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May 14th, 2019 - Altrusa International of Temple, TX, Inc. honored Sherri Woytek as the 2019 Altrusan of the Year.  The award is a once of a lifetime award given to a member who displays exemplary service to the Club and the community.  The Club accepts nominations from its members and then the group of past Altrusan of the Year award recipients make the final decision.  No one but the committee knows who the honoree is until they attend the meeting including the honoree.  The award ceremony took place at Country Lane Senior Living in the ballroom.  The mistress of ceremonies was the 2018 Altrusan of the Year, Janna Janes, who introduced some special guest speakers: Fellow Altrusan & Sponsor, Kathy Folley, Temple Community Clinic, Jerry Haisler, and Fellow Altrusan & family member, Cyndi Warren.  Sherri became an Altrusan in 1990.  Over the years she has held many leadership positions including Club President 1997-1998, Club Treasurer 2013-2014, and District Nine Leadership Development Chair 2017-2019.  Her leadership has also extended to our yearly fundraiser Taste of the Holidays where she has served at Underwriting Chair 1999, Raffle Chair 2014, and Decorations Chair 2018.  By day, Sherri serves as the Executive Director of the Temple Community Clinic.  Her role as Executive Director is vital to the community and her leadership with their annual fundraiser The Caring Ball is invaluable.  Sherri also serves as an Ex-Officio Board Member of United Way Central Texas, awarded the Women of Distinction Award 2002-2003, Leadership Temple Alumna, and serves at Christ the King Catholic Church.   Special guests in attendance were her husband, Michael Woytek, sons, Jacob & Peyton Woytek, mother, Reba Sebastian, sister, Melissa Neumann & husband Harold, Mother-in-Law, Mary Ann Seaton & husband Billy.
Altrusan of the Year 2019 Janna Janes 2019-05-16 05:00:00Z 0
Here are a few pictures from our Winter Season & Spring Season gatherings---thanks so much for all the seasons and the leaders (so great to see Altrusans spending time together)
 
The WINTER SEASON celebrated with a Fiesta!
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SPRING SEASON--dining together
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Here are some pictures of our AWESOME Salado HS ASTRA club working on the Easter Egg project for the Unincluded Club. The first photo is the seniors with our sponsors (Audrei, Julie & Shirley).  Thanks to all who work each month with these students and build the importance of leadership & service.
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Here is an update on projects for district conference---we have our outfits made for Friday night and Carol & Michelle are working on the centerpiece for the luncheon. Appreciate all that everyone is doing for this event. 
 
  • 2019 Conference Service Project:
    Assisting Victims of Human Tracking
    The focus of our 2019 Service Project will be helping the victims of human
    trafficking. One of the most important ways to help victims is to give them the
    ability to get away, and stay away, from their abusers, which requires money. But
    achieving a feeling of freedom and safety can start with something to help each
    individual feel at home in the new environment.
    Individuals and clubs can support this initiative at conference in three ways:
    (1) Donate gas cards in the amount of $10, Visa or Mastercards in the amounts of $10 to $25,
    and Target or WalMart cards in the amounts of $10 to $25. These cards will be distributed to
    several shelters for human trafficking victims in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
    (2) Each club is asked to donate a spice basket filled with suggested spices and cooking utensils
    or other items and should be a suitable size to be a centerpiece for the Foundation breakfast and
    Awards Luncheon. These baskets enable women from all over the world to enjoy a taste from
    their home countries.
    Suggested items for the basket include the following herbs and spices:
    Basil, Bay Leaves, Fennel, Mint, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary and Thyme
    Anise, Berbere, Black Pepper, Caraway Seeds, Cardamom (green), Cardamom (black), Chili
    Powder, Dried Chilies, Chinese 5 Spice, Cinnamon, Cloves, Coriander, Cumin, Curry Powder,
    Curry paste, Fengreek, Galanga Root, Garam Masala, Garlic, Garlic Salt, Ginger, Lebanese 7
    Spice, Mustard Seed, Nutmeg, Paprika, Red Pepper Flakes, Salt and Turmeric
    Set the selected spices and herbs in a decorative or creative fashion to present to the resident in
    the shelter.
    (3) Friday fun night takes a trip into Storybooks for Children. Each club is asked to pick a book
    and donate a few of that book to be delivered to children in shelters in the DFW area. The fun
    continues as clubs can dress as the characters from the book and dance the night away. What we
    truly want to see beginning Friday night is the sharing of your “servants’ hearts” with ideas to be
    exchanged among Altrusans about how to impact your community needs with projects. This
    Friday night event will kick the weekend off right.
    When you arrive at conference, ask the Altrusans at the registration desk where to
    deliver your books and baskets or donations. Thank you in advance for your
    support.
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MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY
 
For Make a Difference Day project, we helped transform Our Lady of the Angels maternity shelter by redecorating four bedrooms and adding a library space to the shelter's common area.
 
With our club theme 'Serving through the Seasons', each season membership group selected a room to decorate and add inspirational messages along with toiletries, towels, sheets, bedding, a new baby bed and more.
 
It was a great project as we spent the morning working with one another to renovate the bedrooms and add the library for the moms and children that live at the shelter.
 
The updated and changed living space was our way to make a difference, to express our love and support for every mother who stays at the shelter.   
 
Altrusa of Temple definitely made a difference on Oct 27th at Our Lady of the Angels Maternity Shelter!
 
 
Serving through the season---Hope LaGrone --President Altrusa of Temple '18-'19'
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2018-2019 Mid Year Survey Carol White 2019-01-16 06:00:00Z 0
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Posted by Kelly Leigh Nix on Aug 23, 2018
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To the Moon and Back is a NICU ministry founded by fellow Altrusian Kelly Nix.  The inspiration for the project was Kelly's great-niece – Aubrey Kyle Koudelka.  Aubrey was born March 20, 2014 at 31 weeks.   At birth she suffered a massive fetal-maternal hemorrhage.  She spent 3 months in the NICU at Texas Children’s in Houston.  There the nurses dressed her in little handmade crocheted hats and wrapped her in colorful handmade blankets.   This random act of kindness – a handmade gift - from a total stranger touched our hearts. 
Unexpectedly at 8 months old Aubrey passed away.  To honor Aubrey this project began in January 2015 making handmade items for Baylor Scott and White NICU in Temple.  Since that time our project has grown!  Altrusa International of Temple adopted To the Moon and Back as a service project in 2016.   We now have over 50 volunteers making items and have donated over 6000 items to hospitals throughout Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, New Jersey and even a shipment to Leeds, England!
To the Moon and Back NICU Ministry Kelly Leigh Nix 2018-08-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Janna Janes on Aug 23, 2018
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On July 31, 2018, Altrusans and their families assembled 1400+ hygiene kits for the Helping Hands Ministry Project Appletree.  Project Appletree celebrated its twentieth year and Altrusans have been a part for ten+ years.  The hygiene kits include 1 bar of soap, 1 bottle of shampoo, 1 washcloth, comb, and magnet with Belton Library information.  Products are purchased by Altrusa Temple,  storage bags are donated by a private donor, and labels are donated by Perry's Office Supplies. 
Project Appletree Hygiene Kits Janna Janes 2018-08-23 05:00:00Z 0
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The evening of May 15, 2018, the board of directors for the 2018-2019 club year for Altrusa International of Temple, TX, Inc. were installed.
The ceremony was conducted by our very own District Nine Governor Linda Moore.  Newly installed President Hope LaGrone also introduced her theme of "Serving Through the Seasons" for the 2018-2019 year.  With all of our different strengths combined this year will for sure make an impact on our community!
 
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