Altrusa is an international network of executives and professionals dedicated to improving their communities through personal service. Through their local clubs, members unite their varied talents in service to others. Altrusa is recognized internationally for the significant contributions of its clubs and members.
Altrusa emphasizes efforts on volunteerism, service, promotes literacy and fights against AIDS. To learn more please visit www.altrusa.org
The Lexington Club
Altrusa offers a unique opportunity to make Lexington a better community in which to live.
The Lexington Club functions with a board of directors, a strong committee system and monthly membership meetings allowing every member to be personally involved in club projects and decisions.
The club assesses the needs of the community and strives to meet the ever-changing landscape of Lexington. Altrusa provides multiple opportunities throughout the year to serve Lexington by collecting items for monthly baskets to support local charities such as the Hope Center for Women and Children, New Opportunities School for Women, and Thursday's Child, just to name a few.
Structure of Altrusa
All Altrusa Clubs are governed by Altrusa International, a corporation with both elected and appointed officers and a chairperson. Under the International umbrella there are fifteen (15) Altrusa Districts throughout the world.
The Lexington Club is in District Six which incorporates Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois. Each district has its own Governor and Board of Directors. The officers of the Lexington Club include the president(s), past president, vice-president, club treasurer, foundation treasurer, and recording secretary. There are also four board members. The Board of Directors meets monthly.
The Lexington Club currently has seven committees as follows:
Communications – Responsibilities include the FOCUS newsletter, press releases, yearbook, oversight for all printed materials, and the Sunshine member who sends cards to members.
Finance – Responsible for annual budget, future financial planning, assisting the treasurers and working closely with the Fundraising committee.
Fundraising – Responsible for raising funds to meet Club expenses and fund service projects for the Foundation.
Membership – Responsible for new member recruitment, retention, recognition, and leader development.
Service – Responsible for planning and executing community service projects. This will include coordinating the “baskets” at several of our monthly meetings where members bring items to be donated to charitable organizations.
Nominating – Responsible for selecting the slate of candidates for elections.
Program – This committee is chaired by the vice-president and is responsible for meeting programs, and special meeting arrangements including the annual picnic and Holiday party.
Committees meet as decided by vote of the committee members.
Some of our Service Projects:
Brains and Bellies:
A regularly scheduled program of reading and fun for children age four. Each child receives a book, completes a craft, and enjoys a snack.
Members present third graders in select Fayette County Public schools their own personal dictionary.
Make a Difference Day:
Altrusa members partner with a local community organization for Make a Difference Day.
Hats, underwear, gloves, socks etc., are collected for the residents of a local shelter or residential program.
Mentoring Harrison Elementary:
Altrusa members plan and assist with literacy programs at Harrison Elementary, including 5th Grade Girls Book Club, Holiday Reading with the Principal, and Passport to Reading Summer Camp.
Initiated in 2007, Altrusa members select mothers of special needs children and give them a weekend of pampering, rest, and relaxation.
Little Free Library:
Members donate books to support the national project of free book exchange to promote literacy and the love of reading.