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****