Published Sunday, September 28, 2008

Roses Among Thorns

Roses Among Thorns held their monthly meeting on Sept. 17, at Springhill Baptist Church. Linda Dickey welcomed everyone and opened the meeting with a moment of silence and prayer. The theme this month was A Victorian Old Time Tea. The decor on each table was different but all were decorated in a Victorian theme. This included sunflowers and things from the past. Xi Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi made and presented each Rose with a victorian decorated candle jar.

Dickey announced a change in attendance procedure. All Roses that will be attending the next Tea are asked to call her by the Friday before the tea for a reservation to the Tea. She also explained for the new members how Roses Among Thorns received it's name and what it means.

The menu for this month consisted of jalapeno cream cheese bites, waldorf salad, fruit salad, and scones with blackberry jelly and clotted cream. Peach tea was the beverage for this month. Fresh strawberry cake was served for dessert. Servers for this month were Peggy Russ, Sandra Bradberry, Frances Turner, Jewel Loveless, Sue Nunnally and Margaret Shamburger. We are so thankful for these ladies for giving of their time, energies and talents.

September birthdays were announced and a gift was presented to them. Door prize drawings were also held.

Vivian Trickey announced Roses Among Thorns will have a team this year for Race for the Cure. We will all try to car pool to Little Rock for this event on Oct. 11. She had register forms available to all that were interested in going. Signs are being made to carry at this event.

Ye Olde Daisy Shop provided red roses for our Tea each month. Each member received roses to take home with them.

All of our items were on display that we are selling to help support this group such as jewelry, aprons, purses and t-shirts.

Diana Pope was elected as third vice president on the board of Roses Among Thorns. JoBeth Snyder made the nomination with Judy Hill seconding the nomination. All members agreed with no one opposing.

Our guest speaker this month was Ellen DiMaggio from Little Rock. She does presentations on 1900 century women of America. She gave a power point presentation on victorian trade cards or calling/business cards. She explained how these started back in the 18th century. During this era the cards were kept in scrapbooks as a collector's item. She also explained how they came and went and how they are back and used today. Elle also shared her cancer story with us. She is a breast cancer survivor.

JoBeth Snyder shared with the group about her recent gamma knife treatment at UAMS. Prayer was requested for Vernagene Moore as she is in rehab from her recent surgery.

We received a donation recently from Xi Gamma Upsilon chapter of Beta Sigma Phi.

Linda Dickey announced that Roses Among Thorns has recently made donations to Stand Up2 Cancer and also to Conway Cancer Center. This donation was in memory of Mike Boheken, a Rose that passed away recently.

Several board members and members from our group attended the Runway for a Cause, a luncheon and style show, on Sept. 18, in Little Rock. We had a table at this event.

Roses Among Thorns will be in the Life in 501 magazine in the October issue. Our website is rosesamongthorns.org.

Kim Thibodaux from K2K Salon announced their second annual Pink Party will be held at the salon on Oct. 25 from 4 until 8 with all proceeds going to Roses Among Thorns. This is a great event with food to eat and items raffled off.

Linda Dickey, founder of Roses Among Thorns, has been asked to speak at the city wide Preferential Tea of Beta Sigma Phi on October 28th in the fellowship hall at the 1st United Methodist Church in Conway.

Our next meeting is Oct. 15 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.


Century Club

The Twentieth Century Club met Friday, Sept. 19, at the Conway Country Club. The president, Julie Adkisson, presided at the business meeting. Minutes were read by the secretary, Susan Standridge. Fritzie Vemmen gave the treasurer's report. The devotion was given by Carolyn Hancock. Martha Lierley was welcomed as a new member.

Anita Cothran, vice president, announced the program theme for this year is "Women Make the World Go 'Round". Sharon Lessenberry, program chairman for September,spoke to the group about two women who represented "Strength and Survival"during the 1980's. Gilda Radner wrote the book, "It's Always Something", and Ann Barron wrote the article, "The Song of the Canary".

The tables were centered with baskets filled with decorative arrangements of dried flowers. Hostesses were chairman, Ruth Frenkel, with Emily Montgomery, Gerri Crisp, and Elizabeth Benton.

Xi Master

Xi Master Chapter met Sept. 9, at Western Sizzler Restaurant with 14 members present. President Margaret Shamburger conducted the business meeting.

It was reported the Internationnal Headquarters has requested email addresses for each member. A guide had been received about hosting the coming Preferential Tea on Oct. 28th. Thank you notes were shared from Denny and Shirley Heffington, Margaret Shamburger, and Lynn Pledger.

Committee reports were as follows:

Social-Virginia Brown was to check with First United Methodist Church on having the Tea there. It was announced the Christmas Party will be held at the Conway Country Club on Dec. 15 and possible menus were shared with all members.

Luncheon-Betty Thornton said the next luncheon would be at Gridley's BBQ at Pickles Gap on Tuesday the 16th.

Service-Peggy Russ reported the favors for the next meeting of Roses Among Thorns had been completed and enlisted volunteers to help prepare salads for the meeting held on Wednesday, Sept. 17th.

Sunshine-Peggy Russ said a get well card was sent to Linda Dickey, and she had sent a yellow rose to Shirley Heffington.

Yearbook-Margaret Shamburger passed out copies of the new yearbook to each member.

Program-Eva Koger informed members she had ordered packets from International containing several programs. She passed out a list of programs available and marked the ones she already had. She graciously offered to get any program requested.

City Council met at the home of Bert Lackey on Sept. 2. Our dues were set and are payable to Lynn Pledger. Our chapter will entertain Epsilon Xi Chapter in January. June Saunders read from the BSP book on schelduling the meetings, programs, and having the opening and closing rituals.

Betty Thornton gave an interesting and informative program on growing and using herbs.

Hostess Polly Barker arranged for us to have a wonderful variety of desserts of our choice with drinks following the meeting. The next meeting will be at the home of Shirley Heffington on Sept. 23.

The Newcomers' Club

The Newcomers' Club of Conway held its luncheon and general meeting Thursday, Sept. 11 at the Conway Country Club.

Laine Berry, Mrs. Intenational and founder of "Taking Wellness to Heart", was the guest speaker.The members and their guests are better informed about heart disease, its symptoms in women, and the prevention of the disease after listening to Mrs. Berry's informative talk.

A short business meeting followed the program. President, Sharon Beekman, introduced new members and guests. Activities chairman, Bev Freiley, discussed new activities that are being formed, andVirginia Douglas, co-chairman of Ways and Means, spoke about the upcoming auction.

Progressive Club

The Progressive Club met Sept. 8 at Lloyd and Connie Westbrook's Con-L-Ranch. The Westbrook's hosted the first meeting of the 2008-09 year. A dinner was enjoyed by the members and their guests. President Sue Nunnally opened the meeting with greetings to all present. A discusion was held on the upcoming year, activities and projects.

October meeting will be hosted by Jean Bell. Co-hostess will be Juila Fraser. The program will be presented by Brad Lacy, President/CEO of the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce and President of Conway Development Corporation.

Conway Morning


Conway Morning Rotarians have been fortunate in that programs for the weeks of Sept. 8 and Sept. 15 have been stellar. Continuing the club's "emphasis on providing leadership for the community in the area of environmental stewardship and awareness," Rotarian Lillian Petrucelli introduced a "Green-focused" panel of local community leaders, each of whom presented both explanations and information on the role of recycling in the City of Conway as well as activities of the "Keep Faulkner County Beautiful Committee." From the City of Conway Sanitation Department, Ms. ANgie Howard, Recycling Coordinator, gave an overview of the Department's "Green"" activities, and Ms. Debbie Plopper, Special Projects Coordinator, described the City's recycling efforts. In describing the County's Solid Waste District, Ms. Charlotte Nabholz, Chairman of the "Keep Faulkner County Beautiful Committee," explained the history, function and current activities of the Committee, and Dr. Greg Murray, Superintendent of the Conway Public Schools, described environment-friendly recycling activities within the school district. The panelists spoke to an engaged Rotary audience, members of which followed the presentations with an animated question and answer session.

The Sept. 16 program was chaired by Rotarian Granger Davis who introduced State Representative Robbie Wills, the morning speaker. Representative Wills, who in January 2009, will be sworn in as the Speaker of the House of Representatives for the 87th General Assembly, spoke to the Club about his vision for the 87th General Assembly. He explaned that he will use has his guiding principle - "Doing the right things the right way." In his presentaation he spoke of the need to "restore respect, dignity, decorum, and statesmanship" to the legislature. He a lso covered several of the major issues facing the next legislative session, chief among those being the State's bdget and its allocation. An informative question and answer session followed his presentation.

Conway Morning Rotarians meet at 7 a.m. each Tuesday in the Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center on the UCA campus.

Conway Civic League

The Conway Civic League met at the Conway Country Club on Wednesday, Sept. 17 to begin the 1008-09 year. The yearbooks, including a listing of the officers, committees and planned programs for the year, were distributed.

The meeting was opened with a prayer by Betty Courtway. Lunch was then served to members.

Our speaker, Steve, "Bo" Conner was introduced by his wife, Melinda Conner who is Vice President, Program Chairmaan. Conner is a board member of the Faukner Country Community Foundation. He explained the purpose, history and workings of the foundation.

In 1976, the Arkansas Community Foundation was formed to promote charitable programs using the income from invested endowments. Later, the Faulkner County Foundation was founded.

An individual or organization can setup and endowment for a particular purpose. For example, the Toad Suck Committee set up an endowment for scholarships; The Women's Shelter set up an endowment for operating expenses and a famimily can set up an endowment designated for various purposes.

The amount of endowment money invested will always remain intact. Only income from the endowment can be used.

The Faulkner County Foundation itself has two endowments set up one for expenses and one for issuing grants.

For further information, contact Julie LaRue, Executive Director of the Faulkner County Foundation, 932-0390.

Patricia Thessing, president, dispensed of the roll call and asked for the reading of the minutes of the May meeting. Roseanne Johnson, secretary, then read he minutes which were approved.

Betty Fraser read notes from the Soul Food Cafe and the Bethlehem House thanking the League for money contributed for the purchase of food.

Betty Courtway announced the need for books for a book sale at the Faulkner County Library. Volunteers are also needed to help set up the sale on Wednesday, Oct. 1 and Thursday, Oct. 2.

The hostesses for the meeting were Melinda Conner, Suzanne Brazil, Betty Courtway, Forine Bell, Barbara Satterfield and Patricia Thessing.

The next meeting will be Oct. 15.

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