Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Omega Chapter 2010 Christmas Party

We enjoyed a wonderful Christmas Party at Jacques Cafe in the Park at Battlefield Inn tonight.  We all had a delicious meal with our husbands and opened presents from our secret sisters for the past year.  We also drew names for new ones for 2011.  Wishing a Merry Christmas to one and all from the Pi Alpha Kappa Omega Chapter!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

First Meeting Last Night

We had our first sorority meeting last night which was held at Katie Hossley's lovely home on Duval Street.  It was a very good attendance and she and her co-hostesses prepared a meal of lasagna, salad, french bread and a crunchy pizza desert with whipped cream.  It was so good to see and visit with everyone again since our last meeting in May.
Pi Alpha Kappa Sorority

From your National President.....Josephine Peterson


Finally the long hot summer is over.  Now we have the excitement of football, the expectation of cool, crisp evenings, and the changing colors of fall.
I hope each of you had a relaxing time with family and friends during the summer.
I know each of us a saddened by the death of our beloved Florence Amborn.  She will be missed by all
I look forward to being with each of you at a meeting in the coming year.  Please call me so we can schedule a date for my visit.
May we each become more bonded with our sisters as we work to increase our chapter membership.

Love in PAK

Note to all Chapters from Secretary Janie Brock:
I need all the chapter secretaries to please send me the minutes form all their meetings from last year as well as those for this year.  Please make sure they notify me when sisters and PAK rats pass away.  I have a few that I have noticed, but I want to make sure I have everyone so far.  My email is:, and my mailing address is:  460 Douglas Road, Vicksburg, MS  39183.

Denver Delta Chapter
Isolde Meyer reports, "Time is flying and we have so much to do before winter arrives.  No meeting will be held in September since two of our members are out of town."

President Elly Danko is in Germany visiting friends and relatives with her grandson Daniel and his new wife.  They needed to see where Grandma spent her youth.  While there, brother Karl_Heinz bought them a belated wedding gift of a trip via ship down the Danube.

Betty Shay again visited her son in Illinois where he is raising Alpacas.  She also visited her grandson in the Chicago area and her four great-grandchildren.

Gennie McCloskey, a former member, had visitors from Nova Scotia and Korea where her granddaughter has a teaching job.  Gennie and Betty are still good friends and are both active in church.  They get together for lunch or dinner every weekend.

Walburga Salazar left for Evergreen, Colorado, to house-sit and take care of her friend's golden retriever while they traveled through October.

Isolde Meyer had a big birthday party for her 85th with 60+ guests at the park near her daughter Heidi' house July.  In addition the July event was to also celebrate her grandson Cody's High School Graduation.  Now both boys, Tyler and Cody, are starting college.  Isoide took a 3-day try to Estes Park with friends just to relax and enjoy the scenery.

Vicksburg Alpha Chapter
We deeply mourm the loss of our beloved sister, Florence Amborn, who died on August 15, 2010, as a result of injuries suffered in an auto accident.  Her 90 years were filled with family, friends, and fun.  She was always the life of the party and our chapter and we will deeply miss her.

Most Alpha members confessed to having very quiet summers, spending most of the days inside trying to keep cool and avoid the intense and long-term high temperatures.

Pam Gee enjoyed a wonderful family get-together this summer with her brother and his children and grandchildren and all her children and grandchildren.  Twenty-nine people (14 children ages 11 and under!) gathered in a large 8-bedroom cabin in Pigeon Forge and enjoyed losts of activities and family time for a few days.  In September, she traveled to Prague, Vienna and Budapest.  Not only was the weather great, bu the beautify of the cities was awe-inspiring.  She especially enjoyed the moonlight cruise on the Danube in Budapest.

Frances Koury said it was fun to entertain her grandson Aaron Koury and his bride Elizabeth from Dallas, Texas over the Labor Day Weekend.  Ever since the wedding last October they have been planning to bring her mother and father Bev and Bob James of Dallas to visit and tour Vicksburg.  She acted as tour guide and enjoyed re-discovering the beauty of Vicksburg and why people from all over come to visit our city.  The park was beautiful, the weather perfect, the foliage lush, the story awesome...truly they were on hallowed ground.  They also visited the Court House, Catfish Row, the unique stories of our homes and churches, our place in history.  The want to come back as they didn't get to "do" everything!  Frances notes that, of course, they didn't miss a meal....Jacques, Anchuca, Main Street Market, and Rusty's with some Goldies' ribs added for appetizers and Connie's beautiful cabin on the lake with family made for a perfect weekend.  She hopes you will meet them when they return.  She added, "A fantastic Surprise Birthday celebration hosted by my children, planned with such detail by Connie was enjoyed by some 40 family and friends.  The theme Special K was carried out and individual boxes of Special K were favors, Sally and Chris of Main Street Market served the wonderful food and I appreciate their serving on Saturday (May 22).  Besides immediate family, it was extra special to have my granddaughter Allison and the fiance Damon (who are planning a June 4, 2011 wedding) my brother from Washington D.C. and my nephew and his wife from Texas.  It was a surprise."

Mary Lewis and her family enjoyed visiting their daughter Cynthia at her lake home near Toronto, Canada, this summer.  Cynthia is in training to climb Mt. Kilimarjaro in November.  Mary's grandson graduated from the University of Texas in May.

Jean McKnight's grandson, Edward McKnight IV, was married in June to Maggie Griffing at the Southern Cultural Heritage Center.  They will be living in Vicksburg where Edward farms with his father and Maggie is a nurse at Covenant Health & Rehab Center.

Lois Waldhbauer's son Walter and his wife, Jennifer, of Ohio will be visiting Lois in October.

Vicksburg Beta Chapter
The Beta Chapter first meeting and Initiation Ceremony for new members was held Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at the home of Georgia Turnage - the following new sorority sisters were inducted:  Lee Cook, Beth Maggio, Amy Jackson, Toni Stanchfield, and Joanne Wright.  MiHyang Faulks, a member for two years was inducted as well since the Beta Chapter was unable to hold a ceremony when she joined due to the time scheduling conflicts.

The Beta and Alpha Chapter will start meeting together and will be merging into one group.

Margharita Davis, her daughter Margaret Smith, grandson Hunter and 2 other l35 year old friends from Brandon vacationed over the 4th of July week at Ober Gatinburg; tubed down the Dan River, Dansbury, NC, amongst thirty foot rock cliffs in unbelievable clear water (with some rapids whereupon the grandmother needed a little help portaging).  Then on to Greensboro, NC for a day at Wet & Wild (major water slides).  In September, Margharita celebrated with son Lee on his 35th birthday in Austin, TX checking out possible sailboat purchase to enjoying Austin's city front with Lee and girlfriend Rachel Micklethwait from the paddle boat "Long Star" on Lady Bird River.  Watched & videoed St. Al parade where granddaughter Megan Key Davis, daughter of son Key, marched with the St. Al Color Guard.  Bill and I are enjoying all the fall vegetables from our gardens.

Please, keep the following in your prayers Mark Chaney, Marie Hernandex, Bonnie Bruce, Shirley Summers, and other loved ones that we may not be aware of that need our prayers.

Vicksburg Delta Chapter
Jane Brock's son, Chris Brock, got married this weekend, September 25th, to Amanda Nevels at Crawford Street United Methodist Church.  There reception was in Floral Hall at the church.  Chris received a bachelor's degree in construction and land management from Mississippi State University in 2007 and is project and safety manager for Fordice Construction.  Amanda received an associate degree in business management from Hinds Community College and is store manager at Perfumaria in the Vicksburg Outlet Mall.  They will be making their home in Vicksburg.

After a Western Caribbean cruise this past spring, Beth Haskins spent the summer traveling in MS between Oxford and the Coast.  Daughter, Mary Amanda is attending Ole Miss working on her Ph.D. in health promotion and son Josh is an MSU Bulldog majoring in journalism.  He has had several articles published in The Reflector, the student newspaper of Mississippi State.  Beth is very proud of both of her children.  Husband Phillip retired from the Corps of Engineers in December, 2009, after 49 years of service, but was rehired in January.  (Two kids still in school)  Beth has returned to teaching 3-year-olds after taking a year break and has gotten back into the routine and is enjoying her class.

Mary Lee spent a great deal of time visiting their son and daughter in law in Colorado in May, June, July and September.  It is always wonderful to be with family!  The other reason so much time in Colorado is they purchased 5 acres of beautiful mountain land just west of Denver where they will build their retirement home in a few years.  They are thrilled and excited.  Their Bed and Breakfast has kept her hopping this summer and they feel blessed to have hosted so many fascinating people from all over the world, but have to say, their favorite guests are good old Mississippians!  She has also started selling Premier Designs jewelry part time.  She has a really had a great time doing home shows and meeting wonderful women who love jewelry.  So look out PAK sisters, she will be calling you!!!

This summer has been busy with travel and grandchildren for Josephine Peterson.  In May she visited with son Richard's family in South Carolina.  Anders, her 4 1/2 year old grandson, accompanied her home for a visit.  He loves Mississippi and enjoyed his time here.  In late May, son John ha a business trip to Dallas.  He surprised her with a quick visit on Memorial Day weekend.  In July, Josephine's granddaughters came from South Carolina.  This was their first trip to Mississippi, so they enjoyed touring the park, seeing a magic show, and having a delightful evening cruise on the Sweet Olive.  They loved being with their MS relatives, too.  Josephine and the girls returned to South Carolina to celebrate their baby sister Aspen's second birthday.  In August, Josephine visited a friend in Atlanta.  They enjoyed sightseeing, having dinner on the lake at Stone Mountain, and seeing an amazing laser show.  In late August, she attended her class reunion. She saw many of her high school friends she hadn't seen in 20 years.  She said, "It was a fun weekend reminiscing about our days at Yazoo City High."  She concludes, "The big news in our family is that Will and Karie are having a baby girl.  We're all excited!  I'm looking forward to cooler weather, club activities, and some college football games."

Sally Riddle said she chose to stay in Vicksburg this summer instead of traveling and, as a result, got to do some special things here at home.  She said it was fun getting the Delta Chapter members together for coffee when our members-at-large, Peggy Ward, visited in July.  She said, " We don't usually get to see everyone in the summer."  She also enjoyed helping her granddaughter, Jo Lynn, get settled in her new apartment with her sweet baby girl, Mary Ester.  Mary is saying a few words, waling everywhere, and eating table food.  She'll celebrate her first birthday in October.  Sally closes, "I'm looking forward to traveling, now that the weather is cooler, and will visit my brother in Naples, Florida.  The many local fall activities will keep me busy between now and Christmas."

Joann White shares that her foster daughter Brea Hugley married Mark Mendoza.  She says, "The wedding was lovely - I enjoyed decorating and preparing with my sisters.  My sorority sisters helped us celebrate."  On August 5-7, she attended Water Valley's 41st Annual Watermelon Carnival.  The carnival featured her sister-in-law's "Denise Brown Pottery" and her niece and her husband's band, "Busted Screen Door."  All her siblings were there.  Joann's grandson, Paul White, is attended Jones Community College on a choral scholarship and is studying computer engineering.


News from Peggy Ward, our Members-At-Large, from Portland Tennessee:
"Life in the country north of Nashville gets busy this time of the year with harvest activities.  A good time to get away - so a trip to Vicksburg worked beautifully into my plans.  The trip to Vicksburg was busy.  I brought friends from Olney, IL. (home of the white squirrels) to stay with me at the White house.  The hostess, Joann White (Delta), provided great food, wonderful side trips to Natchez, Monroe, and, of course, historic Vicksburg.  Did I mention Joann cooks great desserts?" Peggy says she really misses her PAK sisters.

Vicksburg Omega Chapter
Andrea Francis, daugher of Vera Marshall Brown, is recovering from a hysterectomy in Mandeville, LA.  We wish her a speedy recovery.

Joan Donovan and husband, Mike, traveled to Carmichaels, PA, in June to a model airplane contest.  This is an annual event and this was thier 7th trip there.  Eveyone had a great time and it was fun fisiting with friends they had made.  The ladies went on a shopping spree one day to Ligonier, PA.  It was fun going to the different little shops.  The guys had a ball flying their planes.  Joan even flew a plane.  On september 22, Joan and her husband left  for Tulsa, OK, for a contest and will be leaving out again on October 1st for two weeks to Vermont and return on October 12, 2010.

Marian Love Phillips's husband, Bob, has been hospitalized several times in the last few months but is doing much better now.  They took a trip to Water Valley, MS, to the Watermelon Carnival for the frist weekend in August.  While there they had a booth at the carnival selling her husband's copper trees and Hershel Howells' two books that he wrote, Lim and Jeff's God.  It wa a fun time visitng with the Howells and their friends.  Marian' step-daughter, Jessica Kathryn Huckabee of Santa Fe, NM and Braddock Preston got married in Sparks, NV, on September 18, 2010.  She and her husband were not able to attend the wedding.  Her brother, Marion (Buster) Love, Jr., had to have both of his limbs amputated because of diabetes on September 27, 2010.  Please pray for his recovery.

Ina Lott Whittington's husband, Wlliam Floyd, died on Wednesday, August 11, 2010, at the G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery Veterans Administration Medical Center in Jackson.  He was 73.  He was born in Crystal Sprins, MS, and leave a daughter, Rhonda Whittington, a son David, three grandchildren, two brothers and numerous nieces and nephews.  Floyd and Ina owned and operated the Green Thumb Nursery for a number of years and was the owner of The Hut Restaurant prior to his retirement in 2005.  He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 3, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Knights of Columbus Council 898, where he was a past grand knight and a former member of the Elks Lodge and the Moose Lodge.  He was a communicant of St. Paul's Catholic Church.

Vera Marshall Brown's daughter Julie Walker, has been battling cancer.  Please continue to keep her in your prayers also.

Anita Zorn Hossley and Chris Patin attended Glynnis LaGarde's wedding in Washington, DC on August 7, 2010.  They flew up on August 6 and flew home on August 8.  It was a whirlwind trip.  Anita also spend Labor Day with her daugher and family in Baton Rouge, LA.  Janey Seabergh, Chris and Anita are involved in the 150 celebration of Catholic education in Vicksburg.  She and Janey were involved in the luncheon on September 24 after the Mercy Day Mass at St. Aloysius.

Our Omega Chapter has a new slate of officers and they are:  President, Anita Hossley, 1st Vicksburg President, Vera Brown, 2nd Vice President, Janey Seabergh, Secretary, Laura McCallum and Secretary, Alice Hebler.

Circle the date of Sunday, November 14, for the Candlelight Series with the Mississippi Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Espicopal Church.  This free concert has proven to be one of the most anticipated events of The Four Season of the Arts program.  Please suppor this.


Friday, August 13, 2010

William Floyd Whittington

William Floyd Whittington died Wednesday, August 11, 2010, at the G. V. "Sonny" Montgomery Veterans Administration Medical Center in Jackson. He was 73.

Born in Crystal Springs, he was the son of the late Grant W. Whittington and Alma Leigh Taylor Whittington. He had been a resident of Vicksburg since 1964. Mr. Whittington served in the Army and the National Guard and was a graduate of the Officers' Training School in Fort Benning, GA.

Mr. Whittington owned and operated the Green Thumb Nursery for a number of years and was the owner and manager of the "The Hut" Restaurant prior to his retirement in 2005. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 3, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Knights of Columbus Council 898, where he was a past grand knight and a member of the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree. Mr. Whittington was a former member of the Elks Lodge and the Moose Lodge. He was a communicant of St. Paul Catholic Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Bobbeye Sue Whittington and Betty Lou Whittington.

He is survived by his wife, Ina Carl Lott Whittington of Vicksburg, a daughter, Rhonda Whittington of Vicksburg; a son, David Grant Whittington, (Mary "Charlie") of Vicksburg; three grandchildren, Jesica Wright, Shelby Wright and Katherine Tipton; two sisters, Carolyn Vinzant of Crystal Springs and Aletha Gibson (Joe) of Brookhaven; two brothers, Alton Whittington (Aline) of Crystal Springs and Jerry Whittington (Phillis) of Baton Rouge; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life Service will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Riles Funeral Home with Monsignor Patrick Farrell, pastor of St. Paul Catholic Church, officiating. Visitation will be Saturday at the funeral home from 10:000 until the service.

Memorials may be made to the Knights of Columbus Priests' Education Fund, P. O. Box 1003, Vicksburg, MS 39181.

Condolences can be sent to 3208 Washington Street, Vicksburg, MS  39180

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Ina's Husband Died

Dear Sisters in PAK:

Ina Lott Whittington's husband, Floyd, died today at the VA Hospital in Jackson, MS.  Arrangements are inconplete.  Will post here when the information becomes available. 

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Prayers Are Needed

Ina Lott Whittington's husband, Floyd, is in the VA Hospital in Jackson, MS and is critically ill.  Please keep Floyd, Ina and her family in your prayers.  I will be keeping you updated on his condition

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Pool Party On May 8, 2010

Our pool party was held at Alice Hebler's lovely home on Tower Road.  I brought my camera to take pictures but never got around to it.  There was a very good crowd and everyone enjoyed themselves...a lot to eat and a lot to drink.  A good time was had by all and we will return to our regular meetings in September.  Have a Happy Summer everyone!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

End of Year Party

Dear Sisters,

Alice, Joan and Nancy will host the end of year party at Alice Hebler's. (115 Tower Drive)

Date: Saturday, May 8th

Time: 7:00 pm

Alice, Joan and I will furnish all paper products, drinks (cokes, etc.) and fried chicken. We would really appreciate each member bringing a dish if you can. (dip & chips, salad, desert, casserole, etc.) Also, if you would like beer, wine, etc. please bring that.

We are real excited about having the party, and hope to see each of you there.


Friday, April 9, 2010

PAK Keynotes

From Your National President.....Josephine Peterson.....April 2010

Dear Sisters,

First of all, let me say that the March 13 Founder's Day was delightful.  Alpha Chapter did an excellent job with the most scrumptious food and darling decorations.  I'm so sorry more of our sisters were not able to attend.  You really missed a time of wonderful fellowship.  The Allred's loft is beautiful and they were such gracious hosts.

I hope I will be able to attend some of the chapter meetings this spring.  I hope each of you will enjoy the spring and summer!

Vicksburg Alpha Chapter

Florence Amborn is looking forward to two weddings in her family.  Her granddaughter Abigail Amborn will be married on May 9 and grandson Andy Amborn will be married in June.  Both weddings will take place in Vicksburg.  Her niece Johnie marie Downing and husband Larry will visit from Tallahassee in early April. 

Dot Bridgers has moved to Heritage house.  Her new address is 3101 Wiscounsin Avenue, Apt. 107.

Her son's emergency surgery in late January sent Pam Gee to Abingdon, VA, (driving through the snow!) for a little caregiving.  Although she spent most of the time there in a hospital room or apartment, the town was beautiful and she looks forward to another visit there (under better circumstances.)

Frances Koury reports that Four Seasons of the Arts is celebrating the 10th year of the Vicksburg Chamber Music Festival.  "It has been my pleasure to help coordinate this along with Dorothy Brasfield and dedicated volunteers.  We need heightened support of the community in order to contue to bring this exceptional schedule of outstanding artists to our city.  The vicksburg chamber Music presnets a Symphonic Spring April 28, Minju Choi, Korean Pianist; April 25 cello trio; May 2nd MSO Brass Quintet will be playing on the lawn of Carl and Lamar McMillin's Fort ill home.  meet and greet the artists at a reception following each program.  Alpha Chapter is looking forward to our April 13 meetiing.  Megan Cook will present her porgram on angels, pictures and the Hope Award.  In May we will have a visual presentation of the Evita Peroni Designs by Kate Knudsen (Kathy Koury) along with samples for viewing.  We would love to have guests (if you want to come just let me know.)  The 41 Army Band will be performing for our Fourth of July on Saturday July 3 at 5 ;m. at the First Baptist Church.  Nothing to do in Vicksburg??  Come on--be a part of it."

Mary Lewis and husband Jack enjoyed a visit from their daughter and her family from Dallas.  She recently got a good report from her specialist.  They enjoyed a special treat with dinner at the Bonefish Grill in Madison.

More weddings are ahead for Jean McKnight when one of her grandsons will be getting married here in Vicksburg.

Lucy Sessums is still recuperating from a fall a few weeks ago, but is feeling better.

Bernett Tucker and husband Guy have both suffered from medical problems recently, gut they did get good reports from the doctor on their last visits.  Bernett says it has been quite difficult with both of them down.

It's great having your children visit - especially if they do little odds and ends around the house.  Lois Waldbauer was very glad to have her helpful son from Ohio visit and take care of several thing which needed to be tended to.

It's been quiet few months for Illma Williams, but she is looking forward to her yo9ungest granson's graduation from Mississippi State University in May with a degreein banking and finance.

Vickburg Beta Chapter

It is with sincere sadness we acknowledge the loss of our PAK Sister Geroge Edna Sherman.  She was a faithful and devoted member.  We will miss her presnece.

Mark and Kathryn Chaney welcomed their first Great Grandchild into the family...Nicholas Ryan Lee (son of Lacey Chaney lee and Ryan Lee, Grandson of Martin and Teresa Chaney).  Nicholas was born October 12, 2009 and of course is "cute as a button".  Mark and Kathryn are looking forward to going to Australia in June to attend the International Lions Club Convention where they will be supporting Dr. Jim Schrock for International Director.

The Beta Chapter appreciates all the efforts from their sister's that helped with the From Vicksburg With Love and Founder's Day events.  Both, gatherings were wonderful and will hold special memories.  Also, thanks to Marie Hernandez and the other Beta Chapter officers for giving of their time this year.  Beta is planning to participate in a beading activity for the April meeting at Art & Soul and will have a potluck in May. 

Marie Hernandez is still on cloud nine over the birth of a great granddaughter, Helena Marie hernandez, born February 16, 2010.  Parents are Robert and Carrie Hernandez of McLean, VA.  Don't be surprised if she drags out a Grandma Photo Album.

Ginny Horvath and husband John visited her sister and brother-in-law in Sarasota, FL.  "Their health was not good so we went a little earlier in March to visit them in rehab.  They have now moved over closer to their daughter in the Ft. Lauderdale area in Assisted Living Accommodations.  But we did have nice chats each day we visited them and we saw them twice a day.  We enjoyed our time with them.

Tracy Trichell from the Beta Chapter has been keeping busy at work and with her family.  Her husband, Tommy is busy working the Outage at Grand Gulf.  The entire family will be thankful when the outage is over so that they all will have more time to spend together and that Tommy will get a break.  Their, daughter Alexandra is finishing up the 11th Grade, she was part of the Stage Crew for the plan and is playing tennis at Warren Central.  Alexandra will be Confirmed in Christ this Spring.  Their sons Thomas and James will be finishing up the 3rd grade at St. Francis.  Both, boys went to the District Reading Fair and they finished playing basketball and have started playing baseball.  Tracy is very pourd of her family and loves them very much as well as her Mother, Linda Christian and the rest of her family.  She would like to wish her family, friends and neighbors, Peace.

Linda Christian from the Beth Chapter recently celebrated two of her grand-children's birthdays.  Durand turned 7 in January and Kimberlynn turned 10 in March which allowed her to spend time with her other grandchildren, Alexandra, Thomas and James as well as other family members celebrating at the Skating Rink and El Sombrero.

Vicksburg Delta Chapter

We were saddened to hear of the death of Mary Glatt, Delta sister Jane Glatt Brock's mother, on Marcy 25.  Our sympathies are extended to Jane and her family.

Joan Morgan and husband Hal looked forward to warmer and drier weather when they visited her brother at Captiva Island, FL, in mid-March.  Unfortunately, it was too cold to dip the toes in the Gulf waters and too wet and blustery for golf most days.  Enroute home they visited with friends who were in thier wedding 43 years ago and found that the cold and wet followed them to Venice, FL.

Josephine Peterson's son Will, married Karie Pompelia, in the presence of their families on February 13 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Meridian, MS.  Karie is a special ed teacher in Lauderdale County and Will is an agent with the Department of Publice Safety.  His twin, John, came from Sahuarita, AZ, for the ceremony.  His brother Richard and his family also attended from Anderson, SC.  John stayed a week after the wedding and he and Josephine took a day trip to the Delta where they visited the B. B. King Museum and enjoyed lunch with cousins in Indianola.  They had dinner at Morgan Freeman's Restaurant, Madidi's and enjoyed blues music at Ground Zero in Clarksdale.  Josephine spent Easter with her brother and his family in Jackson.

Vicksburg Omega Chapter

Myrtle Curro-Alvarado is celebrating the birth of her newest grandchild. Her son Jerome and his wife Caroline in Natchez had a precious baby boy, Kee Anthony, on Valentine's Day. Then it was over to Brandon to celebrate her granddaughter Allie's third birthday on the 19th. And, Myrtle and her husband Bobby have just returned from New York where they saw the revival of the play Boys in the Band, as well as Wicked and Memphis, and took in John Epperson's performance singing and playing the piano at the jazz club Birdland - John is originally from Hazlehurst, MS. The weather was just perfect for walking and shopping while Vicksburg was experiencing the recent snow!

Pat Stamm had surgery on her foot and recuperated at Olive Branch Nursing Home in Tallulah, LA, until she could return back home. The cast was on her foot for approximately six weeks.

Marian Phillips and her husband were invited to the MS Delta to the Christmas Place Plantation and Hunting Club mid January for another deer and hog hunt. No deer nor hog was harvested but had a great time trying! Marian also took a friend, Sharon Petro, from TN, to turkey hunt at her camp, Jasper Bottom, for five days in March. They saw and heard turkeys gobble but were not close enough to make a shot. Marian’s brother, Marion Jr., was hospitalized again in March in ICU, but has returned home recovering from his stay.  On April 3, 2010, Marian Phillips and her husband, Bob, celebrated their 22nd Wedding Anniversary. On Friday, April 2, their names were called as winners on River 101 Radio Station and the prize package included, one night's stay at Candlewood Suites, a flower arrangement from Tina's Flowers and Gifts and at DiamondJacks Casino/Hotel, a dinner at DJ's Steakhouse valued at $50.00. Also, she received a beautiful arrangements of spring flowers from her PAK, Omega Chapter secret sister. They are looking forward to enjoying their special day and all the prize gifts and flowers!

Ina Whittington, her daughter, Rhonda and granddaughter, Katherine, will be taking Floyd, Ina’s husband to Birmingham, AL, to the VA Institute for the Blind on the Campus of the University of Alabama, Monday, April 5. Floyd will be there for 6 to 12 weeks to help him cope with his handicap.

Ina’s daughter-in-law, (Mary Charlene) Charlie, her son’s wife, was in ICU at River Region. She is now back home now recuperating.

Joan Donovan and husband, Mike, welcomed their second grandchild, Aiden Luke, born December 22, 2009, to Jessica and Kenny Keen.

Mike and Joan traveled to Tucson, AZ, March 17-27 to a model airplane contest (Vintage Stunt Championship). Mike flies in the competition. Some contestants come from other countries. They also enjoyed visiting with friends they have made over the last few years that come from different states to the contest. They went to two parties that were put on by two couples that live in Tucson. Their homes were beautiful. The also ate at some good restaurants. The scenery in Tucson is really pretty. They had a good time.

Jane Loboda is recovering well from knee surgery she had back in February.

Vera Brown’s daughter, Angela, is still taking chemo and has good and bad days.

On April 24th Sorority members (Vera Brown, Ina Whittington, Myrtle Alvarado, Katherine Turcotte and Marian Phillips) will be celebrating with other classmates who will be in town for their 50th Class Reunion (Class of 1960 - SFXA & SAHS) at the Alumni Banquet at St. Michael Catholic Church Parish Hall.

Our Chapter initiated three more new members at our March meeting at Frances Miller‘s lovely home on Laura Lake Drive. They are Becky Towne, Louise Herrod and Pat Tinney. Congratulations and welcome sorority sisters!

****Deadline for the next Keynote-September 30****

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Newly Elected Officers

President - Anita Hossley
First Vice President - Vera Brown
Second Vice President - Jane Seabergh
Secretary - Laura McCallum
Treasurer - Alice Hebler

Congrats to all our new officers for the coming year!

Our April Meeting

Where: Shannon Curro

406 Longview St

When: Wednesday, April 7th

Time: 7:00 pm

Hostesses: Shannon, Pam, Laura, Myrtle and Connie

We will have the silent auction, and the philantropic is Good Shepherd Community Center (They need snack foods, school supplies, etc.)

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Founder's Day Celebration

Francis Koury, Brenda Allred and Tracy Trichell.

Malcolm Allred standing beside his wife, Brenda, at counter.

Becky Towne, Laura McCallum and Tracy Trichell.

Nancy Luchessi and June Emerson

Nancy Luchessi and Connie Greer

Bedroom quarters.

Malcolm Allred's Civil War Collectibles.

Adorable antique cookie jar.

Our Founder's Day celebration was hosted yesterday at the lovely downtown loft home of Brenda and Malcolm Allred.  We visited with our sorority sisters from other chapters and enjoyed delicious food and drinks.  Their home was full of lovely antiques and collectibles and were gracious enough to let us take pictures.  Ms. Sue Rowlett (Alpha Chapter) greeted us at the front door of the Adolph Rose Antiques Store and took us up on the elevator to the 3rd floor loft of their home.  Everyone who attended had a wonderful and delightful time visiting and meeting new members in our sorority.  The event was hosted by Alpha Chapter. 

Thursday, March 4, 2010

New Members

Ceremony to initiate new members into our Omega Chapter Sorority. 

Louise Herrod with her stand-in for Jane Laboda, Vera Brown and President, Anita Hossley.

Shannon Curro with her little sister Becky Towne.

Pat Tinney with her big sister, Andrea Hughes.

Left to right, Louise Herrod, Vera Brown, Anita Hossley, Shannon Curro, Becky Towne, Pat Tinney and Andrea Hughes.

Katie Hossley with her new son, John Mathew at 3 months.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Our March Meeting

Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Where: Frances Miller, 138 Laura Lake Rd.

Hostesses: Frances Miller, Katie Hossley, Chris Patin

Philantropic: Humane Society (They need cleaning supplies, old towels, food, dog and cat food bowls, newspapers, etc.)

Please bring your Keynote news to Marian or email to her by March 26.

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Founder's Day

Founder’s Day

Saturday, March 13,2010

2:00—4:00 PM

717 Clay Street

$10 per person

Join us for a lovely get-together at the beautiful loft home of Brenda and Malcolm Allred. You’ll have a chance to visit with your PAK sisters from other chapters, enjoy some delicious food, and browse the lovely antiques and collectibles that grace their downtown home. There is an elevator and you may park across the street. No reservations are necessary. Hosted by Alpha Chapter.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Ellis Koury Honored "With Love"

More than 100 people attended the fourth To Vicksburg With Love event Tuesday afternoon to enjoy entertainment and witness a memorial in honor of the late “mayor of Washington Street.”

With a theme of Rainbow and Roses, the event, sponsored by the Pi Alpha Kappa Sorority, was held at the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation and included a catered lunch and entertainment by pianist and accordionist Janusz Szlubowska.

“It was a great crowd,” SCHF Executive Director Annette Kirklin said. Coordinator Frances Koury, whose late husband was honored during the event, agreed on the success, remarking, “It was wonderful.”

Szlubowska, a Polish immigrant and classical musician, entertained with tunes and melodies from the piano and accordion. He was joined on stage by his daughter, Marta, the concert mistress for the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra.

They played such familiar tunes as music from “The Sound of Music.”

Veronica Joerg, a first-time guest at the luncheon event, said, “It was wonderful. The violin and piano are my favorite two instruments.”

As a gift from Danish couple Henning and Inge Deichman a U.S. flag was presented to the foundation in memory of the late Ellis Koury, a Washington Street merchant for more than 50 years. Ellis Koury died in 2008 at the age of 93.

During the presentation, Kirklin read aloud the words on a plaque signed by President Barack Obama honoring Ellis Koury’s military achievement. He was a veteran of World War II.

“The Deichmans wanted to do something for us,” said Connie Koury Hosemann, the Kourys’ younger daughter, who presented the flag.

“They wanted to do something where my daddy would be remembered in the community.” The Deichmans are longtime-family friends of the Kourys.

They have also been for 17 years the employer of Kathy Koury Knudsen, the Kourys’ older daughter who lives in San Francisco.

Neither the Deichmans nor Knudsen could attend.

“This was a wonderful event, very fitting,” said First Baptist Church associate pastor Jim Hess, who led in the Pledge of Allegiance and a rendition of the “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Hess remembers Ellis Koury as “a pleasant person, a real gentleman and always welcoming to everyone.”

“He’d be so proud,” Hosemann said. “He was such a neat person. He was a part of the greatest generation. He saw gravel roads to the Internet during his lifetime.”

The flag will remain on permanent display in the SCHF auditorium, Kirklin said.

The Valentine-themed concert was one of the Four Seasons of the Arts presentations.

Contact Manivanh Chanprasith at

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

To Vicksburg With Love

Left to right - Nancy Luchessi, Connie Greer and Andrea Hughes.

Left to Right - Sharon Petro, Guest, Rita Davis and myself, Marian Phillips.

This program was today at noon at the Southern Cultural Heritage Foundation, my old alma mater, Class of 1959.  It was a lovely luncheon with our sorority sisters of Pi Alpha Kappa.  The program was preformed by Janusz Szlubowska and his lovely wife Danuta from Poland.  In addition to classical music with his wife and as a soloist, he also has a great talent for improvisation and plays popular piano and accordion music.  (Please double click on program to continue to read) 

Thursday, February 4, 2010

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