Altrusa provides scholarships to area students

Altrusa members honored this year's scholarship recipients and their families at a meeting on May 12, 2015. Five local students were selected to receive scholarships of $1,000 each.

L to R: Cheyenne Foster, Zane White, Brenna Gaber, and Marisa Jahnke.
Not pictured: Theresa Tafoya.
Cheyenne Foster will be attending the Delta/Montrose Technical College studying early childhood education. Zane White from Olathe High School will attend the University of Alaska at Fairbanks studying fire science. Brenna Gaber from Montrose High School will attend Fort Lewis College.  She was planning to study agriculture business but that major is no longer offered, so she has selected a double major to approximate the same overall studies. Marisa Jahnke from Montrose High School will attend Colorado Mesa University studying counseling psychology and art education. Theresa Tafoya from Olathe High School will attend Regis University studying biology with a medical focus.

The scholarship review committee was extremely impressed with these five candidates and our entire Altrusa club wishes each of them great success in their future studies.

Altrusa provides needed supplies to residents at Anciano Tower

Becky Wolford (L) and Elaine Moore pose with the cases
of supplies donated to the residents of Anciano Tower.
In our third year of support for the low-income residents of Anciano Tower, Altrusa International of Montrose changed the focus from the prior years. At the suggestion of the Member Services Director at the Tower, we agreed to provide much-needed supplies of laundry detergent, dish soap, and toilet paper for each of the residents.

Members donated $371 to add to the $250 line item in the 2014-2015 Service Budget. Project chair Elaine Moore coordinated the purchase and delivery of the items, The manager of the Household Products department, Roger Johnson, was extremely helpful in coordinating the special orders. Committee member Sandra L. Tyler asked 5 local dentists -- Dr. Bloss, Dr. Clader at Colorado Smiles, Dr. Drakulich, Dr. Stucky, and Drs. Spencer-Gross and Dodsworth at True Grin -- to each donate 10 toothbrushes, 10 toothpastes, and 10 dental floss (or mouth wash) to the project for the 49 residents. They were glad to participate in the project.

Altrusa of Montrose was pleased to support these truly forgotten members of our community.

One step closer...

Francie Smiles, president of Bosom Buddies, presented a beautiful plaque to Altrusa of Montrose CO at our December 2, 2014 meeting, in appreciation for our long-term support of the organization which "provides emotional and financial support to those persons living in the small communities of southwestern Colorado who are affected by breast cancer disease." 

For the past 22 years, Bosom Buddies has held a Walk/Run fundraiser for their nonprofit group and Altrusa members have been there each year to help with registration and other logistics. Francie told our club that the fundraiser could not have happened over the years without our help, 

We are proud to support this wonderful organization which has helped so many women (and men) whose own lives and lives of their families have been impacted by breast cancer.