Submit a name idea by Sunday 9/6 and we will vote on Tuesday at the Business meeting.

We had a wonderful meeting last night to discuss fundraising and what our efforts will look like this year.  All funds raised will be used for projects & scholarships next year. Here is what we came up with:
We need to select a name that incorporates Taste of the Holidays to keep consistency & to remain in line with our Club & Foundation fiscal policies.  
Ideas submitted so far: Taste of the Holidays 2020 Style & Homestyle Taste of the Holidays.  Send me those submissions!
We will send out a mail campaign re-designed for donations to our past underwriters & guests.  Thank you current Underwriting Committee led by Michelle DiGaetano for working on this.
Timeline for efforts: 10/1/20 - 11/19/20
We will have a virtual raffle to raise funds for scholarships.  Looking into companies that can assist. Thank you Debbie Mabry for doing some research.
We will have a DONATE button added to our Facebook page.  Thank you to the Foundation Board for approving this.
We will sell a digital cookbook with 33 years of TOH recipes.  Thank you Julie Ruiz, Brenda Hill, Kay Callin, Pam Abernathy, and McKinley Thacker for typing all these recipes & Regina Phinney for scanning photos from our scrapbooks.
We will take pre-orders for a couple baked goods that can be picked-up or delivered on Thursday, November 19th (day of original event).  Thank you Sharon Schmidt and team for leading us with this process.
We will promote and advertise in as many mediums as we can to make this successful.  Thank you Janna Janes and the Communications Committee for leading this.
I appreciate you so much and look forward to seeing the fruit from our hard work!  Reach out to any of these key people to ask how you can get involved.
New Member Spotlight

Welcome New Members!

Lisa Gingerich - Sponsors: Lori Luppino & Michelle DiGaetano
Manager of Volunteer Services at McLane Children's Medical Center. Co-Chair for Relay for Life (2 years), Sunday school teacher, and Youth group planning committee.  Wife of Peter Gingerich of Belton.
McKinley Thacker - Sponsors: Julie Ruiz, Ashley Ruiz, Traci Squarcette
Senior at Texas Tech due to graduate in December. Kappa Kappa Gamma, Best Buddies, Honor's Program - Phi Omega Epsilon.  McKinley enjoys scuba diving, travel, & yoga.  
New Project

Temple Wildcat Mentors (Pen Pals) Needed

I'm excited that this is a project all of our members can be a part of right from home.  We are in need of members who can commit to writing to a TISD student once a week during the school year.  You will need to fill out a Temple ISD Wildcat Mentor Application 
Please let Michelle DiGaetano or Donna Wright know if you are interested.
Project Needs

Amy's House Need

Susan Cory is collecting gently used books for the library at the Amy's House project.  Please bring to the meeting next week.
Be My Neighbor

Don't remember what neighborhood you are in?

A list of your Altrusa neighbors are on the website.  Click on "Members Only" tab & "Be My Neighbor".  Susie Dawson is coordinating the collection of your raffle prize theme ideas, and list of businesses you will be contacting for each neighborhood.  Thank you Susie for your leadership!
North - Leticia Caraveo & Hope LaGrone
South - Julie Ruiz
East - Michelle DiGaetano
West - Brenda Hill
Communications Committee

Community Awareness

We are beginning to work on projects to increase our communities awareness and knowledge about Altrusa. We want our family to grow from all ages! Please send us a small video about why YOU joined Altrusa. We would like to post this on our public page for others to see and tag and hopefully be inspired to join. Whether the inspiration comes from the camaraderie of the group or because of one another’s desire to volunteer, we want Altrusa’s name to be known!
Send the video to Ami Hooper at
Member Birthdays
Barbara Pearcy
September 2
Jennifer Loftin
September 15
Teresa Bowen-Bechtel
September 17
Crissie Richardson
September 24
Cari Psencik
September 26
Michelle DiGaetano
September 28
Altrusa International of Temple
2nd and 4th Tuesdays at Noon
Cultural Activities Center
3011 North 3rd Street
Temple, TX 76501
United States of America
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Download Files
September Business Meeting Agenda
August Business Meeting Minutes
August Program Meeting Minutes
August Correspondence Report
August Treasurers' Report
Camp DreamCatcher
Living WELL in Bell
Rise and Engage Outreach Program
The Spoken Word
Cares and Concerns Committee
Jun 01, 2020 – Jun 01, 2021
September Business Meeting
Cultural Activites Center
Sep 08, 2020
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
International Literacy Day
Sep 09, 2020
Altrusa International Foundation Grant Applications Due
Sep 15, 2020
International Day of Peace
Sep 21, 2020


President - Elect
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Recording Secretary
Corresponding Secretary
Foundation Treasurer
Director to 2022
Director to 2022
Director to 2021
Director to 2021
Scholarship Committee Chair
Communication Chair
Foundation Immediate Past President
Foundation President
Membership Chair
Taste of the Holidays Chair
Taste of the Holidays Co-Chair
Membership Co-Chair
"All of us, at some time or other, need help.  Whether we're giving or receiving help, each one of us has something valuable to bring to this world.  That's one of the things that connects us as neighbors - in our own way, each one of us is a giver and a receiver".  Fred Rogers