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Altrusa International Club of Tacoma
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Altrusa International Club was originally founded in 1917 in Tennessee. The purpose of Altrusa is to provide a location for women leaders in professions to work together to help their local community and world. Altrusa International Club of Tacoma was organized December 7th, 1938, and chartered April 26th, 1941. The group had biweekly meetings, starting in September of the year, and ending in July of the next year for the summer months. Lyle Ford Drushel, former Dean of Women at the College of Puget Sound was elected the first president of Altrusa in 1939. New leaders were elected at the end of every member year in June and July.
The women that were members of Altrusa were given roles to fulfill, such as President, Treasurer, Historian, Secretary, and others. These women organized different social engagements, dinners, and volunteer opportunities. Early on, Altrusa members focused on hosting dinners and fundraisers to donate money to organizations in need. Some examples of this are donating bone tools to Mary Bridge Hospital, purchasing war bonds, and donating money to UNICEF. Later in its history, Altrusa organized events and fundraisers to provide welcoming shelter for those affected by crime and homelessness, donated scholarships to college students in healthcare and education fields in the Tacoma/Pierce County area, and organized donation drives to help children access age-appropriate books.
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Written by Grace Holt, 2022.
“Scrapbook 1938 – 1955, Book 1,” Altrusa International Club of Tacoma Records (Collection 3.4.4)
“Yearbooks, 1940-1941 – 1981-1982” Altrusa International Club of Tacoma Records (Collection 3.4.4) Box 1 File 13.
“Christmas Book Project” Altrusa International Club of Tacoma Records (Collection 3.4.4) Box 1 File 35.
“Scholarships” Altrusa International Club of Tacoma Records (Collection 3.4.4) Box 1 File 25.