San Luis Obispo County


Altrusa International of San Luis Obispo County Club Officers

2019-2020

PRESIDENT: KONI SHAFF

VICE PRESIDENT: RAINE ROXX

SECRETARY: DEBBIE VOLZ

TRESURER: MELISSA GOZUKIZIL

DIRECTOR: CATHI WORRELL

DIRECTOR: EDNA TINSLEY

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT: APRIL SMITH

San Luis Obispo County Officers  2019-2020

San Luis Obispo County Officers

Meetings are the Second Wednesday of every month. Social Hour with Refreshments - 6:00 pm Program/Business Meeting - 6:30 Meeting ends by 8:30

Location: The Victorian Estate at 789 Valley Road, Arroyo Grande.

Contact us at altrusa.sloco@gmail.com for more information


Club Welcome

San Luis Obispo County encompasses a variety of large and small cities along the central coast of California. Our club members are proud to partner with other community leaders and organizations throughout the county to access and address the needs of our neighbors. We invite new members to join us as we use our leadership abilities, contacts, and commitment to community service to make where we live an even better place.

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San Luis Obispo County Newsletter

San Luis Obispo County Newsletter

Club News

Partnership with Public Libraries

Partnership with the County of San Luis Obispo Public Libraries, First 5 and Raising a Reader to set up a laundromat library.

Volunteering at the 5 Cities Homeless Coalition Community Luncheon

Ambassadors for Veterans

Serving as Ambassadors at the Welcome Home Heroes event “Celebrating our Veterans.”

Holiday Pizza and Ice Cream Sundaes Party, we organized for the county’s Homeless Services Center.

Celebration of Trees

Our club holds one large fundraiser a year for our local Altrusa Foundation so we can provide grants, scholarships and fund service projects for deserving organizations and groups in our communities. The “Celebration of Trees” is a fun and festive opportunity for us to partner with local merchants and businesses to provide a holiday event and invite community members, friends and family to support our efforts with their donations.

We support the Boys and Girls Club of South San Luis Obispo County and one of our projects each year is a Mid-year Back to School event in January, where the children can get new back packs, school supplies, books, hats and socks.

Boys and Girls Club

Empty Bowls

The 5 Cities Homeless Coalition holds an Empty Bowls Luncheon each year. This is an opportunity for residents in the south county area to attend an event where they can make a donation to get a ceramic bowl made and donated by local artists, service clubs and school children. They get to enjoy a simple lunch of soup, bread and water provided by local restaurants and bakeries. Our club donates 100 bowls every year that are painted by our ASTRA Club at Lopez High School and the children at Oceano Library.

We have partnered with the County of San Luis Obispo Public Libraries as well as First 5 and Raising a Reader to start a small laundromat library – Libromat. Our club is responsible to make sure the shelves stay stocked with children’s books provided by the library.

Laundromat Library

Maintain Libraries

Many years ago, the club made a commitment to the Oceano Library to set up a trailer on the grounds of an elementary school and to provide financial support each year so they could continue to serve the small community of Oceano. Our club members also love to plan, provide supplies, and help with seasonal craft projects for the children in the area.

Every year during the Christmas holidays we adopt families through the 5 Cities Homeless Coalition and CAPSLO – Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo. We provide toys and clothing for the children, special items for the parents as well as gift cards and gas cards to help make their holidays a little more enjoyable.

Adopt a Family at the Holidays

Scholarships

We support the Lopez Alternative High School in Arroyo Grande by providing scholarships every year to graduating seniors going on to college or trade schools. We also sponsor an ASTRA Service Club at the school and the members of the club help us with projects.

The 5 Cities Christian Women’s Food Ministry runs a small food pantry for local families and our club is helping with monetary donations, as well as volunteering to help at the pantry.

Food Pantry

New Playyard

In 2019 our club received a grant from our International Foundation to help a small neighborhood preschool renovate their play yard with new and safer equipment as well as a new fence and suitable ground covering. This project was in partnership with the 5 Cities Community Services Foundation and most of the labor was provided at no cost by the 5 Cities Men’s Club and a neighborhood half-way house for young men transitioning out of the legal system.

The club is in the currently working on a project to help refurbish an outdoor gardening classroom at the historical Camp Arroyo Grande. We received another grant from Altrusa International Foundation and are once again partnering with the 5 Cities Community Services Foundation and the 5 Cities Men’s Club. This outdoor classroom will benefit hundreds of 5th & 6th grade students who attend outdoor science camp every year through the Kern County School District. Here is a photo of the area before the Men’s Club started the work.

Outdoor Garden Classroom

Upcoming Events

CANCELLED Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Altrus International of San Luis Obispo County

Invites you to join us for

CELEBRATION OF TREES