Altrusa Club of Elgin, Illinois 

Members of the Altrusa international club of Elgin Illinois received their mayoral proclamation at the Elgin City Council meeting.


Altrusa initiates Chews to Read

 

Shown left to right; Altrusa members: Holly York, Joanna Wester, Nancy Schueneman, Rebecca Arrunategui, Dana Vierck with Chris Maggio (Dental Clinic Manager) and Bob Tanner (President/CEO) - Greater Elgin Family Care Center.

 The Altrusa International Club of Elgin has initiated a new "Chews to Read" literacy-based service project in collaboration with the Dental Clinic of Greater Elgin Family Care Center, located at 450 Dundee Avenue in Elgin.

It has been proven that students in the United States miss 51 million hours of school instruction every year because of dental health problems. Students who are consistently absent do not receive critical instruction time, especially those in the early grades where reading skills are an important focus and the building blocks to future learning.

To raise awareness of this problem and to build good oral health and literacy habits, the dental health professionals of Greater Elgin Family Care Center and the Altrusa Club of Elgin are encouraging children and their parents to brush their teeth for 2 minutes, 2 times per day, and read for 20 minutes.

In addition to the oral health care items provided by the clinic, every new patient under the age of 7 will receive an Altrusa "Chews to Read" Bag filled with a dental health themed book, a brushing and reading calendar, a stuffed animal or game, and a suggested book list.

During the last 2 years, Altrusa has donated 240 book bags which include:  Chiildren's Dental Health Books, Cuddle Animals, reading calendars and book lists.  Altrusa also makes monthly gifts of hats, mittens, scarves, and socks during the winter months, literacy enrichment materials (puzzles, games, etc.) in the summer months, and school supplies in the fall.

This project is supported and funded by the Altrusa International Foundation of Elgin, Illinois, Inc. The Elgin club was founded in October 1946 by a group of business and professional women. In May 2015 the club received an award from the Elgin Heritage Commission for its 50+ years of service as a civic organization promoting literacy, community health, and education in the community. For more information, follow Altrusa International Club of Elgin on Facebook.


Altrusa members CARE at the Elgin YWCAAltrusa members CARE at the Elgin YWCA


Altrusa Elgin members donated items for their project CARES at the Elgin YWCA Shown, left to right, Nancy Gerner, Murna Hansemann, Kris Young (YWCA Family Literacy Coordinator), Nancy Schueneman, Bridget Ranieri, and Kathryn Canny (Posted by Pat Szpekowski, APR, Community Contributor)

Members of the Altrusa International Club of Elgin made a special visit to the Altrusa CARES Corner at the YWCA Elgin. Noted by the letters in the word CARES, this space is designated for Crafts, Art, Reading, Educational play, and Song and serves the children of English language learners enrolled in YWCA classes.

Throughout the year, Altrusa members donate crayons, markers, glue, scissors, paper, games, and other assorted items to fill the craft and art bins. In addition, proceeds from the club's annual fundraisers have been used to purchase creative play items that include furniture, art drying racks, and dress up clothing.

The Elgin club was founded in October 1946 by a group of business and professional women. In May 2015 the club received an award from the Elgin Heritage Commission for its 50+ years of service as a civic organization promoting literacy, community health, and education in the community.

Altrusa welcomes new members! To learn more, follow Altrusa International Club of Elgin on Facebook. For information, contact Nancy Gerner at 847-289-0797. 


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Sandy Ziros of South Elgin has been named recipient of the 68th Annual Woman of the Year by Altrusa international of Elgin, Illinois, Inc. A dinner will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at Villa Olivia Country Club in Bartlett, IL. Dinner tickets are available at $35.00 each and deadline for reservations is Saturday, May 13, 2017. For information and reservations, contact Joanna Wester at jtvcars@gmail.com or call 847-528-3157

The local Altrusa Woman of the Year Award began in 1950 when Harriet Armstrong was recognized as the first recipient.  Since then, a long line of dedicated local women have been honored for their volunteer service to the greater Elgin area community.

"We are honoring Sandy for her continued efforts in helping others in the community," said Dr. Clare Ollayos, Altrusa Woman of the Year committee chair.  "Her journey to helping others in need began when her grandson Cory was 6 years old and in need of a kidney transplant.  She organized an event to help raise funds to make it happen."  After many years of good health, Cory was in need of a new kidney transplant and Ziros held another fundraiser for him a few months ago.

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