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Volume 44, issue 15

August 2013

Evansville, IN

Pres. Myrrl Choate

Greetings: Well we are wrapping up summer and heading straight into a full fall load. Several projects are in the making and I couldn’t be more excited. I hope some of you are catching the fever also. We have:  Project Night Night  Dolls to Love  Extortion Breakfast/Author Event  Make A Difference Day  Nut Sale Kickoff  And of course the continuation of all our other year round activities (MOW, scholarships) We need everyone to participate as much as they can because we would not want anyone to miss out on all the blessings these projects will provide. See you in the Trenches!

Myrrl


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On July 23 Altrusa volunteers read to children at Carver Community Childcare. Thirty children listened to stories and then were able to pick out their very own book to take home. Volunteers included Bettye Statham, Eileen Will and Sara Murray. The next preschool readings for St. Vincent’s Center for Children & Families and Carver Community Childcare will take place in late fall. More information for those volunteer opportunities will be announced at a later date.

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Extortion Breakfast is Sept. 27

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Myrrl Choate and Christie Harry are in charge of the Extortion Breakfast.

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Meet an Author Event is Sept. 28

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We need volunteers to bake cookies/bars for the Meet an Author Event. Contact Lola.

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We received several Thank You’s. From: Eileen Will, Birthright, and United Methodist Youth Home.

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Marirose Pierre is now at Pinehaven. She is refusing to eat.

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Betty Griffris is at Health South. She fell and broke a bone. She also has had a stroke. She is able to move and talks fairly well.

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The Altrusa Banner with our new logo is missing. We may want that for the Author Event so if you know where it is, let Lola know.

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The cookbooks will be ready soon. We are selling them for $10.00.

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Ragdolls are still being made. We will sew at the August 22 meeting. A picture will be taken at that time. Contact Donna or Eileen if you need a doll to stuff or have questions.

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The Community Service Committee is collecting personal care items as well as luggage.

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The picnic in July was a success. Five guests attended. There were no pictures as Lola was out of town.

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Family Literacy Day will be on September 21 from 1- 4 pm at Washington Square Mall. Volunteers will be needed to help with activities at our table. Please be sure to sign-up (sign-up sheet will be available at Thursdays meeting) if you would like to volunteer or contact Sara Murray. Project Night, Night-plans are underway to get this project moving along. Members have finalized plans for creating the bags that will be sent to shelters. A target date of st November 1 has been set for the first bags being delivered to the shelters. We will plan several workingsessions in Octover for any volunteers interested in helping on this project. Volunteers will be needed to help cut blankets, sort materials, label books, as well as prepare and stufff bags. I am also looking for volunteers to help with the evaluation of this project. If interested please contact Sara at 4548544. Sara Murray

Cooking With Nuts—A Taste of Altrusa

We have 300 cookbooks coming around September 3rd. Each cookbook will be sold for $10.00. We hope to make $1500.00 or more.

WHO IS ALTRUSA?” “Altrusa is an international non-profit organization, making our local communities better through leadership, partnership, and service. We are civic-minded people who strive to create better communities worldwide.”


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Public Relations Meet an Author

Mike Mullin

Margaret McMullan

Angie Karcher

This event has been planned to give us an opportunity to answer the question “What is Altrusa?” Be prepared to answer that question on September 28th at Barnes & Noble. In addition to the authors, we will have a table or two with information about Altrusa. Also, have the Altrusa business cards ready to hand out on your person when there is a break in the action. Wear your polo shirt! If you do not have one, there is time to order one. The authors are wonderful people and have written books we want kids to read. Margaret McMullan is an award winning author and lives right here in Evansville. She is also a professor of English at the University of Evansville. Angie Karcher lives in Evansville as well. She is working on her second book and belongs to the Rivertown Storytellers. And finally we are fortunate to have Mike Mullin. He is in the process of writing his third YA book. All the librarians I talked to knew who he was when I spoke about him because his books are becoming very popular with kids. He has a black belt in Taekwondo, writes about that and uses Taekwondo in his talks. This should be a very exciting event. Hope to see you all there!

Community Service It has been decided to redo a YWCA dorm room for our “Make A Difference Day” project. One room in particular is very basic and a little drab. We hope to make that room into something more inviting. Also, there is a woman staying at the shelter right now that had her vehicle stolen with all her worldly goods. The Community Service Committee is collecting basic items such as clothes, towels and sheets. The mother’s size is 12/14 and the children 8-10. If you have questions call Diana 455-9276.


Interesting Facebook Facts Ramdom history.com Facebook has over 350 million active users. More than 35 million users update their status each day, with more than 55 million status updates each day.f More than 2.5 billion pictures are uploaded to Facebook each month.f The average Facebook user has 130 friends and sends eight friend requests per month.f A recent survey of 500 top colleges found that 10% of admissions officers acknowledged looking at social networking sites such as Facebook to evaluate applicants. Thirty-eight percent of admissions officers said that what they saw negatively affected the applicant.i If Facebook were a country, it would be the fifth-largest country in the world, after China, India, the U.S., and Indonesia. The average Facebook users spend more than 55 minutes a day on the site. They use the Like button nine times a month and write 25 comments each month Forbes dubbed 25-year-old Mark Zuckerberg, the creator/owner of Facebook, as the world’s youngest billionaire, worth 1.5 billion.l Syria, China, Vietnam, and Iran have banned Facebook.l Information deemed public—such as profile pictures, names, cities, and networks—are available to developers of any applications that Facebook users or their Facebook friends use on the site.u Random Facts and Interesting Trivia for the Curious Mindddddd

Facebook helps abuse victims By Benny Evangelista San Francisco Chronicle

Facebook has posted a new guide for survivors of domestic abuse, detailing steps to protect one’s safety and privacy while still being able to connect with family and friends on the social network. Face book teamed with the National Network to End Domestic Violence to come up with the guidelines, which can be found at the Facebook Family Safety Center, https://www.facebook.com/safety. “We created this guide to help survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking learn how to use Facebook in a way that ensures that they stay connected with friends and family, but also control their safety and privacy to help prevent misuse by abusers, stalkers, and perpetrators to stalk and harass,” said a blog post from Cindy Southworth, vice president of the nonprofit Washington, D.C., group. Some might suggest that using a fake profile name or not even using the social network at all may be the best course of action. But in most cases, neither is true. Southworth said in an interview during a break in the group’s three-day technology safety summit in San Jose. “It’s not acceptable to tell survivors of domestic violence just to give up their technology,” she said. “What she really needs is that he not be able to contact her, and if he does, that he is held accountable.”


30 July

Joyce Rhoades

2 August Lola Perkett

Birthday Blessings Instead of counting candles, Or tallying the years, Contemplate your blessings now, As your birthday nears. Consider special people Who love you, and who care, And others who’ve enriched your life Just by being there. Think about the memories Passing years can never mar, Experiences great and small That have made you who you are. Another year is a happy gift, So cut your cake, and say, "Instead of counting birthdays, I count blessings every day!" By Joanna Fuchs


Board of Directors Extensive research identified several areas in our communications— both written and verbal

President…………………………

Myrrl Choate

Vice President………………….

Judy Jensen

if Altrusa International is going to continue to be

Recording Secretary………….

Donna Feagley

successful, and continue to grow as a global

Corresponding Secretary……

Sara Murray

service organization. From that research, a new

Treasurer………………………

Christie Harry

Director………………………..

Lola Perkett

guiding force for the development of the new

Director………………………..

Eileen Will

brand. Those three drivers are clarity, flexibility

Director………………………

Donna Conner

— and in our behaviors that need improvement

logo was created and three brand drivers or key concepts were developed which were the

and inclusion. It is imperative that we keep these three brand drivers in mind when communicating on all levels; and to begin to fully embrace and live them in support of the new brand. From www.altrusa.org (under Marketing Materials)

Committee Chairs Literacy Committee: Sara Murray International Relations: Sara Murray (temporary) Community Service: Diana Kellogg Ways and Means: Sue Huck Information: Nita Voorhees Membership: Donna Feagley Subcommittees

Welcome Margaret

Rag Dolls to Love: Donna Feagley and Eileen Will Make A Difference Day: Diana Kellogg Meet an Author: Lola Perkett Extortion Breakfast: Myrrl Choate and Christie Harry Cookbook: Christie Harry and Donna Feagley


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