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L-R: Altrusa members Blue McElroy of Uptown Chiropractic, Amy Gavigan of Bank of America, Judy Porter of Bishop Dunne Catholic School and Porter People PR, Lee Dorsett of Hewlett Packard and Carol Kilman of the Baptist Foundation enjoy toasting each-other's professional success. Dorsett and Kilman are former presidents of the service club.

Network with Business Professionals at the Altrusa International of Downtown Dallas Club's Happy Hour Tuesday August 4

Service-minded business men and business women are invited to a casual come-and-go Happy Hour at Blue Mesa Grill, 7700 North West Highway, across from North Park Mall, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 4th to learn about the Altrusa Club of Downtown Dallas.

This is a perfect event to attend for anyone new to the downtown Dallas area, who wishes to work together with other professionals to make the city a kinder, safer place to live.

The club, established in 1983, meets on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at the City Club on the 69th floor of the Bank of America building downtown. Business meetings are held on the first Tuesday, and a speaker is highlighted at the program meeting held on the third Tuesday of the month. Last month a local FBI agent discussed the covert operations used to catch embezzlers of government Medicare funds and how the members of the club can spot illegal billing to help the FBI catch these white collar criminals.

The club’s focus is on increasing literacy in the community and helping women and children in crisis. Networking among the club’s 78 members is encouraged, as many of the women run their own companies, from CPAs, attorneys, and Personal Financial Planners to doctors, artists, photographers, college presidents and a few Dallas judges. Since 1983 the club has raised over a million dollars to grant to local non-profits that help women and children and promote literacy.

August Service Project:  SOAR Camp

On Friday, August 7th, members of the club will be volunteering at the Irma L. Rangel Young Women's Leadership School, located at 1718 Robert B. Cullum Blvd., near Downtown, to help prepare rising seniors for their college admissions interviews.  Altrusa has awarded 20 college scholarships in the past two years to graduates of Irma Rengel in honor of former Altrusa club President Reagan Lorenzen. The school is one of a dozen local initiatives the Altrusa club supports which include Meals on Wheels, Genesis Women’s Shelter and Attitudes and Attire. For more information about the club’s service opportunities, contact Nicole LeBoeuf  at

Members and guests attending the Happy Hour are encouraged to bring new pencils, erasers and construction paper which the club is collecting for the Dolphin Heights after School program.

For more information on the club see:

For more information on the Happy Hour or the club contact President Niki Payne at:

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