Altrusa International, Inc. - San Diego North County Coastal

Altrusa was the first classified service organization established by a woman, for women.  Mamie L. Bass, whose brother was a Rotarian, garnered assistance from a member of her brother's Rotary Club (Women were barred from joining Rotary at the time) to create a wonderful group of female Professional and Business Owner leaders in the community around Nashville, Tennessee.

We celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Altrusa (a contraction of the words Altruism and USA) each April 11th.  Our 2018 celebration marked our 101st year of service as an organization and the 12th year for our club as we began forming our SDNCC (San Diego North County Coastal) Club in March of 2006.

Ask any long-term Altrusan and she will tell you that you do not just join Altrusa, but that you become an Altrusan.  Of course, we now take men into our fold and we dub them Altrousers.  They love their name and we love them for helping us to provide our services.

Every member contributes greatly from her or his store of Time, Talent, and Treasure to make our projects successful. All project ideas come directly from our members.

This Altrusa Club, the third in San Diego County, Altrusa International San Diego North County Coastal Club, was chartered on February 20, 2010.  We are a "hands-on" service organization which provides primarily Literacy focused services to North San Diego County residents.

Among many other activities, we contribute to the San Diego North County community in the following ways:

•    promote literacy (our primary focus)
•    donate books, school supplies, and treats to elementary school children
•    provide food for anyone in need
•    donate to homeless shelters and organizations
•    provide support to battered women
•    support the activities of Project Linus
•    provide clothes to veterans
•    provide clothes to women and children in need (families in need)
•    provide support to several animal shelters and spay and neuter programs.

Altrusans lead to a better community by providing individual and group assistance to those who can benefit most from caring support which encourages and supports the achievement of goals and the realization of, often long held, dreams.

Your questions, comments and interest are welcomed and appreciated.  Please contact us.  Thank you!

Board of Directors - Altrusa International San Diego North County Coastal Club

President:
Janice "Jan" Riggins

Vice President:
M. Rose Mitchell Waring

Secretary:
Brenda Smoot

Treasurer:
Theresa J. Heldt

Director:
Theresa J. Heldt

Director:
Joyce Richardson

Director:
Gloria Clarke

Director:
Colucci Redmond

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