What is Altrusa International? 

Altrusa is an acronym.  Amity – Loyalty – Talent – Reciprocity – Unity – Service – Achievement.

Altrusa is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization where all their services, scholarships and fund-raising projects go to the local community.

Fundraising efforts include an annual luncheon and entertainment function; annual member brunch and donations from local businesses. Altrusa’s primary service projects include nursing scholarships at Ventura College and CSUCI, Family to Family, Books for Teens at Blanchard Community Library, Project Understanding Tutor Centers, West Park after school programs, Literacy, Cal-Vet Ventura Library and Khepera House.

Many of the people who benefit have families with young children. Many of the children in the programs Altrusa supports are underprivileged and their efforts make a difference in these children’s’ future successes.

Altrusa is a club first founded by Mamie L. Bass in Nashville Tennessee on April 11, 1917. This means Altrusa International is celebrating 100 years of service and Altrusa  of San Buenaventura is celebrating 69 years.

Altrusa International, Inc. has clubs in eight countries. The clubs in the United States are divided into 12 geographical districts. The Ventura club belongs to District 11.

Altrusa’s mission statement is”Our country is as great as we, it’s citizens make it. Therefore, we pledge our loyalty to its ideas and it’s endeavors for the welfare of mankind. We strive to fulfill our civic obligations.”

Altrusa offers to the business and professional people of the community an opportunity to touch each other’s lives and be broadened by an interchange of interests and by a sympathetic consideration of the viewpoints of others.

If you’d like to make a difference in your community and see what Altrusa is doing and how you can help attend a meeting. Business meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at 11:30am at Main Street Steakhouse and Restaurant in Ventura. Dinner meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of each month, at 6pm. These locations vary.

For more information please contact Barbara Lindquist at 795-2704 or email her at barbara456@sbcglobal.net.

Be sure to look for the ad in this issue for an upcoming Altrusa fundraiser on April 1st, featuring world renowned magician, Shawn McMaster!

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