Club news featuring genealogists, bowlers and fly tykers



The Rotary Club of Fayetteville will meet in person at 11:45 a.m. on August 11 at Mermaids Restaurant in Fayetteville. The program will be presented by Lee Anne Wiederkehr, master gardener at the house museum headquarters. The meeting will also be available on Zoom. Email the club for a link to the meeting.

Information: Email [email protected]


Bella Vista Chapter 1547, National Active and Retired Federal Employees, will meet at 10 a.m. Aug. 12 in the community room at First Community Bank, 21196 US 71 South, Pineville, Mo., just past Walmart and McDonald’s. The guest speaker will be Xyta Lucas, who will talk about the history of Bella Vista.

All current and retired federal employees and their spouses are welcome.

Information: (479) 855-1676.


The General Lafayette Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, will meet at 11:30 a.m. on August 13 at the Whole Hog Cafe, 3009 N. College Ave. in Fayetteville. Visitors are welcome.

Information: (479) 521-3194 or (479) 751-2489.


The creative artists of Ozark will meet at 9 a.m. on August 13 at the Forest Hills Baptist Church, 1702 Forest Hills Blvd. in Bella Vista. This month, Susan Johnson will be giving a class with colored pencils. She will provide the black paper for the project. The colors to use are red, green, orange and white. Please bring white graphite paper to trace the pattern. A few colored pencils are available, but if you have a set, please bring them with you along with a sharpener.

Ozark’s creative artists offer community service projects such as painting memory boxes for hospitals and supporting the Benton County Women’s Shelter. Painters of all levels make up the organization. Those interested in attending are asked to text Lynda at (262) 308-4454.


The Northwestern Arkansas Chapter, Military Officers Association of America is hosting its August dinner meeting on August 19 at Mermaids Seafood Restaurant, 2217 N. College Ave. in Fayetteville. A social hour will begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. The cost is $25 per person and casual dress is recommended.

Anyone eligible for membership and Chapter members (including spouses and guests) are invited. The chapter is open to former active duty and retired officers and noncommissioned officers of the U.S. Armed Forces of all components (Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Space Force, and Coast Guard, as well as the Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).

The guest speaker will be Rachel Whitaker from the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History. Its subject is “Hollywood in the Ozarks”. The presentation explores the connection between the Hollywood film industry and the Arkansas Ozarks to include movies shot here in Northwest Arkansas, people from our area who later worked in Hollywood, and some “gossip” on both.

In addition, attendees will hear updates from Chapter Board members on the myriad of programs MOAA is pursuing, such as the Veterans Scholarship Program, the expansion of the National Cemetery of Fayetteville, teaching the history and etiquette of the American flag to more than 4,000 fifth graders in northwest Arkansas, and the nationally recognized mentorship program with the programs Army and Air Force ROTC at the University of Arkansas.

MOAA is the nation’s largest and most influential association of military officers. It is an independent, nonprofit, and politically nonpartisan organization based in Washington, D.C. With more than 350,000 members from all service branches, MOAA is a powerful force that champions strong national defense and personal benefits for all current and former service members and their families. The Northwest Arkansas Chapter actively supports these efforts.

RSVP is requested by August 11.

Information: [email protected]


The Northwest Arkansas Genealogical Society will meet at 6 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Bentonville Public Library at 405 S. Main St.

Marcia Conners, who has researched for over 40 years and taught for 15, will speak on “Where to Look When the Courthouse Burned Down.” Although more difficult, it will explain what other records and sources are available for genealogical information.

The public is welcome.


The Bella Vista Fall Bowling League is looking for senior ladies to join. There are openings for full-time and replacement bowlers. The league plays Tuesday mornings at 9:30 p.m. at Rogers.

Information: (479) 366-0265 or (479) 426-2696.

fly tyers

The Bella Vista Fly Tyers Club is changing meeting locations. The club will meet at the lower level of the United Lutheran Church at the corner of Forest Hills Boulevard and Cooper Road in Bella Vista. Meetings will continue to take place on Thursdays, with a social period starting at 9 a.m. followed by the regular meeting at 10 a.m.

Access to the meeting hall is through the main doors of the church building.



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