San Diego

Altrusa International of San Diego Club Officers










San Diego Officers  2020-2021

San Diego New Board

Meetings are the Third Wednesday of every month. Social Hour - 5:00 pm Dinner and Program Meeting - 5:30

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Club Welcome


Altrusa is an International volunteer service organization of people dedicated to improving their communities by personal service. Through their local Altrusa Clubs, members unite their varied talents in service to others, achieving as a group what individuals cannot do alone.

Altrusa is the pioneer of women's service clubs. The first Altrusa was organized in Nashville, Tennessee in April 1917 and became International in 1935. There are 14 districts, plus a Club-At-Large in Altrusa International, with membership in 19 countries.

Nationally, Altrusa membership has included people as well known as Eleanor Roosevelt. Barbara Bush is an honorary member.

San Diego Newsletter

San Diego Newsletter


Altrusa International Club of San Diego was organized on February 27, 1929 and chartered in March, 1930. It was the first classified service club< organized for women in San Diego, and the first in California. The club is part of District Eleven, which has 21 clubs in California and Arizona. The San Diego Club takes pride in a membership, which has made several contributions to San Diego's history and development. The honor roll includes: Charter Member Belle Benchley, former director of the San Diego Zoo; Pauline des Grange, former Director of San Diego Parks and Recreation; Madge Bradley, the first woman judge in San Diego; Gertrude Bell, former head of the Department of Psychology at State College and Letha Brown, former President of Altrusa International, Inc., and Jane Minshall, San Diego's first female landscape architect.

San Diego Projects

Altrusa Family Fund Rady’s Children’s Hospital

Autism Discovery Institute Rady’s Children’s Hospital

Ronald McDonald House Charities

San Diego Food Bank

Second Chance

Altrusa Literacy Committee Fund

Project Linus

Days for Girls

Altrusa International Foundation

Wreaths Across America

Little Free Library

Military Family at Christmas

Support our Soldiers – Fisher House, San Diego

Literacy Reading Buddies - Marshall Elementary School

Club News

Across our country Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day are set aside to honor our service members. Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, a mission to Remember, Honor, and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 1,600 Additional locations in all 50 of the U.S. States, at sea and abroad.

Altrusa San Diego helps to raise money for this honorable cause. Members also participate in the wreath laying ceremonies at both Ft. Rosecrans and Miramar National Cemeteries.

To establish our two Little Libraries, our club applied and received a grant from Altrusa International to begin this long range project.

We sponsor and maintain two Little Free Libraries in San Diego County. The Little Free Library movement is the world’s largest book sharing movement in the world.

Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald house provides a home away from home for children and their families while their child is being treated for a serious, oftentimes life-threatening illness at Rady’s Children’s Hospital across the street. Two parties are planned each year, “Fall Harvest” and a “Dr. Seuss Party”.

There are activities for the siblings as well as books and Project Linus blankets. A “KEEP” library was started in 2012 where family members can select and keep books of their choice.

San Diego Food Bank

The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank and the North County Food Bank chapter comprise the largest hunger-relief organization in San Diego County. Last year, the Food Bank distributed 28 million pounds of food, and the Food Bank serves, on average, 350,000 people per month in San Diego County.

We are proud to support this charitable organization both financially and by volunteering. Annually members participate in the packaging of fresh fruits, vegetables and other staple food items for distribution.

Project Linus

Homemade blankets are distributed to children suffering serious illness and trauma.

Recipient organizations include hospitals, homeless shelters, and police stations where children from birth to 17 years of age are impacted by the comfort and love a “made from the heart” blanket provides. As of April 2020, over 41,000 blankets have been distributed.

Day For Girls

We have teamed with the Escondido Chapter of Days for Girls to help sew and assemble reusable sanitary supplies for women and girls who do not have access to monthly needed items.

Days for Girls empowers women and girls worldwide by providing sustainable menstrual care and health education. Members participate in monthly work parties and also take home projects to complete. Maybe you would like to join our movement to reach “Every Girl. Everywhere. Period.”

Military Families at Christmas

At Christmas we sponsor a military family family providing them with gifts and gift cards. The San Diego Military Outreach Program provides us with a contact family.

Members donate monetarily and add personal gifts in order to provide a family with specific items they have requested.


As part of Altrusa International Service Project: Service our Soldiers, our club chose to lend a helping hand to our activity military within the San Diego Community. Fisher House offers a “home away from home” at no cost for families of patients receiving medical care at military treatment facilities. Club members provide something on their wish list every month. In turn these items are used to help supplement the operation of the house.