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Bedford Altrusa Club hosted the first ever A.R. Carnival at Parkview Primary in December. 

The Carnival was held to reward students participating in the Accelerated Reading Program. 

Those students who met their goals were rewarded with additional tickets to play games, do crafts, 

participate in the 'cookie walks' and have their faces painted. This was an excellent way for our 

club to work with this local school to encourage the love of reading!


Altrusans Becky Bailey, Jean Tarr, Susie Turner, Mary Gabbard, Sara Kern and Kay Weldon (Not pictured Mary Barnes) gathered Christmas weekend to assemble and deliver food baskets for the needy in our community. Altrusa partnered with the Heltonville Area Veterans and Salvation Army on this project.

Bedford Altrusans are always doing something for somebody in need. Captain Purple, a local anonymous do-gooder who urges others to also do good, recently issued a challenge to collect socks, gloves, hats & scarves for local school children to help keep them warm. Shown are just a few of the items our club collected. In all, our community collected more than 1200 items! Remarkable!!

We are observing National LiteracyMonth by distributing our book bags to Head Start students in Bedford and Mitchell schools in September. Thanks to our members for donating the necessary items and the teams delivering the bags


Nina Doan and Becky Bailey worked the Dolly Parton Imagination Library silent auction booths at the Lawrence County, Indiana 4-H Fair. Funds raised from the auction will be used to cover the postage fees for books furnished to local children (From birth to age 5) by the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. Donations are being accepted continually. Please help us promote The Gift of Reading through this program!


Altrusa International of Bedford, Indiana, Inc. provided a spring luncheon and bingo party on May 21st for the residents of the Bedford Hauck House, Residents enjoyed a variety of soups, Spanish hamburger, ham, tuna, and chicken salad sandwiches, deviled eggs, both green and broccoli salads, several desserts, chips, and a supplyh of cold drinks.

Sara Kern called bingo, and prizes were awarded, with a goal of everyone taking at least one prize home.

Altrusans participating and pictured were:

Nina Doan,l Sammie Kay Polley, Kay Weldon, Sara Harp, Sara Kern, Peggy Humphrey, Beth Snead, Peggy Buck, Mary Ann Roach, Pat Adams, Susie Turner, Marti Arvin, Jennie Edwards, and Becky Bailey.  Participating, but not pictured was Jean Tarr.

A few of the Hauck House residents taking part in the Altrusa sponsored Spring Luncheon and Bingo Party pictured include:  John Stalker, Lee Ann Anderson, Pnyllis Adcock, Anna Lawson, Sharon Mundy, Mark Kern, Sally Fletcher, Julie Johnson, Gina Hancock, Denise Young, Diana Armstrong, Debbie Rouse, Cheryl Baker, Darlissa Dison, Rick Brassine, and Larry Lindsey.  Also participating, but not pictured, were:  Ari Pena, Thelma L Taulbee, Elaine fitch, Roy Beavers, Steven Hennessee, Julie Scott, Ralph Karnes, and John D. Key.


 Altrusa International Foundation of Bedford is honored to be able to present Dolly Parton Imagination Library with a grant from the International Foundation.  The Dolly Parton Imagination Library committee will use the $1,200 grant to "Light a Fire for Tomorrow" by providing books to Lawrence County children from birth to age five. The age appropriate books are shipped from Tennessee monthly and each county enrolled in the program must provide the funds for mailing costs.
The Bedford Rotary Club is a leading partner in this project and local Altrusans are assisting Rotarians with this vital project to increase the literacy rate in Lawrence County.
Altrusa Club President states that grants of $250 to $2,000 are available through sponsoring Altrusa Clubs from the Altrusa International Foundation Inc. to improve the economic well-being and quality of life through the Foundation's commitment to community service and literacy.
Established as a charitable corporation in 1962, the Foundation is committed to the service goals and objectives of Altrusa International Inc. It's sole purpose is to be an avenue through with altrusans can assist Altrusa Clubs and other worthy organizations, throughout the world, to carry out their programs of community service and assistance to those in need.
Funding is provided by voluntary contributions from members, Altrusa Clubs and the general public.


Bedford Altrusa Club has emBARKED(Pun intended!!) on for another very worthwhile project.  This tine we have partnered with the White River Humane Society and with WoofTrax Shoes to collect shoes to be donated to Haiti, Honduras and Zambia.  Our local animal shelter has been collecting new or gently used pairs of shoes.  For every 2500 pairs of shoes collected.  WRHS receives $1,000.  Thanks to many peopkle in our area, and especially our Bedford Altrusa Club Members, more than 6,000 pairs of shoes have been donated!  Before we are finished collecting, we expect our Club to have helped raise a minimum of three thousand dollars for WRHS!  Bow Wow!!  That is something to howl about!!

BINGO/Food & Laundry Soap Party

Pictured below are just a few of the Altrusans participating in our Club's BINGO/Food & Laundry Soap Party at a local low and/or no-income housing facility.  We furnish home-cooked food; BINGO games with lots of prizes; plus we distributed our homemade soap to assist the residents with their laundry expenses.  Everyone who plays Bingo wins at least one prize.  The residents enjoy keeping the left-overs.  Come December we will have another luncheon and donate Christmas gifts and candy.  We will return in the spring for another Bingo Party.  We enjoy interacting with our friends at Hauck House.


Altrusa International of Bedford, Indiana, Inc. Officers and Board members for 2015-2016


Becky Sherill Bailey, 1st Vice President; Pat Kruchten, Recording Secretary; Beth Snead, President; Jennie Edwards, Treasurer; Patty Kirkman & Sara Kern, Members of Board of Directors; Mary Gabbard, Corresponding Secretary; Kay Welden, Member of Board of Directors.



Sara Kern, President Bedford Altrusa Club presents Betty Bundy (left) with an Emeritus Certificate received for years of dedicated service at the recent Altrusa International District Six Conference.






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