Altrusa International of Washington C.H., Inc., recently experienced a busy week. Last Tuesday, five members volunteered at a benefit skating party to help raise funds for a new freezer for The Well at Sunnyside. Atrusan Debra Grover spearheaded the project, which took place at fellow Atrusan Vicki Staffan’s Roller Haven and which had been jump-started with a donation from First Presbyterian Church’s Mission Council along with a promise of some matching funds from Modern Woodmen. Shown in the photo at the prize table are Altrusans Teresa Combs and Gamma White; also participating were Alice Craig and Lauran Perrill.
On Thursday, Court House Manor provided an elegant luncheon to honor those community-minded citizens who had volunteered consistently at the nursing home during the past year. Shown standing to the right of CHM Activities Director Lori Moore is Altrusa President Alice Craig; shown sitting to the left of Fulton Terry, who has offered “Wednesday-night church” for nearly three decades, is Altrusa President-Elect Cathy White. Craig and White are regular helpers at Terry’s Wednesday-night services. A third Altrusan volunteer, Teresa Combs, also participated in the meal, which concluded with a colorful cake that had been donated by the local bakery Two Scoops of Sugar.
Thursday evening’s program meeting started with a carry-in meal put on by Altrusa’s Service/Loving Spoonsful Committee, which earlier had shouldered the overall responsibility for the club’s most successful-to-date fundraising luncheon. Last October’s Loving Spoonsful tasting luncheon distributed the entire proceeds of $3,269 to the Commission on Aging’s Meals on Wheels, the Right to Read program at Miami Trace Elementary School, and one of the club’s two scholarships for high school graduates. (Note: This year’s gala event has been scheduled for Sat., Oct. 8, 2016, at the Commission on Aging.) Shown are (l-r) Nancy Mowery, Julie Hidy, Cathy White, Melynda Iles, Diana Kirkpatrick, co-chair Gamma White, and (seated) Lois Roads. (Glenna Parsley, co-chair of the fundraiser, was in Florida when this photo was taken.)
The program planned for Thursday evening by Altrusa Membership Committee co-chairs Kay Walker and Elaine Crutcher was a “meet and greet,” intended to introduce prospective candidates for membership to the local Altrusa club’s history, reason for existence, and current members prior to initiation on May 5. Prior to that, however, the group heard a brief impromptu talk by Washington High School sophomore Spencer Minyo (shown), leaving shortly for Nashville to compete in the national DECA finals. Deciding that this was a stellar young man of whom the community should be proud, the club offered financial support with a speaker’s fee, proceeds from the evening’s prize drawings, and donations from individual members. Altrusa members in attendance were Sally Begin, Jeannie Bihl, Claudia Coe, Teresa Combs, Alice Craig, Elaine Crutcher, Nancy Hammond, Julie Hidy, Melynda Iles, Diana Kirkpatrick, Janet Martin, Brenda Mossbarger, Nancy Mowery, Lauran Perrill, Lois Roads, Janet Robinson, Sonja Seiler, Mary Sue Spengler, Kay Walker, Cathy White and Gamma White.