The Carlisle Heritage League announced last week, it would be disbanding its women’s club.
“We regret to have to make this decision, but feel it is time,” Club secretary Barbara Phillips said.
With the club disbanding, they will no longer host the Annual Miss Carlisle Pageant. It is the club’s hope another organization will pick up the event.
The Carlisle Heritage League was organized on Jan. 28, 1976. It was federated into the General Federation of Women’s Club with the Forrest City Arkansas District IV on May 6, 1976. Many members have come and gone through the 41 years.
The first president of the organization was Dot Schroeder, who served as president from 1976-1978. The last president to serve was Debbie Spencer Mealor, who was president from 2016 until her sudden unexpected death in December 2017. Only one Charter member, Dorothy Ferguson, remains active and involved in the club.
The Heritage League was very active in the community over the years and raised several thousand dollars that was donated back to the community and schools. Some club projects included annually sponsoring a girl to Girls State, presenting book scholarships to two graduating seniors through the Scotty Whittenburg Memorial Book Scholarship and the Rose Mary Buffalo Memorial Book Scholarship, purchased an Easter Bunny Suit and held the annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Carlisle City Park for many years, erected a cedar tree at the Carlisle City Park and held the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony during the Christmas Festivities, sponsored Santa and Mrs. Claus to ride in the downtown Christmas Parade for many years, Pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus, sponsored the Angel Tree for many years, sponsored the spelling bee for Carlisle and Lonoke County, donated to help students attend Space and Ocean Camp, donated to the summer reading program at the Carlisle Library, purchased a Bison Mascot outfit for the school and last but not least, sponsored the annual Miss Carlisle Pageant for many years.
“As you can see, the Heritage League Ladies have been very active and busy,” Phillips said. “All of us will miss being a part of the organization. It has brought us many friendships and fellowships throughout the years.