Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Supporting the Laura Foundation at Halloween Town

On Saturday, October 21st, members of the Altrusa of Carroll County Club volunteered to work at the Halloween Town fundraiser to help raise funds for the Laura Foundation for Autism and Epilepsy.  We sold hot chocolate, cider and other drinks at two booths, worked the rides and ran errands to make this fundraiser a success.  And it was fun!! Some of us wore wacky costumes and got into the spirit of the event while greeting happy families and excited children.  And it worked! The Laura Foundation raised approximately $46,000 to provide therapeutic programs to children in the area.  Below are photos of just a few of our members who volunteered - I didn't get photos of everyone.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Making Strides Against Cancer

Altrusa of Carroll County Team

On Sunday, October 15th Altrusa of Carroll County had an energetic team of walkers join the Making Strides Against Cancer Walk to raise funds to support the battle against breast cancer.  A second team of members, Marsha Brown, Pat McCoy and Ellen Andreano, worked the registration desk to help the event run smoothly.  As of today, our team has raised $1,564.00 to contribute!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Summer Fun at Wells

A small group of Altrusans escaped to the beach at Wells, ME in August for some sun and fun with wonderful friends.

Tamworth Street Fair Festivities

It was a fun day at the Tamworth Street Fair. Altrusa gave away children’s books and cookies. We met a lot of nice people and talked about what Altrusa does in Carroll County. Thank you to Cathy B and Diane for setting up. Cathy Sholtanis, Judy Taylor and Cindy Hyatt for “manning” the booth and to Thelma for organizing and reminding all of us to show up. As always many hands make light work. A special thank you to those who provided cookies; they were a big hit. We were at the fair mainly to introduce Altrusa to people who might not know who we were. We even received some nice donations. So it was a Happy Day.

Cathy Sholtanis reported that "It was such fun! We passed out lots of cookies and information about Altrusa, along with somewhere around 50 or maybe even 60 books. We even had one woman from Sydney, Australia, who took a pamphlet so she would have information about Altrusa. We weren't sure if there was a chapter in Australia, but, if not, there may soon be! Everyone we spoke to was very impressed with the work we do."  


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Altrusa Internation Convention 2017 - Nashville

Four members of our Club traveled to Nashville TN to attend the 100th Birthday Celebration and International Convention of Altrusa International.  It was a remarkable 3-day event with 650 Altrusans from all over the world.  Representatives of the clubs in India, New Zealand, Canada and every state in the Union were there providing insight into the broad sweep of Altrusa service.  The keynote speakers were interesting, the food delicious, and the Grand Ole Opry performance amazing.  Altrusa even had a special welcome on the big screen at the Opry!  We toured the city of Nashville, the Ryman Auditorium (original Opry House), the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the botanical gardens at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel.  We have many photos and look forward to sharing our experiences.
Tootsie and Eleanor Roosevelt (aka Pat and Nancy) at the costume party at the Sheraton Music City.

Carroll County Club members at the Ryman Auditorium with the statue of musician "Little Jimmy Dickens"

District One members on costume night - with our 100 "glasses".

Members of the Carroll County Club and the Quebec City Club enjoying drinks in the hotel garden.
District One members, including 3 past-governors, at the banquet.

About 500 Altrusans attended the Grand Ole Opry performance on Saturday.

Scholarship to Tin Mountain Summer Camp

Donna Dolan of Tin Mountain accepting the donation from Altrusa of Carroll County.
In June our Club donated $150 to Tin Mountain Conservation summer camps for a scholarship for a needy child.  This will enable a child to enjoy the outdoors and learn about environmental stewardship here in the White Mountains.

Monday, June 26, 2017

International Scholarship Award

Through our member, Cathy Baybutt and her cousin, Peter Duston, we learned the story of Bishmita Dahal of Budhatum, Nepal.  Fourteen-year-old Bishmita will be leaving her home, devastated by earthquake, to study at Washington Academy in East Machias, Maine.  Washington Academy is providing a full academic scholarship to Bishmita based on merit- a strong academic record, her excellent English skills and motivation to study medicine.  However, medical insurance and travel expenses are not covered by her scholarship.  In June, Altrusa of Carroll County awarded Bishmita a $500 scholarship to assist with these costs and awarded an additional $500 grant to the small school in her village which had been destroyed in the earthquake.  We have recently learned that this grant will be used to install a toilet in the school.  We will continue to share Bishmita's story and progress at school.
Children in Budhatum, Nepal.