Altrusa of Montrose History - 1975 to 1976

(excerpts from the "25th Anniversary" report of our club, published in 2000)

At noon on Wednesday, June 11, 1975, the first meeting of the Montrose Altrusa Club was called to order at Mary's Cafe by Dena Brooks, first president of the club. Members of the Grand Junction Altrusa Club hosted the luncheon, and Montrose's first service club for women was lauched.

By August ... several community service projects were adopted -- a day-long workshop called "How to Oil Your Organization", assisting with glaucoma testing, and career counseling for girls by members taking junior high students into their offices for a day.

The club received its charter at a dinner/dance held at the Montrose Elks Club June 5, 1976.

An article in the Montrose Daily Press noted:

"Altrusa International was formed as an international service organization April 11, 1917, adapting the principles and governing rules of Rotary and Kiwanis to its needs. The organization now totals about 550 clubs in 14 countries, drawing its membership from professional women and well as women holding executive positions in business."

(Note: Altrusa is now open to both women AND men)

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