Pin on Pinterest PHOTO Left to right: Altrusa International of Downton Dallas Inc. members Debby Weber, Susan Melnick, Carol Kilman, Kathleen Scott, Judy Porter, Ann Marie Alongi, Venus Jones, Angela Caronia, Christina Coultas and Stefani Schneidler join Irma Rangel’s College Advisor Ann Morano (in front in red) during a workshop of mock college interviews to help the seniors be prepared for their big day. The Altrusa Club has also begun an ASTRA Service Club at the school, to teach the students the importance of helping their community.


Altrusa International of Downtown Dallas Club Members Prepare DISD's Irma Rangel Seniors for All-Important College Interviews

Christina Coultas took a few hours from her first week at her new job to join nine other Altrusans on Friday, August 5, 2015 to teach the seniors of Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School how to ace a college interview.

All of the students at Irma Rangel are headed to college, but a few haven’t decided where they want to apply yet.

Questions such as “Tell me about yourself,” sometimes trip up teenagers, so the Altrusans helped the students to relax and think about how they could answer these questions in a positive, calm and interesting way.

Altrusa has provided college scholarship to students at Irma Rangel for the past five years. A fund named after former Altrusa Club President Reagan Lorenzen has been established to continue the scholarships to the graduating seniors for years to come.

It was Christina Coultas’s first visit to the school located on the northwest corner of Fair Park. She was amazed at the joyful vibe in the school, the cleanliness of the facility and the very sharp students she met.

In the spring, the Irma Rangel ASTRA Club, which stands for Ability, Service, Training, Responsibility, Achievement, a younger version of Altrusa, was formed with 17 students from the school. The club members do service projects and will be invited to join Altrusa members in the future as the women of the club work to serve the downtown Dallas community.

The ASTRA club members are in the process of crocheting baby blankets for Parkland Hospital. Altrusans Marrie Smith and Nicole LeBoeuf taught the girls how to crochet. Kristi Francis, CPA, also supports the ASTRA club.

The students wanted the primary beneficiaries to be the people who are so often forgotten by our communities, so they made holiday cards for Easter and for the Senior Center a few blocks from the school and Valentine’s Day cards for the Veterans Hospital.

Next Month the Altrusa Club of Downtown Dallas will have a special Membership Meeting on the third Tuesday of the month, September 20, 2016 from 11:45 to 1:00 p.m. at the City Club in downtown Dallas in the Bank of America Building.

The address of the City Club is 901 Main Street, Suite # 6900, Dallas, TX 75202, phone 214-748-9525. FREE Parking in the Texas Club parking garage (red brick building) across the street and take the underground over to City Place; Altrusa validates parking at the meeting for that parking garage.

For more information contact: Kimberly Abmeyer at

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