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Eleven members of Altrusa International of Connersville, Indiana, Inc. met for their monthly business meeting on Jan. 3 at noon at First United Methodist Church. President Carolyn Doub opened the meeting with the Altrusa Grace and the pledge to the flag. Minutes of the previous meeting were approved, with Cathy Harvey making the motion to approve and Amy Hammons seconding. Amy Hammons presented the financial report and the report was submitted for audit without correction.

Health concerns for club members and their family members were shared.

President Doub reported that information about the 2018 Chili Challenge has been sent to crafters. The event will be Oct. 13 at Crosspointe Biker Church.

Saundra Lykins reported knife sales of $12. Knives and cutting boards are available from Altrusa throughout the year.

Fran Holmes reported for Judy Collier that 35 children’s books were ordered from Scholastic Book Services and delivered to CASA before Christmas. Members brought coloring books, colored pencils, and crayons to donate to CASA. Members are asked to bring hygiene items to donate in February.

Committee members for the Literacy Coalition Mardi Gras fundraiser, Elaine Bruns; Suzy Maines; and Bonnie Schultz, will meet to finalize the club’s participation in the Feb. 9 fundraiser and report at the February meeting. As part of their ongoing support of literacy in Fayette County, members signed up to monitor the Free Little Library in Roberts Park for 2018.

It was decided by consensus for Altrusa to serve the Community Dinner on March 11. The menu will include chili, peanut butter sandwiches, crackers, dessert, and drinks. Members volunteered to donate food and paper goods.

A joint board meeting for the purpose of reviewing policies will be held Jan. 12 at noon at Union Savings and Loan.

The meeting closed with the Altrusa benediction.

The next meeting will be Feb. 7 at noon at FUMC. There will be no program meeting in January.