What is Altrusa?

Founded in 1917, Altrusa International, Inc. is a world-wide organization of executives and professional leaders who are dedicated to improving their communities through personal service.  Altrusa was started as a women's organization but today is open to everyone.  Through more than 390 clubs and approximately 10,000 members, Altrusans pool their resources and talents to achieve what individuals alone cannot.  Altrusans believe that people working together can make a difference...and are willing to prove it! 

Altrusa International of Temple, Texas, Inc. seeks women and men of like mind to become Altrusans to develop ideas and to lead the community with projects that make an impact on the quality of life for everyone.  Lives are changed with the combined talents and skills of Altrusans everyday.

We meet In Person & Online
Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Ralph Wilson Youth Club
1515 South 25th Street
Temple, TX 76501
United States of America
2nd and 4th Tuesdays at Noon
Current Stories
Congratulations to Dr. Patsy Sulak...Altrusan of the Year 2022!  What a wonderful celebration today at Ralph Wilson Youth Club honoring our Patsy.  
Special tributes were given by Beverly Luedke, Patsy's sponsor, G. Wright Bates, Jr., M.D., Patsy's Department Chair, and Dr. Jeffrey Waxman, M.D., Patsy's partner in crime and adoring husband.  
Patsy's Altrusa leadership roles include, but not limited to
  • TOH Underwriting Co-Chair 2014 & 2020
  • TOH Underwriting Chair 2015 & 2021
  • Membership Co-Chair 2021-2022
Her Community involvements include:
  • Temple Community Clinic Volunteer for 10+ Years
  • TCC Distinguished Volunteer of the Year 2021
  • Our Lady of the Angels Maternity Shelter Board Member
  • Co-Founder of "Living Well Aware"
  • Woman of Distinction Recipient
  • Meritorious Service Award Recipient
  • Heroes for Children Award Recipient

Altrusa International of Temple, TX, has a goal to donate 10,000 books over the next two years (starting August 1, 2021) in support of the International Project, Change One Million Lives, One Book at a Time.

Here is what you need to know so that our club may track our progress:

  • The project includes physical books and audio books, not pamphlets, magazines, newspapers, brochures, etc.

  • Our club will be tracking:

    • the number of books donated and,

    • the number of “literacy hours” associated with those books.

      • Literacy hours include time spent collecting, preparing and delivering those books in addition to any time books are read to others. For example, shopping for books, inserting Altrusa Book Plates, delivering the books and then sitting to read the books to children.

Woodwinds - Director Lori Luppino:
Woodwinds will be singing "Happy Birthday" to Altrusans with February birthday's at our Business meeting! 
In addition; Woodwinds is hosting an all-club social on March 3rd  location: Susie Dawson's home! Watch for additional details coming soon.
Brass - Director Cindy Black:
The Brass group will have an all-club social. Save the date April 7th for Brass Bluebonnet fest!
Percussion - Director Julie Ruiz:
On January 20th Percussion hosted an all-club social at the home of Dana Riegel! Thank you, Percussion, and Thank you Dana for opening up your lovely home for a very fun and festive event! 
  1. “A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.”  – C.S. Lewis.
      2. “Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.” – Maya Angelou.
Altrusan of the Year! 
Congratulations to Patsy Sulak our Altrusan of the Year 2022!!
Picture left to right; Gabe Waxman - son, Altrusan of the Year Patsy, Dr. Jeff Waxman -husband! 
15 Salado High School ASTRA students received their Cords during a Cording ceremony on May 1st. Thank you Audrei and Roger Glick for hosting this very special ceremony! A special thank you to the entire ASTRA committee for working hard all year long with all the ASTRA clubs! Because of you they are a success! 
May 15th Belton High School ASTRA will receive their cords. During a cording ceremony, host is Pam Abernathy! Thank you!
May 23rd at 1:45 pm Lake Belton High School ASTRA will receive their Charter status and certificates! This is huge! Another huge thank you to Kay Callin and Susan Cory and again the entire ASTRA committee for working so hard on this and making this happen! 
News from Altrusans Debbie Fendrick and Debbie Mabry:
Lone Star Circle of Life a group of cyclists who ride across Texas to bring awareness for the need of stem cell, marrow, blood and organ donation. Debbie Mabry (tour coordinator), and Debbie Fendrick (pace car driver) invite you to attend the finale event at Lake Belton High School, Fri, May 13th, at 1:15pm. Park and enter on the far-right side of the school. Kay Callin and the ASTRA club will help host the event, and Sherry Woodard will be honored as a continual blood donor.  Thank you Debbie and Debbie for making a huge impact with Lone Star Circle of Life!! 
Bulletin Subscribe
Subscribe to our eBulletin and stay up to date on the latest news and events.

Club Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Past President
Recording Secretary
Corresponding Secretary
Director 2020 - 2022
Director 2020 - 2022
Director 2021 - 2023
Director 2021 - 2023
Scholarship Committee Chair
Scholarship Committee Co-Chair
Membership Chair
Communications Chair
Foundation President
Foundation Director
Foundation Director
Foundation Director
Foundation Director
Foundation Past President
Enter your email address and the message you want to send.
fields are required