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Personality: Jacqueline C. Presley

Spotlight on president of Altrusa International of Capital City of Virginia

3/6/2020, 6 a.m.
As she nears the end of her two-year tenure as president of Altrusa International Capital City of Virginia, Jacqueline C. ...

Date and place of birth: Sept. 17 in Williamsburg.

Current residence: Richmond

Education: Graduate of E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg; completed a three-year medical transcription program at then-Chowan Junior College in Murfreesboro, N.C. and a nine-month internship at Obici Hospital in Suffolk.

Family: Twin sister, Mary Jo.

Mission of Altrusa International: Altrusa is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to making our local communities better through leadership, partnership and service. We are civic-minded people who strive to create better communities worldwide.

When international club was founded: 1917.

Number of Capital City of Virginia members: 30.

Membership requirements: Energetic, service-minded people.

When and how I got involved with club: I had a friend who was a member of Altrusa. She felt like this was something I would enjoy. I started helping her with various projects and, eventually, I joined.

Why I am excited about this organization: We have a wonderful group of ladies and now we have several men in our group. We do some wonderful projects with the Bensley Community Center, including helping to stock their lending library for children, supplying school supplies to Bensley and Beulah elementary schools, our spaghetti dinner in the fall and a tea event in the spring. It is exciting just to be a part of a worldwide organization that helps abused women and children, veterans and with elder care and literacy.

Local club’s top four projects: Literacy, projects for veterans, projects for the el- derly and projects for abused women and children.

Club’s No. 1 challenge: Getting new members and retaining current members.

How I plan to meet it: We have membership drives, with members challenging themselves to invite and encourage new and diverse members. We also will team each new member with a tenured member with similar personalities so they can learn about the organization and the culture of the club through relationships.

How I start the day: I am always happy to start each day never knowing what unexpected surprises might be in store.

Qualities I most admire in another person: Honesty, friendliness and a joy to be around.

Something I love to do that most people would never imagine: Word puzzles and needlework.

A quote that I am inspired by: Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. But today is a gift. That’s why they call it the present.

How I unwind: Reading and going to the river.

Best late-night snack: Ice cream.

At the top of my “to-do” list: Getting better organized.

The best thing my parents ever taught me: Hard work and respect for everyone.

The person who influenced me the most: A former organist at my church in Lynchburg.

If I’ve learned one thing in life, it is: Hard work will get you places and have patience in trying to achieve your goals.

My next goal: To travel and enjoy life fully.