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Altrusa Club raises funds for Literacy Council

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Recently, Altrusa International of Roswell presented its donation to the Roswell Literacy Council. Pictured are, from left: Deborah Goluska, foundation assistant treasurer; Cecelia Contreras, council secretary; Mary Lou Trujillo, council director; and Bonnie Jones, foundation treasurer. (Submitted Photo)

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In early 1988, seeing the potential long-term benefit of a local Altrusa Club Foundation, the late Earla Martin, a Roswell Altrusan who had also served on the Altrusa International Board, proposed the formation of such a foundation. With the approval and support of the Altrusa Club of Roswell, the foundation was on its way, incorporating in January, 1989, and receiving its 501(c)(3) status in May of 1990.

Since its early days, the foundation has been based on a strong desire and commitment to improving the quality of life in our community. It receives and administers money for educational scholarships, literacy programs, and the community-oriented service projects of the Roswell Altrusa Club. It is funded by altruistically minded persons who see in the foundation an opportunity to help people help themselves. Contributions are received from individuals, businesses and many Altrusans, as well as money bequeathed in wills and trusts. It also administers an endowment from the Poole Family, in memory of Barbara Poole, a nurse and early recipient of an Altrusa scholarship, to fund scholarships to nursing students at Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell.

In 1993, the foundation created an Earla Martin Memorial to be awarded annually to a literacy endeavor, which, for many years has gone to the Roswell Literacy Council. Recently, Altrusa International of Roswell presented its donation to the Roswell Literacy Council. Pictured are, from left: Deborah Goluska, foundation assistant treasurer; Cecelia Contreras, council secretary; Mary Lou Trujillo, council director; and Bonnie Jones, foundation treasurer. The Roswell Literacy Council wishes to express its sincere appreciation for their continued support and generosity.

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