Literacy Council recognizes Altrusa with plaque
On Tuesday, Nov. 12, Roswell Altrusans presented two checks to the Roswell Literacy Council. The first represented a donation on behalf of Altrusa International of Roswell through its Literacy Committee which, each year, addresses literacy needs around our community.
The second was the annual Earla Martin Memorial donation from Altrusa International Foundation of Roswell.
Altrusa has long been a supporter of the Roswell Literacy Council, the oldest literacy council in New Mexico. Formed out of community needs recognized in 1974 by women engaged with the Altrusa Club, the council was officially organized in 1975, and Altrusan Earla Martin served as its first president. Along with fellow Altrusan Jane Clarke, Earla worked hard to make literacy a core service of Altrusa International, which remains an integral focus of Altrusa clubs around the world.
Earla provided training around New Mexico for many of the current literacy centers and helped coordinate the first tutors and students; the first tutor training in Roswell was held in 1976. The council has dedicated its Lending Library to Earla.