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Wendy N. McDougal

Pat Tarpley crowns Jan Schubert queen of Alpha Alpha Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi.
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Pat Tarpley crowns Jan Schubert queen of Alpha Alpha Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi.

Schubert reigns as valentine queen

Alpha Alpha Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi had a valentine's luncheon Feb. 11 to honor its queen, Jan Schubert. Attending the event at Curry's were sisters Sue Trammel, Pat Tarpley, Ellen Andrew, Melyve Cooper, Cindy Nelson, Bess Stark and Maxine Jones.

The crown was passed down to Schubert from Nelson, who also received a bracelet from her sorority sisters. Other gifts were from her secret sister, former Nelson, Stark and Tarpley.

Tables were decorated with bud vases of roses and carnations and featured two arrangements of roses, pink carnations and baby's breath nestled in pink and red teapots, especially for Schubert's collection. Several toasts were shared in honor of her reign, as well as good food, memorable pictures and special moments.

All agreed it would be a day to remember.

Music Club scholarships

If you are in grades 9-12, have a sincere love for music and would welcome the opportunity to further your interests, you may want to read on. Decatur Music Club is accepting applications for its annual scholarship awards.

During the past 10 years, the club has awarded more than $7,400. This year, the first-place winner will receive a $500 scholarship; second place will receive $400; and third place will receive $300. Funds may assist with college tuition, or underclassmen may choose to utilize them toward summer music camps.

Exceptional students can compete as pianists, vocalists or instrumentalists and must present two separate musical selections of their choosing.

"We are looking for prepared performances and musical presentations, not just playing notes," says club member Gayle Metcalf.

Applications are due Monday, with auditions March 12. There is a $10 entry fee, and winners are required to perform for the club. Performance seems to be a focal point, as previous winners, such as John Umber and Betsy Jackson have gone on to become professional musicians.

Another former recipient, BiBi Black, not only made her impact on the music profession, but now serves at the chairman of the scholarship committee. "Although applicants may not go on to pursue music as a career, it is our sincere hope that all applicants will develop a deep appreciation for music," says the committee.

The Decatur Music Club is part of the National Federation of Music Clubs with a primary goal of promoting a love of music. The first local scholarship was awarded in 1950 to a summer music camp at The University of Alabama.

Applicants must be residents of Morgan County or study with a teacher who is a club member. Applications are available by e-mail to or at Emiron Music. For more information, call Metcalf at 355-3454.

Hartselle Newcomers

Hartselle Newcomers' Club met Feb. 9 at The Depot. Special guests were Betty English and Melissa Legg from Wachovia Bank. Attendants feasted on a barbecue lunch provided by the bank.

Sally Lowry from Iowa and John and Phyllis Whalen from Florida were newcomers at the meeting. Lowry, a retired schoolteacher, is moving closer to family, while the Whalens were eager to leave hurricane territory and relocate closer to their 21 grandchildren.

The February day trip is Thursday. Those interested should meet at The Depot at 9 a.m. and caravan to Tennessee to enjoy a walking tour of downtown Fayetteville. There will be time for shopping and lunch at the old jail.

Newcomers will meet again March 9 at Maison Morgan for a fashion show. Members will be models. First United Methodist Church will provide childcare. Contact Sue Kalber, 751-0295, or Sharon Fisher, 751-3171.


Host and hostesses for the recent Morgan County Chapter 234 AARP meeting were Lelton and Geraldine Busbey, Helen Barnes and Christine Walls.

E-mail Chatterbox news to, or call Wendy McDougal at 350-5730.

Wendy N. McDougal Wendy N. McDougal
DAILY Staff Writer

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