News from the Tennessee Valley Living Today
FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2007

Wendy N. McDougal

Saturday’s Family Fun Day, talent contest to raise money for PACT

Wendy’s word

What a sweet treat of a retreat it was. Last weekend, I had the chance to get away for a few days. I will admit I had searched for every reason not to go, but with a willing husband to keep the children and no scheduled games or recitals, I found I had no excuse. Midday on Saturday I confessed my spirits had not been in the right place, but, boy, that had changed. I was refreshed, rejuvenated and revived. It was truly a great time of fellowship and encouragement, and new relationships were formed. I was so glad something kept nudging me to give in and go.

Whether it’s a retreat, trip or just a night out with your friends, set aside time to treat yourself. You deserve it.

Now let’s see what the “chatter” is for today ...

Family Fun Day

Don’t miss PACT’s annual Family Fun Day on Saturday at Rhodes Ferry Park in Decatur from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Everyone is invited for a free fun-filled day of entertainment, activities, a talent show, food and much more.

Children of all ages will enjoy the Children’s Art Village, Diaper Derby and Toddler Trot children’s races, hot air balloon rides, giant inflatables, dunking booth, live entertainment, talent competition, and enough popcorn, hot dogs, pizza, chicken sandwiches and baked goods to go around.

A new event will be the Memphis Mid-South Fair Youth Talent Preliminary, with a junior division, 9-12 years, at 11 a.m.; senior division, 13-18, at noon.

Contestants will compete in singing, dancing or theatrical monologues, and winners will advance to the September Mid South Fair Youth Talent in Memphis. A fair representative will attend the senior competition, and winners will be awarded trophies.

Registration fee is $20. All proceeds benefit the programs at PACT. Call 355-7252.

Fashion show

What better way to enjoy Saturday morning than to see the latest spring fashions? Join First Christian Church, 1701 Carridale St. S.W. in Decatur, for a fashion show at 11 a.m.

Tickets are $7 and may be purchased at the door. Fashions provided by Frankie, Cricket By the Creek, Goodie 2 Shoes and Maison Morgan. Martha Sue Bethshares and Shirley Johnson will co-chair.

You don’t want to miss the runway models from First Christian Church, including Holly Smith, Jennifer Lindsey, Suzanne Yarbrough, Susan Johnson, Angela Hale, Kim Collis, Terry Collis, Angela Johnson, Lauren Johnson, Betty Voketz, Diane Douglas, Dr. Cameron Douglas, Sarah Johnson, Sylvia Claborn, Michelle Hopper, Martha Sue Bethshares, Brandy Senn, Mary Rieder, Skylar Hyatt, Dwight Hale and Gary Voketz.

“With the modeling talent we have, especially the males, any agency or amateur would want to come by for the show,” Shirley Johnson said, laughing.

Lunch will be provided and coordinated by Ruth Jones and the food committee, while Stacey Heaton, Helen Gilbert and the Rev. Carol Hallman are handling decorations. Mitzi Walker, Mary Kay representative, will be on hand to offer some spring make up tips. Dale Johnson will emcee. For more information, call 353-4712 or 353-8421.


The Joe Wheeler District United Daughters of the Confederacy recently hosted the annual meeting at the Athens Museum and Archives.

Local district chapters were represented as follows: Betty Jean Willerton of Richard Andrews in Rogersville; Margaret Simmons of Nathan Bedford Forrest in Cullman; Betty Ford of Tuscumbia in Tuscumbia; Glendora James of Joe Wheeler No. 291 in Decatur; Pat Lewis of Virginia Clay Clopton in Huntsville; Linda Watson of Joseph E. Johnston in Athens; Cyndi Himes of John Hunt Morgan in Huntsville; Donna Miles of Florence; and Jean Jenkins of John W. Harris in Russellville.

District officers present were Bettye Moore, director; Connie Ansley, co-director and ex-division president; Kathryn Robinson, secretary; Pat Lewis, treasurer and Alabama Division second vice president; and Joyce NeSmith, chaplain.

Division officers there were Lorraine Ennis, Alabama Division president; Mary Ellen Alstrom, former division president; Ann King, first vice president, Alabama Division; and Cyndi Himes, division corresponding secretary. Kay McCarley, honorary division president, was also introduced.

Mavis Kimbrell received a certificate of appreciation for faithfulness and dedication.

Victorian teapots and spring flowers graced the tables. A memorial was held for members deceased this past year. Following the buffet lunch, Doris Welch, author and storyteller, entertained. The silent auction raised more than $280 for the Randolph Relief Fund.

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. If it’s special to you, then it will make a great Chatterbox item. Just e-mail me at, or call me at 350-5730. I look forward to hearing from you.

Wendy N. McDougal Wendy N. McDougal
DAILY Staff Writer

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