About Us

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Altrusa is made up of volunteers who care about their community.  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 1985.  Our Sugar Plum Festival and Side Street Market has been an annual event for over 20 years. 

With these two exceptional events, we have funded a budget of between $18,000 and $20,000 every year. 

Altrusa International’s focus has always been Literacy and our local club has given countless books to all sorts of organizations starting with every child born at Delta County Memorial Hospital receiving their first book from our Baby’s First Book Program.

We have many recurring service projects that you can read more about on our Service page, but a few of our special projects have been:

Dress a Girl Around the World Service project involved 80% of our membership and over 750 service hours.  Members and non-members participated by sewing, cutting, or putting together home kits.  In the end, 111 dresses were completed and delivered to girls in Zambia.  These dresses are most likely the only new dress these girls will have!

This past year we partnered with CASA of the 7th Judicial District to furnish and outfit a new 6 unit apartment, 1st Place on Palmer,   for youth who are emancipating out of the foster care system.  We challenged our community to donate and were able to collect 300 items to outfit the apartments, from sheets and towels to dishes, cookware, toasters.  Everything to create an inviting and safe environment for youth to mature into adulthood.

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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Laura Morris

Membership Committee

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Yvonne Rowland

Finance Committee

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Sunny Howland

Communications Committee

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Vicki Ripp

President

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Jo Rosenquist

1st Vice President

Service Committee

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Teresa Burt

2nd Vice President

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Maria Clark

Secretary

Our Board serves from June 1st to May 31st, in conjunction with our fiscal year.  The current board represents Altrusa well, having a combined 87 years of experience.  The board structure of 1st VP and 2nd VP allows for growth and development before reaching the President role.  The retiring President has the good fortune to become a Rusty Gavel, which represents past presidents.  This President is lucky to have three Rusty Gavels as current board members

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!

 

2022 Chair – Laura Morris

Meets 1st Tuesday of each month, Tara’s 341 Main St. Delta

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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.

 

 

2022 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. 

 

2022 Chair—Jo Rosenquist

Meets 3rd Monday of each month at 5:30 at Jo Rosenquist's House

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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!

 

2022 Chair—Sunny Howland

Meets second Tuesday of each month at 5:00

Delta Chamber upstairs meeting room

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