New Zealand welcomes Kansas City Altrusan

For Immediate Release

(Kansas City, Missouri) – Altrusans from around the world attended the 53rd Altrusa International Convention in Rotarua, New Zealand. Four members from Altrusa International of Greater Kansas City, MO attended workshops and business sessions during “Experience the Energy” convention. Elections were held for the officers of the association and directors for the foundation. Workshops included information on Communications, Leadership Development, Membership Growth and Trademark Protection. Naturally, the Altrusans from the Kansas City area managed to tour New Zealand either before the convention or afterwards.

Representing Altrusa International of Greater Kansas City at the international convention were Sue Hart of Overland Park, KS; Marne Close and Jane Hart from Kansas City, MO; and Jenny Troutman of Prairie Village, KS. All were involved in issueing an invitation to Kansas City for the 54th International Convention in 2015. In addition to that, Sue Hart chaired the Governor's Council, which discussed many issues relevant to the promotion of Altrusa including trademark concerns. Jane Hart made a presentation to the Governor's Council on the trademark issues as well as led a workshop on the same for the convention.

Altrusa International is an international association of civic-minded women and men who volunteer their energies and expertise in projects dedicated to community betterment. Nearly 10,000 Altrusans worldwide are proud of their community commitment to enhance the lives of those in their local and global communities. Since their inception in 1917, Altrusa clubs and members, like Eleanor Roosevelt and Dr. Lillian Gilbreth, have been providing hands on community service. Providing over 1 million collective volunteer hours in their communities, Altrusa clubs serve in over 360 communities in 11 countries. Altrusa espouses volunteerism, service and fights for literacy and against HIV/AIDS. The nonprofit Foundation assists projects emphasizing literacy. Altrusa International is based in Chicago, Illinois.

Inspired by Thoreau, Altrusan Mamie L. Bass, first national president of Altrusa, put it best: “It is not enough to be good; Altrusans must be good for something.” In addition to increasing our repertoire of service across the country and world, Altrusa Clubs have launched extensive membership efforts to welcome interested citizens to join us in our campaign for change. Our members are drawn from all cultures, from all age groups, and from all economic standings, with a common thread of wanting to give back. For more information about Altrusa, check out the club's websiste at or contact Club President, Bethany Stanley by e-mail at .


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