Altrusa International, New York Club


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Celebrating almost 100 years of Community Service

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Altrusa International, Inc. of New York, NY, was organized in April 1927 and chartered in August 1927, as an organization of business leaders who represent a diversity of career fields as well as retired persons and stay at-home moms.  We are proud that Eleanor Roosevelt joined us in June 1927.  Dr.  Lillian Gilbreth, a world-reknown engineer (Cheaper by the Dozen) was a Charter Member as well as Frances Marquis for whom a room has been named in the National Arts Club, New York City.

Altrusa International, Inc. founded in 1917 was the first national service organization of business and professional women and now includes women from all walks of life, including stay-at-home moms.  In 1935 Altrusa became international with extension into Mexico.  Today Altrusa has spread to 10 countries with a membership numbering about 10,000.

Altrusa International has been affiliated with the United Nations since 1946 and is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) under ECOSOC.

Altrusans pool leadership thinking in seeking solutions for community problems within the scope of the Altrusa service program.  They are action-oriented volunteers who are motivated by a common desire to help, to serve others and their communities.  They are united in personal and professional development and fellowship.

To meet a worldwide need, Action for Literacy was adopted by Altrusa International.  Each club chooses a literacy project to sponsor and support locally.  Altrusa New York City has adopted several literacy projects over the years, most recently, Hour Children.
Altrusa's philosophy is clarity, flexibility and inclusiveness.

The Altrusa International New York Club has dinner meetings usually on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the historic National Arts Club, at 15 Gramercy Park South in Manhattan (on 20th between Lexington and Park Avenues).

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The Altrusa International Foundation, Inc. seeks to improve economic well being and quality of life through its commitment to literacy and other community services.

A charitable corporation established in 1962, the Foundation is funded by contributions from Altrusans, Altrusa Clubs and the general public.  It supports local club literacy and community service projects through the Grants Program.  The Board of Trustees has also established a permanent Disaster Relief Fund.

In 1997, Altrusa International Foundation, Inc. launched "Club 21," a program which supports children with AIDS (and children whose parents have AIDS) to attend summer camp - Camp Safe Haven on Martha's Vineyard.  Plans are to expand this program nationally and internationally.  Members are asked to contribute $21 annually.


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