Volume 7, Issue 11 April 14, 2015 "Leading to a Better Community" The Altrusa Announcer The Newsletter of Altrusa International of Branch County From the President “...be thinking about what you would like to get involved with this coming year. We have many options: some busy, some not, some time-intense, some just a smaller amount of time. But, with that said, we all did say we wanted to be of service…” Inside this issue: Announcements 2&3 Meeting Schedule 2 March 4 Minutes 2 March 18 Minutes 3 Strategic Corner 6 Gowns for Gals 6 Int’l. Foundation 6 March Financials 7 Book Corner 8 Picture Me Reading Awards 9 Sky Pictures 9 Local Business 9 News to Know 11 Int’l. Relations 11 Member Spotlight 10 Spring is finally upon us, and it is gorgeous! It gives us a sense of renewal… Can words describe the fragrance of the very breath of Spring. Neltje Blanchan Words are sometimes a poor excuse, unable to describe what we see and feel. I know this is true when it comes to describing all of you, and how grateful I am to all of you. You have helped me grow. Thank you. District Conference is days away; hope there are some awards waiting for us. We have six attending. We will not have our seventh with us, Megan Angell. She has broken her humerus in several pieces at the shoulder…. I am hoping for a talented doctor and a speedy recovery. Please let us know, Megan, if there is anything you need! Evelyn will be passing around the new committee assignment sheet at the next few meetings, so be thinking about what you would like to get involved with this coming year. We have many options: some busy, some not, some time-intense, some just a smaller amount of time. But, with that said, we all did say we wanted to be of service, we wanted to help, and we wanted to be involved. Please take this seriously. The benefits of being involved far outweigh the time it takes! Picture Me Reading was again a big success! We had over 75 entries, and had lots of great essays to pick from. We had a great turnout (standing room only!) for the awards, with many of the families inviting relatives from out of town to witness their acceptance. It was such a shot in the arm for another wonderful thing we do in our community. We will be installing THREE more new members at our first meeting in May: Mandy VanAuker, Terry Boguth, and Dawn Renshaw. Welcome ladies! We rock!!! Carol Hodson The Altrusa Announcer Page 2 Minutes of the Program Meeting of March 4, 2015 Altrusa Membership & Committee Meetings April 15 Altrusa of Branch County Business Meeting 12:00 noon Elks Club Greeters: Rhonda Ives & Megan Angell April 29 Altrusa of Branch County Program Meeting Location and Time to be announced Greeters: Jacqui Lyon & Chris Delaney May 6 Altrusa of Branch County Program Meeting How to: Tomatoes and Peppers 12:00 noon Elks Club Greeters: Pat Sampsel & Caroline Christy May 13 Altrusa of Branch County Board of Directors Meeting 12:00 noon Elks Club May 20 Altrusa of Branch County Business Meeting 12:00 noon Elks Club Greeters: Karen Smith & Mary Guthrie Program: The Arabs Among Us with presenter Salwa Alsuraimi Meeting called to order at 12:17 by President Carol Hodson. Guests: Mandy VanAuker, guest of Carol from the Daily Reporter who has submitted an application for membership; Sarah Zimmer and Tammy Barnes from the Tibbits, guests of Christine Delaney; Becky Stankewicz from Branch County Abstract, guest of Pat Sampsel; and Astra students-Natty, Chloe, and Sara, guests of DeAnne Hawley. Announcements: Chris Delaney announced this week’s play at Tibbits is presented by the Community Theatre “Night Comes Early”. Next weekend is the Coldwater Comedy Fest featuring 3 comedians. ANNOUNCEMENTS Sue Crabtree announced the Short term hands on committee will have a short meeting after today’s meeting. Julie announced that the Women’s Health Fest event is this Saturday at 8:30. Carol announced that • Altrusa will have a table at this event • Altrusa has a full table for the Chamber awards dinner which is 3/19/15 • the Sky Pictures event at the middle school is sold out • the District conference is coming up if anyone else would like to attend. • Rhonda Ives announced the Scholarship committee has met and the application is on our website, and is also in the Shoppers guide. She thanked her committee for their support. • Janelle Warner announced the golf scramble committee will be meeting for lunch at Stoagie’s this Friday at noon. Happy Bucks: Carol gave a Happy Buck as she will be traveling to New York to attend her daughter in law’s musical performance at Studio 54. Program: Salwa Alsuraimi spoke about the Arab community in Coldwater. Salwa came from Yemen with her family to Buffalo New York. Her father quickly decided he did not like that area and eventually they ended up in Coldwater. Coldwater is a small town that is similar to the villages in Yemen and that is why the Arab community finds it attractive to live here. Salwa graduated from high school in 2010 when there were around 4 Arabic students in the graduating class. This year she said there will be 27 in the graduating class. Salwa was a very entertaining speaker and would like anyone who has any questions to contact her via email. She is very interested in clearing up any misconceptions people might have regarding the Arabic community. 50/50 raffle: $25.00 was won by Barb Burkhardt. Meeting was adjourned at 1:10. Submitted by Susan L. White filling in for Candace Newkirk. Volume 7, Issue 8 Page 3 Minutes of the Business Meeting of March 18, 2015 Meeting called to order at 12:15 by President Carol Hodson. Guests: Amanda VanAuker, guest of Carol Hodson Dawn Renshaw guest of Debbie Batchelder Terry Boguth, guest of Jacqui Lyon Kristin Smith, guest of Julie Stratos. Sadie, Chloe, Sara and Natty, Astra members, guests of DeAnne Hawley. Announcements: Chris Delaney announced Charleston will be at the Tibbits this weekend put on by the Tibbits Young Audiences. Chris also announced she has applied for a grant for Arab American ANNOUNCEMENTS National Museum and their programming to be brought to Branch County to increase knowledge of the Arabic community. Carol announced the need for more gowns for the upcoming “Gown’s for Gal’s” that Astra puts on. Carol also announced her daughter in law will be in an Off Broadway play in New York and Carrie Welsh is putting together a bus trip if anyone is interested in going in August this year. Susan White announced that fellow Altrusan Sue Holt asked that the Southern Michigan Bank and Trust employee donations for Friday jean day be directed to Happy Feet. A check was presented to Happy Feet for $225.00 from donations! Susan also announced on behalf of the Branch County United Way that on Friday April 17th the United Way is hosting the “Power of the Purse” benefit at the Dearth Center from 3-6. Julie Stratos our Altrusan sister has been chosen as the Woman of the Year in Business and will be honored at the event. We have been encouraged by the United Ways to attend, the cost is $35.00 per person. Carol announced Altrusa has 2 tables reserved for the Chamber awards dinner on Thursday. Ginger Kesler announced the sign-up sheet for the golf scramble is being passed around and asks that all members get involved. Julie announced the Newsletter committee will be meeting this Friday at noon at Bigbees coffee shop. Carol asked that the Literacy committee stay after today’s meeting for a short meeting. Barb Burkhardt asked the Program committee to stay after today’s meeting. Pat Sampsel announced she is in charge of volunteers for the golf scramble and asked members to think about helping that day. Chris announced Peter Plan will be playing in Summer Theater and said they are looking for a Corporate sponsor. Happy Bucks: Mary Guthrie gave a Happy Buck for the success of the recent Women’s Health Fest and thanked Altrusa and the volunteers for having a table at the event. Sam Greenburg gave a Happy Buck for the great news story in the Reporter regarding Literacy. Chris gave a Happy Buck for the new Aquatic Center as she has hoped for an indoor public pool in Coldwater. Check Presentation: Mary Jo Johnson presented a check from the Community Service Budget to Amy Galliers, the Director of the Great Start Collaborative. Patt Male presented a check to JoEllen Donay from Eternal Bread from the Community Service Budget. (Continued on page 4) Page 4 The Altrusa Announcer Altrusa is an international non-profit organization making our local communities better through leadership, partnership, and service. Minutes of the Business Meeting of March 18, 2015 (Continued from page 3) Financials: Minutes and financials are in the Newsletter for review. Barb Burkhardt motioned to accept. Pat Sampsel seconded. Motion carried. Communications: Jacqui reported we received thank you notes from the 4-H Foundation, Beginnings Care for Life Center, and Carrie Welsh for condolences she received from her mother’s death. New Business: Barb Burkhardt thanked the Nominating Committee members for their hard work to finding a slate of Officers for the 2015-16 year. She announced the following Slate of Officers: MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Dates to remember District 5 Conferences April 29 - May 1, 2016 Mansfield, OH 2017 - Dayton, OH International Conventions July 12-20, 2015 Kansas City, Missouri Registration Fees: \Early Bird Special — $365 Available through Feb. 28 Standard Registration — $385 Available March 1 - May 31 Late Registration — $424 2017 – Nashville, Tennessee 2019 – Reno, Nevada President: .................................... Evelyn Grimes President Elect: ........................... Julie Stratos 1st Vice President: ....................... Rhonda Ives 2nd Vice President: ...................... Jacqui Lyon Treasurer: .................................... Ginger Kesler Recording Secretary: ................... DeAnne Hawley Corresponding Secretary: ........... Kathy Cousino Director 1: .................................... Candace Newkirk Director 2: .................................... Karmen Case Past President: ............................ Carol Hodson Chris Delaney motioned to accept the Slate of Officers. Genelle Welch seconded. Motion carried. Carol: Board Action Evelyn discussed the board approved opening another account through BCCF, specifically earmarked for Happy Feet. Approved application for membership for Amanda (Mandy) Van Auker, Editor of The Daily Reporter. Letter sent in support through Tibbits /Arts for “Arab American Natl. Museum” and their programing to be brought here to Branch County. Carol discussed the upcoming District Conference. She indicated we need 2 delegates for the Conference. Chris nominated Jacqui Lyons and Rhonda Ives nominated Evelyn Grimes. Mary Guthrie seconded. Motion carried. Pat Sampsel volunteered to be an Alternate to the Delegates and Connie Winbigler was also assigned to be an Alternate. Pat Sampsel has asked Taylor’s to put together a basket for the District Raffle. Old Business: (Continued on page 5) Volume 7, Issue 8 Page 5 Minutes of the Business Meeting of March 18, 2015 (Continued from page 4)\ Committee Reports: Service: Evelyn Grimes- reported above. Membership Development: Rhonda Ives-We have one new member to initiate. Programs: Pat Sampsel-Pat thanked Barb and her committee for their great choice of programs for the year. Barb announced the Fifth Wednesday meeting in April has been changed from the prior plan and she will let us know what it will be. Select Committees: Genelle Welch-still working on getting the Exchange students to the schools in Branch County. Communications: Finance:-Alicia Cole-Alicia was absent. Nothing to report. Strategic Plan: Chris Delaney-working on a few potential changes. 50/50 raffle was won by Evelyn Grimes. Meeting was adjourned at 1:00. Submitted by Susan L. White Report from the Bylaws Committee The Bylaws Committee has reviewed the club policies and will be presenting a few changes for approval in the next few weeks. The changes will be presented to the board and then to the club membership. The policies may be amended by a 2/3 vote of the membership. One of the main things to be proposed will be a change in the committees for which the board members are responsible. The nominating committee recommended to the board that we create a more equal distribution in regards to the oversight responsibilities of the board members. The board agreed and referred it to the Bylaws Committee. In the current policies the president elect is responsible for oversight of six committees while other board members had none or only one committee. Also the Treasurer who already has arguably the heaviest workload is responsible for oversight of the two fundraising committees, both very active committees. Other proposed changes including adding a provision to recognize charter members who are no longer active into our gifts and memorials section. There are also a few minor points to be clarified and inconsistencies to correct. Stay tuned. Altrusa International of Branch County Mission: Altrusa International of Branch County provides community service, develops leadership, fosters and encourages fellowship through a network of professionals in diversified careers. The Altrusa Announcer Page 6 Strategic Corner: What are we doing this month to achieve each of our Three Strategic Plans Goals? April Events in History 1506 - The cornerstone of the current St. Peter's Basilica was laid. 1564 - William Shakespeare was born. 1633 - Galileo was convicted of heresy for announcing that the Earth revolved around the Sun. 1635 - The first public school in the Americas, the Boston Latin School, was founded in Boston. Goal I Grow and strengthen our membership Take 2 minutes during announcements at meetings and have various members describe what their favorite committee is and why Begin budget development and determine if expectations are met Goal II Increase Public Awareness and Esteem of Our Club Hold club-wide social functions and encourage interaction Goal III Improve Quality of Life in Our Community Determine if Membership fundraising support of 100% is achievable 1789 - In New York City, George Washington was inaugurated as the first president of the United States. 1803 - The Louisiana Purchase was made for $15 million. 1800 - The Library of Congress was established. 1865 - Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrenders at Appomattox, Virginia, ending the US Civil War. 1867 - The United States bought Alaska from the Russian Empire for $7.2 million . Gowns for Gals Event Held The recent Gowns for Gals event had a total attendance of 27 girls with 18 gowns borrowed. Some of the girls were able to find shoes and/or jewelry to go with their dresses. It just goes to show you what ASTRA and Altrusa can do to overcome an obstacle like losing nearly all their gowns so close to the event. Great job! 1876 - The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks was organized in New York City. 1895 - Oscar Wilde was arrested, and later found guilty of being a homosexual, and sentenced to two years of hard labor. 1912 - The Titanic sank 1923 - Insulin became available for use by people with diabetes 1955 - McDonald's opened its first franchised restaurant 1970 - Paul McCartney announced the breakup of the Beatles 1973 - The first portable cell phone call was placed 2005 - First YouTube video was uploaded Altrusa International Foundation The Foundation is made up of the six Trustees who are elected from the Altrusa membership. We also have four ex-officio participants: a Legal Advisor; an Association Representative; our Secretary, who is the Association Manager; and our staff Foundation Coordinator. We all meet at a face-to-face Board Meeting in October after the Convention. This gives us a chance to get to know the newly elected Trustees and set our goals and objectives for the next two years. Then our next two years consists of Board of Trustees conference calls at least every six months; conference calls with our District Liaisons; calls with our Financial Advisor and numerous emails. We all take our responsibilities very seriously and want to do the best job possible for our Supporters – You the local Altrusans. In Altrusa Service, Connie L. McIntire Foundation Chair, 2013-2015 Page 7 Volume 7, Issue 8 Financials 2015/2016 Slate of Officers President: Evelyn Grimes President Elect: Julie Stratos 1st Vice President: Rhonda Ives 2nd Vice President: Jacqui Lyon Treasurer: Ginger Kesler Recording Secretary: DeAnne Hawley Corresponding Secretary: Kathy Cousino Director 1: Candace Newkirk Director 2: Karmen Case Past President: Carol Hodson Principles of Altrusa 6) Altrusa commends to its members an active interest in public affairs, realizing that the State is but the individual writ large. 7) Altrusa develops true leadership, concerned with accomplishment and not with recognition. The Altrusa Announcer Book Corner Page 10 by Jacqui Lyon THE AMAZING LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS Copyright 2010 Rebecca Skloot Henrietta Lacks, better known to scientists as HeLa, was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells - taken without her knowledge - became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first "immortal" human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years. HeLa cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine; uncovered secrets of cancer, viruses, and the atom bomb's effects; helped lead to important advances like in vitro fertilization, cloning, and gene mapping; and have been bought and sold by the billions. Yet, Henrietta Lacks remains virtually unknown, buried in an unmarked grave. Now, Rebecca Skloot takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the "colored" ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s to stark white laboratories with freezers full of HeLa cells, from Henrietta's small, dying hometown of Clover, Virginia, to East Baltimore today, where her children and grandchildren live and struggle with the legacy of her cells. Henrietta's family did not learn of her "immortality" until more than twenty years after her death, when scientists investigating HeLa began using her husband and children in research without informed consent. And, though the cells had launched a multimillion-dollar industry that sells human biological materials, her family never saw any of the profits. As Rebecca Skloot so brilliantly shows, the story of the Lacks family, past and present, is inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we are made of. Over the decade it took to uncover this story, Rebecca became enmeshed in the lives of the Lacks family, especially Henrietta's daughter, Deborah, who was devastated to learn about her mother's cells. Deborah was consumed with questions: Had scientists cloned her mother? Had they killed her to harvest her cells? And if her mother was so important to medicine, why couldn't her children afford health insurance? You will find this book impossible to put down! Registration - $385. Late registrations, made after June 15th, will be charged $424. Single day registrations are available at $100 per day, meals not included. Kansas City Westin Crowne Center group room rates are available from Saturday, July 11th through Saturday, July 25th. The Westin Crown Center is the perfect location to start your adventure exploring the many treasures of the city: the vibrant City Market, 15 blocks of amazing shopping and dining opportunities at the Country Club Plaza, live jam sessions at 18th and Vine Jazz District, incredible art in the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art or the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Kansas City Zoo, Union Station, Riverboat Casinos, the Sea Life Aquarium, Legoland and wonderful Kansas City BBQ. Register now at https://altrusa.webconnex.com/2015Convention Page 11 Volume 7, Issue 8 Picture Me Reading Contest Winners Announced Winners of Altrusa’s 2015 Picture Me Reading were announced by Altrusa members at 6 p.m. April 1 at the Coldwater branch of the Branch District Library. The primary goal of the contest is to promote literacy in our communities and, at the same time, demonstrate to young readers that reading can be fun. All Branch County students were eligible to participate in the contest, with one entry per person. Participants were required to include a picture of themselves reading, along with a description of why they enjoy reading. The contest is divided in grade levels. Students in grades kindergarten through fifth must have two to six sentences explaining why reading is important to them, along with the picture, and students in grades sixth through 12th must write a short essay, 100 words maximum, along with their picture. There will be a first and second-place winner in each category received a Kindle while second-place winners receives a $50 gift certificate to Taylor’s Books and More. Each winner received a certificate. Pictured from left to right in the above picture are Jacqui Lyon, Altrusa Devin Jones, 1st Place- 9-12 Claudel Wischmeyer, 2nd Place- K-2 MacKenzie Koch, 1st Place- 6-8 Miah Taylor, 1st Place- K-2 Tyler Overholt, 2nd Place- 3-5 Kelly Warner, 2nd Place- 6-8 Gabriel Fisher, 1st Place- 3-5 Candace Newkirk and Carol Hodson, Altrusa Not pictured: Gabriel Smurr, 2nd Place- 9-12 Sky Pictures Program Presented Altrusa Short Term Hands on Committee sponsored the Sky Pictures program through the Branch County Library. Linda Dull, Youth Services Coordinator of the Library, said the program was a huge success, and hopes that Altrusa would be able to administer a similar program in the future. She indicated 63 children and adults listened to Andy Rossow, Middle School science teacher, as he presented a wonderful program at the Legg Middle School Planetarium. Mr. Rossow discussed the night skies in our area, identifying constellations, finding the North star, the upcoming eclipse of the moon. and many other interesting facts. Page 10 The Altrusa Announcer Local Business Corner by Christine Delaney Mastronardi Produce in Coldwater is North America’s leading greenhouse grower of gourmet greenhouse vegetables. The first of its Coldwater facilities was completed in December 2011 and the company started producing tomatoes the following March. In stores the company packages their produce under the brand names SUNSET® and Pepperco USA. Since opening in Coldwater, Mastronardi Produce has been leading the industry with advanced greenhouse technology to combat frigid Michigan winters and bring fresh, summertime flavor to the Midwest in a sustainable way. “Because of the strategic location of Coldwater, we’re able to reduce food miles and deliver a vine-ripened product,” said Joe Sbrocchi, VP of Business Development. “With such close proximity to a number of distribution centers, we’re able to harvest, pack and ship our produce to our clients’ doors the same day, which ensures our consumers are getting the freshest product possible.” The latest addition completed this past summer adds peppers to the production in a 41-acre greenhouse, Mastronardi’s first large scale pepper greenhouse in the US and the largest greenhouse pepper company in North America. “After the recent completion of Phase II, we decided to carry on expanding our Coldwater greenhouses to 100 acres,” stated CEO Paul Mastronardi. “We’ve already established a strong demand for our Michigan grown tomatoes from retailers and were overwhelmed with the response from consumers. We’re anticipating even more enthusiasm for local SUNSET® peppers this Spring.” After four generations, the Mastronardi family still owns and manages what is now the leading greenhouse vegetable company on the continent, growing and selling world-class tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers. Exchange Student Visits Set The International Relations committee have chosen the dates for the exchange student visits to the elementary schools. Quincy and Coldwater schools have chosen to participate with Altrusa this year on our cultural exchange that will include about 20 exchange students. On Wednesday April 15th Committee members will be transporting the exchange students at CHS to the 3 Coldwater elementary schools where the students will be sharing with the K -5 grades about their home countries, favorite foods, and what their schools are like. On Thursday April 16th we will visit the Quincy schools with their exchange students. We welcome any of our members to join us and share in the fun with these exceptional young adults. Famous People Born in April 1564 William Shakespeare 1743 Thomas Jefferson 1785 John James Audubon 1791 Samuel Morse 1805 Hans Christian Andersen 1822 Ulysses S. Grant 1863 William Randolph Hearst 1866 Butch Cassidy 1883 Lon Chaney, Sr. 1889 Adolf Hitler 1908 Bette Davis 1908 Buddy Ebsen 1908 Edward R. Murrow 1918 Ella Fitzgerald 1934 Jane Goodall Page 11 Volume 7, Issue 8 Altrusa News to Know ♦ Vocational scholarship candidates will be interviewed on April 24. ♦ The following members had perfect attendance January-March 2015: Batchelder, Debbie Mary Guthrie Julie Stratos ♦ Christine Delaney DeAnne Hawley Genelle Welch Mary Feller Carol Hodson Norma Wojack Initiation will be May 6 for Mandy VanAuker, Dawn Swick-Renshaw, and Terry Boguth. Mary Jo Johnson presented a check from the Community Service budget to Amy Galliers, the Director of the Great Start Collaborative. See picture below left. ♦ Patt Male presented a check to JoEllen Donay from Eternal Bread from the Community Service budget. See picture below right. ♦ Lisa Miller, pictured below, middle, updated the club on economic development activities in the county including Mastronardi Produce and the upcoming pork processing plant. Branch County is also in the running for two other projects. ♦ April is . . . • • • April 1st was used to celebrate the birth of Christ until 350 AD when Pope Julius I declared that Christ’s birth would be celebrated on December 25. According to early Roman calendar, April was the second month but became fourth when they started to use January as the first month. The name originally came from Aprilis, meaning 'to open'. April is National What? Humor Month Sexual Assault Awareness Month Volunteer Appreciation Month National Poetry Writing Month Mathematics Awareness Month National Arab American Heritage Month National Poetry Month National Child Abuse Prevention Month International Guitar Month World Health Day Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day, usually fourth Thursday (United States) Altrusa International of Branch County Member Spotlight President Elect Evelyn Grimes Evelyn joined Altrusa in 2011, sponsored by Pat Sampsel and Connie Winbigler, and has been very active on many committees since. During 2014-2015, she has been our president elect. Now, she is eagerly looking forward to being our president. Evelyn was born and raised in Coldwater, Michigan; the sixth child of seven. She graduated from Central Michigan University with a degree in Business Administration. After college, Evelyn lived in Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, and Chicago, putting her skills to work in retail management, accounting, and auditing. President: Carol Hodson 262 North Lake Drive Coldwater, MI 49036 [email protected] Editor: Julie Stratos 9 Cornwell Court Coldwater, MI 49036 [email protected] When Evelyn returned to Coldwater, she married Corbin. Corbin is employed as an Account Manager for Imperial Alloys in Chicago and is in his sixth year as Exalted Ruler for the Elks Lodge in Coldwater. Evelyn landed the job of Coldwater Schools' payroll manager and soon moved up the corporate ladder to business manager. She has been with the schools for nineteen years. Evelyn describes school business and finance as "very challenging in today's economy considering the state's financial condition" and keeps very busy staying up with State government mandates. Both, Evelyn and Corbin are members of St. Mary's Catholic Church, and are involved as Eucharistic ministers. Evelyn and Corbin love traveling (they've been to the Hawaiian Island four times), playing golf, and spending time with family members and friends at their lake cottage. Evelyn is very passionate about our community and the arts, and served on the Tibbits Opera House Board of Directors for eighteen years. We’re on the Web! www.altrusabranchcounty.com www.altrusadistrictfive.org www.altrusa.com Altrusa International of Branch County P.O. Box 631 Coldwater, MI 49036 What Evelyn likes best about Altrusa is "the difference its members make in Branch County!!" She is "very passionate about her work and contributions having a positive impact in the community, workplace, and education."
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