Altrusa Club of Galesburg, Illinois - News

It was a busy night at our September Club meeting.  Governor-elect, Dana Vierck was our guest.  It was fun to have a chance for members to visit with her and her message to us on membership and fundraising ideas was much appreciated.

We presented our Scholarship winner, Todd Taylor, with a BIG check for $1500.  Todd is a student at Carl Sandburg College & will continue his education at Western Illinois University to become a social worker.  Todd's application was very impressive.  He is already giving back to his community, much as we Altrusan do.

To top off the evening, two new members were initiated: Nancy Wilson, sponsored by Mary Barber and Lynette Weis, sponsored by Ann Hicke.  We are glad to have them and know they will be an asset to our club's work in the community.

It was such a wonderful evening full of reminisces as we presented Alice Davis with her Emeritus status. She has been a member of the Galesburg Altrusa club for the past 32 years. There to congratulate her are some past Presidents. From the left: Janet Mottaz, Alice Davis,Jane Collier, Fran Moore, Doris Kowalski.


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Red Nose Day is a campaign dedicated to helping children and having fun. Proceeds benefit children and young people in the US and some of the poorest communities in the world.  Galesburg are really good sports!


As part of our grant for the "Really Ready" program with GHSN students, we introduced our students to a fine dining experience and a musical event at our Orpheum Theater. Exposure to other parts of their community help these girls see more of the possibilities open to them as they pursue life beyond high school.



We welcomed new member, Tuesday Cetin, to our club this month  We were happy to have 2nd Vice Governor, Jan Fritz, there for the initiation.


Altrusa Club of Galesburg is pleased to announce a new program for students at Galesburg High School North, made possible partly by a grant from the Galesburg Community Foundation.  Altrusa is an international organization that seeks to promote literacy and general community good works.  As one of its principal projects, the club recently “adopted” Galesburg High School North, a facility of District 205 dedicated to credit recovery for students struggling with truancy and focus. 

Individual members of the club are currently serving informally as mentors to girls enrolled at GHS North.  The new $1000 grant is being used to help underwrite a professional counseling program for students, providing information and support on a wide variety of psychological and social issues, from effective study skills to dealing with domestic violence.  The group, which calls itself simply “The Girls Group,” has begun meeting twice a month. 

“Giving these students a stronger educational and social foundation helps the entire community,” said Altrusa Service Chairperson Sheryl Nyman.  “We want to help students graduate on time with a set of skills that will allow them to achieve great things.”

“This professional counseling program will serve a great need at GHS North,” said Altrusa Chairperson Laura Pederson.  “Some of our members’ work schedules don’t allow for individual mentoring, but we all support GHS North with supplies, snacks, programs, and good will.”  The students have attended a regular monthly meeting of the Altrusa Club and are joining them in special projects, such as making valentines for shut-ins this month.

“The infusion of positive energy and reliability is a precious commodity for every student,” said Josh Gibb, Executive Director of the Foundation.  “The Foundation is happy to cut the check, but individuals have to make and maintain the adult-student connections.”

Altrusa Club of Galesburg currently has  27 members, all of whom volunteer their time and funds for activities as diverse as Racks on the Rails (reading materials provided for Amtrak passengers) to the Literacy Program at the Knox County Jail and suppers at Knox Prairie Community Kitchen.  They give scholarships to women seeking to improve their job status, donate school supplies and clothing throughout the community, support food drives, volunteer for the Knox County Nursing Home, and do countless other good works.  A bylaw of their constitution declares that all funds generated by the group from any community activity, including any type of fundraiser, must return directly to the community.    

The Galesburg Community Foundation grants funds to projects through an application process. Its funding is based on the generosity of the Galesburg Community.

For more information on the program or to learn more about Altrusa, contact President Laura Pederson at 343-0252 or Service Committee Chair Sheryl Nyman at 343-3412.

For more information on the Galesburg Community Foundation, contact Josh Gibb, Galesburg Community Foundation Executive Director, 246 E. Main Street, Suite 101, phone 344-8898.

Smaller group planning strategy for the counseling program at GHS North begun by the Altrusa Club of Galesburg which received a grant from the Galesburg Community Foundation:

(l to r) Shannon Bauswell, Amy Gugliotta, Sheryl Nyman, Laura Pederson, Josh Gibb, and Sherilynn Riggs


Our club does a yearly food drive for our local women's & children's shelter, Safe Harbor. We approach people at our local grocery store asking them to purchase items for Safe Harbor. So many are willing to help, but we feel like if they weren't asked by Altrusans, the opportunity for them to contribute would be lost. We are proud of the generosity of our community. We had 5 full shopping carts, 2 FULL coolers of meats and butter, and $177 cash!

100 4 100 program was explained at the July meeting.  Altrusans are encouraged to wear their pin or name badge while volunteering at club and outside activities.  We want the community to know that Altrusans serve in MANY different ways.

We will be doing an Art Defined evening for a fundraiser.  Julie Bevenour is committee chair and will be providing us with lots of information.

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