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      Altrusa International Inc., Fayetteville AR.

           
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      Altrusa of Fayetteville
       
      In November 27, 1939, a group of forward thinking women held their first organizational meeting for the Altrusa Club of Fayetteville and the charter banquet, celebrating the successful completion of that organization was held in February 7, 1940.  Sue Garrett Keller was elected President of the twelve member group.  The Altrusa Club of Fayetteville was the second club organized in Arkansas, preceded by the Altrusa Club of Little Rock in 1933.

      Our first service project was sponsoring a Community Playhouse which operated for four years, closing in 1945 because of the war.  All proceeds from the playhouse were presented to the Theater Arts Department of the University of Arkansas to establish a scholarship for outstanding students in the theater arts.

      The club grew in membership and in prestige in the community.  During World War II, we organized and sponsored the first blood bank in Arkansas.  Other early projects included providing tennis courts in the city park, establishing a story hour at the City Library, providing financial aid, clothing and textbooks to high school seniors in need, assisting with Salk polio vaccine inoculations of elementary school children .  We also contributed to the new city library in honor of our member, Roberta Fulbright, for whom the library was named.

      Our longest running service program is the Fayetteville Youth Dental Program.  In 1957 the Fayetteville Schools began a program to help students who needed dental care.  Then in 1959, Lillian Woods, an Altrusan and a school counselor, led the club in establishing an on-site dental clinic in which volunteer dentists came to the school and children were treated at school without volunteers having to transport them to and from various dentists’ offices.  The club received the District Eight Service Award and the International Mamie L. Bass Service Award in 1967 for the project.  In 2001 the program received the Governor’s Distinguished Service Award, recognizing the venture as a long-standing project that had served the community for many years.  While the recognition the club has received for this venture is rewarding, the true reward is the smiling face of a child who has benefited from the service received in the clinic.  The program is still in operation as we strive to keep up-to-date equipment and materials available to those dentists who so freely contribute to the program.  Our purchases of a dental chair, chair-side consoles, a new x-ray machine, new dental instruments and a new air compressor to support three dental chairs, reflects our commitment to support this worthy program.

      Other long-established projects that have received various District and International awards include The Salvation Army Medical Service Ministry, begun in 1967, Trade-a-Book, started in 1990, T.U.G.S. (t-shirts, underwear, gloves and socks) program established in 1992, the Washington County Women’s jail “Captivating Read” program begun in 2005.  Other successful programs we supported as long as they were in operation include Drug Court in the schools and the BOW project (Builder of Women).

      Our Club was instrumental in forming three more Altrusa Clubs in Northwest Arkansas:  The Altrusa Club of Ft. Smith, the Altrusa Club of Springdale, and the Altrusa Club of Bentonville/BellaVista.  In addition to those Altrusa Clubs, we also formed an ASTRA Club at Fayetteville High School in 2002.  This 50 member club shows great promise as they work in their community on various service projects.

      We hope those twelve women who chartered the Altrusa Club of Fayetteville would be proud to know that we have grown both in numbers and in service to our community.  As we approach our 75th Diamond Anniversary in February, 2014, we hope to lay the groundwork for generations of Altrusans to come.  As one Mayor stated in his proclamation: “There is nothing that Altrusa of Fayetteville cannot do” and promptly handed our president the city’s wish list.    

      PO Box 251

      Fayetteville, AR  72702,  USA

      Washington County, Arkansas

      District Eight 

      AltrusaFayetteville@cox.net

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