Altrusa Confers Lamplighter Award

(Kansas City, MO) Altrusans from the Greater Kansas City Club conducted their monthly club meeting in early May with a surprise for their outgoing president, Bethany Stanley of Overland Park, KS. At the conclusion of the meeting, Ms Stanley received the Kansas City Lamplighter Award, consisting of a certificate and pin honoring her. In 1989, Altrusa International of Greater Kansas City adopted a program of naming as lamplighter one of their own members. The club made a $500 donation in the name of the recipient to the Altrusa International Foundation, which provides the lamplighter award. She exhibited all the criteria required to be awarded this honor as she has been an active member for eight years, exemplified the ideals of Altrusa through extra-ordinary service, and completed a two year term as president.

Under Ms Stanley's leadership the club has launched a new website, set up a facebook page, adopted a new three year service plan, and been approved as the host site for the 2015 Altrusa International Convention. Altrusa is noted for its hands-on service provision to the community. During her tenure in office, Altrusa provided service to the following charitable organizations in the metropolitan area: Gordon Parks Elementary Charter School, Spofford Home, Habitat for Humanity, KC, Operation Breakthrough, Catherine's Place/Friendship House, the Dictionary Project, Elmwood Cemetery, Harvesters, Higher M-Pact, Beanstalk Garden, Bridging the Gap, the Upper Room, Awesome Ambitions, Literacy KC, Military Overseas Coupon Program, ReDiscover Homes Tour, and Metropolitan Lutheran Ministries.

Even through Ms Stanley's term as president has ended, she will continue to serve on the Board of Directors for the club as immediate past president. Her leadership skills and talents are greatly appreciated.

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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