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Wendy N. McDougal

Jan Abercrombie, left, with Alpha Alpha sorority, presents Margaret Infield with a surprise aunt award during a Mother’s Day tea at Country Cottage Assisted Living. At right is Infield’s niece Sue Trammell.
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Jan Abercrombie, left, with Alpha Alpha sorority, presents Margaret Infield with a surprise aunt award during a Mother’s Day tea at Country Cottage Assisted Living. At right is Infield’s niece Sue Trammell.

Sorority hosts tea at Country Cottage

Wendy’s word

I am a procrastinator by nature. It drives my family crazy, and me too at times, but when it’s all said and done, I pride myself making the deadline and knowing that my best foot has been put forward.

What I absolutely cannot tolerate is disorganization. Whether in my own home or in someone else’s venue, I have to have a schedule. After all, that is why we set schedules, so we can have some direction and prepare appropriately (even if, in my case, we are preparing at the last minute!). People set their daily agendas based on a schedule.

Yes, in cases of emergency schedules may have to be deviated from, but otherwise there is no excuse to keep others waiting. If at your home or your business, stay on track. It’s just a good rule of thumb when times get hectic and crazy, and your friends and clients will be glad you did. Good luck!

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

Beta Sigma Phi

The Decatur Alpha Alpha Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi has been busy lately with a Mother’s Day tea at Country Cottage and a “backwards” party.

May 9 was a special day for ladies at Country Cottage. Each lady attending the tea received a wrist corsage made by chapter members, while crowns were bestowed on the oldest and youngest mother. Sue Trammell’s aunt, Margaret Infield, received the sorority aunt award.

Singing Commodores provided the entertainment, serenading the ladies with many old favorites. Country Cottage provided refreshments, which included chicken salad tea sandwiches, fresh vegetables and dip, fresh fruit and the sorority’s favorite chocolate coconut drop cookies. Tables were decorated with flowers in various teapots, which were later given away as door prizes.

Sorority members hosting the tea included Jan Abercrombie, Donna Haley, Sue Trammell, Pat Tarpley, Melvye Cooper, Linda Burchfield and Bess Stark.

The sorority also held its final social for the year at the Trammell home. Hostesses for the “Backwards Party” were Tarpley, Stark and Jan Schubert.

Guests came dressed with clothes on backward, inside out or more appropriate for morning rather than evening. Guests included the Tarpleys, the Starks, the Trammells, the Schuberts, Burchfield and Joe Ferguson, Cindy and George Nelson, and Donna and Darrell Haley.

In keeping with the theme, the party began in reverse order with a pineapple upside down dessert, followed by the main course of barbecue, coleslaw, macaroni salad and chips, and ended with hors d’oeuvres. Guests were encouraged to eat with their non-dominant hand — which made for some interesting attempts.

In honor of other events on the same day, Stark provided Sangria in honor of Cinco de Mayo, while Tarpley provided Mint Julips in honor of the running of the roses. Because guests had greeted each other with “goodbye,” they closed the night with “hello.”

Retirement reception

Leon Sheffield’s principal, Dr. Barbara Sittason, will retire this year after more than 30 years of service. She will be honored at a reception in the school’s little theater tomorrow from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Doors are open for all who know Sittason to come by and wish her well as she enters this new phase of life.

For questions or additional information, call the school at 552-3056.

Day camp

Morgan County will host the “Totally Awesome Science” day camp for girls, June 4-8, at Point Mallard Park in Decatur.

Registration deadline is Friday. Prices are $60 for registered Girl Scouts, $70 for non-scouts. Other attendance options are available. Fee will include T-shirt, snack, swimming and camp activities.

For more information, call Cambia Bailey, program director, at 351-9456.

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 and features any of the great people who live in our community, then it will make a great Chatterbox item. Just e-mail me at ddchat terbox@yahoo.com, 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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