Altrusa Club of DeKalb-Sycamore, Illinois - Information




Mission Statement

"To promote Community Service, with an emphasis on literacy, and to create fund raising opportunities that provide resources for designated projects."

Service Projects

  • International Literacy Day (Sept 8) - Books for Indonesia
  • Born to Read Bag
  • Feed My Starving Children
  • Christmas Decorating at Ellwood House


14th Annual DeKalb County Community Spelling Bee

Thursday, October 17, 7:00 p.m.

St. Mary's Church Parish Activity Center, Sycamore, IL

Altrusa International of DeKalb/Sycamore co-sponsors with the Daily chronicle, an annual Community Spelling Bee.  Local businesses are invited to sponsor teams and/or donate raffle prizes.  We love to see the community root for their favorite team.  Please join us.

Literacy is a primary focus of Altrusa International.  Numerous outstanding literacy programs are already in place in DeKalb County, many of which could be enhanced with additional funding.  This past year over $5,000 was used to fund a variety of community literacy projects.  Proceeds also help to fund the Newspapers in Education program sponsored by the Daily Chronicle.



        We invite individuals, companies, and organizations in DeKalb County to participate by entering a three-person team for an entry fee of $300 per team.


        If you are willing to sponsor a team but have no spellers we will find the spellers for your team.


        We will find a team sponsor for you.  Just let us know if you are interested.


        Each year team members and "cheerleaders" have the opportunity to buy raffle tickets for prizes donated by local businesses and individuals.


For further information or if you are interested in participating, please contact Karen Hagen at 756-3000 or



Raffle Ticket Sales

Thanks to the generous support of DeKalb Sycamore Chevrolet Cadillac GMC, we are pleased to have the opportunity to sell raffle tickets for the Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) fundraiser.  Tickets are $20 each - $12 of which will go to FMSC and the remaining $8 will be given to the non-profit organization (such as our Altrusa club) for each ticket sold.  The lucky winner gets their choice of 1 of 3 vehicles (or half the cash equivalent of the new vehicle).  The winning ticket will be drawn on Sunday, November 17th.  If you are interested in supporting the DeKalb/Sycamore Altrusa club and FMSC by purchasing a ticket please contact Lynn Buckner @ 815-899-2092.

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Meeting Date and Time

Club meetings 1st & 3rd Wednesday 6:15 p.m.

July & August only 3rd Wednesday 6:15 p.m.

Board Meets 1st Wednesday 6:15 p.m.


Club Contact: Betsy Rychlewski

Altrusa International
of Dekalb-Sycamore
P O Box 304 
Dekalb, IL 60115

Club Officers

President: Nancy Heal

Treasurer: Julia Lamb


Director: Jacky Urech
Director: Tammy Tiggelaar

Committee Chairs

Finance: Co-Chairs:  Karen Hagen, Sue Lehto
Programs: Co-Chairs:  Joy Gulotta, Carolyn Stahl

Communications:  Debbie Overbeck

Service: Co-Chairs:  Jackie Winfield
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Conference 2015: Co-Chairs:  Sue Lehto, Teri Johnson

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