Greene County Arkansas
Centennial Edition Section 2
14- Section 2, Centennial Edition Paragould Daily Press, Monday, August 29, 1983
"People Helping People continued "
|Masons have been an active fraternal organization in Greene County's
history. For instance, A Masonic hall was located on the third floor of
one of the Gainesville courthouses and this Masonic picnic drew a large
number of prominent residents.
Photo courtesy: Della Bridges
|Continued from Page 13
Girl and Boy
Scouts, Boys Club
The Ancient Order of United Workmen was once a prominent local organiz-ation. The AOUW hall, above what is now C&M Jewelers, was used for many community functions.
Photo courtesy: Mary Colley
|BEES Senior Citizens
Greene County Senior Citizens orga-
nized the BEES (Busily Enjoying Every-
day Seniors) in 1972. The program was designed to seek out the isolated elderly and get them involved in a socialization program at the Greene County Com-munity Center.
In February 1973 the BEES received a van and began a transportation pro-
gram to help the elderly remain self-
sufficient. A group of women called
the Quilting BEES make quilts and
give them to county residents who
have lost their homes to fire. In the
last 11 years, they have given away
more than 100 quilts.
BEES band members have been ac-
tive since 1972. Three Arkansas gover-
nors have asked them to perform at
special functions, and they have enter-
tained in Missouri, Tennessee and
In 1976, the BEES received another
buss and the Mini Rise was opened. In
March 1977 the group started a nutri-
tion program that provides noon meals
Monday through Friday at the Mini Rise
and community center. Home-delivered
meals are now available in Paragould, Marmaduke, Lafe and Oak Grove.
Through the years, transportation
services have been increased to include a fleet of five buses, one of which is equipped with a steel chair lift.
The Greene County Retired Teachers Association was established in the fall of 1974 to help retired teachers keep in touch with each other and the teaching profession and to further the cause of education. There are 85 members.
The organization has contributed
more than 12,000 volunteer hours to
projects during the past year. A used
book sale has been the group's main
money making project the past two
years. Last year's sale provided
$1,107.50 and this year's has already
This money is used to purchase
books and other materials for the pub-
lic library. A book is placed in the lib-
rary as a memorial for each deceased
member. The GCRT association has
been honored two years for having 100
percent membership in Arkansas Re-
In February 1973 the BEES received
Transcribed from the 1983 Centennial Edition by : PR Massey
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