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PHOTO: L-R Altrusa member Kim Abmeyer with new initiate Fay Hamden; Member Kathaleen Bauer with her initiate Pam King; and Belinda Berg with her sponsor Altrusan Susan Melnick on April 19, 2016 at the Altrusa International of Downtown Dallas Club meeting held at the 69th floor of the Bank of America building downtown.

More members means more service to the downtown Dallas community

The Altrusa International of Downtown Dallas Club initiated three new members at its April 19, 2016 program meeting. Belinda Berg, Fay Hamden and Pam King have helped make the club 83 members strong, the most members in the club’s 34 year history.

Hamden is a Cabi representative, King works with the Arboretum and Berg works with the city of Cedar Hill.

Altrusa International is a service club made up of women and men who want to make a difference in their communities. The Downtown Dallas club was formed in 1982 with 30 charter members, two of which are still active in the club. Since 1982 the club members have performed over 94,000 hours of community service and raised over a million dollars to give to local non-profits.

Over the past three decades the Downtown Dallas club has supported dozens of local non-profits including the Association for Independent Living, Attitudes & Attire, Dallas CASA, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center, Kids U, Family Gateway, Genesis Women’s Shelter, Hope Cottage, and Literacy Instruction for Texas.

This year the club members have already served over 2,000 philanthropy hours.

Club members also support DISD’s Irma J. Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School near Fair Park by volunteering on Career Day and creating a new ASTRA club, a service club for young adults, on campus. In addition, Altrusa Club members have donated toward college scholarships which are presented annually to graduating seniors. The scholarships are named for a beloved past president, Reagan Lorenzen, who died of breast cancer.

The Downtown Dallas club is part of District Nine, which encompasses the state of Texas. This weekend the Altrusa clubs from across the state will meet in Fort Worth for the annual District Conference.

For more information on the club see it’s website:

Donations can be sent to: Altrusa International of Downtown Dallas Foundation, PO Box 600218 Dallas, TX 75360.

The club meets twice a month on the 69th floor of the Bank of America Building downtown on the corner of Main and Elm streets to plan future service projects.

For more information contact Nina Cox who can be reached at: 817-996-6586



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