Altrusa International Club of Meredith

Leading to a Better Community


Sponsored by the local Altrusa Club, Astra serves as a volunteer organization for young people, ages 12 to 25, and inspires members

to use their time and talents to enrich the lives of others.

Not Active at this time

Community Service

Serves the community in three ways:

Develops relationships with key community service providers and assesses needs within the community

Responds to request for assistance for victims of disaster

Promotes and supports cultural arts awareness and activities with club members

Chair: Barbara Goren

Assistant: Paula Trombi

Community Dinners

Homemade meals served to area residents by members of the committee. Held at the Meredith Community Center the fourth Wednesday of each month. Dinner is served at 5:30. Doors will open at 5:00 to give everyone a chance to visit with neighbors over a cup of coffee. The dinner is free, but some guests may choose to make a very welcome donation.

Co-Chairs: Sylvia Detscher

Judy Hodges

Finance / Bylaws

Finance is responsible for keeping financial records and monitoring the Club Budget by meeting with Committee Chairs to project a budget for upcoming year based on committee discussions, needs, expenditures for current year to project what is needed for next year. Budget is presented to Board of Directors for review and ultimately voted on by general membership.

Bylaws reviews and make recommendations for any changes to Club Bylaws and keeps membership aware of changes, presenting to the District BRR for approval prior to membership for final approval.

Co-Chairs: Phyllis Hamblet

Janine Schifino


Organizes and runs programs for dinner meetings and internal fund raisers. Members serve as hosts for dinner meeting, including set up, collecting dinner money, running dinner raffles and greeting members & guests.

Co-Chairs: Carol Gerken

Vickie Carty


Proposes and implements projects to promote and develop literacy within the community.

Co-Chairs: Sylvia Detscher

Pat McFarlin

Membership Committee

Plans and presents/implements informational meetings and other ongoing programs to gain new

members and to retain existing members. Mentors prospective members and coordinates the initiation of new members.

Co-Chairs: Monica Bennett

Lorraine Cahill


Oversees the club's scholarship program. This includes publicity, distribution of applications, reviewing and interviewing and awards the candidates.

Co-Chairs: Shirley Currier

Karen Truberg


Communications/Public Relations/Archives

  • Develops and implements processes for communicating to members.
  • Publishes a periodic newsletter to club members. .
  • Submit photos and articles to newspapers and other media to promote and raise
  • awareness of Altrusa.
  • Responsible for taking all pictures at all events.
  • Develops relationships with other area service clubs and work together at various times.
  • Maintains permanent records of the club's documents, awards and photos and updates
  • the digital frame.

Co-Chairs: Janine Schifino & Paula Trombi