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Altruistic Club hears about Safe Haven

The Carlisle Altruistic Club met on Oct. 16 in the home of Charlotte Bennett. President Carolyn Martin presided over the meeting with 17 members and two guests present. Sandi Tarter led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag. Minutes of the last meeting were read by Secretary Ruth Woods and a financial report was given by Treasurer Dorothy Elmore.

Guest speaker Sherry Johnson from the Safe Haven women’s shelter was introduced by program leader Pat Hogan. Safe Haven is a temporary home for women and children seeking shelter from an abusive situation in the Lonoke County area. October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Johnson stated that since in inception in 2007 they have worked with over 14,193 persons. Those statistics make us aware of abuse in our communities and the work Safe Have does to help women and children seeking shelter from domestic abuse. Safe Haven is funded by contributions of individuals, businesses, churches, civic groups and grants. She state all help is appreciated.

President Carolyn Martin welcomed new members Kathy Elder and Janet Pasley to the club. Dorothy Elmore and Mary Smith reported on the success of the club’s participation in the Carlisle Alumni Association celebration at the park. Carolyn Martin thanked Charlotte Bennett, Jan Pasley, Linda Sanders and Sandi Tarter for getting the gazebo ready prior to the Saturday activities.

The meeting adjourned with Rhonda Parker leading the club in reciting the Collect. Refreshments were served by hostess Charlotte Bennett with the assistance of several members.

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