Published Sunday, March 01, 2009

Roses Among Thorns

Roses Among Thorns held their monthly meeting on Feb. 18 at Springhill Baptist Church. Linda Dickey welcomed everyone and opened the meeting with prayer. The theme this month was "Queen for a Day". As each Rose entered, they walked the red carpet that was covered with fresh rose petals. They were then draped with a Rose Queen sash to wear. The sashes were made by Peggy Russ. Linda Dickey then crowned each one with a tiara and told them how special they are. Bill Ward, our honorary male member, escorted each lady to her seat.

The luncheon consisted of southwestern chicken soup, miniature cornbread muffins and a Greek salad. Heart shaped scones were served with strawberry jam and clotted cream. For dessert we had heart shaped brownies topped with strawberry sorbet and whipped cream drizzled with chocolate syrup and red sugar crystals. Drinks consisted of assorted teas. Servers this month were Peggy Russ and her team of ladies from Springhill Baptist Church.

Each table had a crystal vase full of red roses. The black and white and red tablecloths had chocolate heart candies scattered around. Each place setting had a candy coated pretzel filled valentine mug and a marshmallow caramel heart for each Rose to take home. Door prizes were drawn for throughout the event. Ye Olde Daisy Shop provided red roses this month.

Katie Patrom from the church provided piano music and songs throughout the luncheon. She was a blessing to us all.

Linda Dickey spoke to us about "What God's Queen Looks Like". She spoke of how standards are high and what the traits of a queen of God are. She stated the book of Easter is about His queen.

Lori Reynolds spoke to us about the "Think Pink" event at UCA this weekend and also about the Relay for Life coming up April 24-25. Special guest was Jennifer Thomas from the American Cancer Society out of Little Rock. She told us more about the Relay for Life and reminded us that this truly is a celebration. She encouraged us all to come out and participate in the survivors walk. She also gave us some fundraising ideas. Roses Among Thorns will have a team this year.

Virgie Tsuda was presented a bouquet of roses for being named our Queen for the Day. Virgie also read a creative writing verse she had written. It was called Roses Among Thorns and the verse was so fitting to our group. She also wrote a song that we all sang with her. She then passed out printed copies of both items. She is such a joy to be around and such a blessing to our group.

Linda introduced Joy Kelso to the group and announced that she will be helping her with a home ministry for our members that are having a difficult time. We heard praise reports and prayer request from several of our Roses.

We had 35 Roses in attendance plus servers and special quests.

Our next meeting is March 18 at 11 a.m. at Springhill Baptist Church. 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 679-2931 or 472-1120.

The Twentieth Century Club

The Twentieth Century Club met Friday, Feb. 20, 2009, at the Conway Country Club. Elizabeth Benton gave the prayer before the luncheon.

President Julie Adkisson called the meeting to order and presented one historical moment of a past meeting. The club met in Mac Hall in 1952. Children of members participated in the program.

Minutes were read, roll called, and committees reported. The program chairman, Iris Scales, introduced her daughter, Twylla Alexander, who kept the club's members enthralled by her wonderful talk about travels she and her husband, Drew, have experienced as educators.

The Alexander's left Arkansas in 1981 and went to teach in Barrow, Alaska for two years, moved to Juneau, Alaska, teaching in the schools for nine years. Their international teaching careers have taken them to the Singapore American School, Cairo American College (Egypt), and the Anglo-American School in Moscow, Russia.

Drew has been an administrator for most of the time overseas and is currently the director of the Anglo-American School. Twylla has worked either as s speech-language pathologist or elementary teacher in each of the international schools. Drew continues to work in Moscow, and Twyla divides her time between Arkansas and Russia.

Hostesses were Janet Burks, Jo Nell Lowry, and Rachel Stuart. The meeting was adjourned with the reading of the collect.

The Conway Civic League

The Conway Civic League met at the Conway Country Club for its monthly luncheon meeting on Feb. 18. The meeting was opened with a quotation from scripture and a prayer by Kathy Lynn.

Her mother, Barbara Satterfield, introduced Mary Margaret Satterfield, director of events and Toad Suck liaison for the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce.

Members of the Toad Suck committee commit to a three-year term. The committee starts planning in August. In March it meets every other week but eventually meets once a week. Attendance at the first Toad Suck Festival was expected to be 2,500 but was actually attended by 25,000.

Due to inclement weather around the first of May, the festival was moved from the Toad Suck Park on the river to downtown Conway in 1992.

Toad Suck Daze had recently been named the Best Arkansas Festival of the Year.

There are over 300 vendors offering food, crafts, drinks, etc. These vendors pay local and state taxes. There are various activities for children - rock climbing, carnival rides, foot races, toad races and more. Entrance to the festival is free.

This is the 25th anniversary in which profits go for college scholarships to students graduating from Faulkner County high schools. Mores than 200 students benefited from $51,000 in 2008.

Patricia Thessing, president called for the reading of the Collect. After the reading the approval of the January meeting minutes, Roseanne Johnson, recording secretary called the roll, 40 members were present.

The luncheon tables were centered with red camellias floating in crystal bowls.

The hostesses for the meeting were Dorothy Robins, chair, Mary Catherine Maxey, Martha McConnell, Susan Standridge, Dora Libby Lamey and Marsha McClanahan.

The next meeting of the league will be Wednesday, March 18.



Laureate Alpha Omega chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met Tuesday at America 13-50 restaurant for a Dutch treat dinner and to honor our Valentine Queen, Vernelle Crews. Janet Jones was in charge of the arrangements.

Florene Phipps, president, presented an informative program on the United Way of Central Arkansas, its history and evolution, the charities it supports and the new 211 number to call for information on different kinds of assistance available. Phipps then called the business meeting to order with the Opening Ritual. Teresa Parish, corresponding secretary, read thank you notes from Peggy Hahn for the yellow rose and other expressions of kindness during her recovery from surgery and also from Candice Parish Clay for the wedding gift she received from the chapter.

Peggy Hahn, service chairman, gave a report on the items that had been procured by the service committee, with the assistance of Buddy Pugh, for our Care Link family and that they hoped to have another food drive for a local bread basket soon.

Social chairman Vernelle Crews suggested that the group go to Altus for lunch one Saturday in March. Bert Lackey, scrapbook chairman, asked all committee members to meet on Friday. She also stated that Beta Upsilon chapter had asked for a preferred date for their group to entertain our chapter and March 24 was suggested. Members discussed the "cultural and finer things" they had attended since the previous meeting.

Faulkner County Democrat Central Committee Meeting

The Faulkner County Democrat Central Committee meeting will be Monday, March 2, at 7 p.m. at the Faulkner County Courthouse. The speaker will be Sheriff Karl Byrd.

The Committee met recently and elected Sam Higdon-Chair, Patty Montgomery-Vice-Chair, Marcus Vaden-Tres. and Shirley Montgomery-Sec.

The meeting is open to all Democrats.

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