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Newsletter - September 2013

Service Projects

Feed the Child: Feed the Child, in cooperation with CAPECO, provides bags filled with non-perishable food items for deserving children each Friday during the school year. Many of these kids depend almost entirely on the free or reduced cost school lunches and have little or no food available to them on the weekend. Altrusa also provides a book once each month to those youngsters receiving food bags.  The annual Wine & Brew Tasting event raises funds for this project. Altrusa spends approximately $27,000 per year on the Feed the Child program.

Project Hope (Helping One Person Excel): Each year, Altrusa sponsors a student at Blue Mountain Community College, providing financial and emotional support to help them succeed in college and get a new start in life. These funds cover needs such as fuel, clothing, and other necessities not covered by traditional financial aid.

Scholarships: Altrusa awards over #10,000 in scholarships each spring to local high school seniors enrolling in college and to students in career technical programs.

School Supply Drive: Each August Altrusa collect donations of cash and school supplies outside local business. In 2013, Altrusa purchased $3,100 in school supplies to provide to our local schools.

Service: This committee assesses community needs and develops beneficial projects including a mentoring program for women entering or reentering the work force, and a healthy cooking class for at-risk youth. The Service Committee also provides small grants to local organizations which benefit our community.

Literacy Projects:

  • "One City, One Book" encourages families to read the same book and participate in the local "Celebration of the Family" day.
  • "Go Fishing-Hook a Book" takes place during the annual Eastern Oregon Sportsman Show at the Pendleton Convention Center. Altrusans give our approximately 800 free books to grade school children at this event.
Astra: Was chartered by Altrusa International of Pendleton on October 4, 205 with 41 members. The club, open to 13-18 year olds, is operated by its members and promotes the following goals:
  • To provide opportunities for personal development, career planning and preparation, leadership training and citizenship development.
  • To foster the concept of service through practical application in school and our community.
  • To sponsor social and cultural activities.
  • To promote fellowship and better understanding among all people.
ASK (Altrusa Serving Kids): This project provides grant of up to $300 to local school teachers for special projects or supplies that are not funded by the schools. ASK grants have supported field trips, the accqusition of books and computer programs and other special items. This project disburses approximately $8,000 each year.

Student Assistance: Altrusa provides Blue Mountain Community College and Pendleton High School with funds to award small emergency grants to students needing help with basic needs.


Altrusa annually invests approximately $65,000 locally to help improve the quality of life in Pendlenton. To sustain this important work. Altrusa applies for grants, accepts contributions, and organizes fundraising projects, including:

Holiday Bazaar: This major event, held each November, features more than 90 vendors and attracts more than 1,000 visitors. The event's highlight is the selection of raffle winners, with a grand prize worth approximately $1,500 and many other fabulous prizes donated by local businesses. The event generates between $10,000 and$15,000 for Altrusa each year.

Round-Up RV Parking: In cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce, Altrusa staffs numerous RV parking lots during the Pendleton Round-Up each September. The project garners approximately $9,000 each year.

Letter Buck Spelling Bee: This fun community event, held each winter, raises funds for Altrusa's International programs. Two-person teams match their spelling skills with others: local businesses provide the prizes, allowing any funds raised to be used for projects such as providing food and school supplies to an orphanage in Uganda, and helping fund water quality improvements for a town in Honduras.

Wine & Brew Tasting: This popular event, held each January, raises funds specifically for Altrusa's Feed the Child program and nets approximately $1,500 each year.

 2013-14 Board

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Meeting Date and Time

Board: First Wednesday of each month at St Anthony Hospital meeting room

Business: Second Wednesday of each month, noon at Elks Lodge

Program: Forth Wednesday of each month at noon at Elks Lodge

Social: Every Fifth Wednesday, Hospitality Committee announces time, place and fun activitity.


Altrusa International of Pendleton
P O Box 1735
Pendleton, OR 97801


President: Susan Swearingen
President Elect: Theresa Bosworth
1st Vice President: Susan Plass
Corresponding Secretary: Buffy Farber
Recording Secretary: Bobbi Erdmann
Club Treasurer: Joyce Follis
Assistant Treasurer: Sue Platt
Director 2013-2014  Jayne Ann Patterson 
Director 2013-2014  Connie Talboy 
Director 2013-2015  Sofi Smith 
Director 2013-2015  Erika Patton 


Ways & Means: Shelly Atkinson, Chair
Holiday Bazaar: Joyce Follis, Chair
RV Parking: Erika Patton, Chair
Feed the Child: Jan Loughary, Chair
Wine Tasting: Deborah Wagner, Chair
Service: Susan Plass, Chair
Scholarships: Sofi Smith, Chair
Altrusa Serving Kids: Shelley Atkinson, Chair
International Relations: Pat McClintock, Chair
Literacy: Darcey Ridgway, Chair
School Supply Drive: Laurie Wallis, Chair
ASTRA: Erika Patton, Chair
Membership Development: Pat McClintock, Chair
Hospitality: Kylee Evans, Chair
Conference Committee: Susan Swearingen, Chair
Finance/Ways & Means: Susan Swearingen, Chair
Public Relations: Deborah Wagner, Chair
First Citizens Banquet: Kathy Johnson, Chair
Newsletter Editor: Sofi Smith
Yearbook Editor: Pat McClintock
Telephone/Email: Carole Innes & Karen Licurse, Co-Chairs
Scrapbook: Mary Alice Ridgway, Chair
Program Coordinator: Theresa Bosworth, Chair
Long Range Planning: Susan Swearingen, Chair
Parliamentarian: Mary Alice Ridgway

Foundation Board

President: Terri Taber
Vice President: Jennifer Weidert
Secretary: Pamela Duso
Treasurer: Kylie McClintock
Assistant Treasurer: Pat McClintock

Director: Susan DeMarsh
Director: Kylee Evans
Director: Dwan Guenther
Director: Carole Innes
Director: Sofi Smith

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