The West Valley


Altrusa International of The West Valley Club Officers 2017-2018

CO-PRESIDENTS: LESLIE FOUNTAIN, DAWN MORTELLARO

SECRETARY: JACKIE SCHELL

TREASURER: BEVERLY RAY

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT: SUE LARKIN

DIRECTORS: NANCY PREVOST 2016-2018, JOANN WESTERMAN 2017-2019


West Valley Officers 2017-2018

The West Valley Officers 2017-2018

Meetings are the third Thursday of every month. Social Hour - 5:00pm Program/Business Meeting - 5:30 Meeting ends by 8:00

Location: Corte Bella Recreation Center, Bacara Room

Call 623-972-6155 for information or on the "Club Page" click on our the email icon and send an email

Club Welcome

Our club welcomes all potential members who live and/or work in the West Valley of the Phoenix Metropolitan area. We especiallly welcome Altrusans who have relocated to the Phoenix west-area workforce or retirement communities. Our members are generally working women, but we welcome part-time workers or retired people.

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Club News

Club News for Altrusa International of the West Valley

ABOUT OUR CLUB: The club was chartered in May, 1978. It serves residents in all West Valley communities in the Phoenix area. In 2015, we initiated the formation of ReadOn Arizona Greater Surprise . Numerous community partners have signed on to form the coalition, including two school districts, First Things First, and other service providers in the community. The gorup provides educational opportunities to children ages 0-8 and their parents. The goal is to have as many children as possible reading at grade level by the time they leave the third grade, a critical age in the educational development of a child. This is a very exciting project for us and we are proud to be the "founders."

Other West Valley service projects include: Covering the cost for H.S.E. (High School Equivalence) testing for students completing the program at the Rio Salado Community College in Surprise. In collaboration with Rio Salado, we host a reception for the students and their family members. Thanks to our partnership with Friends of the Surprise Libraries, we have received 5 grants in the last 6 years to provide reimbursement to the students for the H.S.e. test and give each recipient a certificate during a special ceremony in May each year.

Reading to Elementary Students

Various projects within the local school district to promote S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning, also supported by grants from Friends of the Surprise Libraries and Altrusa International Foundation. We have sent female middle school students to summer S.T.E.M. camp at Arizona State University; and sent a group of 6th graders to the Desert Botanical Gardens on a field trip.

ReadOn Family Literacy Day

Honoring eighth grade students in selected Title I schools in the Peoria Unified School District with Altruism Awards which include a gift card to Barnes and Noble bookstores and a personalized Certificate of Achievement. Recipients are chosen by the teachers and given out by Altrusans at the 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony

West Valey Canyon Ridge Stem Lobby Scholarship Recipents Day

Collecting no-perishable food items at each meeting to donate to a local food bank where we also volunteered to hand out food at Thanksgiving. Reading to classrooms at a local elementary school. The principal suggests a theme. We purchase age appropriate books for Pre-K through Grade 4. After reading to the classes, we donate the books to the classrooms. This year we are reading the 4th Wednesday of each month. In 3 of the last 4 years we have provided PJs for the children of

PJ Party For Grandparents Raising Their Grandchildren