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About Us

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Altrusa is made up of service-minded volunteers who demonstrate how much they care about their community by donating their time, talent, and financial resources.

 

Chartered in 1985, Altrusa International of Delta has been serving the Delta County community ever since.  The very first service fundraising project was the Deltarado Days Kick-Off BBQ in July of that same year. The Club’s Sugar Plum Festival and Side Street Market have been an annual philanthropic event for more than 20 years.

 

With proceeds of $18,000 to $20,000 each year from these two signature events, Delta Altrusa funds literacy projects, high school and non-traditional student scholarships, and professional development grants, as well as making annual donations of monies and service to numerous nonprofits, schools and community events.  

 

Delta Altrusans have also been a part of numerous unique and special projects, including:

 

  • Partnering with CASA of the 7th Judicial District to furnish and outfit a six-unit apartment in the city of Delta for emancipated youth aging out of the foster care system.

  • Collaborating with (what local organization?)for the GotSneakers recycling program, which has stopped 75 million pounds of CO2 from entering the atmosphere, and recycled and reused 2.5 million pairs of shoes.

  • Supporting Days for Girls, a nonprofit organization that prepares and distributes sustainable menstrual health solutions to girls who would otherwise miss school during their monthly periods.

 

Service is our business, and we have a ton of fun together while we are making good things happen.

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Board of Directors

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Cindy Lonis

Treasurer

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Jackie Schoonover &

Nancy Stevens

Membership Co-Committee

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Yvonne Rowland

Finance Committee

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Sunny Howland

Communications Committee

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Karen Basher

Treasurer Elect

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Gail Raudebaugh

Service Committee

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Vicki Ripp

Past President

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Jo Rosenquist

President

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Cindy Lonis

1st Vice President

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Heather Ullrey

2nd Vice President

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Shae-Lynn Molina

Secretary

Our Board serves at the pleasure of the membership and is voted on annually with terms running from June 1st to May 31st, which coincides with our fiscal year.  The Board structure of 1st VP and 2nd VP allows for growth and development in leadership before reaching the role of President.  The retiring President then serves on the Board one more year as a Rusty Gavel (a title that reflects past-president status) and provides continuity as our club moves forward.  Because officers may be elected to serve on the Board in different roles over time, it’s possible to have multiple Rusty Gavels serving on the Board at one time.

Committees

Membership

Our membership committee is all about people. Their role is to introduce people to Altrusa and to what our club does within the community. When new members join our Club, it's the membership committee that welcomes them by connecting new members with sponsors and conducting initiation ceremonies. After you’ve been a member, the membership committee is the group that is here to answer your questions about the organization. The membership committee also tries to keep in touch with every member. They’re the ones who try and catch up with you if your life is too busy and you miss meetings to just see how life is going for you. They’re also the party planning machine committee! They plan fun events like Add an Altrusan, our Christmas party, and other fun social events throughout the year. If you are a people kind of person, the membership committee is definitely the place for you!

 

2023 Chair – Nancy Stevens/Jacki Schoonover

Meets 1st Tuesday of each month Nancy's home 1473 Criterion St

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Finance

The Finance Committee’s main responsibility is to design and implement our two main fundraisers: our kickoff barbecue to Deltarado Days each summer and our Sugar Plum Festival & Little Side Street Market event in the fall to ensure funds are available for Service projects. Love planning events and want to have a voice in the overall “construction” of our events? JOIN FINANCE. There is ALWAYS a good story to share at the completion of every event.

 

 

2023 Chair—Yvonne Rowland

Meets 1st Monday of each month, Yvonne’s home

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Service

The Service Committee spends the money that Finance earns! Our committee funds or organizes service projects to help the community, including our local food pantry, the Baby's First Book program, Delta County Libraries Read to a Child program, We Care bags, GED testing, Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra fundraiser dinner, book and coloring book distribution at area medical offices and shelters, Christmas at the Fort and e-waste recycling. We also award scholarships for adults and ASTRA students. 

 

2023 Chair—Gail Rudabaugh

Meets 3rd Monday of each month at 5:30 at Presbyterian Church Annex

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Communications

Our Communications team is the group that keeps you informed and up to date on all our upcoming projects, events, and meetings. They talk to Altrusans via phone, text, and email. They create and distribute a monthly newsletter to keep members informed of activities, projects, birthdays, and any and all happenings. We talk to the public via digital media, social media, and print media, and let the general public know what Altrusans are up to. If you like to talk, are social media savvy, or want to create fun features about our club, come to a Communications Committee meeting, plus we have snacks!

 

2023 Chair—Sunny Howland

Meets third Tuesday of each month at 5:00

Fuel Cafe meeting room 420 Hwy 92

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