Committees report on their activities

At our December 9 meeting, Altrusans were treated to an impressive series of reports from several of our committees on their accomplishments so far, and plans for the rest of our fiscal year.

Jeannie Kuchynka (Members Issues) reported that 27 Altrusans participated as volunteers for the Bosom Buddies Walk/Run fundraiser. The committee has provided school supplies to local students, scholarships to help children participate in extra-curricular activities, and 4 DVD players (plus a DVD library) to the San Juan Cancer Center for patients to use while undergoing lengthy chemotherapy.

Lita Sargent (Spring Luncheon '09) seems ready to issue a challenge with our 2nd biggest fundraiser, declaring that the committee has a goal of raising $13,500 this year -- nipping at the heels of our #1 fundraiser, the Holiday Festival. This year's theme: "Celebrate." The committee has several ideas for ways to enhance the function, including getting table sponsors, handing out "goody bags" with items from sponsors, and offering more auction items.

Cheryl Gibson (Environmental) outlined a very impressive list of projects that committee is undertaking. Adopt-a-Highway may be enhanced with recycling efforts, more "Flowers by Altrusa" will be planted at Cerise Park, and they'll be putting on an Earth Day luncheon and "green" fashion show (zero waste, of course!). They are also expanding the composting school lunch program at Passage Charter school to Northside (which serves about 10 times as many lunches). The Environmental committee also plants to continue volunteer work at the annual e-Waste event (electronics recycling), and begin some new ongoing projects such as a bike riding challenge (promoting bicycle usage at Columbine and Centennial), and Wild Bird Education and Protection brochures. Wow!

Susan Woody (Literacy) reported that we won't need to sew additional Buddy Bags this year, but will continue to fill them with items for children. Season's Readings book collections are going well, and the committee is buying Spanish and bilingual books to add to the items to be handed out by Health & Human Services. For Make a Difference Day, the committee donated books and gift bags for students to receive from teachers as rewards to Passage Charter school.

All of us at Altrusa congratulate these committees for their impressive work. Thanks to everyone involved!

Of course, if we tried to hold a single meeting to hear reports on projects from all our committees, we'd need to schedule an entire day!

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