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Altrusa Organization

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

 


 

 

WHAT IS ALTRUSA?


   Altrusa is an international organization of business and professional leaders who volunteer their energies and expertise to projects dedicated to the betterment of their community.

   Membership in Altrusa International, Inc. is an honor and granted by invitation only from a club based in the local community.

   There are over 450 local clubs in 19 countries with over 14,000 members. Local clubs are grouped geographically into 15 districts worldwide. Fostoria is located in District Five which includes Ohio, the lower peninsula of Michigan, and southeastern Ontario, Canada.

   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

Altrusa Membership

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


 

WHAT CAN ALTRUSA OFFER YOU??


An opportunity to use your time and talent to enrich the lives of others.

Lasting friendships and a spirit of fellowship

Personal leadership development as you assume positions of responsibility in your club, or serve at the district and international levels.

A unique opportunity to work with local civic and volunteer groups on service projects of lasting benefit.

Stimulating programs and speakers that broaden your knowledge on scores of subjects.

Personal contacts that evolve when business and professional people meet and work together toward common goals.

A forum for exchanging ideas about your community and the world.

The satisfaction that comes from being involved in activities that will make your community a better place to live.



RESPONSIBILITIES OF MEMBERSHIP


1. Expect the most from membership by making a firm commitment to it.

2. Make every effort to know and practice the Ideals, Principles and objectives of Altrusa.

3. Know the bylaws and policies necessary to meaningful participation and keep informed on the organization by reading all Altrusa publications.

4. Attend meetings regularly and take an active part. It is the fellowship experienced at meetings and the working together in service that brings full value to Altrusa membership.

5. Accept committee assignments and be willing to assume top leadership roles in the Club, District and International when invited.

6. Be concerned with Club problems and participate in seeking their solutions.

7. Pay dues promptly.

8. Experience the total scope of membership by attending District Conferences and workshops and International Conventions and by supporting the International programs of the Foundation and the association.

9. Be supportive of Club officers and committee chairs so that they can fulfill their required assignments.

10. Be aware of Club progress toward its goals and be ready to join in whatever action is needed at each stage of the way.

11. Develop new ideas for the Club that can add to the impact of a program meeting; recruit members; expand a service project; and, in general, achieve satisfaction in being an Altrusan.

12. Enjoy being a member and don't hesitate to share a sense of humor. It makes membership a relaxing, enjoyable activity.



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

Principles of Altrusa

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




PRINCIPLES OF ALTRUSA


1. Altrusa is a builder of women.

2. Altrusa is an expression of the search for the best in character, in business, and in citizenship.

3. Election to Altrusa is an evidence of confidence which imposes upon the recipient the obligation to strive to be true to the highest standards of life in her personal and business relations.

4. Altrusa, in the very derivation of its name, is committed to the philosophy of unselfishness, the joy of giving rather than getting, and to the search for that happiness which is based upon spiritual worthiness.

5. Altrusa is a practical idealism. Its service consists, not in saying great things, but in daily earnest practice of its principles.

6. Altrusa commends to its members an active interest in public affairs, realizing that the State is but the individual writ large.

7. Altrusa develops true leadership, concerned with accomplishment and not with recognition.

8. Membership carries with it no obligation to transact business with other members. It makes no promise of returns in any commercial specie. Its rewards are in proportion to the loyalty, unselfishness and character of the member herself.

9. Altrusa expresses good will for all mankind. It emphasizes the good and lets the evil sink into the oblivion it merits.

10. Altusa is democratic; it knows no class, no favorites, but is founded on merit alone.

11. Altrusa believes that the way to progress lies not in emphasizing the faults of men and their failure to give proper recognition, at times, to women in business, but rather in arousing women to their responsibilities and their possibilities so that their accomplishments will blaze the trail for greater things.

12. Altrusa believes it is not enough to be good; Altrusans must be good for something. Each member must be doing the piece of work that is hers in a way that puts her in the front ranks of accomplishment.

Mamie L. Bass (founder of Altrusa), 1921



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

Altrusa Projects

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


 

PROJECTS
ALTRUSA CLUB of FOSTORIA, OHIO


Safety Town This project was started by Altrusa and the Union Carbide Foreman's club in 19??. Buildings were built, tricycles provided, streets painted, children signed up and classes run for one week each summer. The purpose of this very worthwhile project is to help pre-school age children learn about street safety BEFORE they start school. However, the original concept has grown, and now water safety, train safety, etc. are included in the program. In 2002 the Fostoria Parks and Recreation will be taking over this program, which will free Altrusans to devote time and money to a new project.

Educational Grants Each year Altrusa awards grants for further education. Graduates from both the public and parochial schools are eligible for these grants.

Literacy Literacy is a focus of Altrusa International and Fostoria. In 2001 we purchased over $500.00 worth of books for the Lakota schools. After the Fostoria tornado, we purchased books for St. Wendelin whose library had been damaged.

School Supplies Each summer Altrusa puts out collection boxes and advertises that school supplies are needed by low-income families. We collect notebooks, pencils, crayons, rulers, etc. prior to school starting. The Bureau of Concern then handles the distribution of the supplies.

Christmas Baskets Altrusa usually delivers about four Christmas Baskets to needy families each year. Members provide paper products, canned goods, etc. and the club buys the meat and fresh foods for the baskets. Then members deliver the baskets.

K.I.D.S. This was a special one-time project done as part of Altrusa International 75th Anniversary. A need for a school-based therapy room for developmentally delayed students (rather than transporting these children to the hospital and back) was identified. We planned a two-year campaign to raise funds and arrange to purchase all the equipment needed to get a therapy room set up in one of the schools. The hospital was willing to provide the therapists and do the day-to-day organizing once the room was in place.

Bells on Independence Day Our first project in Fostoria, this consists in organizing all the churches with bells and factories with whistles, to sound them off at noon on July 4th in celebration.

Comfort Caps for Cancer Patients These are actually turbans, made of a very soft cotton knit, that can be worn by cancer patients who have lost their hair. These are distributed free of charge, three per patient (one to wear, one to wash, one for spare). These are distributed to the patients by the Fostoria Hospital Oncology department personnel. This is a new project for 2001.




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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