Altrusa Club starting in Rankin County

Altrusa is an international organization seeking to better their communities by addressing local needs. Founded in 1917, Altrusans give over a million volunteer hours a year around the world, including clubs in the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada, England, Bermuda, Ireland, India, New Zealand and Russia, according to Pearl resident Marsha Padgett, who was a member of the Tupelo, Mississippi club before moving to Central Mississippi.

She has a handful of interested men and women, who are wanting to develop and apply their leadership abilities, capitalize on Altrusa’s worldwide member network, and find partners to help improve the communities in Rankin County. The group is interested in improving literacy and in supporting the Center for Prevention of Violence located in Pearl.

Beth McCord, a medical advocate at the Center for Violence Prevention is the speaker for the Thursday, September 20 meeting to be held at 6:30 p.m. at Panera Bread in Flowood. For more information, contact Padgett at 662-871-6640 or email to

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