North Georgia, GA Club News

Betty Starr Brooks Presented with 50 Year Pin

Club members presented Emeritus member Betty Starr Brooks with her 50 year pin in August.  The group met for lunch near her home in Jasper, Georgia.  Betty joined Altrusa as a member of the Atlanta club in 1967 and later served as President.  Relocating to the Washington, D.C. area in the 1970’s, she joined the Washington club and also served as President.  She was the District Two Governor in the 1980’s.  Moving back to Georgia, she rejoined the Atlanta club and transferred to North Georgia when it was chartered in 2005 because of its proximity to her home.



Joey Robinson Scholarship Presentation
The club presented the Joey Robison Scholarship for Non-Traditional Students to Stephanie Patterson at its June meeting.  Stephanie is pursuing a radiologic technology degree while working full-time.  She is also a recipient of the Altrusa International of North Georgia Scholarship, an award given annually by the club to provide financial assistance to single mothers pursuing higher education.  Glen Machado, chair of the scholarship committee, made the presentation.

Jesse's House

Jesse’s House provides emergency and long-term care to adolescent women who have suffered abuse or delinquency. Over the years, our members have supported these young women by leading various activities. Recently, we enjoyed a day at the beach at Lake Lanier serving up fried chicken, potato salad, watermelon and brownies to the young women in residence at Jesse’s House.  Over multiple games of bingo, the conversation naturally (?!) turned to Chinese food.  Hearing the girl’s say how much they loved Chinese food, a back to school luncheon was quickly planned.  Dandelion, a Chinese restaurant in Cumming provided lunch for the girls (“I’m in heaven!” was overheard as one girl filled her plate with Sesame Chicken, Chicken LoMein and Chicken Fried Rice) and Bruster’s Ice Cream donated a beautifully decorated ice cream cake.  Each girl received a composition notebook with a recipe for a great school year on the cover and a book mark with this quote of Henry David Thoreau – “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have imagined.”  

With appetites satisfied, everyone stayed on and played bingo for a couple of hours. As we were leaving the restaurant we Altrusans wondered, once again, who had had a better time!

(Picture left to right): Francis Speers, Nan Barlow, Diane Rymer, Maxine Anderson, Glen Machado, Nancy Simms, Linda Ray and Bob
Nancy Simms and Diane Rymer getting the cookies ready.
Celebrating a new school year with Jesse's House.

Gentle Souls

On a late Saturday afternoon the first responders, sheriff department, police, firemen, swat teams, therapy horses all gathered at an event planned for the Gentle Souls. These very special people are children and adults with special needs.

We arrived around 4 pm. The rains began around 4:15 so we went into serving mode. Hot dogs, chips, beverages, desserts were prepared and served by Altrusans Francie Speers, Glen Machado, Maxine Anderson, Diane Rhymer, Nan Barlow, Linda Ray (and Bob)  They quite literally could not have done it without us!!! Besides setting up tables and chairs, we were there to talk and hand out candies and drinks.

The rain did finally stop and many were able to go out and interact with the first responder teams.

Katie Stasko was really pleased by the number of new ones who attended.  So, the event was considered a great success

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