In TOUCH IN Touch District Six September Service Bulletin District Six September 2009Service Bulletin Page 1 1 Bev Herzog, Governor September 2009 Pat. Chapel, Editor email@example.com Volume I Issue 2 Section 1 firstname.lastname@example.org Greeting District Six Altrusans, I have just returned from the Altrusa International Convention in Indianapolis and was thrilled to see nearly 100 of you there. You can get news and photos from the convention wherever you see the racing flag. First, I want to publicly acknowledge what a great job the Indianapolis host club and members from District Six clubs did. Congratulations to co-chairs Mary Schuman of Indianapolis and Wanda McGinnis of New Castle, along with their host committee, for doing a superb job organizing the convention. A standout among the many dedicated volunteers was Karen Brunson of Marion, who spent much of the convention staffing the Altrusa International store, a job she did for two years as District Director. Thank you to the many District members who offered their services as greeters, expediters, ticket takers, workshop hosts, flag movers, etc. I Convention garb modeled by members know many of you worked long hours. Your hospitality and professionalism of the Bedford Club. made me very proud to be your governor. CONGRATULATIONS TO SPONSORS - RED WELCOME TO NEW ALTRUSANS - BLUE Janet Gilomen Chillicothe Victoria Altorfer Kristin Waterbury Indianapolis Ashley Hall Jane Funk Chillicothe Judith McColl Kay Herber Indianapolis Constance Knoll Amal Altoma Bloomington Helena Walsh Tiffany Vivo Indianapolis Alexis Steinrauf Lisa Fulton Warsaw Linda Henschen South Bend transfer Indianapolis Beulah Jordan Jill Falls Fox Valley Heather Falls Alta Sargent Macomb Thelma Smiddy JoAnne Nisbett Fox Valley Stacy Kitson Nancy Dobey Macomb Cindy Roon Pat Frieders Fox Valley Linda Lesniak Betty Bundy Bedford Nancy Hofmeister Fran Moore Galesburg Janet Mottag Jane Boshears Bedford Judy Reynolds Candice Rollf Richmond IN Doris Rinehart Pam Feiner Bedford Lois Fox Erin Frank Paris Amy McGilvrey Becky Bailey Bedford Karen Phipps Zita Hardin Frankfort Tish Smith Teresa Shaffer Terre Haute Suzie Thorloton Winnie Price New Castle Suzanne Kovacs Barb Lister Terre Haute Chris Jeffers Donna Carnes New Castle Cheryl May Jane Mills Terre Haute Ayni Kamisli Donna Carnes New Castle Emily Becker Jody Reinoehl Terre Haute Peggy Tierney Donna Carnes New Castle Teresa Lao Jody Reinoehl Terre Haute Sally Elder Dee Bianchi Pekin Shannon Parker Jane Mills Terre Haute Sandra Archer Rene Bly Pekin Mary Burress Courtney Zellers Terre Haute Erin Macke Teresa Shaffer Terre Haute Meegan Morgan In Touch District Six September Service Bulletin Page 2 Board and other Action at the Convention ELECTION RESULTS 2009-2011 International Board of Directors The new members of the International Board are listed on the President: Donna Johnson, District Three right. Unfortunately, Past Governor Doris Kowalski was President-Elect: Dona Garretson, District Ten unsuccessful in her bid to become vice president. With her Vice President: Ilona Kerby, District Twelve talents, skills, grace, and dedication to Altrusa, Doris would have Treasurer: Cindy Schad, District Three Directors: Terri Houston, District One done a great job, as she did for the District as our governor a few Silvia Silverman, District Two years ago. Past Governor Mary Burford is currently serving as Carolyn Rash, District Nine Clubs at Large Chair. A few other District Six members are Chris Mouter, District Fifteen Immediate Past President: Zaida Perez-Mendez, serving on the various committees. District Fourteen Nominating Committee: Half of the Districts are allowed International Nominating Committee candidates for the Nominating Committee each biennium. Past Jan Albright, District Seven, Chair Linda Robinson, District Three Governor Phyllis Syers represented District Six last biennium, so Debbie Holesko, District Eight District Six was not allowed a candidate this year. Newest Linda Peterson, District Twelve members are listed on the right. Camen Lugo, District Fourteen 2009-2013 International Foundation Board of Three members were elected to the Foundation Trustees Board which is a four year term. Jane Riehl is two Ann Marie Snyer, District One years into her four-year term on this board, so Melva Hill, District Nine District Six was not eligible for additional seats. Rosemary Watson, District Fifteen Governor Bev Herzog adds: In business, both the proposed change to the International board and suggestion of a new International service project outlined in the May 2009 International Altrusan were defeated by the convention delegates. The policy change proposed by District Six to publish the new bylaws on the website was adopted by the board and did not require a delegate vote. “Add an Altrusan Day” is moving to the first full week in May—just pick any day—so weather won’t be an issue and new recruits will start at the beginning of the club year. Two new Foundation recognitions were announced at the Altrusa International Foundation breakfast. There is now a Lamplighter designation for clubs that donate $500 in a year to the Foundation. The recognition is a patch for the club banner. Our own Lexington, KY is the first to receive this designation because they are raffling off a diamond bracelet, with proceeds to be split between the Foundation and their club. Sales were brisk. Clubs can become Club 21 members with a donation of $210 and receive a Club 21 medallion. Club 21 supports the Safe Haven Project, which provides a camp for children with HIV/AIDS; the Hemophilia Foundation of Illinois for Camp Warren Zyrch; and the Ghana Health and Education Initiation, which provides treatment for HIV/AIDS and prevention education. David Butler, President and Founder of Project Safe Haven gave a stirring speech about the camp, which is staffed entirely by volunteers, and emotionally accepted a check for $10,000 from the Foundation. In Touch District Six September Service Bulletin Page 3 Have a Plan, Follow the Plan, Improve on the Plan, and -----HAVE FUN DOING IT!!!! Mary L. Gabbard, Chair, Strategic Planning email@example.com, The key to becoming a Distinguished Club is having the Board and Committee Chairpersons meet to have a mid-year evaluation session to determine if the club is progressing toward its requirements for a Distinguished Club. The Strategic Plan is a guideline to help keep the club as a whole, each committee, and each member moving in the same direction. The local plan can be patterned after the International Strategic Plan. The local plan can be included in the local Handbook. Each member needs to be aware of people in her circle of friends who have a heart for service. “New blood” is needed to keep the spark of servanthood going. Interesting and meaningful programs help members grow personally. When absences are necessary, provisions need to be made for absentees to be kept informed by reading the secretary’s report. Also, a telephone call or card goes a long way when a member has been absent. Cards and notes of encouragement can be signed by the members and sent to absentees. Members need to be aware of potential projects in the community which would qualify for the Mamie L. Bass Award, the Letha H. Brown Literacy Award, the Nina Fay Calhoun International Relations Award, which help the club qualify for a Distinguished Club. Clubs do not have to win to get credit; they must have an entry. Once a club makes an entry, then it sparks the next year’s committee to seek to win the Award. Money-making projects or grants will be needed to fund the projects. The key to becoming a Distinguished Club is having the Board and Committee Chairpersons meet in late December to have a mid-year evaluation session to determine how the club is progressing toward its requirements for a Distinguished Club. By having this meeting in late December, there will still be time to meet those February deadlines for the Award entries. A local Altrusa Handbook which includes tools and materials will be beneficial to remind existing members and help new members. Submitting articles to the local newspaper and local website, plus arranging for programs on local radio and television stations enhances community awareness of Altrusa services. First Look at the Quincy Conference Logo The District Board will start planning for the 2010 conference in Quincy, September 18th, at the host hotel. If you want to help the host club, have ideas Save the Date for for workshops, want to present a workshop, or have District Six Conference: any other suggestions about conference, please let me 16- April 16-18, 2010 by September 16th. Where: Quincy, Illinois on the “Mighty Mississippi” Governor Bev, firstname.lastname@example.org Theme: In Touch District Six September Service Bulletin Page 4 ASTRA…IS HOT HOT HOT !!! Doris K. Kowalski Chair, ASTRA email@example.com, Extra, extra…Read all about it! The ASTRA Manual is hot off the press! Introduced at the 2009 International Convention in Indianapolis, the ASTRA manual has totally updated content and a fresh new look. This expanded manual features tried and true materials from Altrusans who have successfully developed ASTRA Clubs world wide. ASTRA, developed in 1965, provides the opportunity for youth/young adults ages 12 to 25 to collaborate with an established Altrusa Club in developing program plans and service projects. The name ASTRA is an acronym derived from the following: Ability….. Service……Training…..Responsibility….. Achievement Full definitions can be found on pages 1 and 34 in the manual. Here’s a teaser of the tools you’ll find in the manual to assist with the development of an ASTRA Club in your community. A brief history of ASTRA is presented followed by a section detailing how to organize an ASTRA Club. Every meeting, ceremony, and activity is highlighted from the planning phases to samples such as ceremonies, news releases, and bylaws. An overview of parliamentary procedure is presented including a concise discussion of main and secondary motions. Pre & post tests and a bibliography complete this section. This parliamentary procedure information could be used for all members – a great re-orientation resource! This new manual is 54 pages of resource! Every step of ASTRA Club development is now at your fingertips! “Let’s help kids So let’s get going, District Six! We currently have 0 – that’s zero, none, nada ASTRA Clubs. accomplish their More and more schools are requiring service hours from their students. Let’s help them service goals.” accomplish their service goals. Our goal this biennium is to add at least three ASTRA Clubs. I believe we can do better than that! Let’s set the bar high. Let’s work hard, giving well of our time and talents! Let’s establish three clubs by April so that we can celebrate at conference in Quincy. I’m available to assist with organizational activities. Please contact me so I can follow this new WELL of leaders. Accept my challenge – three ASTRA clubs by April 2010! WIN A 2 CARAT DIAMOND TENNIS BRACELET The Lexington, Kentucky Club is selling raffle tickets for a 2 carat diamond tennis bracelet, donated by The Castle, valued at $1,295.00. This bracelet is both yellow & white gold. The ticket price is $10.00. The drawing will be Thursday, October 8th at 6:30 p.m. at 1101 Tanbark Road, Lexington, KY. One-half of the proceeds from the sale of the tickets will be donated to Altrusa International Foundation. Lexington Co-President , To purchase a ticket and see a picture of the fabulous bracelet, go to Becky Ray, shows the Altrusalexky.com. Then click on Raffle and pay for your ticket using Pay Pal. bracelet that will be raffled in October. Half the proceeds will benefit Support Altrusa International Foundation the Foundation. In Touch District Six September Service Bulletin Page 5 Leaders in Service, Giving Well Dana Vierck Chair, Service Program Development firstname.lastname@example.org, Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall! Welcome to the new 2009-2010 club year! In Altrusa the S stands for service – the foundation on which we build a better world. Altrusa has an exemplary history of service locally, nationally, and internationally. Mamie L. Bass’s guiding principle that “Altrusa in the very derivation of its name is committed to the philosophy of unselfishness, of the joy of giving rather than getting, and to the search for happiness which is based upon spiritual worthiness.” All clubs should plan now for your service projects and look at each of the Altrusa International Service Award nomination requirements and forms. Each of these award forms and applications are available on the Altrusa International website: www.altrusa.com and I will be sending forms to clubs in late December. The deadline for sending the award applications to me is postmarked February 12, 2010. The Mamie L. Bass Service Award The Letha H. Brown Literacy Award Community Leadership Award ASTRA Club Service Award The Distinguished Club Award The Dr. Nina Fay Calhoun International Relations Award – requirements have been changed from 3 to 5 United Nations Dates that must be observed. The list of dates that apply are: Tip: Be sure your newsletter August 12 – International Youth Day editor has these dates and September 8 – International Literacy Day places them in your club calendar. September 15 – International Peace Day Write a few sentences about October 16 – World Foods Day each day in the newsletter. October 24 – United Nations Day November 25 – International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women December 10 – Human Rights Day February 20 – World Day of Social Justice March 8 – Women’s Right’s Day April 7 – World Health Day May 15 – International Day of Families Your club may chose to observe these days in many different ways, but document how you observed these special dates. This is a wonderful method to remind all members of Altrusa’s global reach. International Literacy September 8th was proclaimed International Literacy Day by A reminder that Make a Difference Day 2009 is October UNESCO in 1965. Its focus is to 24th! At each club, start a Make a Difference Day highlight the worldwide issue of committee to plan your community project. Altrusa has literacy and its effect upon been a long-time supporter of this national service day individuals and communities. On this day, UNESCO and I hope each District Six club will participate. Check hopes to remind the world about the current status of on-line at www.altrusa.com for more information and to literacy and adult learning globally. Now is the time to register and report your projects. Also, remember to plan a literacy service project – partner with a school, email photos and reports to the Service Chair at your local library, or local ProLiteracy of America email@example.com, and I’ll send them to the In Touch affiliate. Check the requirements of the Letha H. Brown editor. Or send them to editor firstname.lastname@example.org, Literacy Award to help with your project planning. Every and she will pass them to me. club can make a commitment to literacy! Let’s fill In Touch with your good works. In Touch District Six September Service Bulletin Page 6 Wait till you see them! Absolutely smashing. Can’t remember when I’ve been this excited. Submitted by Pat. Chapel, Chair, Communications email@example.com What are they? The best recruiting tools with powerful messages, that I’ve ever seen. If that sounds outrageous, let me explain that I spent nearly a quarter of a century in the field of Volunteer Management. That job included responsibilities of training people how to recruit, orient, train, evaluate and recognize volunteers for nonprofit organizations and associations. The kit includes a brochure that you can download and personalize with your club’s data and a new look that will be used on letterhead. “Altrusa at a glance,” a two sided card that you can personalize which describes Altrusa, our mission, our vision, some “did you knows,” and on the reverse, the organization’s milestones. Also in the kit are two letters of invitation, one for “cold calls” and the other for “warm prospects.” There are sample PSAs. Here’s one for recruiting: ALTRUSA INTERNATIONAL REACHES OUT TO NEW MEMBERS. Are you someone who knows the joy that comes with volunteering? Have you been wanting to serve your community more actively and meet new friends? Altrusa International offers the perfect place to give and grow! Altrusa is an international association dedicated to providing community service, developing leadership, fostering understanding and encouraging fellowship. Altrusans gave over a million volunteer hours last year. And they are actively looking for a few community-minded people like you to help them do even more. From global organization efforts around literacy, the environment, and AIDS, to local causes like ( you personalize ) and ( you personalize ), Altrusa International offers dozens of inspiring, rewarding ways to get involved. Altrusa. What a great investment for your time, energy and passion. Call 000-0000 to learn more. # # # These and other materials will be on international's website around mid-September. There’s more I’m eager to share. If you’d like to see the results of the survey used that determined much of the work, write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thankful applause for Rhoda Struhs and Rhonda Hauter of the International Communication Committee, and creative director of Miles Media, Tim Heitzman. A bit more from the Gov: As many of us heard at conference, $100K has been budgeted in the next year to begin a major marketing initiative. New manuals for developing new clubs and ASTRA clubs are already out and new brochures will be coming soon. This is just a start. The Past International Presidents (affectionately known as PIPs) and Past Governors started a collection to offset this cost so it doesn’t require reserves. More than $15,000 was collected at convention. Individuals, clubs, and districts are encouraged to contribute. Mail your individual or club contribution to the International address and specify, Marketing Plan. We heard excellent all-conference sessions on change and branding and had three sessions with five competing workshops from which to choose. Please, ask your Past International President, Phyllis Corman, announcing the members who attended to share what they learned and the enthusiasm they gained. formation of a fund to defray Then, have your club start saving to support your delegates attendance at the 2011 reserves needed for the branding convention in Rapid City, SD. I hope to see you there! and marketing efforts. In Touch District Six September Service Bulletin Page 7 The Tale of Three Travelling Kiwi’s Submitted by Leanne Milligan, email@example.com Governor District Fifteen Prior to Convention, three Altrusans from District Fifteen, Governor Leanne Milligan, First Vice Governor Lynda Turner- Heaton and Janne Nattrass member of the Te Awamutu Club spent a few days travelling around District Six . They took a wrong turn in Chicago on the way to Convention and travelled over 1500 miles getting to Indianapolis. While driving on the other side of the car on the other side of the road (a challenge in Leanne and Janne with their share of the first place Dr. itself!) they visited six states (Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nina Fay Calhoun, “International Relations Award” to Iowa, Missouri & Indiana). During their travels they met up with their club, Te Awamutu, NZ members from the Chillicothe Club, Springfield Club and Champaign-Urbana Club. After convention Leanne went on to visit with members from the Muncie Club (Te Awamutu’s sister club). Leanne said that the highlight of their trip was visiting with Altrusans from other clubs. “It is great to share ideas and learn from each other. We were overwhelmed by the hospitality shown us during our travels. A big thanks to Pat Parr from Chillicothe for organising the get together at the Olive Grove, and to Marilyn for organising our Springfield visit (and to Nancy & Anne for taking us to Culvers for the best ice cream in the whole wide world and to Carol and Carol for showing us around the Lincoln Presidential Museum). We want to thank Bev Herzog’s “family” for their hospitality and for the Champaign-Urbana members for having us at their club meeting. It is great to see how similar our club meetings are! A personal big thank you to June and the members from Muncie who showed me around during my post convention visit. As a member of the Te Awamutu club, we have had an almost 15-year sister club relationship with Muncie and it is still going strong. It was great to catch up with many of the members that I have met at prior visits and conventions as well as making new friends. That is what Altrusa is all about. I know that Altrusans in District Fifteen are really looking forward to hosting convention in 2013 and I hope that members from all clubs in District Six are able to come so that we can return some of the wonderful hospitality that we have received during our visit.” Governor Elect Toni Ellis visits the Peoria Altrusa Club The Peoria Altrusans describe their club as “small, but mighty”. The community benefits greatly from the services of the Altrusans, especially after hearing their plans and discussions at the August business meeting. I am impressed. I would like to share one plan that may interest other clubs with scholarship programs. The Peoria Club is discussing a partnership with Peoria Promise with a five year commitment to provide 100% of the scholarship to a student. The criteria for student selection by Peoria Promise are determined by Peoria Altrusans. However, the publicity and the selection process will be done by Peoria Promise. This takes the workload off Peoria Altrusans. My advice to the club is to ensure that the contract includes the Peoria Altrusa Club in any publicity and letters. The contact person for e-mail to this club is Tamara Sedekum at firstname.lastname@example.org or President Sandra Sylvester at 309-692-2917. In Touch District Six September Service Bulletin Page 8 Barbara Paul, Governor District Six 1983 - 1985 Sadly we note the passing of Barbara Paul, and extend our sincere sympathy to members of her club, Chicago South Suburbs. Besides serving as Governor, Barb was the International Treasurer, 1997 - 1999, and International First Vice President, 1999 - 2001. Additionally, she served as Function Coordinator for many conventions between 1991 and 2001. Many of us were pleased to see her a few weeks ago at the Convention in Indianapolis. The photo was taken last June at the Club’s meeting when scholarships were awarded to local college students. Copied from the Southtown Star, August 26, 2009, by Casey Toner, To those who knew her best, Barbara Paul lived to immortalize Chicago Heights. The longtime Chicago Heights resident and historian died suddenly Sunday at St. James Hospital in Chicago Heights. She was 69. Mrs. Paul was born in Crete in July 1940. Raised in Crete, she made frequent weekend trips to Chicago Heights while growing up. "Chicago Heights was the center of the area for employment and so forth and she took a liking to it," said her husband, John Weiler. "She stayed here and she wanted to be in the scene." After graduating from the University of Illinois with a degree in library science, Mrs. Paul began working as director of the Chicago Heights Public Library in 1967. She oversaw the construction of the current library, which was completed in 1972. She retired from the job in 2007. "She was always very kind and gracious and willing to go out of her way to help the patrons of Chicago Heights," current library director Michael Davis said. "You could say she loved the city of Chicago Heights with all the interest she took into its history." After her retirement from the library, Mrs. Paul worked as a chairwoman for the Chicago Heights Historic Preservation Advisory Committee. "She was the institutional memory of the city," committee member Jennifer Fisher said. "There's no way to put it into words how much Barb did and helped others. She was quite incredible." Fisher recalled a moment when Mrs. Paul camped out at a condemned building that was set for demolition. "She was passionate and crazy intelligent," Fisher said. One of the many projects Mrs. Paul undertook in her lifetime was rehabbing her historical Victorian-style home in the 2000 block of Euclid Drive. Weiler said he and his wife signed the papers for the house May 1, 1975, one month before they got married. "She loved it just because of the work she put into it, stripping the woodwork and trying to put it back to its natural glory," Weiler said. With writing partner Dominic Candeloro, Mrs. Paul also wrote nonfiction books about Chicago Heights. Their books include "Chicago Heights Revisited," "Chicago Heights (Images of America)," and "Chicago Heights: At the Crossroads of the Nation." She is survived by Weiler as well as her brothers, Kenneth Paul and Garrett Paul. "She was just very involved in community life and her surroundings after working with so many people over the 38 years," Weiler said. "She loved spreading the knowledge."