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Realtor Niki Payne of David Bush Realtors is the 2015-16 President of the Altrusa Club of Downtown Dallas, a community service club made up of business women and men who volunteer their time to promote literacy and help women and children in crisis.

The Altrusa Club of Downtown Dallas Invites You to Savor a Happy Hour with Club Members!

The Altrusa International Club of Downtown Dallas is hosting a President’s Happy Hour at Savor Gastropub, 2000 Woodall Rogers Freeway, Dallas 75201, in Clyde Warren Park, downtown Dallas, on Tuesday, July 7 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Free valet and complimentary lite bites will be provided along with drink specials.

The service club was established in Dallas in September of 1982 and currently has 76 members. Business women and men interested in helping the downtown Dallas area through volunteering in community service are invited to attend the Happy Hour and meet the members of the award-winning club. Guests are encouraged to bring new pencils, erasers, or construction paper to donate to the Dolphin Heights after school and summer programs. Contact President Niki Payne for more information:

New officers for 2015-16 year were installed at the May 19 Annual Meeting held at Lakewood Country Club, which include Niki Payne - President; Nina Cox- President Elect; Amy Gavigan - Recording Secretary; Nicole LeBoeuf - VP Service; Marsha Reynolds- VP Communications; Lori Blair- VP Fundraising; Monica Urbaniak - VP Membership; Scottie Kennedy- Treasurer; Carol Kilman - Parliamentarian; Kim Schonwald - Immediate Past President and Club Board Liaison to Foundation Board.

Club members range in age from 25 to 75 years old and include attorneys, judges, artists, CPAs, business owners and Financial Planners, among other professions. Working together, the members fulfill the club's international motto of Patriotism, Efficiency and Service. 

The downtpwn club has a number of summer service projects scheduled.

July Service Projects of the club are:

Dolphin Heights - After School program, collecting new pencils, erasers, construction paper.

The Vickery Meadows Learning Center- putting together notebooks for students and volunteers, Friday, July 24th from 1-5 p.m.

Attitudes and Attire: Volunteering on Saturday mornings to assist clients to pick out work attire. Check with Cristal at to be sure they are in need the day you want to volunteer.

Meals on Wheels: Make greeting cards for a future holiday. Contact Gina Tolmas, for more information.

Story Line: is available anytime: to sign up for Story Line.

The club members also support local high school students with scholarships. Six $1,000 scholarships were presented to graduates of the Irma L. Rangel Young Women's Leadership School for Girls in May, in the memory of former Altrusa Club President Reagan Lorenzen.

For more information on the club see the club website:, or contact VP of  Membership, Monica Urbaniak at

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