Wendy N. McDougal
Daily photo by Gary Cosby Jr.|
Sue Trammell was honored as this year's Valentine Queen for the Alpha Alpha Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi during a dinner at the Oden House in Hartselle.
Alpha Alpha honors Valentine Queen
When I think of warm, rainy days in February I can't help but think of someone I hold near and dear to my heart — my Nana. For a brief four years I lived only about 15 minutes away. Now, the distance to South Alabama keeps us from visiting as often as I would like. We talk several times a week, but I think of her daily, especially when it rains.
I am not quite sure where our fetish for rain and bad weather came from, but we both love it. She used to remind me that when it thunders in February it will, indeed, be cold that same day in April. Where this myth or old wives tale came from I don't know. To me it doesn't matter because it's simply one more reason to smile on these winter days.
Today, Nana, I smile for you with anxious anticipation for April to see if our dream for cool spring days comes true again this year.
Now let's see what the "chatter" is for today ...
The Alpha Alpha Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi gathered recently at The Oden House Cottage in Hartselle to honor Sue Trammell, this year's Valentine Queen.
Prior to the royal lunch, the queen received various gifts from her sisters. Lunch included chicken salad, tossed green salad, pasta salad, tea and coffee and concluded with strawberry pretzel salad.
Others on the Valentine court included Bess Stark, Jan Schubert, Cindy Nelson, Ellen Andrew, Donna Haley, Marsha Jones, Maxine Jones, Melvye Cooper and Linda Burchfield.
The festivities concluded with Trammell's promise to wear her crown at all appropriate times during this year's reign.
Sub Deb formal
A dark, starry backdrop swirled with blue was the setting for the recent Sub Deb Winter Formal at the Decatur Country Club. Everyone was welcomed to the "Kiss Me" themed evening by master of ceremonies John Templeton.
Senior member and outgoing Social Chairwoman Kara Leanne Couch, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Billy Couch, escorted by William Drew Marshall, was among those honored.
Other Sub Deb members and their dates were Sarah Lovingood Adams, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Adams, escorted by Parker Yates McAnnally; Mallory Alene Anderson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sean Anderson, escorted by Stephen Chandler Pate; Chandler Joy Bradford, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Lovelace, escorted by Harrison Eugene Yarbrough; Sarah Jayne Doran, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Billy Doran, escorted by Michael Thompson Schuster; Allison Marie Duffy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Duffy, escorted by James Reese Clark; Melissa Claire Fisher, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Doug Fisher, escorted by William Mattison Looney; Emerald Arielle Hammon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Hammon, escorted by Jacob McCord Lovelace; Kayley Alieen Hartselle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rick Hartselle, escorted by Andrew Harrison Higdon; Anna Brooke Higdon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Higdon, escorted by Fred William Gilliam; Emily Nichole Jackson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Jackson, escorted by Joshua Errol Cain; Katelyn Suzanne Johnson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Johnson, escorted by Andy Craig Whitley; Morgan Lee Lowery, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Lowery, escorted by B J Wilbanks; Blessin Reyoun Debornaire Owens, daughter of Shone Nance and Latosha Michelle Owens, escorted by Bryan Langford; Paris Loshea Owens, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Owens, escorted by Detrik Dior Miland; Hillary Paige Papich, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Will Papich, escorted by Samuel Craig Ackley; Catherine Gayle Picou, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dave Picou, escorted by Donald Adam Ferguson; Hannah Grace Plemons, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Plemons, escorted by Jordan Lee Phillips; Laura Ashley Carroll, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Carroll, escorted by Zachary Halbrooks; Laura Michelle Cross, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Cross, escorted by Conner Rowe; Hannah Colleen Upton, daughter of Mark Upton and Erin Birchmeier, escorted by Tyler Ray Martin; Amanda Brooke Barnette, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Barnette, escorted by Tyler Richard Hoeft; Lauren Ann Gentry, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Phil Gentry, escorted by Nathan Reed Humphries; Jennifer Nicole Lawrence, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Lawrence, escorted by William Henry Nabors; Hannah Marie Thurston, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Don Thurston, escorted by Michael Payton Alfano; Hannah Cooper Hall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Hall, escorted by Jon Alton Haley.
New officers introduced for 2007 included Beach Chairwoman Taylor Olivia Allen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Allen, escorted by Tyler Brennan Spivey; Beach Chairwoman Sarah Kellum Cowhick, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Cowhick, escorted by Joseph Michael Lothspeich; Scribe Meghan Lynne Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Smith, escorted by Rutland Alexander Price; Parliamentarian Sloan Stofel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robbie Stofel, escorted by Christopher Brooks Johnson; Social Chairwoman Mary Margaret Adams, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Adams, escorted by Kristopher Alan Ingram; Rush Chairwoman Mary Grace Propst, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Propst, escorted by Daniel Mason Alldredge; Co-Rush Chairwoman Caroline Amelia Spencer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Greg Spencer, escorted by Matthew George Dubach; Pledge Chairwoman Anna Kacey Walraven, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chip Walraven, escorted by Daniel Nelson Stephenson; Secretary Katherine Margaret Looney, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ken Looney, escorted by Gregory David Frazier; Treasurer Sara Ellen Neil, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Neil, escorted by Jonathan Keith Rodgers; Vice President Anna Laura Bryan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Norwood Bryan, escorted by Jonathan Drake Schuster; President-Elect Alexandria Christian Templeton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Templeton; President Anne Eliza Fite, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Fite, escorted by Caleb Patrick Story.
Members not able to attend were Erin Silvestri, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Silvestri; Meagan Warner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ron Warner; Caroline Woller, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Will Woller; Jessica Earwood, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Keith Earwood; Madelyn Kelly, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Kelly; Shannon Laughlin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Russ Laughlin; Sean Moore, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stan Moore; Josie Hudson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Hudson; and Kelsey Page, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Page.
Sponsors for 2007 included Stephanie Barnette, Anita Cross, Rhea Fisher, Debbie Looney, Cindy Picou, Lori Plemons, Kristen Propst, Lanette Spencer, LeAnne Templeton, Kaye Walraven and Kay Woller.
Following leadout, couples enjoyed dancing to the music of Bishop Black.
That's all for now. It's been great "chattin" with ya! Let me know what is going on in your little corner of the world. Just e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call me at 350-5730. I look forward to hearing from you.