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Wendy N. McDougal

Charter members of Scenic South Charter Chapter of American Business Women’s Association.
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Charter members of Scenic South Charter Chapter of American Business Women’s Association.

Scenic South ABWA celebrating 40th anniversary

Wendy's word

I found it — "14,000 Things to Be Happy About" by Barbara Ann Kipfer.

As I unpacked a few boxes that had been set aside, I ran across this old book. It was a gift from a friend years ago as a reminder of all the small treasures in life we tend to overlook.

Everything from grilled cheese, pizza, pink lemonade, Snickers candy bars, walks on the beach, the smell of the rain and fresh flowers is included.

The point is that you don't have to look far at all to see something worth smiling about, and you don't have to be rich to have all the wealth in the world. We are so blessed, and it's really in how you define richness. Stop for a moment today, look around and simply smile. There is a beautiful gold mine right before your eyes.

Now let's see what the "chatter" is for today . . .


If you were around town during the 1960s and enjoyed keeping up with business news, you may remember this group. Scenic South Charter Chapter of the American Business Women's Association was chartered Feb. 20, 1966.

Of the original 85 members, Dot Biles, Margaret Ann Fieger, Hattielene Rost and Dean Wilson are still members today, working hard and ensuring the organization continues the strong heritage started so many years ago.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, ABWA members realized it had become more of a social club than a professional organization, and many seemed to have lost interest.

"There was even talk of dissolving the chapter, but because my mother was one of the charter members, I could not let that happen. I took the office of president and promised I would do what I could to restore the chapter to its original professional structure," said Sandra Rost, president of ABWA.

With a new vision in mind and under the leadership of a new board, the first meeting of the year was recently conducted. Members present were Sandra Rost, president; Chris Dow, vice president; Dot Biles, treasurer; Katherine Owens, secretary; charter members Biles, Hattielene Rost and Wilson; and members Shirley Neill, Celia Febery, Mitzi Reed and Louise Key.

Guests included Ann LaChance, Linda Legg, Rose Miller, Jean Case, Beverly Bennett, Angie Gilbert, Diane Scanland and former members Sandra Baker and Mickey Swanner.

"I have worked very hard to plan a year of very positive, uplifting and fun meetings," said Rost, so she was encouraged with 10 prospective members in attendance. With an annual fundraiser to offer scholarships to local students, Rost shares, "I am hoping to raise our membership, raise enough money to give some pretty good scholarships and have a good time doing it." Last year the club awarded $3,000 to two young ladies from our community.

Guest speaker was Circuit Court Judge Sherrie Paler, who spoke on the Morgan County judicial system, jury selection and duty. She was followed by vocational speaker Celia Fabery with Morgan County Extension office in Hartselle.

Something else Rost has worked to bring back is the chapter's bulletin, "The Charmer."

"There will always be pretty decorations because I think that sets the mood when you walk in the door, and we always have door prizes," said Rost. "After our meeting, I received notes and calls saying it was the best meeting we had in a very long time. I hope everyone felt that way," she added.

Founded in 1949 after World War II, the national organization realized that women wanted to continue to work after men returned home from the war, and a professional organization was needed to help them take their place in the competitive work force. For more on the history of the organization you can go to

Meetings will be on the second Thursday of each month. Dinner is $11. For reservations or additional information, call Sandra Rost at 353-9546.

Apple Festival

Fall is in the air, and one of my favorite signs comes with the cooler weather and turning of the leaves but also with the many fun-filled festivals around the area. One such celebration is the annual Antique and Apple Festival in Moulton, sponsored by Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce.

Offering a delicious sampling of a variety of home grown apples, this year's festival is coming up Friday through Sept. 24, under the pine trees next to Classical Fruits on Alabama 157. Festival hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, and admission is free.

Past attendance for the festival has been well over 10,000, and organizers are optimistic this record will be broken, says Vicki Morese, director of Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce.

Festival-goers can expect more than 50 varieties of apples, arts, crafts, handmade pottery and jewelry, furniture and antiques of all kinds. Food vendors will offer traditional festival food, along with homemade doughnuts, roasted sweet corn and apple treats. Inflatable jumps and slides will be set up for children.

"We would like to invite everyone to come out and enjoy the weekend," said festival organizer Natalie-Ann Dutton. "It will be fun to browse among the different arts and crafts vendors because we will have a good mix of everything. It will also be nice and shady under the pine grove."

Antique dealers, artisans and craftsmen are welcome to exhibit and demonstrate their talents. To request a vendor application or for more information on the festival, contact Frannie Adair at 974-5067 or to download an application, go to www and click on "Fruit Festivals."

Additional information is also available by calling Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce at 974-1658.

Attic treasures

The Mental Health Center will have Treasures in the Attic, a fundraiser, Saturday from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Foundation Building, 1316 Somerville Road S.E. There will be a preview on Friday evening at 5.

For more information, call Brenda Tinger at 306-0898.


New officers of Joe Wheeler Chapter No. 291 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy met recently to begin a new year.

They are Glendora James, president; Kay McCarley, vice president; Rita Birdsong, second vice president; Betty Lovvorn, third vice president; Mavis Kimbrell, recording secretary; Bettye Moore, historian; Betty Dupuy, registrar; Judy Blackwell, recorder of military service awards; Dorris Chitwood, chaplain; Nell Canada, parliamentarian; and Sarah Gray, corresponding secretary.

Several topics were discussed, including office duties, benevolent fund, state convention and upcoming marker dedication ceremonies.

Happy homecoming

Pam Palmer traveled to Fort Campbell, Ky., on Aug. 28 to her son's apartment. For most moms this should be a great trip (even if it means doing some dirty laundry or cooking), but for Palmer it was extra special, as she was preparing for his homecoming from Iraq.

Having been in Iraq since September 2005, 1st Lt. Seth Palmer landed at 3:45 a.m. Aug. 29. "There was definitely a smile on his face when he got off the plane," said an excited mom.

With approximately 30 soldiers returning on that flight, there was a short ceremony, after which the soldiers were allowed to meet with their family members for briefly before turning in their weapons.

Palmer said he was glad to leave the sand behind and anticipates being in the states for about a year before he gets deployed back to Iraq or possibly another area.

Thank you, Seth, for serving your country. May you be truly blessed for all you have done.

Auburn pledge

Congratulations to William Addison, a graduate of Decatur High, who pledged Kappa Alpha at Auburn University.

Herb Society

Morgan County Herb Society met recently with President Anne Edmunds presiding. A devotional reading was offered by Christine Grove, followed by a poem by Barbara Clark.

After a short business meeting, a PowerPoint presentation from The University of Nebraska at Lincoln was shown on adding spices and herbs to everyday diets.

When to add spices and herbs in food preparation was of particular interest to those present, as well as different methods of storing herbs and spices. Most importantly, the group agreed that stored goods should be dated and used within a year of purchase for best freshness.

Visitor Christine Wells was welcomed. Following the meeting, lunch was served by Amelia Taylor and Mary Dorey.

The next meeting is at the Wedding Chapel on U.S. South at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 4, with a program on thyme.

Send your Chatterbox items to or call Wendy McDougal at 350-5730.

Wendy N. McDougal Wendy N. McDougal
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