Altrusa Installs New Officers

(Kansas City, Missouri) – Altrusans from around the Greater Kansas City area gathered for their monthly meeting in May and installed new officers. Incoming President, Barbara Britt of Excelsior Springs is no stranger to the responsibilities of the office of president, having served in that capacity before. She was installed along with the other members of the Board of Directors of Altrusa International of Greater Kansas City, MO by Governor of District Eight, Sue Hart of Overland Park and Dana DeMasters of Parkville. The installation ceremony entitled “Kansas City Showcase”revealed the connections between Altrusa and major elements of Kansas City. Other members of the Board of Directors include Co-Vice Presidents, Sue Martin of Kansas City, Mo and Pat Brown of Overland Park, Secretary, Shannon Johnston of Kansas City, MO, Treasurer Mary Rix of Overland Park, Directors Pat Parr of Overland Park and Jenny Troutman of Prairie Village, with the final member of the board being the Immediate Past President, Bethany Stanley of Overland Park.

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 9,000 Altrusans worldwide are proud of their community commitment to enhance the lives of those in their local and global communities. Since its 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 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 website at www.greaterkansascity.altrusa.org or contact Club President, Barbara Britt by e-mail at mbritt5@yahoo.com .

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