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Published Monthly Altrusa International, Inc. Of Montrose, Colorado PO Box 3184 Montrose, CO. 81402-3184 Betty Lundgren Editor & Publisher
President’s Report by Kaye Hotsenpiller
Hello Altrusans: I can’t believe that the holidays are upon us and my term as president is halfway over. I am so thankful for our committee leaders and our faithful board. The ongoing service projects and fundraisers always come together and Altrusans do QUALITY work. Did you know that as a sponsor for a new member that you are in charge of ensuring that your new member is involved in the club happenings? Please invite them along with you, let them know that you want them to participate. As an Altrusan, we get to give back 25 hours to our community per year. This is the main reason I joined Altrusa. I wanted to not just attend another meeting and socialize. I wanted to be a part of making our community a better place. As you are counting your service hours please include drive time, our weekly meeting, time spent on the phone or on Altrusa business, and any volunteer time you may do on your own. It is important to give of your time and count the time given. I want to acknowledge Betty, Diane, and Elaine Hale–Jones for putting our newsletter together every month. Elaine’s “Page from the Past” has been a delight to read. These ladies all work hard to get articles and pictures into Betty for formatting. Thank you team!! Thanks also to our Holiday Festival Crew that was led by Nancy Morton-Kaiser. She will report on the Festival earnings in January, but preliminary numbers show that we made about $15,000! There was a great deal of time and energy put into this year’s festival. Thanks to all of the food preparers, servers, ticket takers, and decorators. So much goes into this fundraiser – hats off to the committee for making it happen. Please enjoy the holiday season. I will see you in 2011. I am looking forward to the Spring Luncheon, new service projects, and our conference. Rest up! We will need to have our game faces on and be ready to roll in the new year. Happy Holidays—Kaye TABLE OF CONTENTS
Page 2 & 3 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 November Business Meeting Minutes December/January Birthdays Speaker’s Bureau Formed, Good Shop to earn $ for Altrusa Initiation, Apple Award & Upcoming Events Page from the Past—Conference 1998 & Service Committee MidYear Report Holiday Festival A Success!
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Allison Nadel—Treasurer email@example.com 970 240-3091 Roberta Hoey—Past President firstname.lastname@example.org 970 249-3873 Martha Dusio— Director/Parliamentarian email@example.com 970 249-7469 Lita Sargent—Director firstname.lastname@example.org 970 417-1145
Club Business Meeting Minutes November 16, 2010
President Kaye Hotsenpiller called the meeting to order at 12:05 pm. A quorum was present as evidenced by Attachment A. GUESTS/MEMBER NEWS/BRAGS/ANNOUNCEMENTS: Ginny Spaven introduced guest Darcy Arnold Kylee Smith announced that Keller Williams open house will be held Thursday, 11/18 from 4-7pm – all are invited Judy Copeland bragged that her son Scott was recently married and she now has two new granddaughters Kylee Smith reminded everyone of the Turkey Trot at Oak Grove School on Thanksgiving Marge Keehfuss reminded everyone that after the Turkey Trot they should plan on attending the Thanksgiving Community Dinner that is open to all. Bring pies if at all possible the morning of or night before to Friendship Hall Kaye reminded everyone that there is no meeting next week Nancy Morton-Kaiser advised the club that Holiday Festival is ready for the event Friday, November 19. The bank is decorated and looks great. Jeanne Kuchynka reminded members that she is collecting the money pledged for appetizers Lynda Wareham advised that the Salvation Army Bell Ringing is scheduled for December 4 – there are 17 slots still available. Be sure to sign up today or at the meeting on November 30 Lynda Wareham also reminded everyone that the club Holiday Party is scheduled for December 14 from 11:30-1:00 at the Elks Lodge. In addition to bringing canned goods, members are encouraged to bring an item for the Baby Boutique at Life Choices Center Elaine Moore reminded everyone that Season’s Readings is kicking off this week SECRETARY REPORT: The minutes of the October 19, 2010 meeting were approved as corrected. Correspondence included a Thank You notes from Delta Altrusa Club, Norm and Lexy Stevenson, Montrose County School District and Bosom Buddies TREASURER REPORT: Allison Nadel presented the Treasurer’s Report and Financials for October 2010. The Financials will be filed as presented. FOUNDATION REPORT: Foundation Financials presented by Alice Vest. Susan Woody asked if there was a specific purpose for Restricted Funds Literacy Donation and also what the Montrose Community Foundation Restricted Funds were to be used for. Alice was not aware of any specific project for Literacy. She had checked her records for Montrose Community Foundation and they did not specify. Kaye Hotsenpiller will check with Melanie at Montrose Community Foundation for information. Foundation Financials will be filed as presented. COMMITTEE REPORTS: PROGRAMS – Diane Winger 11/23/10 – No Meeting 12/7/10 – Boys and Girls Club Keystone Conference Attendees 1/4/11 – All Points Transit 1/25/11 Love Hug Bears MEMBERSHIP – Linda Riba New Member Recommendation for Darcy Arnold of All Points Transit, sponsored by Ginny Spaven, Lita Sargent and Karon Jacobs Resignation of Cindy Donohue Linda Riba MOVED that due to Cindy’s financial hardship and relocation that her accumulated dues be waived. MOTION PASSED. 3) Current membership is at 85 including Darcy Arnold. SERVICE – Ginny Spaven There were no requests for funds to consider
Business Meeting Minutes (continued)
ASTRA – Lori Michaels ASTRA will be cutting and collecting boughs for wreath making on November 28. Interested members can meet at 1:20 at the Library to carpool. Wreath making will take place on December 5 with a tentative location of TEI Rock Drills from 11-3. Anyone interested in helping is welcome. She will check inventory of bows/decorations and advise the club if we need to make more. OLD BUSINESS: 2009-2010 Audit Committee – Kaye reported that they have met and are working on setting up procedures for the Treasurer and parameters of auditors. Nut Sales – Margaret Goodhue sold nuts at the meeting today and there are more available. If members would like to place an order she will deliver. She will also be selling them at the Basement Boutique November 26 and 27 at Montrose Pavilion. She would like help manning this booth from 8-5 both days. NEW BUSINESS: Botanical Society Request – Susan Woody presented information on the Valley Garden that will be the next phase of Montrose Botanical Gardens. They have partnered with the City of Montrose in the amount of $4500 for labor to install the irrigation system. The cost of materials for this phase is $3600 and she would like Altrusa to sponsor half of this amount. This garden is historical in nature for our area and will provide an outdoor space for educational and social purposes. It will benefit Montrose Botanical Gardens with a source of funding for future development if this space is rented out for occasions. Judy Copeland MOVED that Altrusa Int’l Inc. of Montrose grant $1800 to Montrose Botanical Gardens. MOTION PASSED. Dena Brooks announced that a grant from DMEA was received in the amount of $250 to be used for Love Hug Bears. Kaye prompted discussion of How to Keep New Members Engaged. Suggestions included providing more explanation and information of projects/events, more member mixers at meetings, encouraging questions if there is doubt, sponsors maintaining contact with new members and getting new members involved on committees. District Ten Board Nominations are due December 15. Donna Herman, Governor-Elect informed the club that it is a privilege and honor to be a member of the District Board and it does carry responsibility. LAST MINUTE REMINDERS: Literacy will be meeting today for Season’s Readings details Jeanne Kuchynka reminded members who had signed up for setup and serving/cleanup at Holiday Festival Sandra Tyler reminded everyone to keep track of service hours There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 1:05 pm. Respectfully submitted, Lorie Bollig, Secretary
December and January Birthdays!
Martha Dusio Jeanne Kuchynka Allison Nadel Cindy Rowan Carol Parker Joyce Loss Karon Jacobs Sheree Wanner June Estep Susan Woody Priscilla Cozzens Karen Tuttle December 3 December 6 December 8 December 9 December 10 December 18 December 19 December 23 December 23 December 25 December 27 December 28 Diane Winger Nancy Morton-Kaiser Roberta Hoey Lori Michaels Erin Berge Val Burnell James Wilkinson Bonnie Eakin January 7 January 11 January 12 January 12 January 13 January 14 January 22 January 29
Altrusa Speaker’s Bureau Formed
By Lita Sargeant—Chair
You may ask….what is a “Speaker’s Bureau”? It is simply a group of folks that make themselves available to speak to others about a particular topic. Since there are many people who do not understand Altrusa and we have so much great information to share, the Altrusa International, Inc. of Montrose Speaker’s Bureau will take on this task and be instrumental to the Club’s future communication and public relations efforts. Examples of the groups the Altrusa Speaker’s Bureau has initially targeted include Rotary, Montrose City Council, Newcomers Club, Montrose County Commissioners and Kiwanis. Approved as a permanent Committee under Communications, the Altrusa Speaker’s Bureau will strive to accomplish several goals through its ongoing interaction with the community such as: • Attracting interest from prospective Members • Strengthening fundraising efforts through Sponsors, as well as event participants • Generating more partnership opportunities with other organizations • Identifying new Club service projects The initial Altrusa Speaker’s Bureau Committee includes Lita Sargent (Chair), Molly Feddersen, Elaine Moore, Allison Nadel, Ginny Spaven, Sandra Tyler, James Wilkinson and Diane Winger. Stay tuned as this exciting new Committee gets off the ground in 2011!
READ THIS BEFORE YOU DO ANY ONLINE HOLIDAY SHOPPING!
Please make every gift count this holiday season. You can find coupons at more than 1,600 top stores (including Amazon, Macy's, J.Crew, Toys R Us, Best Buy, Gap and more) AND a percentage of virtually every sale will be donated to: "ALTRUSA INTERNATIONAL - MONTROSE COLORADO FOUNDATION" YOUR cost doesn't change at all by shopping this way -- but Altrusa benefits from using GoodShop. Just go to www.goodshop.com, designate us* as the cause you support and then click over to your favorite store and shop away!. Or, add our toolbar to your browser at http://www.goodsearch.com/toolbar - and your purchases will earn a donation for us even if you forget to go to GoodShop first! There's no easier way to support us this holiday season! Please spread the word. * You can easily locate our foundation by typing "Altrusa Montrose" in the search box under the question "Who do you support?" or "Who do you GoodSearch for?" The full description GoodSearch & GoodShop use for us is "Altrusa International - Montrose Colorado Foundation".
T I D B I T S
New Member Initiation November 30, 2010 From left, Darcy Arnold (Initiate), Karon Jacobs, Lita Sargent (Altrusa Sponsors) and Ginny Spaven (Initiation Committee Chair)
November Apple Award: from left, Cara Godbe, Principal of Northside Elementary; Lorie Bollig, Altrusan; Lynn Neal, Award recipient.
Mark Your Calendar For These Upcoming Events
December 4th —Salvation Army Bell Ringing December 5th — 4:00 — ASTRA Installation – Olathe Community Center – 115 Main Street December 5th, ASTRA Club—make wreaths, 11 - 1 & 1 – 3, TEI Rock drills December 10th —UN Human Rights Day 2010—Step Up and Stop Discrimination December 14th @ 11:30 —Holiday Party for all Altrusans—Elks Club LAST MEETING FOR 2010 IS DECEMBER 14th (the Holiday Party). THE FIRST 2011 MEETING WILL BE JANUARY 4th ENJOY THE HOLIDAYS!
For all the latest on what’s happening in our Club, visit http://altrusa.blogspot.com
“Page From The Past”
By Elaine Hale-Jones
The Montrose Altrusa Club hosted District Ten Conference in May 1998 with the theme of 'Springtime in the Rockies.' The Keynote speaker was the late television and motion picture star (and Ridgway resident) Dennis Weaver, who discussed one of his favorite subjects -- the environment.
Pictured with Weaver (from left to right) are Altrusans Alice Vest, Connie McIntire, Jolene Stott, and Dorothy Causey,
Service Committee Mid-Year Report
Recently – amidst the preparation for Thanksgiving - I stopped to think about the daunting responsibility of our Service Committee. We are tasked with making recommendations about how the club’s ‘undesignated funds’ will be spent. The term ‘hard earned money’ is overused and often tossed around lightly. But anyone who has worked on a Holiday Festival, Spring Luncheon or Golf Tournament knows what it takes to generate these funds year after year after year. Over the past six months Carolyn, Dorinda, Dorothy, Erin, Joyce, Karen, Linda, Lita, Lorie, Marge, Natalie, Pat and Roberta have worked together with me to make sure that your hard work and fund raising efforts actually translate into ‘Building a Stronger Community.’ I am thankful to have each of these Altrusans on the Service committee. And, to each of you, I send a huge ‘thank you’ for being there at the table with me each month! We began the fiscal year on June 1, 2010 with a nice round number - $8977! (Don’t ask – you had to be there!) We have responded to eleven funding requests in our first six months, totaling $3,888 or just over 43% of our budget. Surprisingly, the depressed economic times have not translated into a flood of requests for the committee. As a result, this position will allow us to respond to requests from our community in a similar manner going forward. Thanks for placing your trust in us and we pledge to be good stewards of your ‘very hard earned money’ in the 2011. Happy Holidays! Ginny Spaven, Chair – Service Committee
All the numbers are not in yet, but it looks like our Club will net nearly $15,000 from our Holiday Festival! Thanks go all Altrusa members who decorated, sponsored, made food, donated funds and generally made the event a success once again!
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