El Dorado News

March 17, 2018
El Dorado News Times


Speaker's Circuit, 3-4-18

This article was published March 4, 2018 at 5:00 a.m.

Carly Berry Dethlefs, Event Manager of the Alzheimer’s Association, Arkansas Chapter,will be the speaker for Rotary Club tomorrow.

Dethlefs, a Smackover native, began volunteering for the Alzheimer’s Association in 2012 to honor her grandfather, John “Red” Berry, who died from Alzheimer’s disease in 2001. Her volunteer work was focused on Walk to End Alzheimer’s, the signature fundraising event of the Alzheimer’s Association. In 2016, Carly joined the association in her current staff role. She recently announced South Arkansas’s inaugural Walk to End Alzheimer’s to be held in El Dorado this fall, which will help further the mission of the association.

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Becky Choate will be the guest speaker for the TOUCH coalition meeting at noon on Tuesday in the second floor conference room at Simmons Bank, 100 W. Grove Street, in El Dorado.

Choate will be speaking about the Magdalene House, a place of healing for women survivors of sexual exploitation, violence and addiction as they move toward a life that is spiritually rich, economically self-sufficient, emotionally full and drug free, and offers support as they transition back into society.

Guests are welcome to attend. Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. until noon for those that RSVP by noon tomorrow to jill.touch@gmail.com or call 862-2813. Cost is $5 and includes chicken and dumplings, bread, dessert and beverage catered by Paula’s Catering.

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Elise Drake will be the speaker for the Kiwanis meeting on Wednesday.

Drake is the executive director of Union County Community Foundation. She was hired in 1998. Before joining UCCF she was the director fo elderly services for Creative Living Arrangements, the director of development for South Arkansas Developmental Center for Children and Families, and the project manager for Main Street El Dorado. She has served on the board of directors for numerous local civic organization boards over the years, and is a member of First Presbyterian Church. She is married to Kerlin Drake and they have two adult children.

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