The Carlisle Altruistic Club met Jan. 15 in the home of Pauline Parker. Club President Carolyn Martin presided over the meeting with 17 members attending. Ruth Woods read the minutes of the previous meeting and Dorothy Elmore read the financial report.

Woods read correspondence received from Mayor Ray Glover thanking the club for its help on City Park projects and from Sherry Johnson of the Lonoke County Safe Haven for contributions made to the shelter for battered and abused adults and children.

Program leader Cindy Carter introduced special guest Makenzie Bennett, 2013 Miss Lonoke County Rice, who was also sponsored by the club to attend Arkansas Girls State. Bennett also attended the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Conference. She expressed the benefit of the rice industry to this area, providing a health food source, important to the economy, tourism and the duck industry of Arkansas. Bennett spoke of her experience at Girl’s State and the HOBY project which helped her have more in depth knowledge of how government works, making new friends and developing leadership skills. She thanked the club and gave each member a copy of her "Salted Caramel and Toffee Rice Pudding" recipe along with a sample of the tasty dish.

Carolyn Martin led the discussion and planning of the GFWC District Spring Meeting to be held in Carlisle on March 8. She also reminded members of the upcoming Valentine Social at Murry’s Restaurant on Feb. 13.

The meeting adjourned with Mary Frances Perkins leading the club Collect. Refreshments were served by hostess Pauline Parker with the assistance of several members.