Members and guests of the 1947 class of Winter Haven High School recently had a reunion celebrating 60 years since graduation.

A barbecue supper served by Sonny's was held at the home of Jackie Rhinehart last month. The guests gathered to reminisce, recalling fun times and wonderful memories, as well as bringing classmates up-to-date on their lives.

A luncheon was held at Perkins Restaurant on day two of the reunion where the conversations resumed with more hugs, and remembered fun was shared by all and led by emcee, George Partin.

Out-of-town class members and guests included Caroline Apfel of Lakeland, Bob and Peggy Noles Barclay of Nipomo, Calif., Winfred Brown of Dade City, Forrest and Mary Camp from Gainesville, Earl and Barbara Carlsen, also pf Gainesville, Ford and Laura Dailey DeHaven, from Alma, Ga., Leonas "Bee" and Shirley Dicks of Haines City, Betty Grant from Anna Maria Beach, Iris Leffers Hicks, from Port Charlotte, Frank and Patti Pierce of Orlando, JoAnn Smith, of Raliegh, N.C., Bobbi Smith Stephenson of Hahira, Ga., Bill and Carolyn Tripp of Tampa, Luther Umphries and Dan Jeffery, both of Fort Myers, Richard and Kay West from Orange Park, Lou and Betty Lang Wilson of Orlando, Gene and Anne Voss, and Glen and Jeanette Voss all of Perry, Ga.

Local residents attending were Roy and Janice Clary, Jim and Betty Jo Murdaugh Gray, Fred Klote, Irene Haynes Nance, Doice Sinyard Osborne, George and Pat Partin, Jackie Rhinehart, Warren and Elsie Recker Savant, Ken Schulz, Harvey and Mary Ann Schock Snively, Bob and Evalee Swift, Verna Dix West, and Jerome and Shirley Dixon Williams.

Preceptor Alpha Lambda

Last month's meeting of Preceptor Alpha Lambda, chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, was held at the home of Ann Joy Hardy.

President Betty Maxwell called the meeting to order with 13 members and one guest. That guest was Dana Griffith.

Griffith is an online member looking for a local chapter. She recently moved into the Lake Ashton community.

Pat Fling, Nancy Martin, Kathy Cassidy, Ann Joy Hardy, Honorary Member-Lena Gutierrez, Ann Thompson and her husband, John, and Kathryn Mangold and her husband, Wilbur, all attended Relay for Life.

They all walked and helped sell 13 cookbooks.

Those proceeds will go to the cancer fund.

Ann Thompson, chairwoman, and Pat Fling, co-chairwoman, reported they will soon be presenting a check to the Cancer Society and making other donations from the proceeds of the sales of Southern Comfort Cookbooks sold the past year.

Notes of thanks are being sent to the businesses that helped sell the cookbooks for the chapter.

Cookbooks can still be purchased at My Gallery at the Art Cottage in Winter Haven and Southern Comfort Antiques on U.S. 27 and from any member of Preceptor Alpha Lambda.

The guest speaker last month was A.J. Matison, who is the daughter of chapter member Ann Joy Hardy.

Matison spoke about juvenile and adult diabetes. She gave all members a question-and-answer test to see if they could be at risk for diabetes.

The Ritual of Jewels was held for Sally Gilmore and the Ritual of the Preceptor Attributes was given for those holding the Preceptor Degree.

Those attending Founders Day were Pat Fling, Connie Rizer, Nancy Martin, Sally Gilmore, Kathryn Mangold, Bonnie Hartley, Barbara Luteran, Dana Griffith and Ann Thompson. Thompson was also voted the Woman of the Year.

The chapter reports that Thompson has done an outstanding job this past year as chairwoman of Ways and Means, as well as her work on getting the Southern Comfort cookbook put together, and also seeing that everything ran smoothly for distributing and selling the books.

Thompson is a retired nurse and spent 35 years working at Winter Haven Hospital, with many of those years as director of nursing.

Preceptor Iota Omicron

A new name has been assigned to this chapter. The majority of the members have attained the degree of preceptor.

The chapter has been known as Xi-Nu for years as the members held a variety of degrees.

At the meeting, letters were read from Genice Smith and Janet Eichholtz requesting a leave of absence for one year because of health issues. The requests were granted with sincere regrets.

Members attended the area council meeting held at the Peace River Country Club in Bartow last month.

President Sue Peters reminded the members that International has scholarships listed under the endowment fund. It was decided to donate $100 to the breast cancer fund.

The next meeting will be held at Jackie Littrell's home. The Exemplar degree will be given to Nicholette Dosso, Jackie Littrell, Lois Rhodes and Maribess Rogers.

The installation of new officers will also be conducted.

Congratulations to those new officers: president, Sue Peters; vice president, Peggy Eich; recording secretary, Dorothy Gene Crabill; corresponding secretary, Eugenia Tucker; treasurer, Shirley Crownsberry; and City Council representatives, Shirley Cable and Shirley Crownsberry.

Programs for the next year were discussed and several have been scheduled. A service committee will present ideas at the next meeting.

Hostesses for the evening were Peg Robinson, Joy McCollum and Grace Dingman.

Bouquet Garden Club

Members of Bouquet Garden Club met last month. President Ann Hecker opened the meeting and thanked the hostesses Pat Gilder, Ginny Johnston, Elaine Deuerlein, Margery Bell and Peg Robinson.

Eugenia Tucker, Micki Reass and Jean Ramsey will be the representatives at the FFGC State Convention in Orlando.

Hecker announced that Habitat for Humanity was having an open house at the new home, 104 Second St., Eloise, for the Hernandez family. Members were urged to attend.

The Bouquet Garden Club provided means to landscape the property.

The program, presented by Ramsey, was a workshop during which members were given all materials to complete an arrangement.

Alstromaria blooms and stems formed the topiary, inserted into a base covered with leatherleaf ferns. A white silk ribbon tied the stems together to complete the arrangement.

Members then adjourned to the park behind the Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce building to plant the Florida Patriotic tree, as planned.

Nora Goff brought the tree, a tabebuia, from the Garden Center, and helped to plant it.

To Goff's surprise, she was presented a plaque to honor her years of service to the Winter Haven community, with the Patriotic Tree Award.

This was a secret the other club members kept from her for a long time.

The surprise was reminiscent of 1982 when, after making flower arrangements for the Banker's Cup dinner, Goff was the recipient of the award as Woman of the Year.

Goff was instrumental in forming the Bouquet Garden Club in 1946 and is the last remaining charter member.

Peggy Sparrow, president of Winter Haven Council of Garden Clubs, Kathy Brinton, JoAnn Murray and Martha Johnson were guests at the tree planting.

Hats Off!

Congratulations to the Chain of Lakes Elementary School in Winter Haven.

The school received a $1,000 grant from the new Wal-Mart Super Center on Cypress Gardens Boulevard for its recycling program, which was started for the school of 850 students, the Polk County School District and the city of Winter Haven.

Alpha Sigma Master

Brenda Simpson was the hostess of last month's Alpha Sigma Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi. The meeting was held on Simpson's open-air patio.

Business was brief this time, as awards and Beta Buddy gifts were exchanged. Each person's secret sister was revealed.

President Linda Cooper presented her officers with appreciation gifts and each member with a journal to keep close to the phone for messages and reminders.

Using an elaborate point system, Cooper announced the Girl of the Year, Nancy Sharp, to tremendous applause.

Presenting Sharp with a charm, Cooper said, "The word 'no' was not a word in Sharp's vocabulary. She is always ready to help, often volunteering before being asked.

"No job is too big or too small for this caring sister. She is creative, helpful, happy and her positive attitude makes it easy to work with her," Cooper said.

This year is Sharp's 50th anniversary of her marriage to Ted and also her 50th year of membership in Beta Sigma Phi.

When asked, "Which came first?" Sharpe said, "Sorority by about a month."

Perfect attendance pins for the year were presented to Linda Cooper, one year; Gail Baker, two years; Joyce McHaffie, three years; Ginny Burke, five years; Alice Taylor, six years; Gloria Giovelli, 20 years; Pyhllis Howell, 24 years; Carolyn Coon, 25 years; Suzie Brantley, 50 years; and Dorothy Van Liew, 51 years.

Beta Sigma Phi International is having to make a die for the 51-year pin because the group has never had another member reach that level before.

Van Liew also received a Valentine Queen pin for representing her chapter in February.

Others attending the meeting were Roberta Clapp, Phyllis Legg, Jonnie Steorts, Murrell Stephan, Candis Thornton and Betty Welty.

Also last month, five chapters of Beta Sigma Phi joined for a Founder's Day garden brunch at St. John's Methodist Church. Xi Nu Omicron hosted the annual event.

The room was transformed into a garden with colorful mini pots of flowers at each place and flowers on the walls. Lovely centerpieces of green houses or vases were on each table.

Girls of the Year from each chapter were revealed and they received a yellow rose. There were 35 in attendance.

Wildflower Field Trip

Paul Fellers will lead a guided trip at Avon Park Air Force Range on Saturday to look for wildflowers and birds.

About 75 different wildflower species and five orchid species hope to be seen on this trip, which will leave at 8 a.m. from the Street Audubon Center, at 115 Lameraux Road in Winter Haven, just off of Cypress Gardens Road.

Carpooling will be available.

Please bring your own lunch, water and sunscreen.

There is a nominal entrance fee and all are welcome. Participants can expect minimal hiking.

For more information, call Fellers at 863-293-0486.

This event is sponsored by the Lake Region Audubon Society.

FIRST AWARD CEREMONY

New Bethel Baptist's Christian Academy presented awards to its students in a variety of areas, such as most improved in reading, math and spelling.

The school also presented Christian Character Awards during the ceremony May 25 in the New Bethel Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.

The school opened a year ago with three students and finished this school year with eight students. Those students include LaTonga Dixon, Garian Redmond, Brian Annius, Qwavonte Marlow, Darwin Kelly and Logan Duley.

The school opened Aug. 7, 2006. The principal is Frank O'Harroll and the teacher is Joseph Darby.

Send your news regarding civic groups, social clubs, religious organizations, special events and community news to Paula Almallah at pstuart@peoplepc.com or to Direct Gates, 455 Sixth St. N.W., Winter Haven, FL 33881. Fax is 863-401-6999.