Altrusa History ORGANIZATION

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Altrusa International, Inc.
of Fostoria, Ohio, USA
District Five






May 22, 1964

In May 1964 there was a new arrival in Fostoria, a new service organization christened Altrusa Club of Fostoria.

The organizational dinner of Altrusa Club of Fostoria was held at the Fostoria Country Club on May 22, 1964, with Mrs. Hazel Stewart, Membership Chairman of Altrusa International and Immediate Past Governor of District Five, conducting the initiatory service. Mrs. Stewart told the thirty-eight initiates, “You are not joining Altrusa, you are becoming an Altrusan – a way of life.”

Mrs. Martha Long, Governor of District Five, brought greetings from the District and installed the new officers as follows:

Office Officer
President Gladys Harrison
Vice President Kathleen Bender
Recording Secretary Ruth Robinson
Corresponding Secretary Beryl Miller
Treasurer Veda Hutchins
Directors Wanda Harrold
Elinor Fruth
Margaret Bicknell

Mrs. Dorothy Spayth, President of the sponsoring Findlay Club, presided over the evenings activities. Distinguished guests introduced included other District officers, civic leaders and representative groups from nearby cities. Letters of congratulations were read from International officers and clubs.

Mrs. Rosanna Dunn, President-Elect of Altrusa Club of Findlay, presented the Altrusan banner to the Fostoria Club. Mrs. Gladys Harrison, newly installed Fostoria President, graciously thanked Findlay for their sponsorship, accepted the banner and then pledged the new group’s support to the International organization.

December 10, 1964

Completing their “qualifying period” in record time, members of the Altrusa Club of Fostoria received their charter December 10, 1964, at a dinner meeting at the Fostoria Woman’s Club. Guests from Detroit, Port Clinton, Ashland, Mansfield, Akron and Findlay attended.

Miss LaVora Conklin of Detroit, Governor of District Five, presented the charter to Mrs. Gladys Harrison, President of the Altrusa Club of Fostoria. Miss Conklin explained the objectives and principles of Altrusa, pointing out that it is a classified service club for women in professions or holding executive positions in business.

Responding to Miss Conklin’s address, Mrs. Harrison lauded Mrs. Spayth for her tireless efforts in organizing the club. She also recognized her co-workers for their outstanding work.

Dr. Dorothea Wolcott, Findlay extension chairman, spoke on “A Time to Remember.” She reviewed the groundwork that went into the formation of the new club and outlined the community service work which earned the Altrusa Club of Fostoria the right to a charter. Twenty members are needed to organize a new club. Fostoria had thirty when organized and has a current membership of thirty-eight. In their first ways and means project members netted approximately $400.00.

Kathleen Bender Olaf Hansen Edyth Louys
Margaret Bicknell Gladys Harrison Viola Lundberg
Ruth Brenner Wanda Harrold Beryl Miller
Louise Carr Marguerite Hopkins Gretchen Miller
Kathleen Chapman Veda Hutchins Mary Murphy
Blanche Drake Travisgrace Jeffery Jane Olson
Marion Edison Maybelle Kinn Ruth Robinson
Nelle Faber Katherine Komerak Betty Stearns
Elinor Fruth Jane Layton Opal Van Dorn
Clara Gray Mary Lou Loudon Alta Ward
Florence Adams Clara Gray Beryl Miller
Dorothea Basinger Olaf Hansen Gretchen Miller
Kathleen Bender Gladys Harrison Mary Murphy
Margaret Bicknell Wanda Harrold Ura Lee Norton
Ruth Brenner Marguerite Hopkins Jane Olsen
Louise Carr Veda Hutchins Ruth Robinson
Kathleen Chapman Nina Juergens Betty Stearns
Blanche Drake Maybelle Kinn Cynthia Thompson
Marion Edison Katherine Komarek Opal Van Dorn
Nelle Faber Helen Lemmon Alta Ward
Elinor Fruth Mary Lou Loudon Carolyn White
Eunice Fruth Edythe Louys Helen Wright
Evelyn Gair Viola Lundberg

If you are interested in additional information about Altrusa International of Fostoria, Ohio, please contact:

Club President
Altrusa International of Fostoria, Ohio, U.S.A.
P.O. Box 531
Fostoria, OH 44830


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