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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 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 Feb 20, 2019 5:15 - 6:00 p.m. Social Gathering 6:00 p.m. Meeting/Dinner

ALTRUSAGA Altrusa Club of Chula Vista, California Inc.

Volume 56, Issue 9

February 2019

President’s Corner

It is time!!! Fundraiser time!! I know you all have been working hard on your subcommittees along with inviting all your friends to our fundraiser. Thank you for everyone's hard work. I know many of you have donated items for silent and live auction along with raffle baskets. Thank you all! We have gotten great sponsors for our fundraiser and that is all due to your hard work. As of February 5, we had raised $11,000.00 in sponsorship money. Part of this money raised came from our members!!! We still need to fill our seats. The nominating committee has been able to put together a slate for the club and for the foundation. We will be announcing the open positions for each at the business meeting. Any member can be nominated from the floor when our club votes for the club and foundation board officers at the March business meeting. February 20 is World Day of Social Justice. Sister Viola will be at our meeting February business meeting on our program. It is also time to look into our 2019-2020 service projects. Our District Eleven 64th Conference is just around the corner, May 2-5 2019, in San Diego. The conference will be hosted by the Altrusa International of San Diego. I am hoping that our club is enormously represented at this conference since it is in town. If you cannot go to the full conference you can attend a Friday or Saturday only session. The convention will be in Reno this year, July 17-20, 2019. This is a change in International President from Leanne Milligan to Beverly Hardy. Installing a new International president is an awesome event to witness. I encourage members to consider attending a convention it is an eye-opening event. Remember convention only occurs every two years.

Mangia Italiano 248 Third Avenue, Chula Vista

Nominating Committee Selected at the January meeting. Hillary Sloan, Chair Helyn Sloan Glenda Hogg The committee will be nominating next year's committee chairs and officers.

Dinner 21.00 each Salad w/chicken 25.00 each RSVP with 619 582-6876 Sharon Brower or



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

See the committee listings on the next page .

Dinner Menu

with meat sauce

Mark your calendar for District 11 Conference in San Diego.

Make reservations for Reno Conference.

We are pleased to announce Our very own immediate past president Iracsema Quilantan has made us proud. Iracsema, Public Works Director for the City of Chula Vista (IQ) has received a Certificate of Recognition from San Diego State University School of Public Affairs as a Distinguished Alumni Honoree. She was presented with the recognition in honor of her community and civic engagement. IQ oversees 130 employees responsible for maintaining the City's infrastructure and improving and preserving City facilities, parks, and libraries. She is an active member of our Altrusa Club and we congratulate her on her recognition. Iracsema and husband Pablo are parents of two college students and a recent graduate.


Chicken Parmigiana

Encourage your friends and family to attend our fundraiser.

Shells Florentine w/white sauce

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


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Wrap Party is a Wrap! Altrusans gathered at Patty Nesbitt’s home on Saturday, February 2, for a wrap party of baskets and certificates for our fundraiser on February 23. Patti Rahiser provided wonderful food and Patty Nesbitt provided wonderful beverages (wine was involved). Patti Rahiser did her usual amazing job of organizing us all, answering questions, making decisions, and working wherever she was needed to keep us moving smoothly. Hard at work arranging and wrapping the baskets were Helyn Sloan, Donna Moss, Eva Salas, Lily Ramirez, and Patty Nesbitt (creativity was involved). Kristi Phillips moved the completed baskets to another room and helped Lisa Breid organize and track the donation forms. Lisa Breid was burning up the computer typing up donation forms and organizing them on a spreadsheet. Lisa Johnson stopped by to give moral support and then went out and got us an Arya Cleaners donation! Rosemarie Hudson and Marta Michaels drove all the way from La Jolla to drop off donations and give us hugs and encouragement. Lillian Leopold was working her magic on Third Avenue and got us a cool live auction item involving brewery touring and beer drinking! Cindy Greenbaum and Shauna Stokes put together certificate packages and baskets with various donated individual items (laughter was involved). We missed Iracsema Quilantan, who was wearing her Director of Public Works hat that day, and was out with her crews all day working to prevent or reduce flood and drainage problems from the rain. We wrapped close to 30 baskets and put together about 10 certificate packages, adding to the number of baskets and certificates already collected or being brought to the event by members. We’re going to have a fantastic event with great items for folks to bid on!

Calling a February Birthdays

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5 Edalia Olivo-Gomez 10 Sandy Minich 11 Helyn Sloan 19 Patty Nesbitt


Membership Ceci Garcia, Chair

Introducing the Buddy System

We would like to make sure that anyone who joins the club and become new members are made to feel welcome and have the opportunity to find out all about the club and how everything works. The Buddy System is much more than just putting a friend’s name on paper…it is a planned process to interact outside the club meeting and to get to know all club members. 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


Sharon Brower, Chair ASTRA meetings will resume in February 2019 at the beginning of the Spring semester.


Board Meeting*

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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 if a team of four is not formed. One person in the team is appointed the team leader and coordinates occasional get-togethers and activities. The team leaders and the membership chair, coordinate quarterly gettogethers and activities. Teams change annually. Teams need to be formed with members you don’t know outside of the club. Be thinking of your buddy or team by next meeting.


Deadline to submit articles to District for District Service Bulletin Newsletter


Business Meeting**- Report from Nominating Committee, Select Items to sell at District Eleven Market Place at Conference Campaign for conference attendance World Day of Social Justice, raffle basket,


Annual Fundraiser Just Imagine


ASTRA meeting

Altrusa Club of Chula Vista

March Board Meeting*

International Women's Rights Day


Select delegates/alternates for District Conference Approve items for selling at Conference marketplace & Foundation Basket Initiation of new member(s) Election of Club and Foundation Slate of Officers for 2019-2020


Meeting with new members 5 years and less


District Award submittals due


Membership mixer


Read Across America at Mi Escuelita - joint Club and ASTRA project

Service Projects

Shauna Stokes, Chair

Library’s Energy Innovation Station Opens

Altrusans were on hand for the grand opening of the Energy Innovation Station at the South Chula Vista Library on Thursday, January 24. Carmen, Edalia, Eva, Glenda, Iracsema, Joy, Kristi, and Shauna were on hand to cheer, and set up and serve refreshments. Glenda made her famous, delicious meatballs; we also had cheese and crackers, cookies, water, and coffee. Approximately 80 people were in attendance for the speeches and ribbon cutting by Mayor Mary Casillas Salas, representatives of San Diego Gas & Electric, Chula Vista Elementary School District, International Brotherhood of

Electric Works (IBEW), and National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). NECA presented a $10,000 check to the school district for this program. Our club is partnering with the Library to provide the classroom supplies, banners, badges, and posters for this program. The Energy Innovation Station is a new workforce development partnership, that includes a STEM/ STEAM component with a focus on Clean Energy Science. The Energy Station allows students to discover, explore, and create using their strengths, and identify careers in the Energy Science field. This project will also allow the Library to include community adults and children to take part in

the activities, especially those in the surrounding low and moderate income areas. Our Club’s Service Plan includes $5,000 in Club Foundation funding and a matching grant of $4,000 from the Altrusa International Foundation grant program. We will be submitting this project for the Letha H. Brown Literacy Award to District Eleven.


Ways & Means Patti Rahiser, Chair

JUST IMAGINE Fundraiser: PARTY TIME!!! Now that you have ensured your friends are coming to our fund raiser, here are some last minute details: Highlights of what you need to know about our fundraiser:

• Set up for the event is that morning, February 23 @ 7:00 a.m. We need as many of you as possible to come early to help. • Parking is on north side of Sunset Ballroom (main entrance) or in front of Barefoot Bar (west entrance to building) • Menu: Spinach caprese salad, short rib ravioli and blackout chocolate cake • Let's party and make $$$$

Altrusa Club of Chula Vista, Inc. Foundation


RSVP INDIVIDUAL TICKETS I wish to purchase ____tickets at $65 each* I would like to sit with ___________________ ______________________________________________

Dietary Needs

Vegetarian Gluten Free Other ____________________________________

What you can do:

Many thanks to all those that have been working so hard to make this a great event. ALL Club members are responsible for finding sponsors/donors and providing a basket for the auction/raffle. Patti Rahiser

I am unable to attend, but please accept my tax-deductible gift of $ __________________

SPONSORSHIP $2,000 Gold $1,000 Silver $500 Bronze

PAYMENT METHOD Credit Card #____________________________ Security Code __________ Exp. Date _________ Name on Card ______________________________ Billing Address ____________________________ _____________________________________________ Enclosed is a check payable to Altrusa Club of Chula Vista, Inc. Foundation *$14.55 per ticket may be tax deductible

Altrusa is practical idealism. Its service consists, not in saying great things, but in daily earnest practice of its principles. PRINCIPLES OF ALTRUSA By Mamie L. Bass, 1921


Altrusa Club of Chula Vista

USING SMILE.AMAZON.COM With holiday shopping right around the corner many of us will be shopping via the internet and on Amazon. I know many of our members already use smile. and have chosen our Foundation as their charity of choice. However, our newer members may not be aware of this option, so here is some information on com and how to sign up. AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you and your family and friends to support your favorite charitable organization Altrusa Club of Chula Vista Incorporated Foundation, every time they shop. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon. com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. How do I shop at AmazonSmile? To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to from the

web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile. to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile. Which products on AmazonSmile are eligible for charitable donations? Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible. Can I use my existing Amazon. com account on AmazonSmile? Yes, you use the same account on and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same. How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile? On your first visit to AmazonSmile (, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible

purchases before you begin shopping. Once you choose will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation. How much of my purchase does Amazon donate? The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. The purchase price is the amount paid for the item minus any rebates and excluding shipping & handling, giftwrapping fees, taxes, or service charges. From time to time, we may offer special, limited time promotions that increase the donation amount on one or more products or services or provide for additional donations to charitable organizations. Special terms and restrictions may apply. Please see the relevant promotion for complete details.


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Altrusaga Newsletter February 2019  

Updated information for Altrusa Chula Vista club members.

Altrusaga Newsletter February 2019  

Updated information for Altrusa Chula Vista club members.

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