Altrusa Retreat

(Kansas City, MO) Altrusans from the Greater Kansas City Club returned from the 58th District Eight Conference of Altrusa International with lots of new ideas and plans. A retreat for this group was held on Saturday, May 3rd at the Woodneath Library Center, the newest addition to the Mid-Continent Public Library system.

Coincidentally, the retreat was scheduled on national Join Hands Day, a day dedicated to attempting a union in communities between the older generation and the younger generation. This dovetailed with the Retreat's agenda as speakers from both Generation Y and Generation X participated in the retreat.

Laura Cherrito, a librarian from the Mid-Continent Public Library branch in Excelsior Springs talked to the group of nine women about various social media formats and what can and cannot be done in those arenas. The discussion was lively at times. Mrs Cherrito coordinates all the social media postings for her library branch as well as specializing in school/community outreach.

Drew Martin of Madcap Digital Media spoke to the group in the afternoon about video production and how to target the intended market, particularly with video for social media networks. While Mr. Martin's presentation was more technical, it certainly generated many new ideas and opened a world of possibilities.

This planning and strategizing session was the first retreat ever held by Altrusa International of Greater Kansas City, MO, which draws its membership from the six county metropolitan area. Altrusa is an international volunteer service organization dedicated to improving local communities by personal service. Through local clubs, members unite their diverse talents in service to others, achieving as a group what individuals cannot do alone. Altrusa Clubs develop and fund specific service projects to meet community needs, especially those focusing on literacy efforts. For more information about the Greater Kansas City club, check out our website at or like our facebook page at Altrusa KC.

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