Published Sunday, October 26, 2008

Conway Newcomer's Club

The Conway Newcomers' Club held its monthly luncheon and general meeting on Oct. 9 at the Conway Country Club.

The program was presented by Els Strickland, a coordinator for CASA andtwo of her associates, Tess Fletcher and Kat Dull. CASA stands for, Court Appointed Special Advocates. The advocates are the voice of abused, neglected and abandoned children in a court of law. They gatherthe facts regarding medical records, educational records, criminal records, and interview the family, extended family, friends, and neighbors,and act as the eyes and ears of the judge.

The next general meeting will bethe annual auction Nov. 13 at the Conway Country Club.

The Newcomers' Club of Conway is a social organization formed to help new residents of Conway adjust to the area and form new friendships. Anyone living in Conway less than three years and interested in learning more about the club may call the coffee chairs at 336-0942 or 450-0299.


Century Club

The Twentieth Century Club met Oct. 17 at the Conway Country Club. Clever Halloween decorations were centered on the round tables by Susanne Brazil.

Julie Adkisson, president, called the meeting to order. Elizabeth Benton offered the opening prayer. Julie presented Edna Earle Pence with a gift honoring her status as the remaining charter member of the club. Sandy Adkisson was introduced as a new member. Patsy Newton was thanked for the beautiful yearbooks. The minutes were read and the treasurer's report was given. Sara Galvin destributed a list of items which are needed by several projects remembered by the club. Sharon Lessenberry made her report for the care committee.

Jane Hawk introduced the founder of Soaring Wings Ranch, Andrew Watson. The ranch is located on 195 acres of rolling hills in the community of Holland. It is a private non-profit, non-denominational organization. The Christian centered ministry serves children who are abused, abandoned, neglected, orphaned, or in need of a strong family structure. Safety of the child is uppermost in the minds of the founders. It is owned and operated by Soaring Wings Inc. and its board.

Hostesses were Edna Earle Pence, Fritzie Vammen, Susan Standridge, and Martha Moore. The Collect was given and the meeting was dismissed.

Roses Among Thorns

Roses Among Thorns held their monthly meeting on Oct. 15 at Springhill Baptist Church. Linda Dickey welcomed everyone and opened the meeting with prayer. Tonya Hulvey read some scripture and sang for our entertainment.

The theme this month was A Pink Party, in honor of October being breast cancer awareness month. Each table was decorated with candles and different tea service sets, all of which were pink. All of the breast cancer survivors in the group were asked to stand up and be recognized.

Ye Olde Daisy Shop provided pink roses for our Tea this month.

The menu consisted of chicken salad served on croissants and homemade baked potato soup. Pink scones with pink clotted crme and strawberry jam were also served. Strawberry sorbet and pink iced tea cookies were served for dessert. Raspberry tea was also served.

Oct. birthdays were announced and a gift was presented to them. Door prize drawings were also held. Charity Dawson won a homemade lap quilt made and donated by June Henrikson.

Several members attended and walked in the Race for the Cure on October 11th in honor and in memory of a lot of our Roses Among Thorns members.

Kim Thibodaux from K2K Salon reminded everyone of their 2nd annual Pink Party which will be held at the salon on Oct. 25 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m., come and go, with all proceeds going to Roses Among Thorns. This is a great event with food to eat and items raffled off. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Diana Pope gave a presentation on the Lance Armstrong Foundation and told about her involvement in this group.

Linda Dickey had all of our guests this month introduce themselves. We had 10 new guests.

Linda asked all members interested in going as a group to Branson, Mo on Nov/ 18 to sign up so we can make reservations for this trip. We will have a choice of seeing the Andy Williams show or going to The Titanic. We will return on the 19th. This trip will be our Tea for November. We will not be meeting at the church in November.

Our next meeting is Dec. 17 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, call Linda Dickey to reserve your seat at 679-2931 or 472-1120.

Chapter E, P.E.O.

Chapter E, P.E.O., will meet at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Community Room of Conway Corporation, 1307 Prairie Street.

The program, "Art in Europe," will be presented by Dr. Gayle Seymour. Hostesses will be Kay Dean, Rosemary Hubbard, Barbara Henry and Beneva Farris.


Beta Kappa

Preceptor Beta Kappa held their Oct. 14th meeting at the home of Debbie Creswell with President Carolyn Jones presiding.

Members were reminded to pay their $5.00 assessment from City Council. City Council members were reminded that the next City Council meeting will be held at the home of Bert Lackey.

Lynne Tiner reported for our September and October service projects we will donate $100 to Soaring Wings Ranch, $50.00 to the Food Pantry and $50.00 to HAVEN. Members were asked to let the Service Committee know if they have a special service project they would like our Chapter to be involved with.

The Social Committed discussed our Christmas party and they will begin checking places and try to get something booked. Suzanne reported on the trip to Boscos in the River Market in September. Twelve members attended and a good time was had by all.

Carolyn presented an invitation to the Preferential Tea to be held 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church on October 28th. Members are asked to wear red, white and blue. Our Chapter will be responsible for two $10 gifts to be used for door prizes. Brenda Bray volunteered to get these.

Brenda Hawkins gave members educational fact sheets from the Extension Service concerning Proposed Constitutional Amendment 1, 2 and 3; Proposed Initiative Act No. 1 and Referred Question No. 1. Members then discussed each one.

Refreshments were served by hostess Debbie Creswell and co-hostesses Suzanne Webb and Brenda Bray. Our next scheduled meeting will be Nov. 11, at the home of Janie Carpenter and co-hostesses will be Kathy White and Lynn Garrett.

Progressive Club

Progressive Club met Monday evening, Oct. 6 at the home of Jean Bell. Eleven members were present with one visitor.

The program presented by Brad Lacy, President/CEO Conway Area Chamber of Commerce and President of Conway Development Corporation. Lacy discussed with the club the continuing growth and development of the city.

Mrs. John Hawks, vice president conducted the meeting. November service project will be a Thanksgiving Dinner delivered to a family by the service committee. The project presented to the club by Mrs. Jack Henderson, Service Chairperson.

The club members enjoyed refreshments served by co-hostess Mrs. Julia Fraser.

Mrs. David Kinley will host the November meeting. Guest speaker will be Kristen Riddle.

Conway Civic League

The Conway Civic League held its monthly luncheon meeting at the Conway Country Club on Oct. 15. A halloween theme was carried out throughout the meeting room.

The meeting was opened with a prayer by Kathy Lynn. Forty-three members were present.

Jack Bell, assistant to Conway's mayor was introduced by his mother, Florene Bell, Mr. Bell is a certified school psychologist and served the Conway School District in that capacity for 31 years.

Bell is now using his expertise by volunteering with the Faulkner County Crisis Response team, NOVA and the National Organization for Victims Assistance, which was founded in 1973.

The Arkansas CRT provides extensive training for volunteers. Volunteers include fireman, clergy, attorneys and other people from various occupations in the local communities, including a bi-lingual volunteer.

A 10-person eam from the Faulkner County CRT went to New York for eight days during the 9/11 disaster, locally, the Detco explosion in Conway, the airplace crash in Little Rock, in which several Conway people were involved, and the tornadoes at Atkins and Clinton are some of the disasters in which the Faulkner Countr Response Team assisted.

Bell's presentation was both interesting and informative.

Patricia Thessing called for the reading of the Collect by the members. Roseanne Johnson, Recording Secretary, then read the minutes of the September meeting. The treasurer's report was given by Sandra Hudson.

The hostesses for the meeting were: Mae Williams, chair, Barbara Isom, Sandra Hudson, Iris Scales, Terry Hendrickson and Barbara Henry.

The next meeting will be on Nov. 20.

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