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Sorority alums hold reunion party

Published 12:43pm Friday, April 20, 2012

Alacare held a “Paint for the Cure” fundraiser at the Cabin at the Sportplex for Relay for Life last Thursday evening under the instruction of Cheryl Eyster, a sixteen year cancer survivor. The women present painted angels entitled “Rejoice.” Spotted: Amy Morris, Buffie Lovelady, Bell Miller, Kim Murphy, Tanya Williams, Kathy Woodsmall, Sarah McKemic, Felicia Hamlet, Crystal Pemberton, Jennifer Baker, Eddie Hampton, Kay Beasley, Anna Foster, Billie Clecler and Sue Ridley.

Friday morning Tillie Parks invited me to the Liberty Lodge on the lake where the University of Alabama 1959-62 initiation classes of Alpha Gamma Deltas were congregating for a weekend long celebration in honor of their 50th Anniversary. The breakfast casserole and monkey bread were bottomless, and it was such a pleasure to be included in their celebration. These women were a true testament that female friendship withstands the test of time. They picked up exactly where they had left off fifty years prior, reliving the parties and the people of their college days. The black and white photos spread across the coffee table depicted the style of the Mad Men era…peter pan collars and full skirts. Another table was full of photos of children and grandchildren.

Spotted:  Tillie Dobbs Parks of Alexander City, Patty Goodwin Sexton of Selma, Marie Ellzey Baynes of Birmingham, Sister O’Flynn Pitts of Selma, Andrea Spruell Krowell of Charlotte, Ann Little Philbeck of Columbia, S.C., Alice Herroen Schleusner of Birmingham, Jean Rainer Belt of Montgomery, Barbara Aird Patton of Birmingham, Carole Spradley Hinshaw of Lake Mary, FL, Dot Parker Keith of Decatur, Ga., Angie Webb of Birmingham, Lynn Whitten Perrine of Alexander City, Diane Aird Chapman of Parrish, Fla., Sandra Phillips Moore of New Burn, NC, Sally Smith Hayden of Clearwater, Fla., Hilda Hughes Church of Dothan, Dianne Radford Burke of Orange Beach, and Branham Whatley of Dothan.

Last week I became an Ambassador for the Chamber of Commerce and attended my first meeting. I am thrilled to be getting involved in our community, and if you are interested in becoming an Ambassador, our next meeting will be held Friday, May 4.

This Saturday The Spring Home and Garden Show will be held from 8am-4pm across from the Russell Retail Store. Do make plans to scoot down 280 and pick yourself up something fragrant and bright.

Also on Saturday, beginning at noon, is the 280 Boogie in Waverly.  Hopefully you all read Lake Martin Living’s cover story on the Boogie.  It is going to be absolutely fantastic, I will be there, and I highly encourage everyone to attend.  Tickets will be $15 at the door. Lake Martin Living columnist Whitney Clanton will be among the many craft vendors selling her f.o.l.k jewelry line.

Mark your calendars for the Chamber’s upcoming Relay for Life fundraiser—, which will be a wine tasting at Emporium Wine on May 1st  -complete with live music. Tickets are $20 each and T shirts will be available for purchase.

The Perceptor Alpha Theta of Beta Sigma Phi Team is selling groovy tie dyed Relay for Life T shirts for $20.  You should buy one to wear to the Boogie. Contact Linda Shaffer at 256-794-4641

Now you are In the Loop.  Have a fabulous and safe weekend.

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