San Luis Obispo County


Altrusa International of San Luis Obispo County Club Officers

2019-2020

PRESIDENT: APRIL SMITH

PRESIDENT-ELECT: KONI SHAFF

SECRETARY: DEBBIE VOLZ

TRESURER: JUDY SORENSEN

DIRECTOR: CONNIE WOOD

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT: MARGARET WALKER

MEMBERSHIP CHAIR: MELANIE HODGES

San Luis Obispo County Officers  2019-2020

San Luis Obispo County Officers

Meetings are the Second Tuesday of every month. Social Hour with Refreshments - 5:30 pm Program/Business Meeting - 6:00 Meeting ends by 8:00

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

Volunteering at the Empty Bowls Community Luncheon sponsored by the 5Cities Homeless Coalition.

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 playyard 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

SAVE THE DATE

Altrus International of San Luis Obispo County

Invites you to join us for

CELEBRATION OF TREES

Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 5:00pm

Monarch Club of Trilogy, Nipomo, CA

Tickets -- $75

altrusa.sloco@gmail.com

ASTRA

ASTRA is an international community service organization for youth and young adults sponsored and supported by local Altrusa Clubs.

ASTRA is an acronym for:

Ability to know that all of us have special talents to share with others.

Service to improve the lives of those less fortunate in the community.

Training to develop leadership ability and potential.

Responsibility to learn to accept obligations and know the satisfaction of carrying through to a successful conclusion.

Achievement to experience success; to know that a group can accomplish so much more than any one individual.

ASTRA Club at Lopez High School

Our club is proud to sponsor and mentor an ASTRA Club at Lopez High School in Arroyo Grande, CA.

Our ASTRA Club helps us with some of our service projects and fundraisers as well as plans and implements their own service projects

ASTRA Officers

Making chew toys for the Animal Shelter

Working on the school’s garden project.

Festival of Trees Fundraiser.

Helping with Celebration of Trees fundraiser. Making centerpieces and decorating trees.

Every year our members design and create Thanksgiving and Valentine Cards to be sent to deployed military.

We are proud of our club members who are often the leaders of the student body. They have the privilege to wear graduation honor cords for service at their graduation ceremonies.