District History


Altrusa District Six is comprised of the land of Lincoln:  Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois!  Besides sharing the U.S. 16th President in varying stages of his life, our three states also share the same state bird:  the Cardinal.  Districts were formed in Altrusa International in 1955 and we are proud to reflect on our history each spring at our Conference by recognizing our past District Governors and two Past International Presidents:  Norma Jean Najim (deceased) of Springfield, IL and Joyce Delabar of Lexington, KY.  District Six has 32 clubs throughout our three states and over 1,000 Active and Emeritus members.  We currently have two ASTRA Clubs, Terre Haute, IN and Muncie, IN, dedicated to leadership development and volunteer service for young people.  We would like our history, when it is written twenty years from now, to include more than 32 clubs and over 1,000 members so if you are looking for Altrusa in your hometown and it is not listed, contact us and we will help you add to the proud history of District Six!

District Six Altrusa International

Past Governors


*Marie Schimpler, Louisville KY                                                                                                                1955-1957

*Marcelle K. Foote, Ft. Myers, FL                                                                                                              1957-1959

*Ethel Boyle Blanco, Springfield IL                                                                                                            1959-1961

*Eugenia Day, Richmond KY                                                                                                                      1961-1963

*Dr. Eunice C. Roberts, Bloomington IN                                                                                                    1963-1965

*Virginia Sams, Pekin IL                                                                                                                              1965-1967

*Fern McNary, Muncie IN                                                                                                                           1967-1969

Vivian Stokes, Danville IL                                                                                                                            1969-1971

*Martha Egan, Marco Island FL                                                                                                                 1971-1973

*Margaret Webb, Kissimmee FL                                                                                                               1973-1975

*Norma Jean Najim, Springfield IL                                                                                                            1975-1977

*Frances Allen, Bowling Green KY                                                                                                            1977-1979

*Joy Degler Koeling, Mattoon IL                                                                                                                1979-1981

*Helen Widick, Champaign IL                                                                                                                       1981-1983

*Barbara Paul, Chicago’s South Suburbs                                                                                                  1983-1985

Joyce Delabar, Lexington KY                                                                                                                       1985-1987

*Thelma Beam, Peru IN                                                                                                                              1987-1989

Dr Anne Foster, Terre Haute IN                                                                                                                  1989-1991

Patty Rice, Frankfort KY                                                                                                                               1991-1993

Jane Riehl, Jeffersonville KY                                                                                                                       1993-1995

Dr Mary Bonhomme, Melbourne FL                                                                                                           1995-1997

Anne Wharff, Springfield IL                                                                                                                          1997-1999

Mary Burford, Muncie IN                                                                                                                             1999-2001

L Wanda McGinnis, New Castle IN                                                                                                            2001-2003

Doris Kowalski, Galesburg IL                                                                                                                      2003-2005

Phyllis Syers, South Bend IN                                                                                                                       2005-2007

Elaine Wolf, Fox Valley IL                                                                                                                             2007-2009

Beverly Herzog, Champaign-Urbana IL                                                                                                        2009-2011

Toni Ellis, Lexington KY                                                                                                                                2011-2013

Linda Barb, Muncie, IN                                                                                                                                 2014-2015

* Deceased




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