September 24, 2008 Edition

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WR BPW hosts regional conference

Diana Shelton (left) of Walnut Ridge presided over a meeting of a regional meeting of Business and Professional Women's Clubs that was hosted by the Walnut Ridge club on Saturday. Junior Briner (far right), chairman of the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, welcomed the group. Shelton is director of BPW's Region II. Also at the head table were (second from left): Nellie Murphy of Paragould, BPW past state president, and Sarah Akin of Jonesboro, recording secretary for Region II
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The Walnut Ridge Business and Professional Women's Club hosted the Region II BPW Conference on Saturday at First Baptist Church's fellowship hall.

Diana Shelton of Walnut Ridge has served as this year's director of BPW's Region II. She reported that approximately 50 members, guests, state executive officers, past state presidents and state standing committee chairs were present, plus six vendors and Raelyne Massey and six of her students from Walnut Ridge High School.

"We had all seven of our local clubs in Region II represented as well as guests from Little Rock, North Little Rock, Conway, Greenbrier and Harrison. We were very pleased with the attendance," Shelton said.

"I believe it was a successful day all around and that those present received a favorable impression of Walnut Ridge. Chamber of Commerce Chairman Junior Briner set the tone when he shared with them all the positive things about the area and encouraged them to visit area businesses and attractions.

"We had eight vendors to participate, including two local BPW members, Henryetta Tyler with Flair Gifts and Karen Williams with The Flower Basket."

Lawrence Health Services offered a health screening. "Everyone really liked and appreciated that," she said.

"We really appreciated Raelyne and her FCCLA students for preparing the delicious lunch, a lovely presentation and the excellent service they provided our guests. ÉThey (attendees) loved the luncheon and thoroughly enjoyed Holly Gill's dance students' entertainment and the style show presented by Wal-Mart."

The new Region II officers for next year are: Karen Hunt, director, Newport; Sarah Akin, vice director, Jonesboro; Karen Sagaskey, secretary, Wynne; Nellie Murphy, member of the state nominating committee, Jonesboro; and Sue Sullens, alternate member of the state nominating committee, Walnut Ridge.

Shelton said, "Members of the Walnut Ridge club are so thankful to each of the businesses who made donations, Mrs. Raelyne Massey and her FCCLA students and all the vendors who participated in the day."

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