The Carlisle Progressive Club gathered at the Central Arkansas Nature Center in Little Rock for its Oct. 10 meeting. Hostesses for the meeting were Shirley Stanley and Nina Gasaway.

The group was welcomed by a tour guide, and viewed a dynamic, 10-minute movie telling the story of conservation in The Natural State.

After a short discussion and self-tour of the 16,230-square foot center, the group took a walk along the beautiful Bill Clark Wetlands Boardwalk which runs parallel to the Arkansas River. The members came away with a greater understanding of the importance of wetlands in maintaining some of our most treasured resources.

After the tour, everyone was ready for the short walk to the Clinton Presidential Center’s Café Forty Two. The group had a leisurely lunch, visited around the table and finished with a variety of desserts. Nancy Gregory was surprised with a package of scented soaps, and everyone sang happy birthday.

The group welcomed new member, Jane Trimble, during a brief business session. It was reported that the first group of children’s welcome bags have been assembled and delivered to the Open Arms Shelter in Lonoke. Plans were made for preparing the next set of bags for delivery to the Wade Knox Center.

The next club meeting will be held Wednesday, Nov. 14. Everyone is reminded to meet in the Methodist Church parking lot at 1 p.m. and to bring canned goods. The canned goods will be used to supplement some local food pantries. From there the club will travel to the Wade Knox Center in Lonoke for the meeting.