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Altrusa donates to Literacy Council

Left photo, pictured, from left: JK Milam, RLC treasurer; Joan Blodgett, Altrusa Foundation president; Mary Featherstone, Altrusa Club Literacy chair; Mary Lou Trujillo, RLC director; Bonnie Jones, Altrusa Foundation treasurer; Janie Cortex, RLC receptionist and tutor. (Submitted Photo)

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Literacy Council recognizes Altrusa with plaque

Pictured above, Mary Lou Trujillo, director of the Roswell Literacy Council, left, took this opportunity to present Altrusa with a plaque of appreciation in recognition of Altrusa’s continued support of its efforts in the community. The honor was accepted on behalf of Altrusa by Mary Featherstone, Club Literacy Committee chair. (Submitted Photo)

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.

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