Friday, October 28, 2011

Our November Meeting

Time's time for our November meeting.

Date:           November 2, 2011

Place::          Jane Loboda's Home
                      4303 Yorktown Road
Time:           7:00 p.m.

Hostesses:    Jane, Pat and Louise

Philintropic:   Community Cupboard Food Pantry

Janey asked if I would let everyone know that our Christmas Party will be at Roca on December 7th.  The cost is $23.00 per person.  Please be ready to pay for the party at the November meeting.

Also, if you do not plan to attend the meeting, please call Jane, Pat or Louise.

Thanks, Nancy

Friday, October 7, 2011

Keynotes September 2011

Pi Alpha Kappa Sorority

From Your National President….Georgia Turnage     September 2011

Is it really fall or am I just imagining it?  The cooler temperatures are
divine and I think a few leaves are falling in my yard.  Anyway, it’s time
to kick off a brand new PAK year.  I know all the chapters are buzzing
with new ideas to make this a successful PAK year.

Please consider rushing some new prospective members so that we can grow.  I have copies of the pledging booklets if any of you 1st Vice Presidents need them.  Give me a call if you need some.

I’d like to thank Josephine Peterson and all the ladies who helped prepare our successful convention last June.  Thanks, ladies—it was outstanding!  I also wish to thank Jane Brock for her work in putting together the Convention Minutes and the National Roster.  Also, we are so grateful to have Pam Gee editing and publishing our Keynote this year.  You do a wonderful job.

Remember that we are all sisters united, and may feel free to call on me for help at any time.  I will be calling on you next year as we get closer to convention time.  Ladies, “It’s to the stars through effort.”  Let our programs reflect truth and beauty this year using art, music, and literature.

Georgia Turnage
National President


Deadlines for 2011-2012 Keynotes

December 28 for the January issue

March 28 for the April issue

Photos courtesy of Marian Love Phillips from the 37th Annual PAK Convention in June 2011.  Clockwise from top left: President Josephine Peterson handing the gavel to incoming President Georgia Turnage; Scholarship winner Emily Robinson; Memorial table prepared by Chaplain Chris Patin; Singer Glenda Arredondo at the luncheon; Table flowers created by Janey Seabergh; and the Friday night reception at Georgia Turnage’s lovely home.

News from the Chapters……

Denver Delta
No meetings were held this summer by Denver Deltas.  Their first meeting will be October 18 at Betty Shea’s home.

President Elly Danko returned from Germany September 28 after visiting friends and relatives and preparing her house for renting to folks who need a place to stay for a short while.  Elly would like to sell, but her children want her to keep it for a vacation home after they retire in a few years.

Betty Shea’s husband is still in the hospital.  She has relatives staying with her until Dwight is released.  She had a nice summer, just gardening and taking care of her home.  Genny McCloskey, a former member of Delta, sees Betty every week and takes her out to lunch or dinner.

Walburga Salazar kept busy this summer.  She works hard taking care of the tenants in her apartment building.  She assists them by driving them to doctors’ appointments and helping some with their housework.

Isolde Meyer had health problems and is back on oxygen during the night.  One trip was allowed by the doctor to Estes Park for a Meyer family reunion.  Both daughters were able to attend.  There were 60 relatives to see and unite with.

Vicksburg Alpha Beta
From Frances Koury: How I welcome the feel of fall in the air!  I know that we all agree it has been a long hot summer., but I have been excited nevertheless as my grandson Aaron and his wife, Elizabeth, were expecting our great grandson Stephen Glenn Koury in the fall.........WELL he arrived the 22nd of September 8 pounds 5 ounces 20 inches, of course, a beautiful baby!  Mother, Dad and family are doing fine. What a miracle and blessing!  Take advantage of the last concert of the season and plan to attend the free Candlelight program presented by the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra October 23 at The Church of the Holy Trinity...7:30...the church will be illuminated by over 200 candles. This is an awesome experience!  However, we have the opportunity to host the Carlow Choir, director Giovanni de Chiaro on November 6 at 5p.m. In the sanctuary of the First Baptist Church this is also a free concert.  They have toured Europe, played for the Pope, and in Lincoln Center,etc.  Need your support!

Margharita Davis enjoyed meeting her sister Tomi Christman and niece Erin Chistman in New Orleans for Preservation Resource Center’s Shotgun Tour in and around the historic Magazine Street and Garden District area.  Later in June she traveled to Virginia with son Key Davis and granddaughter Megan to meet son Lee Davis and Rachel Michlithwait for the wedding of former Vicksburg family friend Chris Thames at Jasmine Plantation located just outside of Richmond.  Bill and Margharita celebrated Water Valley ‘s 80th Watermelon Carnival with daughter Margaret Smith, her husband Billy and sons Trey, Aubrey, Hunter and their friends.  Also, Key and Megan, her friends and the Davis cousins joined in the boating, kayaking, festivities and fireworks.    Bill’s three sisters made it down from TN, IN and VA to their hometown, too.  Everyone either stayed at the cabins at Cossar State Park on Enid Lake or back in town at the family homestead.   It was a great reunion for all. 

Tracy Trichell’s daughter, Alexandra has started college at Hinds Community College in Vicksburg, Mississippi.  Alexandra decided to stay close to home so that she can help her Grandmother, Linda Christian while she is on the road to recovery.  Tracy's twins, Thomas and James have started playing Football for the 5th and 6th grade teams at St. Francis.  Thomas intercepted the ball and made his first touchdown.  So, far the 5th grade team is undefeated.  Both, Thomas and James continue to play baseball for the Vicksburg "Billies".  Tracy Trichell is also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Ashmead Chapter.  They hosted a Bell Ringing Ceremony for Constitution Week (September 17-23) at the Old Courthouse Museum on Saturday, September 17, 2011.  Tracy was involved with the organization of the event which involved Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Children of the American Revolution, Sons of the American Revolution and Senator Briggs Hopson, III.  A proclamation was signed by Mayor Paul Winfield.  The event went very well and photos of the event were in the Vicksburg Post on Sunday, September 18

Linda Christian is still recovering from her stroke caused by a brain tumor.  She is making progress and doing well.  She plans to start physical therapy at Premier on September 28.  Linda would like to thank everyone for their "Get Well Wishes" and "Prayers".

From Marie Hernandez:    Greetings from Brookdale Place in Birmingham, Alabama to all my PAK Sisters. My recent move from Vicksburg has been a trying experience but a necessary one. Advanced age and health problems made it necessary  The plus part has been seeing my son Bob and his wife Joy along with my granddaughter Susan and my two great grans.  It was such a pleasure to have Joan and Harold Morgan visit me the first week.  I was so excited to see them. A week later Elaine Moore came or a visit. So with such caring friends to take time to come to see me I felt truly blessed.  Another plus factor to this message is the fact that my house had a buyer about two weeks after it was on the market.With the economy such as it is I was pleasantly surprised.  I like to think the new folks recognized a bargain when they saw it.  I have met many nice new folks and will try to ignore the few grumpy oldsters. I have not had an opportunity to play bridge but hope to get myself organized enough to join a group.  There have been several elegant parties. A Champagne Brunch and other excuses for a party like the starting of football season. There is a trio of older musicians that play for these events and they really "get with it." I love their music.  The dining experience is exceptional ..white tablecloths, fresh flowers, waiters in black pants, white shirts, black bow ties, a professional chef walking around with  his signature hat.  The food is cooked "healthy" meaning no salt!  I have threatened to cook a big pot of beans with a hunk of salt pork and plenty of seasoning. They would probably throw me out.  Take care.  I think of all of you often. 

Pam Gee spent the summer on the road with trips to Florida (theme parks with her son Chris and Virginia grandchildren Michael & Addison, plus visits with sister-in-law Nancy Gee Bugman and longtime friend Meredith Mahalak), Iowa, Atlanta, and Virginia.   

 Vicksburg Delta 
Joan Morgan and hubby Hal attended the Rotary International Convention in New Orleans in May.  My niece, who is president of her local chapter in Richmond, VA, and her husband were also there.  Together we had a lovely visit and enjoyed delicious meals at our favorite restaurant and on the New Orleans river cruise.  The highlight of the meeting was the main speaker Bill Gates.  With his generous donation and those of Rotarians around the world, polio has almost been eradicated worldwide.  What a wonderful legacy!  On a hot, muggy, sunny weekend in May we attended our grandson's soccer tournament in Meridian.  Again this summer, our grandchildren spent two weeks with us, which is always such a special time.  We spent a week in Huntsville while our daughter recovered from surgery for a "bad" spider bite.  Several weeks later we attended the reunion of Army officers who served in Aschaffenburg, Germany, in the 1960's. Having never visited Chicago, I was impressed with all the lovely architecture, flowers everywhere, parks along the river and lake, easy transportation system, and friendly people.  All this, plus reconnection with friends made it a wonderful week.  I am presently recovering from a total knee replacement and looking forward to doing all those things which have been too painful to do.  It was wonderful to see all our chapter members at our September meeting at our home and to catch up on news.  Everyone seemed excited to get involved with our philanthropic projects.

Joann White visited for two week with her sister, Tannie Bryan who lives in Holly Springs.  They journeyed to Collierville, TN and Water Valley to see other family members. One hundred people attended the 3-day White Family Reunion which was held in Toccopola MS.  Everyone had a good time socializing.  Joann hosted a family engagement party for her son Barry and his bride-to-be, Cheri Bankston.  Their wedding is November 18th and they will live in Madison MS.  Grandson Paul received a computer engineering scholarship and is in his second year at Jones Community College.

Josephine Peterson has been traveling this summer.  In June she visited her son, John in Arizona.  They went on a sightseeing trip to Montana.  They toured Glacier National Park and its sister Canadian park, Waterton Lakes Park.  They saw glaciers as well as interesting wildlife... grizzly bears, black bears, elk, and deer.  They then traveled south to Wyoming to see Yellowstone National Park.  They saw "Old Faithful" as well as breathtaking scenery and wildlife.  In July, Josephine again entertained her two older granddaughters from South Carolina.  After a week of seeing the sights, she left for South Carolina to spend a week at a condo with Richard's family in the beautiful foothills.  She enjoyed the mountain air and relaxing at the pool with all 4 grandchildren.  As promised, in September her son, John took her on a birthday trip to the Northwest and Canada.  The adventure began with a tour of Vancouver and Victoria.  On the way to Victoria they walked the beautiful Butchart Gardens.  While in Victoria they saw all the famous sights including the Empress Hotel, the Parliament Building with its beautiful stain glass windows, Thunderbird Park with its famous Totem Poles, and the Inner Harbor.  Returning to Vancouver, they walked the Capilano Suspension Bridge and enjoyed the breathtaking view of the city from the Gondola at Grouse Mountain.  Returning to the US at the border crossing at Blaine, Washington they ventured on to Seattle.  While touring there, they enjoyed the spectacular view of the city from the Space Needle.  They walked the Pike Place Market and saw the original Starbucks store.  Dinner at Ivar's, a famous restaurant on the waterfront, was the highlight of the day.  The next morning it was off to Mt. Rainier National Park and Portland.  While in Oregon they drove the beautiful rugged coast and dipped their toes in the chilly Pacific Ocean.  Before they departed Oregon, they saw the Columbia River Gorge with its beautiful waterfalls, Mt. Hood National Park and St. St. Helen's.  It was the trip of a lifetime and the best birthday celebration possible!  Now it's off the South Carolina to babysit the 4 grandchildren for Jodi and Richard.  They will be enjoying a getaway to Cozumel, Mexico.

Member-at-large Peggy Ward's daughter Nancy and son-in-law Claude gave her a shih-tzu lap dog.   Due to a knee injury that prohibits her from stooping, she has hopes that they will bring the dog for visits and then permanently when they have her house trained! 

Vicksburg Omega
At our first meeting, September 7, 2011, we had our Installations of Officers.  They are as follows:  Janey Seabergh, President; Olivia Lee, First-Vice President; Cathey Lee, Second, Vice President; Alice Hebler, Treasurer and Laura McCallum, Secretary.

Bobby and Myrtle Curro-Alvarado kept the roads hot from May to July with big events in their families’ lives.  Bobby had one grandchild graduate from college in Hattiesburg, one from high school in San Diego, and one married in Honolulu.  AND, Myrtle’s older brother, John, celebrated his 80th birthday in June in Nashville.  As a result of all these milestones, they had some wonderful and exciting trips to enjoy being with family.

Marian Love Phillips youngest granddaughter, Emma Claire Nicholas, four years old, was baptized on September 17, in Fredericksburg, VA, at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church.  Her youngest daughter, Marian Suzanne’s Godfather, (Deacon) Ricky Suprean of Lacombe, LA, conducted the ceremony.

June Emerson celebrated her 55th Class Reunion on Memorial Day weekend in Carthage, MS.  June graduated from Carthage High School in 1956 with 37 in her class with 20 showing up for the reunion.  Seven classmates have died and the rest were too sick to come.  They all toured their old school building which is now being renovated and had a wonderful time at the banquet reminiscing of old school days.
Ina Lott Whittington and daughter, Rhonda and granddaughter, Katherine moved into their new home in Oak Park Subdivision in June.  Their new address is 527 Oakwood Drive.  Ina’s daughter, Rhonda, contacted an eye disease recently which left her blind in her right eye and Dr. James Fly of Jackson, MS, is trying to save her left eye so she can return to work.  Please keep Rhonda and her family in your prayers that she will soon get her site back so she can see again and get back to her job at AT&T.

Omega Chapter member, Anita Hossley visited her daughter, Marcia Shingleton, over the Labor Day weekend.  Marcia and her family have recently moved to Evans, Georgia.  Anita went with her son, Matt and family.  Her daughter-in-law, Katie, is also a member of Omega Chapter.  They all enjoyed 
getting together with the Shingleton family even for a short visit.  The best part for Anita was getting to see her grandchildren:  Rob, Meg, and Mary Elizabeth.  

On September 24, Anita renewed her covenant with Mercy Associates.  The ceremony was at St. Richard Catholic Church.  Several members of the Vicksburg Chapter traveled to Jackson for the ceremony which was followed by a lovely luncheon.  Mercy Associates is a community of lay men and women who foster the ideals of the Sisters of Mercy and who support their mission.  The group meets on the first Sunday of the month at the Convent on East Avenue.  Ashleigh Piazza, Anita's granddaughter, is a senior at St. Aloysius.  Among her activities is her volunteer work with the Community Outreach soup kitchen each month at St. Michael.  She is also a member of St. Michael's Total Youth.  At St. Aloysius, Ashleigh is head cheerleader and a member of the Homecoming Honor Court.

Alice Hebler recently took a much needed 6-day vacation trip to Gulf Shores, AL, with her sisters and friends.  A great time was had by all.

Louise Herrod and her husband, Bobby, are taking a cruise on the Carnival Cruise Line for 5-days, leaving the Port of New Orleans on October 31.  They will be accompanied by in-laws to ports of call of Progreso, Yucatan, Mexico and Cozumel, Mexico.

Pam Melsheimer attended her grandson’s birthday parties in Brandon, MS.  Jakob was 2 years old in June and Sean was 4 years old in August.

Katherine Turcotte, husband, Roy, and daughter-in-law, Lisa, just returned home from Buffalo, New York, where they attended Roy’s 20th Naval Reunion, September 19-23.  They all had a great time and really enjoyed themselves.

Joan Donovan and husband, Mike, left out on September 22, 2011, for Tulsa, Oklahoma, for a model airplane contest.  Mike came in 2nd place in one of the events.  Congrats Mike!

Jane Loboda’s, father-in-law, Steve Laboda, passed away on Monday, September 26, 2011, at the age of 96 in West Virginia.  He and his wife of 91 were married for 74 years and had celebrated their wedding anniversary this past May.  She took care of him while he was sick so he would not have to go into a nursing home.  We extend our deepest sympathy for your loss.  Jane Is also expecting her fourth great grandchild, a boy, and he is due on November 5.  She already has three great granddaughters.  Congratulations Jane!


Alpha Beta Chapter

Marie L. Hernandez
400 University Park Drive  Apt. 177-E
Birmingham, AL 35209

Lois Waldbauer has resigned.

Omega Chapter

Cindy Calais’ e-mail is

Shannon Curro’s phone number is 601-573-0227.

Connie Greer’s e-mail is…

Louise Herrod’s e-mail is

Nancy Lucchesi’s e-mail is

Laura McCallum’s phone is 769-203-0032 and her e-mail is

Pam Melsheimer’s e-mail is

Janey Seabergh’s e-mail is

Pat Stamm’s e-mail is

Becky Towne’s e-mail is

Ina Washington’s address is 507 Oakwood Drive.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Sorority October Meeting Held

Our Omega Chapter sorority meeting was held last night at the home of Myrtle Curro Alvarado's lovely home at 2925 Cherry Street.  Co-hostesses were Catherine Turcotte and Shannon Curro.  The philanthropic was for the Vicksburg Family Development Center and Halloween party wares.  The scheduled for the coming year, a new membership roster and the keynotes were given out.  Discussion was made of our Christmas party and a committee was form to take care of getting the arrangements made. Our guest speaker talked about her son's illness and his stay of a year at the Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital in Jackson, MS.   A donation of $100.00 was given to her towards cancer patients at the hospital.  A meal of black beam soup with crackers and a salad was served.  We also had some delicious strawberry cake cookies for dessert.  Secret sister's gifts were handed out and everyone enjoyed an evening of being together in fellowship.
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