President's message from the heart
Michelle DiGaetano
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Hello fellow Altrusans!
I hope this letter finds you and yours doing well! I believe that we were all very happy to see sunshine these past couple of days!  
I can tell you that it was only the weather that was cold, because Altrusans are heating up things with all the projects that have been submitted to be presented to the club on Tuesday! They are included in this newsletter! Thank you Altrusans!! 
In this newsletter there are messages from several committee chairs/co-chairs and don't miss the news from your Orchestra directors! So many good deeds happening right here in our club! 
Coming on Tuesday, February 8th at the business meeting: (plus more) :)
  • We will nominate and vote on delegates for District Nine conference.
  • A lucky name will be drawn for a prize for bringing a guest in January! 
  • Nominating committee will present the slate of officers for 2022-2023!
  • We will initiate Amy Hayes! A new Altrusan! Let's give Amy a warm Altrusan welcome!
  • Ronald McDonald House - Passion Project for January presentation. (for your convenience the Wish list is included with the documents in this newsletter), bring your items for RMH to the meeting. 
Just a fun reminder.....Tuesday (two's-day) February 22, 2022 is full of "2's"! If you know me, I have a love for numbers and dates!! So..... I think we Altrusans could have some fun at our program meeting on Tuesday, 02/22/2022!! Who's in? Let me hear from you with your fun ideas or bring them to the meeting or on Zoom on this Tuesday! We will have too (2) much fun!! 
Thank you Altrusan's for serving and making a positive impact in our community and beyond! 
See you on Tuesday at the Business meeting!
Michelle DiGaetano
President 2021-2022
Altrusa International of Temple, TX., Inc.
"Touching Hearts one Note at a Time"
Meeting ID: 831 7302 0811
Passcode: 922828
Altrusa Business meeting Agenda December 2021
Christmas Blessings
Christmas Love for Western Hills Nursing Home
Temple High School Jazz Band
Volunteers for Caring Ball 2022
Altrusa Correspondence report November 2021
Altrusa Treasurer Report November 2021
Altrusa Program Meeting Minutes-November 2021
Orchestra News
Woodwinds - Director Lori Luppino:
Woodwinds will be singing "Happy Birthday" to Altrusans with February birthday's at our Business meeting! 
In addition; Woodwinds is hosting an all-club social on March 3rd  location: Susie Dawson's home! Watch for additional details coming soon.
Brass - Director Cindy Black:
The Brass group will have an all-club social. Save the date March 24th for Brass Bluebonnet fest!
Percussion - Director Julie Ruiz:
On January 20th Percussion hosted an all-club social at the home of Dana Riegel! Thank you, Percussion, and Thank you Dana for opening up your lovely home for a very fun and festive event! 
Altrusa Committee News
ASTRA: Teresa Bowen-Bechtel, Kay Callin, Audrei Glick
BHS was able to make Valentine cards which will be given to a Nursing Home for Valentines. We are hoping that other ASTRA clubs will be able to make some as well. 
Communication: Janna Janes - Chair / Sherry Woodard - Co-Chair
Be sure to check the website for updated Zoom information for the meetings. Thank you!
Membership: Dana Riegel - Chair / Patsy Sulak - Co-Chair
SAVE THE DATE! 5th Tuesday is March 29, 2022. Location and time TBD! Sure to be a blast!

District Nine is working on compiling Accents from all clubs. If anyone has an Accent on their computer please submit the Accent to Dana Riegel or Debbie Mabry, that would be amazing!

While we certainly want to grow membership, keeping the members we have is extremely important. If there is an Altrusan that has not made a meeting or project recently, please give them a call and check on them! If you are a sponsor to an ALTRUSAN who recently joined (within the past 18 months), please remember to be checking in and inviting them to participate in activities.
Scholarship: Regina Phinney - Chair  / Sarah Davison - Co-Chair
Thanks to the WONDERFUL success of our TOH raffle ticket sales, Altrusa International of Temple, TX. will again be awarding scholarships in 2022!  We encourage all Altrusans to help spread the word for students to apply.  Scholarship applications can be completed on-line on our Altrusa website ( or applications can also be mailed to Attn: Scholarship Chair, P. O. Box 1251, Temple, TX. 76503.  Eligibility:  Applicant must be a resident of Bell County or a dependent of a Temple Altrusa member, must have at least a 3.0 GPA and must be planning to attend or is presently attending a college or university within the State of Texas.  Scholarship deadline is March 31, 2022 and all applications must be complete and include all necessary documentation (transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc.) 
Altrusan "Librarian": Sarah Davison 
Librarian Challenge: Show your LOVE for our book donation goal--buy 4 children's books this month and bring them to one of the meetings or send Sarah an email to arrange collection.
District Nine Conference Information: Linda Moore, Immediate Past Governor
Altrusa International of Temple, TX.  is Host Club
Conference Dates:  April 29 - May 1, 2022
Sheraton Austin Georgetown Hotel & Conference Center
Registration is $295.00 includes 5 meals
Guest rooms are $139.00 night
Begins: Friday, April 29 Noon with the Leadership Luncheon, all registrants included.
Friday Fun Night theme - Zoom Party 
Speaker and Workshop Presenter - Kent Julian, Motivational Speaker and former Youth Pastor
District Nine Nominating Committee will be elected
Literacy Quote to Warm the Heart
  1. “A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.”  – C.S. Lewis.
      2. “Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.” – Maya Angelou.
Passion Project for February
Feb 22, 2022
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Altrusa Program Meeting
Feb 22, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Service Committee Meeting
Feb 24, 2022 5:30 PM
Altrusa Board Meeting
Zoom only
Mar 01, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Woodwinds Social - Everyone is Invited!
Susie Dawson's House
Mar 03, 2022
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
International Women's Day
Mar 08, 2022
ER Nurse treats assembly
Mar 08, 2022 1:00 PM
Business Meeting
Ralph Wilson Youth Club
Mar 08, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Packaging Items for Erica's Closet
Precious Memories-Downtown Temple
Mar 12, 2022
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Altrusa Program Meeting
Mar 22, 2022
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Member Birthdays
Sharon Schmidt
February 3
Tara Manly
February 5
Cindy Southerland
February 6
Tara Stafford
February 18
Sarah Davison
February 20
Lisa Walker
February 22
Leticia Caraveo
February 25


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