From the president:

Michael Burks, President

With the dawning of spring comes the opportunity to enjoy the marvelous transformation of nature as the first glimpse of warmer weather is present through the sprouting of the daffodils, followed shortly by the flowering trees such as the Bradford Pears, Dogwoods, Redbuds and then the hardwoods.

It is always amazing to me to watch this natural production as what appears to be dry, dead and life-less trees, grass and flowers come to life before our very eyes.

Warmer temperatures present plenty of opportunities for us to get out of our normal routine, exercise and get healthy. There’s nothing more refreshing than taking a leisurely hike and finding a beautiful waterfall in the springtime. This season I encourage you to take every opportunity you have to enjoy the weather. Go fishing, go camping, go hiking, or swimming! Get up and get moving! Make this a time of renewal.

A great option for a weekend of renewal would be to join us this year for our annual 2015 Positive Living Retreat. The retreat is set for Friday, May 29th through Sunday, May 31st in Eureka Springs. This retreat is geared to be fun, exciting and relaxing for all as well as a great opportunity for you to meet and socialize with new friends. For more information and full details on this retreat, please email us at

Another option for renewal and one that is still a worthwhile activity would be to join us for our monthly support group meetings that are always held at the Rogers Public Library on the first Sunday of every month, unless it’s a holiday. Our Positive Living Support Meetings are yet another opportunity for you to renew your mind, put things in your life into perspective and learn valuable, no-nonsense ways to “Live Life On The Positive Side.”

In addition to all of the other opportunities for renewal, we always have room for volunteers and people willing to serve others through various activities and events. Volunteering is one of the best ways to experience renewal as we give to others. If you would like more information on volunteer opportunities, please call us at 1-888-802-3332, or email us at

Would you like to help support HIV Arkansas? Helping us make a difference in the lives of people living with HIV and AIDS is simple. If you are interested in helping us with your financial support, please visit our website at and click on the donate button. If you would like to become a partner with us, you can also choose to become a monthly donor at any amount you chose. HIV Arkansas is a 501c(3) Non-profit Organization, and all donations are tax deductible.