What Have We Been Doing?
Reports on Our Events
(Please note: Many of the Back To School articles and press releases can be found on the "Back to School Community Project" tab.)
COMMUNITY BUSINESS THANK YOU
Altrusa Club of Door County extends a big THANK-YOU to the Wild Tomato restaurant in Fish Creek, for selecting Altrusa to be the charity for July, receiving proceeds from the sale of their specialty pizza of the month! If the Donation Creation pizza is ordered in the month of July, $1 from every order will be donated to Altrusa! Altrusa urges everyone to visit Wild Tomato in July, to both support Altrusa’s literacy projects and to support the great business and generosity of the folks at Wild Tomato! Please mention Altrusa, thank the owner and the staff for us, and order the monthly Donation Creation!
The Noon Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay :
The Noon Rotary Club of Sturgeon Bay presented Altrusa Club of Door County
with a generous $500 donation at their June 6th luncheon meeting held at the
Sturgeon Bay Yacht Club. Nancy Kexel-Calabresa, Chair of Altrusa's
Back-to-School Fair accepted the check from Don Albert, Rotary Chair
Person-Service Group. The donation will be used for necessary school
supplies Altrusa provides to children from disadvantaged families attending
the Fair in August. For more about Altrusa and its literacy-based community
service projects, visit altrusaofdoorcounty.org.
ALTRUSA AWARNESS DAY PROCLAMATION 2012
At the April 3 City Council meeting, Sturgeon Bay Mayor Thad Birmingham presents a proclamation of April 11 as Altrusa International Inc. of Door County Awareness Day to Judy Juadis, president of Altrusa of Door County. Looking on are club members Robyn Anderson, Patti Ligman, Anita Karwowski, Cindy Koutnik, Geri Szuberla, Nancy Schroeder, Jackie Morrison and Nancy Baux.
Altrusa of Door County Announces Mary Louise Kiehnau
Altusa of Door County is proud to announce the six recipients of the Mary Louise Kiehnau
Scholarship. Each will receive $750 towards their schooling for the fall semester:
Pictured from left to right are Lori Leist, Michelle Leist, Kim Adams, Rebecca Weinert
(Chair of the MLK Scholarship Committee), Sarah Hansen and Tia Jandrin (not pictured
Nicole Ostrand). Applicants for the scholarship are women returning to college to
improve their education. The scholarship application is open to a full or partime female student who has attended at least one year of continued education or a woman returning to school with the intent of improving her career potential. To obtain an
application for the spring semester call Rebecca Weinert at 920-493-8222 between 12/1 and
12/15 and for the fall semester 2012 between 6/1-30 /2012.
This year we presented two Luminary Scholarships because of the generous donations from
the anonymous benefactor.Rachael Hansen of Southern Door and Maren Schultz of Washington
Island were the recipients this year.Altrusans were at each of the girls' awards
ceremonies to present the scholarships: $20,000 over four years.
Back-to-School Fair a Huge Success 2011
On Saturday, August 13th, the gym at the Sturgeon Bay YMCA was filled with hundreds of
happy faces of children receiving their school supplies, and the many volunteer guides
taking them through the Back-to-School Fair. Ten of the young girls at the Fair were
sponsored by a generous grant of $1000 from the Women’s Fund of Door County. The Fund’s
focus is on the well-being of women and girls in Door County and investments are made in
their educational opportunities. These goals mirror those of Altrusa Club of Door County,
sponsor of the Back-to-School Fair, whose mission is to advance literacy in the locale.
In addition, partial financial support for shoes came from Salvation Army, funds for
socks, underwear and school supplies came from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, and
Habush, Habush and Rotier donated many of the bike helmets. Fundraising goals for the
2011 Fair have not as yet been met, and donations for school supplies for disadvantaged
children may be sent to PO Box 523, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235.
Volunteers are receiving a few event instructions. (photo below)
Back to school participants enjoying thier new book (part of the BTS supplies)(photo below)
Altrusa International Foundation has honored its local chapter
Altrusa Club of Door County was honored with the substantial grant of $2000. This grant will be used towards the Club's annual Back-to-School Fair, which provides school supplies and many other new things to children from disadvantaged families
returning to school in fall. President of Altrusa Club of Door County, Judy
Juadis (pictured on right) was pleased to present the check to Nancy
Kexel-Calabresa, Chair of the Back-to-School Fair.
Grants of up to $2000 are available to local Altrusa Clubs from Altrusa
International Foundation, to improve economic well-being and quality of life
through its commitment to literacy and community service. Established as a
charitable corporation in 1962, the Foundation is committed to the service
goals and objectives of Altrusa International, Inc. The Foundation's sole
purpose is to be an avenue to assist worthy service programs throughout the
Funding to the Foundation is provided by voluntary tax-deductable
contributions from members, Altrusa Clubs and the general public.
ALTRUSA of Door County received the Golden Heart Award for 2011.
Pictured above are a majority of members who were in attendance at the June meeting .
The Back To School Fair is in early August . This is our Club's major community service project and everyone's help is needed. We served 500 children in 2013.
Please respond to Nancy Kexel-Calabresa if you would like to a part of this project as a community volunteer.
Thank you for your interest in our projects.
Nancy Kexel-Calabresa 883-7886
At our last General Meeting, a "Hostess Schedule" was passed around for our Dinner Meetings. Here is a brief reminder of what the Hostess's duties are:
1) Arrive at the meeting location shortly after 5pm
2) Greet members and guests
3) Help collect dinner fee and handout name badges
4) Arrange a "mixer" for the seating arrangements
5) Help with menu preparations or call members for food donations.*
2010 Altrusa Golf events
Golf outting Recap!!
**Door County Charities Golf Outing**
A thank you could go out to these sponsors' from Altrusa of D.C. Wulf Bothers, David and Betty Ford, Doug and Judy Nelson, Chocolate Chicken, Door Real Estate LLC, Lauger Concrete, Peninsula Title, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, State Farm Insurance (Carol Devault), Lenius Appraisal. If members see these sponsors it would be nice to thank them again for their sponsorship. Also a big thank you goes out to Jim Sarkis for selecting us to be one of the recipients of the procceeds.
**2nd Annual DC Altrusa Golf Outing**
Again, a huge thank you goes out to Dick and Chris Forbes for chairing this event! It was a great success! Thanks to all the hole sponsors and golfers for our event, as well as our members who helped out on the day of the event, as well as those how golfed!!!
UPDATE FROM RUMMAGE SALE
Mother's Day Project Update:
Altrusa's Mother Day project on May 8, was a wonderful success!! Members presented flowering plants to 75 women at the Dorchester, 19 women at Cardinal Ridge, and 36 women between Whispering Heights, Whispering Pines and Whispering Winds. Plants also were given to nurses and left on the nurses' stations.
A special thanks to Betty Ford, Judy Ellenbecker, Harriet Paral and Cindy Koutnik for helping prepare the plants--wrapping and tagging with a card from Altrusa.
Thanks goes out to our members Ann Grimmer, Booty Pomeroy and Doris Loss for helping with Cardinal Ridge. Judy Ellenbecker, Betty Ford, Harriet Paral, Judy Juadis and Chris Forbes for helping with the Dorchester. Nancy Kexel-Calabresa, Nancy Baux and Barbara Benson (possible new member) for helping with the Whispering group.
A huge thank you goes out to this project's chairperson, Nancy Schroeder!!