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Chula Vista, CA Hilary Sloan President Danielle Robello Vice President Glenda Hogg Secretary Lily Ramirez Treasurer Irascema Quilantan Immediate Past President Zaneta Encarnacion Director

ALTRUSAGA Altrusa Club of Chula Vista, California Inc.

Volume 56, Issue 11

President’s Corner

Donna Moss Director Betty Waznis Director Lillian Leopold Parliamentarian Eva Salas Altrusaga Editor

Vision: “Leaders in Service,making a difference in the South Bay” General Meeting Wednesday April 17, 2019 5:15 - 6:00 p.m. Social Gathering 6:00 p.m. Meeting/Dinner Mangia Italiano 248 Third Avenue, Chula Vista Dinner 21.00 each Salad w/chicken 25.00 each RSVP with 619 582-6876 Sharon Brower or

Welcome to Spring. As we wrap up this year, our first goal is to review last year's major and minor service projects and percentages. The second goal is to finalize the projects and percentages for the 2019-2020 club year in order for the Foundation Board to finalize next year's budget. Service Committee Chair Shauna Stokes and committee members will meet at 4:30 p.m. prior to the business meeting on April 17. District Eleven Conference is next month, May 2-5 here in San Diego and I am excited to announce 18 of our members will attend either full or part of the conference. Reimbursements for registration will be distributed at the April business meeting, contact Lily Ramirez, Treasurer. Donation opportunity! Donate a centerpiece for the conference. They are accepting vase(s) that are short in stature and/or clear pebbles to go on them and please

April 2019

bring them to the April business meeting. Thank you. May’s club board meeting on May 8 will take place at the Energy Station located in the South Chula Vista Branch at 6:00 p.m. This is an Altrusa opportunity to stock the Energy Station with items that we purchased with the grant from International. The Night to Remember Prom is this month. Those that signed up have a training on April 17 in Eastlake, contact Lisa Johnson. Days for Girls Escondido chapter is open to the community for support on April 13, 9-11 am. This is a great community service oppurtunity and support for Days for Girls. Southwestern College will have their The Student of Distinction Award ceremony on May 8 at Southwestern College. All members are invited to attend and support our scholarship recepients, for tickets contact Lilian Leopold. I hope to see you all on Wednesday evening as we celebrate our Altrusa Centennial Anniversary at La Quinta Mexican Grill, 6:00 p.m.

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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 2018-2019


Sharon Brower


Joy Whatley Hillary Sloan


Sharon Brower


Ceci Garcia


Shauna Stokes


Lily Ramirez

Ways & Means

Patti Rahiser

Dinner Menu





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Students of Distinction Awards Ceremony, May 8, 2019. Southwestern College, Chula Vista Make reservations for Reno, Nevada Conference, July 17 - 20, 2019

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Altrusaga is published monthly for Altrusa Club of Chula Vista. Mailing address: PO Box 6225 Chula Vista, CA 91909 Foundation EIN#33-0463922


Notary Public

Lily Ramirez has annouced that she will donate her notary services fees to the club for services provided to members. Contact Lily for details.

April Birthdays

May Board Meeting

Our May 8 Board Meeting will take place at the Energy Station located at Chula Vista Library South, 389 Orange Avenue, Chula Vista, 91911.

Altrusa Club of Chula Vista

2 Lou Ann Vogler 10 Michelle Smith 11 Betty Waznis 19 Lisa Johnson 26 Barbara Harris

Join us in sunny San Diego in May for Thursday, May 2 9:00 a.m.-noon District Eleven Board Meeting District 12:00-5:00 p.m.Eleven’s Registration Conference. 12:30-3:00 p.m. Presidents Workshop 12:30-3:00 We’ll p.m. be Treasurers ‘Surfin’Workshop the Altrusa 3:30 -4:30 p.m. All Conference San Diego Club Hands-on Service Way!Project

Preliminary Conference Schedule

5:00-6:00 p.m. Reception for International Representative (Margarita Party)

Friday May 3

7:30-9:00 a.m. Registration 8:00-8:30 a.m. First Timers’ Meeting 8:30-9:00 a.m. Delegate/Alternate Instruction 9:00-10:30 a.m. Opening Session 10:45-11:45 a.m. Business Session 12:30-2:30 p.m. Awards Luncheon 3:00 -4:30 p.m. All Conference Round Table Discussions 5:00 p.m. Motown Fun with the Corvelles

Saturday May 4

6:30-7:30 a.m. Tammy Fournier Fun & Fitness the Foundation Walk & Chair Yoga Eighteen Altrusans are planning to Districtfor Be sure to check out following “Call to Conference” Eleven Service Bulleting and on our Wesite: 7:30-8:30 a.m. Past Governors’ Breakfast attend the District Eleven Conference 8:00-8:15 a.m. Banquet seating sign-up in various capacities. Some are full 8:00-8:30 a.m. Delegate Voting Use the menu to find the a.m. ‘News’Workshops link. 9:00-11:15 and some are part registrants and all icon 11:15-12:15 p.m. Marketplace are planning on having a great That’s were you will time. find all the Conference information for this year. 12:30-2:30 p.m. Foundation Luncheon Helyn and Shauna may come up with 3:00-4:30 you can register p.m. onlineWorkshops again this year. a designated color For or your topconvenience to wear 6:00-7:00 p.m. Reception so we can look like a team. Let's Mailing your registration is another 7:00-9:30 p.m. option. Governor’s Banquet 9:30-10:30 p.m. Governor’s Reception represent !

Conference Update:

Just be sure to

Listed is the prelimary schedule, Sunday May 5 the not let the April8:00-8:45 2nd deadline passMemorial you by. Service a.m. subject to change - they'll have 9:00-11:00 a.m. Business Session an updated information the floppy hats and other Closing Be sure to pack your flip flops, at sunscreen, beach gear for a weekend of fun. (Call to 2020 Conference) conference. 11:30-3:00 p.m. District Eleven Board meeting

On Wednesday April 10. We are celebrating our club's 61st birthday! Everyone is invited to no-host happy hour at La Quinta Mexican Grill at 6:00 p.m. Meet us at 625 E St, Chula Vista, 91910 for a fun membership mixer.

On Friday April 12. ASTRA club members and Altrusans are going to Mi Escuelita. It will be ASTRA's first visit and they are bringing the donated Dr. Suess books. Reading and art projects will cover the morning. Altrusans should meet at the L Street parking entrance to enter at 9:00 a.m. Contact Sharon Brower for additional information.

On Saturday April 13. Days for Girls Escondido Team is holding a community monthly work day from 10:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m., 2250 Broadway, Escondido 92026. Your chance to volunteer and organize a car pool.

We are looking forward to seeing you soon!

HANDLERY HOTEL 950 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA 92108

Save the Date

Barbara Harris and Shauna Stokes and other family and friends of Barbara participated in the 5k run/ walk or 15-mile bike ride in the March 31 Sharon's Ride. Run. Walk. to benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County. Barbara lost her granddaughter Madelyn at age 12 to epilepsy in 2013.

Sunday, August 25, 2019 100 tickets available

Del Mar Races Del Mar Fair Grounds

contact Lily Ramirez for tickets


Membership Ceci Garcia, Chair

ASTRA Sharon Brower, Chair

ASTRA meetings have resumed with a new name, a new president and a new advisor. Lillian Leopold has been our conduit to making this transition happen for us. Come and meet Jesus Sevilla, President of ASTRA Jag Kitchen Club, and advisor Jenny at the next meeting. The next meeting is Tuesday, April 7, 2019 at noon. Next to the Jag Kitchen, Room 553, at Southwestern College. Please contact Lillian in regard to a parking permit.

Look for your name on the updated Buddy System List and please let Ceci Garcia know if you would like to be added on a team. leaders were assigned to each team so they can organize the get-togethers. Get-togethers are for members to get to know eachother on a more personal level.

Introducing the Buddy System

The Buddy System is for new members and long time members to get acquianted with eachother outside of club meetings. A designated leader will organize events that can include Altrusa chores that are normally done before business meeting or other fun activities. The Buddy Systerm is also a warm welcome for new members to get to know other members and learn about our club and how it operates This can also increase participation.

Plan a get-together with your team. TEAM 1

Ceci Garcia - Leader Michelle Smith Hillary Sloan Donna Moss Sharon Vega Barbara Harris


Iracsema Quilantan Leader Shawna Stokes Lillian Leopold Lisa Johnson


It's a win-win, the Buddy System, which has no organizational cost, structures pairs of friends or members with similar hobbies or outside interests. Groups of four members stay in touch and support one another. We will have a sign-up sheet at the next general meeting in March. The teams of four members stay in touch and support one another. Members are paired with one close buddy, and the membership chair assigns a minimum of two more buddies to make a team of four. One team member is appointed the team leader and coordinates occasional gettogethers and activities. The team leaders and the membership chair coordinate quarterly gettogethers and activities. Teams will change annually and you are encouraged to buddy with members you don’t know outside of the club.


Helyn Sloan - Leader Danielle Robello Julie Robello Lily Ramirez Diane Ayala


Kristi Phillips - Leader Lisa Breid Glenda Hogg Patti Rahiser Joy Whatley Carmen Richardson

Altrusa Club of Chula Vista


Sharon Brower- Leader Mary Thigpen Eva Salas Patty Nesbitt

Service Projects Shauna Stokes, Chair

Books and More Program for Women Inmates at the Chula Vista City Jail

By Julie Robello, Ed.D.

A Night to Remember

By Lisa Johnson

In 2011, Rob and Cheryl Shields were inspired to organize a San Diego County Prom for high school students with special needs, including Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, and other physical challenges. This event takes place in our community and the Altrusa Club of Chula Vista continues to support this event and provide volunteers to help at the prom. Volunteering at this event is an honor and coveted opportunity. We have the opportunity to provide 6-8 volunteers at the jewelry station. This is where the prom goers get to select something special and sparkly to highlight their evening attire. This year’s prom is on Friday, April 26. Contact Lisa Johnson for details. Volunteer spots fill quickly. Training for this event is on April 16 at Eastlake Church.

Books hold within their pages the power to transform individuals. Many prisoners do not have family support or the financial means to purchase books or games. The Books and More Program provides female inmates, many of whom are only literate in Spanish, with the opportunity to explore and learn new things. Books can be a blessing to these individuals who may find encouragement, inspiration and light within their pages. The Chula Vista City Jail, greatly appreciates our support of their program which provides incarcerated women with books, magazines, and table games such Scrabble or playing cards. Visual connections provide a means for these otherwise isolated people to remain interested and connected to the outside world. Inmates who engage in card games, Scrabble, or reading material eases their time in jail. These positive activities discourage bad behavior.and it helps improve their literacy skills. The importance of inmate rehabilitation through literacy stands to benefit everyone and improves prisoner literacy. • Financial savings from having fewer individuals re-entering the prison system • Society benefits from gaining productive members of society • Increased personal and community safety - literacy opens the door to new opportunities These are just a few of the many benefits of encouraging literacy within the prison population. Department of Justice most recent statistics show that prisoners whose literacy needs are supported have

only a 16 percent chance of going back to prison. In comparison, those who have not received any type of literacy support have a 70 percent chance of going back to prison. Thus it is in society’s best interest to encourage and support book and literacy programs within our prison systems. When selecting the reading materials to donate, it is important to keep in mind that they need to be soft cover books and magazines and that their content must be appropriate and cannot include suggestive material or violence, even in satire. Examples of appropriate reading material include self-help type of books and magazines that are entertaining, for example: Time Magazine, Glamour, National Geographic, People and People en Español, Hola USA; Historia & Viajes from National Geographic; Selecciones, & Vanidades; Readers Digest; Books about : Religion, Emotional InteligenceInteligencia Emocional; Science – Ciencia; History – Historia, etc.

Other welcome materials include, word search workbooks, word puzzles, Sudoku, and other similar items. Donations will be collected by Dr. Robello, once a month at our membership meeting, please bring in your donations. Share this invitation with friends and family.

Please join Altrusa in being a part of the Literacy SOLUTION


Ways & Means Patti Rahiser, Chair


Our annual Mardi Gras fundraiser was a huge success! We don't have the final net earnings yet, but it's in the range of $26,000. Thanks to all of your efforts we had 210 attendees (similar to last year). Not only thanking members who provided hands-on skills/time to make this event come together, but also I want to recognize members who donated basket/auction items. Without all this work, we would not have had a successful event. So whether you donated items or time or both--




ASTRA Meeting


Board Meeting*


World Health Day



Club celebration - Happy Hour at La Quinta Mexican Grill 625 E St Chula Vista, CA 91910


Altrusa Centennial Anniversary Celebration


ASTRA visits Mi Escuelita


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District Eleven Conference in San Diego sponsored by the San Diego Club HANDLERY HOTEL 950 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA 92108


ASTRA Meeting


Board Meeting* - Invite incoming Board to attent; Select alternates and delegates for Convention; Add an Altrusan month meeting with incoming and outgoing boards to exchange information; Request officers and chaairs to prepare annual reports; Audit treasurer's books


Business Meeting** Installation of new officers for Club and Foundation; Year-end reports due; Annual dues due; Solicit member contributions for Club 21 - May 30 renewal; 50/50 Opportunity Drawing International Day of Families


ASTRA Meeting


Altrusa Financial Year ends


Community Fun Run/Walk

Business Meeting** Birthday Celebration - Program, Presentation of 4 ASTRA Scholarships, Ways and Means raffle basket

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Altrusaga April 2019  

Newsletter for Altrusa Club International of Chula Vista, California for club members.

Altrusaga April 2019  

Newsletter for Altrusa Club International of Chula Vista, California for club members.

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