. Plans will be finalized at the November meeting, which will meet at Delaine Gartener’s house. The program will be “Planting Bulbs.” We also discussed some fund raising ideas.
Luncheon was served and we all enjoyed the fellowship and being in a beautiful garden with the weather cooperating. Flower arrangements were done by Paulette Herring.
Beta Sigma Phi Laureate Alpha Omega
Laureate Alpha Omega chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the home of Pam Rawls with 10 members present. Following the Beta Sigma Phi grace, everyone enjoyed Pam’s homemade cheesy potato soup, cornbread salad, brownies and pumpkin cookies.
The business meeting was called to order by President Vernelle Crews and members repeated the Opening Ritual.
As our October service project, members brought children’s books for the Bookcase for Every Child literacy project. Several chapter members will be attending the literacy banquet on Oct. 17. Jim Davidson, founder of the bookcase project, will be the speaker at the annual BSP Preferential Tea on Oct. 22 at Wesley Methodist Church. Xi Master chapter will chair the event.
In lieu of door prizes, members will bring non-perishable food items for the Wesley Bread Basket.
As our November service project, Judy Schultz asked members to bring items to be used as Bingo prizes for the Heritage Living Center to our Nov. 12 meeting.
She stated she is also putting together some bags of Halloween candy for the center.
We will be entertaining sister chapter Laureate Nu on Nov. 12 at Trillium Park. Our theme for the evening will be Light Up Arkansas and Chuck Dovish, host of AETN’s “Exploring Arkansas” series, will be our special guest.
Plans were discussed for the BSP city-wide Valentine Coronation in February. Our chapter is in charge this year.
There being no further business, the meeting closed with members repeating the Closing Ritual and Mizpah followed by the annual Unbirthday party gift exchange. The Sunshine gift was won by Vernelle Crews.
Conway Shakespeare Club
The Conway Shakespeare Club will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, at the home of Toran Isom. Co-hostesses will be Hilda Malpica and Pat Thessing. Dr. Eric Binnie will present a program on “Alexander McCall Smith & the Ladies’ No. 1 Detective Agency.”