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Laureate Alpha Omicron hosts meeting

April 20, 2012 at midnight
Updated April 19, 2012 at 11:20 p.m.


Laureate Alpha Omicron Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met recently in the home of Frances Smith. Loretta Johnson presided. Co-hostesses were Vickie Kowalik, Joyce Parker and Susana Moya.

Louise Pletcher presented the program on Essential Tremors, often called the quiet disease. ET is a progressive neurological disease caused by a misfire in the brain and can affect the hands, tongue or head, causing shaking. ET is often confused with Parkinson's Disease. Mrs. Pletcher explained differences between ET, Parkinsons and Dystonic Tremors.

Some famous people who suffered with the malady include Kathryn Hepburn, Sandra Day O'Connor and Robert Byrd.

There is no specific medication, but there are drugs that can relieve symptoms and also a complicated surgery.

Members voted by secret ballot for Woman of the Year. The honoree will be revealed at Founder's Day, which will be observed April 26 at 6:30 p.m. at Golden Corral.

The Golden Circle Ritual to honor 50-year members will be conducted for Mardy Ratliff and Sue Lynn Hatcher at the event.

The meeting was April 17 at the Smith home. Mrs. Smith, incoming president, asked members to sign up for next year's committees.

Mary Helen Goldsmith gave each member an Easter bookmark.

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