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Chula Vista, CA Danielle Robello President Ceci Garcia Vice President Glenda Hogg Secretary Lily Ramirez Treasurer Hilary Sloan Immediate Past President Sharon Brower Director

ALTRUSAGA Altrusa Club of Chula Vista, California Inc.

Volume 5 7, Issue 5

President’s Message

Julie Robello Director Betty Waznis Director Lillian Leopold Parliamentarian Eva Salas Altrusaga Editor

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

October 2019

It’s officially fall; my favorite time of year! Who doesn’t love wearing comfy, warm clothes and cuddling up with a good book? Welcome to our newest member, Lina Silva-Cestero! May the colors of Altrusa (Amity, Loyalty, Talent, Reciprocity, Unity, Service, Achievement) be with you as you grow in leadership and service. October is our annual membership mixer and Make a Difference Day project. Invite a friend to attend our meeting this month and bring donations for the Jag Kitchen to support Southwestern College students in need. Together, we’re breaking down the barriers of obtaining food and hygiene products so students can focus on their educational goals.

General Meeting Wednesday Oct 16, 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

October 16, 2019

Please RSVP to Sharon Brower by October 11 for this month's business meeting. She needs to give Mangia Italiano a head count.




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







Food drive for Jag Kitchen at Southwestern College celebrating Make a Difference Day. Bring your donations. The best way to send me information for Altrusaga: Send individual photo files in jpg format. Please do not place photos on word documents.

Days for Girls Escondido's next opportunity to volunteer November 9, 10:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m., 2250 Broadway, Escondido 92026. Your chance to volunteer and organize a car pool.

“C o un t n o t t he can d les… se e t he li ght s t hey give. Count n o t t he years, b u t t he li f e you li v e . W i shi ng y ou a w o n d e rf u l t i m e ahead . H appy b i rt hd a y .”

October Birthdays

Altrusaga is published monthly for Altrusa Club of Chula Vista.

12 Maureen Roeber

Mailing address: PO Box 6225 Chula Vista, CA 91909

15 Jeri Gustafsson

14 Bianca Quilantan

On October 16 Ways & Means Committee meeting at 5:00, Mangia Italiano, we look forward to seeing you there.

Foundation EIN#33-0463922

See the calendar on our website. 2

Altrusa Club of Chula Vista

Dorothy Besker Miller (Dottie) January 14, 1928 – September 25, 2019

On Thursday October 10. Funeral Service for Dottie Miller at Glen Abbey Little Chapel of the Roses 10:00 am GLEN ABBEY MORTUARY 3838 Bonita Rd, Bonita, California 91902

Dottie was born January 14, 1928, in Mississippi and passed away September 25, 2019, in Chula Vista, California. She lived an extraordinary life of over 91 years. At the tender age of 19, she left her family to visit California and became hooked. It was 1947, and jobs were not plentiful for young women, but she found work in San Diego as a secretary. Dottie was also a founding investor in a local bank and a local design center, in her retirement. She served on the South County Board of United Way and was a campaign coordinator for 15 years; and was President of South Bay Toastmistresses. In 1980, Dottie joined the Altrusa International Club of Chula Vista and was active in service to the community until her last days. She held various leadership positions over the years, including president of the club. She was a champion fundraiser and began gaining corporate sponsors

for the Altrusa Club’s foundation, bringing in thousands of dollars each year. Dottie was responsible for the rejuvenation of the Club when it fell below charter strength over a decade ago. Dottie was a mentor to many of the Club’s members, who looked to her for guidance, advice, and information on the Club’s history. She was a model Altrusan and, as a result of her work with the club, she received the Altrusan of the Year Award, named the Marilyn Atwood Award, by Altrusa’s District Eleven in May 2019. This award is designed to recognize an active member who has made a lasting contribution to the organization as a result of involvement and dedication to their local Altrusa club over a period of many years. Dottie was deserving of this award for being such an inspiration to all club members and to all who meet her, and our Chula Vista club is so proud of this recognition of her service.

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.


District Advisory Committee (DAC)

The District Advisory Council for Compensatory Education (DAC) is a District-level 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.

Day at the Races

We had such a great time with our family and friends at the races on August 25. Danielle and Lily congratulated the winning

jockey and owners in the Winner’s Circle and had a chance to meet, Connie, a previous Altrusan from Arcadia. See you at the races next summer!

NEXT Meeting

Date and Time October 22, 2019 12:00PM - 2:00PM Location Chula Vista Elementary School District 84 E. J Street Chula Vista, CA 91910 Contact

Update on Norma Morgan from Mangia Italiano Our wonderful Mangia Italiano waitress Norma has completed her radiation therapy for breast cancer, but will not be able to return to work until October 24.

If you would like to donate to her Go Fund Me page, here is the link.


Altrusa Club of Chula Vista

ASTRA Sharon Brower, Chair




The ASTRA-Jag Kitchen Club held its first meeting on Tuesday, October 1, next to the Jag Kitchen, Room 553, at Southwestern College. They set their activities for the upcoming semester. Included in the activities will be the Altrusa Day of Service on Wednesday, October 23. Altrusans are invited to serve breakfast from 9 – 10:30 a.m. Included in the Day of Service will be packaging of the toiletries collected at the October business meeting.

Membership Ceci Garcia, Michelle Smith, Chairs

You’re invited! Please join us for our Altrusa Membership Mixer

Welcome Lina!

Lina Silva-Cestero was initiated into our club at our September meeting. Lina was Lisa’s Breid's guest at last October's Membership Mixer. We are happy to have her join our club.

When: Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019 Where: Mangia Italiano, 248 Third Ave.; Chula Vista Time: 6pm – 8pm Cost: FREE! Enjoy a pizza and salad buffet with us

v Meet our members v Do a bit of networking v Get an inside glance look at our club Altrusa Club Mission:

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. **We’ll be doing a service project at the meeting. You are welcome to bring canned/packaged food which we

See's Candies Fundraiser coming in November! Get your sweet tooth ready!

will donate to the JAG Food Pantry for Southwestern College Students** PLEASE RSVP TO SHARON AT


Service Projects

New Grant Guidelines

By Lillian Leopold

The Service Committee is finalizing guidelines for a new grant program. All grant proposals will need to meet the theme of “Breaking Down Barriers to Education.” A total of $15,000 is available to fund grant proposals.

Shauna Stokes, Lillian Leopold, Chairs

Make a Difference Day Project

During this first year, grant proposals will be solicited from organizations and groups that our club has funded in the past five years. Organizations must ask for a minimum of $1,000 in each category, with requests up to the maximum of the total funding for that category. The amount available for each category is as follows: • 20% Scholarships ($3,000) this can include scholarships for camps, YMCA memberships, Library’s Online High School Diploma program, etc. • 25% Community Service ($3,750) • 20% International ($5,250) • 35% Literacy ($5,250)

Make a Difference Day Project is Coming in October – Bring in Toiletries for Southwestern College’s Food Pantries for Students

Our Make a Difference Day Project again this year is to collect and deliver needed toiletries to the food pantry at the Southwestern College Chula Vista campus. The Jag Kitchen Food Pantry was set up to assist students facing food insecurity. This is also a great project in honor of World Food Day. There will be an opportunity to serve breakfast to the students who come to the pantry. The date will be announced shortly. Below is a list of requested items. The college has asked us for toiletries this year and not food. We ask all members to bring in the following toiletries, per below. Please bring them to the October 16 club meeting.

Organizations may submit applications to each of the categories, but each application must be distinct. The grant guidelines will be released on November 1. Grant proposals will be due December 1. We will notify the winners on or around January 15. The winners will be asked to attend our Just Imagine fundraiser. Grant Program members: Lillian Leopold, Chair Carmen Richardson Danielle Robello Helyn Sloan Hillary Sloan Lou Ann Vogler Patti Rahiser Sharon Vega

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MOST POPULAR ITEMS Toiletries/personal care: • hotel/travel size bottles of shampoo, conditioner, body wash, • shaving cream, • soap, • lotion, • feminine products (tampons and sanitary pads of various sizes) TAKE HOME ITEMS Diapers (all sizes) & wipes

Breakfast service at last year's Make A Difference Day, Jag Kitchen, Southwestern College.


this We can do *Sponsorship Levels $5,000 Gold $2,500 Silver $1,000 Bronze



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

Ways & Means Patti Rahiser, Eva Salas, Chairs

2/22/20 Fundraiser!

So many moving parts, so much already accomplished, you really need to attend the Ways & Means meeting to stay informed and involved. The next meeting is on Wednesday October 16 at 5:00 pm, Mangia Italiano and we hope to see you there. So Far.... � Sponsorship Letter � Donation Letter � Club Facts Sheet and Projects

Printed Invites are in distribution mode. For those who had nonemail guests on your guest list, you received an email letting you know you can pick up your printed invites from Eva's house. If you are not able to pick them up from Eva, she will bring them to the October meeting. Electronic Save-the-Date announcements were sent out last week. Electronic Invites are in the staging area. Baskets! Silent auction or raffle baskets will be due to be complete and photograghed by the end of December. They will be displayed on our website for our registered guests to view and to love. The baskets will be available for bidding at the event. Donation items for the baskets and complete baskets can be accepted as soon as the next meeting. 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 will be sending 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.

Sponsorship letters Hillary Sloan, Carmen Richardson and Patti Nesbitt will be contacting potential sponsors for our event. Diamond, Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsors. Any members with contacts who would like to sponsor please forward the information to the team. The letter is a formalization that is required with the request. Centerpieces and Decorations Team Deco is under way, Glenda Hogg and team: Lily, Sandy, Lisa B., Hillary are putting together some ideas for the next Ways & Means meeting. Volunteer Opportunities We are adding some roles you may be interested in filling. We are having a check-in Greeters who will also be handing out beads and a check-out Greeters who will help guests with their baskets and help Patti Nesbitt with Goodie Bags. These persons will guide our guests in the process of checking in or checking out. Betty Waznis has volunteered to be our Master of Ceremonies. Check It Out We will have a least four checkout lines and we're going to do a rehearsal a week in advance with wifi to make sure everything is working. We have volunteers: Lily, Carmen, Lisa B. and Lou Ann.

Live Auction! Helyn Sloan has volunteered to be the support person to the Auctioneer, in charge of organizing the live auction items and follow up with the winners. This is the reason for the auction numbers on the registration packet. Bidders can hold up their program to bid on a Chevy or other items. Yow Zaaaaaaaa!

Are you in need of a basket theme? How about a Mardi Gras Basket.

You can.....

• Put together a basket with a buddy group or a group of friends • Collect basket items and bring them the next meeting • Donate empty baskets • Donate time to any of the projects in the works, just ask • Buy your ticket now, only $65. • Buy a **table for $600.

Members Only *Sponsorship: $500. Sapphire

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

Ways & Means Meeting – October 16 at 5:00 pm


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

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! English or Spanish.

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! English or Spanish.


Basket Donation

By Kristi Phillips


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!

Basket Donation


Donate a I am participating the Dr. Seuss in book Greater San Diego Walk to and you’ll Donated By:_________________________ Defeat ALS contribute 5k on October 20, to our ___________________________________ literacy of projects, 2019 in memory my Mom, and receive an opportunity who passed away from this ___________________________________ drawing ticket for ain pair of horrible disease 2014. tickets to next year’s event!

Every 90 minutes someone is

English or Spanish. Basket Name:__________________________________________________

English or Spanish. Basket Name:________________________ diagnosed with ALS. - It robs




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!

_____________________________________________________________ English or Spanish.

a person of the ability to walk, speak, eat, and eventually breathe. Right now, there's no Description:__________________________ known cause or cure. Will you join me and Donate join theamovement ___________________________________ to cure ALS?Dr.It's free and Seuss bookeasy to register online. and you’ll ___________________________________ contribute to our Join my Team: http://bndfr. ___________________________________ literacy projects, com/XzhMR and receive an opportunity There will be air jumpers for the ___________________________________ drawing ticket for a pair of kids! tickets to next year’s event!

___________________________________ English or Spanish.


Date: October 20 Time: 9:00 am Location: DeAnza Cove ___________________________________




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


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No deadline to sign up for the Donate a walk.

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

___________________________________ English or Spanish.

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