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Chula Vista, CA Danielle Robello President Ceci Garcia Vice President Glenda Hogg Secretary Lily Ramirez Treasurer Hillary Sloan Immediate Past President Sharon Brower Director Julie Robello Director Betty Waznis Director Lillian Leopold Parliamentarian Eva Salas Altrusaga Editor

Vision: “Leaders in Service, breaking down barriers to education”

ALTRUSAGA Altrusa Club of Chula Vista, California Inc.

Volume 5 7, Issue 7

December 2019

President’s Message

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. ‘Tis the season to give. Thank you to those of you who supported ASTRA’s fundraiser to support SWC students in need of bus passes. Last I heard, they only needed to sell 6 more! And, we were gifted with a $2,000 grant from International for our New Alternatives School Creative Library Space for At-Risk Youth project. A huge thank you to Shauna for writing the grant application! Our Christmas Party is on December 11 and I hope to see you there. I am excited for our new Adopt a Family project to support a military family in need this Christmas. Thank you for all the hard work each of you have done the first half of our club year. Bring on the New Year!

Members Only *Sponsorship: $500. Sapphire

Members Only *Sponsorship: $100. Pearl

*Sponsorships: see sponsorship fact sheet on website

Contact Lily Ramirez for tickets.

Cyber Monday Special $65. each, one day only, December 2, Just Imagine tickets on our website



Altrusa International of Chula Vista, Inc. is an organization of professionals dedicated to a more literate and educated community. This is accomplished by providing direct service and financial support to organizations in the South Bay.

Club Updates2 Club Chairs for 2019-2020


Sharon Brower


Hillary Sloan & Glenda Hoggs


Sharon Brower


Ceci Garcia & Michelle Smith


Shauna Stokes & Lillian Leopold

Ways & Means

Patti Rahiser & Eva Salas

Dinner Menu Altrusaga is published monthly for Altrusa Club of Chula Vista. Mailing address: PO Box 6225 Chula Vista, CA 91909


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We are accepting your silent auction or raffle baskets and/or donations at the December 11 meeting.

Sponsorships who want to be recognized in the Just Imagine Program are due by January 28, 2020.

Fundraiser tickets available now on our website $75 through February 8, 2020. Tables of 10 are $600 thru December 31, 2019.

See the December calendar on our website.

“ C o unt not th e c andle s… se e the li gh ts th e y give . Count not the years, but th e life y ou live . W i shi ng y ou a wonde rfu l time ahead. H ap p y birth day . ”

On Cyber Monday, December 2

you can buy $65 tickets to our Just Imagine fundraiser using the code mailed to you via email. Cyber Monday ends on Monday at midnight. No exchanges, no returns.

December Birthdays 8 Ceci Garcia

On December 3

ASTRA Club is having their year end/Holiday meeting with goodies & all Altrusa are invited to room 554 at regular meeting time, 12:00 p.m.

21 Shauna Stokes 23 Lillian Leopold

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Altrusa Club of Chula Vista

Every Altrusan's Elevator Speech:

Altrusa International of Chula Vista, Inc. is dedicated to improving the South Bay community by providing services and financial support, developing leadership, fostering education, and encouraging fellowship through an international network of dedicated volunteers.

Our Beloved Mary Thigpen January 27, 1949 – November 10, 2019 Celebration of life for Mary Thigpen will be as follows. December 20, 2019, 6:00 p.m., Ronald Reagan Community Center, 195 East Douglas Avenue, El Cajon, California 92020.

Detailed information here.

New Club App!

Be on the lookout for an invite to join our BAND group. You will receive a text or e-mail from Danielle with the link to download the app and sign up. You can choose to sign up with just your phone number or e-mail or link it to your Facebook or Google account. This app is similar to a Facebook group, but completely private, including your personal profile! If you choose to get the app, it will have our calendar of events; allows us to share pictures, videos, and files; and you can easily create a poll or sign-up sheet. Our BAND group won’t replace our usual communications; it’s just another way for us to connect. Let Lily or Danielle know if you would like help joining our BAND group. See you on BAND!


Altrusans in the Community

On Dec 15 Have a meal at Jersey Mikes and they'll donate 20% of the proceeds to Altrusa Chula Vista. Jersey Mikes on Birch Road, Chula Vista from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Share the flyer with your friends, family, co-workers. See flyer on next page.

Barbara Harris, Iracsema Quilantan, Shauna Stokes, and Sharon Vega attended the Rady Children’s Hospital fundraiser on November 2, sponsored by the Bonita Unit Auxiliary, and held at the Bayfront Hilton. Funds were raised for its mental health services. It looked like we all won something from the silent auction tables. Lisa Johnson, Lillian Leopold, Iracsema Quilantan, Carmen Richardson’s husband Rick, and Shauna Stokes attended the Southwestern College Foundation’s Jaguar Awards luncheon on November 8. It was held at the Sycuan Resort and Casino. Lisa is Chair of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

ASTRA Sharon Brower, Chair The ASTRA-Jag Kitchen Club holds meeting 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 12:00-1:00 in room 554 adjacent to the Jag Kitchen, Southwestern College.


Membership Ceci Garcia, Michelle Smith, Chairs

We hope to see many members and their guests at our annual Christmas party on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at the Chula Vista Golf Course. The deadline to RSVP with your dinner option (email was sent by Danielle) was Nov. 27. Dinner payment of $50 must be paid to Lily Ramirez by December 9th. A fun evening is planned with the $20 gift exchange, games, door prizes and music. If you would like to help and sponsor a military family gift cards are recommended. We look forward to a fun and festive evening!

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Service Projects Shauna Stokes, Lillian Leopold, Chairs

Club Receives Altrusa International Foundation Grant We have been awarded a $2,000 fall grant from the Altrusa International Foundation for “A Creative Library Space for At-Risk Youth” to set up a library at Alta Vista School in Chula Vista, a school for foster youth with behavioral and academic issues, and students who are on probation.


We will be setting up a new library for the students. The school needs fiction and non-fiction books, as well as arts and crafts supplies and puzzle books, jigsaw puzzles, and board games. The space for the library currently holds textbooks for the students and is a storage area for equipment. The school has funding to purchase comfortable lounge chairs for the students. The plan is to keep the textbooks but consolidate them into a couple of the shelves, move out the equipment, and create a comfortable environment for the students. We will be doing this project in the next few months, with completion during the school’s spring break.


Days for Girls Update



Our club members approved using some of the Days for Girls International project funds to buy underwear and snaps for an enterprise in Rwanda. These women make the personal hygiene kits and sell them to earn an income, to be able to pay school fees and feed their children. There was an opportunity to fill six suitcases with supplies that a team leader in Pennsylvania, who was going on a mission trip there, would take for free. The Rwandan women have been unable to get supplies from Uganda due to issues between the two governments. We spent $1,383 on approximately 150 ten-piece underwear packs in girl sizes 10, 12, and 14, and 5,000 snaps. There will be a Days for Girls regional conference in Oceanside on January 17 and 18, 2020 and we have an opportunity to do volunteer work there. They need help with set up on Thursday, January 16, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, and clean up and take down on Saturday afternoon, January 18. They could also use help with setting up for break times and lunches on Friday and Saturday, but that appears to be an all day commitment. They are also looking for donations of gift cards to Target, Walmart, or Joanns. If anyone would like to volunteer, please let Shauna know by our club’s holiday party on December 11.



In days we will be hosting the most potentially successful fundraiser ever!

Ways & Means Patti Rahiser, Eva Salas, Chairs

2/22/20 Fundraiser!

Join us for a Ways & Means meeting to stay informed and involved. The next meeting is on Friday, December 27 at 1:00 pm, Iracsema Quilantan's home and we hope to see you there. What we've done so far.... � Sponsorship Letter approved � Donation Letter approved and sent out � Club Facts Sheet and Projects approved � Evites sent out � Printed invites distributed to mail � Decorations approved � Live Auction leader, Helyn Printed Invites Please follow up with your guests. Electronic Invites Please follow up with your guests. A last push will be on February 8 if needed.

A Mardi Gras Raffle Basket is in the works. It's a club effort, please add your Mardi Gras items.

Baskets! We have 22 baskets completed or nearly completed. Patti announced some items need to complete two baskets: dog items and baby items. Please bring your baskets/donations to the December Christmas party, we can't wait to see them!

Silent auction or raffle baskets will be deadline due at the December meeting/Christmas party. After they are wrapped at the 1/4/2020 wrap party they will be photographed and displayed on our website for our registered guests to view and to love. The baskets will be available for bidding at the event. Iracsema has offered her home to collect them and we will build them and photograph them there too. The basket wrapping event will take place on January 4, 2020. Donation letters Betty Waznis has sent out the donation letters requesting donations. If you have any contacts you want included please forward the information to Betty Sharon Vega has volunteered to oversee the collection of donations and forward to Team basket.

team. The letter is a formalization that is required with the request. Centerpieces and Decorations Eva Salas has a liquor contact who is donating 25 champagne bottles for centerpieces. The Deco team led by Glenda will meet in January to build the centerpieces. Volunteer Opportunities We have our check-in Greeters who will also be assisting our guests with their packets and table assignments: Michelle, Alana and Sandy. Check-out Greeters who will help guests with their baskets and help Patti Nesbitt with Goodie Bags are still needed. Shauna and Maureen have volunteered to greet at the threshold and hand out beads.

*Sponsorship Levels $5,000 Gold $2,500 Silver $1,000 Bronze

Sponsorship letters Hillary Sloan, Carmen Richardson and Patti Nesbitt have been contacting potential sponsors for our event. Diamond, Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsors. Altrusa member sponsorships are available at the $500 level. Any members with contacts who would like to sponsor please forward the information to the

Ways & Means Meeting – December 27 at 1:00 pm 6

Altrusa Club of Chula Vista

On Jan 28

the printed program will go to print and it will be the last day to include any sponsors who wish to be acknowledged in print.

You can..... • Buy a **table (10 guests) for $600. • Put together a basket with a buddy group or a group of friends • Buy your ticket, $75. altrusacv. org • Donate basket items and bring them the December meeting • Donate time to any of the projects in the works, just ask • Volunteer to be a check out greeter

Remind your guests to donate a book........

Basket Donation

Donate a Dr. Seuss book and you’ll contribute to our literacy projects, and receive an opportunity drawing ticket for a pair of tickets to next year’s event!

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English or Spanish.

#______________Donate a

Dr. Seuss book and you’ll Donated By:____________________________________________________ contribute to our literacy projects, ______________________________________________________________ and receive an opportunity drawing ticket for a pair of ______________________________________________________________ tickets to next year’s event!

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English or Spanish.

Basket Name:__________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ Description:____________________________________________________

Donate a

Dr. Seuss book _____________________________________________________________ and you’ll

Members Only *Sponsorship: $500. Sapphire

_____________________________________________________________ contribute to our

*Sponsorships: see sponsorship fact sheet **Table - one $600 payment

English or Spanish. _____________________________________________________________

literacy projects,

_____________________________________________________________ and receive an opportunity

drawing ticket for a pair of _____________________________________________________________ tickets to next year’s event!

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Donate a Dr. Seuss book and you’ll contribute to our literacyand/or projects, Please use the form above when you submit a basket any item of and receive an opportunity donation. It intake can also be used for live auction items, add a sheet of paper Notes for info:____________________________________________ for detailed information as needed. drawing ticket for a pair of tickets to next year’s event! _____________________________________________________________ English or Spanish. _____________________________________________________________


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District Advisory Committee (DAC)

The District Advisory Council for Compensatory Education (DAC) is a Districtlevel committee made up of parents, staff and community leaders who advise the Board of Education and District staff on behalf of Title I compensatory education program participants. Title I is a federally funded program that addresses the academic needs of under-performing students. Each school site annually elects one parent representative and a parent alternate to vote if the representative is absent. DAC provides communication, information, and training for School Site Councils. Presently, there are 25 schools with schoolwide Title I programs in the District.


District Advisory Council (DAC) District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC) 2019-2020 MEETING SCHEDULE Date



August 13

Parent Training

Regular Meeting

September 10

Parent Training

Regular Meeting

October 22

Parent Training

Regular Meeting

November 19

Parent Training

Regular Meeting

January 21

Parent Training

Regular Meeting

February 11

Parent Training

Regular Meeting

March 10

Parent Training

Regular Meeting

April 21

Parent Training

Regular Meeting

May 19

Parent Training

Regular Meeting

NEXT Meeting

Date and Time January 21, 2020 12:00PM - 2:00PM Location Chula Vista Elementary School District 84 E. J Street Chula Vista, CA 91910 Contact

All meetings will be held at the Chula Vista Education Service & Support Center 84 East J Street, Chula Vista 91910 The Chula Vista Elementary School District is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying. The District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying based on race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, genetic information; the perception of one or more of such characteristics, or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics in any program, practice or activity it conducts. For inquiries about District policies and procedures related to student-to-student, student-tostaff and staff-to student harassment/discrimination, including how to file a harassment/discrimination complaint contact: Instructional Services and Support Department, Matthew Tessier, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent/Title IX Coordinator,, (619) 425-9600, Extension 1451. For inquiries or complaints related to employee-to-employee, student-to-employee, or work/ employment related discrimination or harassment, contact: Human Resources Service and Support Department, Jeffrey Thiel, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent/ Title IX Coordinator,, (619) 425-9600, Ext. 1340 both contacts are located at 84 East J Street Chula Vista, CA 91910.



ASTRA Meeting


Board Meeting Mid-year review of strategic plan & evaluation of the Club



Human Rights Day


Christmas Party, Chula Vista Golf Club

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New Years Day 2020


ASTRA meeting


Board Meeting Mid-Year Committee Reports Due Add an Altrusan month (April)

10 15

Business Meeting – Ways & Means Nominating Committee Elections White Elephant 50/50 Opportunity Drawing Deadline to submit Club Foundation Annual Report to International


ASTRA meeting

ASTRA Meeting

Christmas Day Altrusa Club of Chula Vista

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