Books and School Supply Service Project Helps Thousands

Thousands of central Ohio children were helped by the collection and distribution of books and school supplies through a partnership between the National American Miss Pageant and Altrusa Club of Columbus, Ohio.

Since 2005, pageant contestants have collected books and school supplies as a service project and brought them to the event in Columbus for distribution by our club. The collection went to state-assisted agencies, churches, libraries, community resource centers, social service groups, literacy centers and ministries.

Special thanks goes out to the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging for allowing us to store the books and school supplies at their agency, while we completed the recipient sorting.

In 2015, this Altrusa service project received the Letha H. Brown Literacy Award from District Five.


Books and school supplies are delivered to
Mann Trailer Park.


Books will help students in the English as a second language
classes in the Community of Hope outreach program.

Cheers Ohio! a Success


Our thanks go out to the sponsors, donors, guests, and club members that supported the successful Cheers Ohio fundraising event. The event raised over $7500 to support the Altrusa Club of Columbus, Ohio Foundation’s literacy and service projects, and scholarships that are given locally and internationally.

A fantastic time was enjoyed by all who attended our May 21st fundraiser. Attendees enjoyed the thrill of bidding on silent auction items, the anticipation of winning a raffle and a great time answering Ohio trivia questions.

Congratulations to our generous community on the impact it will make in the lives of our grant recipients proving that together we do make a difference!

Click here to view more photos on our Facebook page.

Scholarship Winners


Altrusans heard from OSU Critical Difference for Women scholarship winners Natalya Kulenok, second left, and Jenna Fox, center, at their February monthly meeting. With the two are Altrusans Pat Fitzpatrick, left, Claudia Speakman, second right, and Linda Nusbaum.



A heart-felt congratulations is extended to our fellow Altrusan, Colleen McMurray, who was recently inducted into the Central Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame.

Colleen has devoted her life to serving and educating others. Her commitment to Altrusa International has spanned 40 years, with service in numerous offices at local, district and international levels.

Click here to learn more about Colleen and her service to others.

Columbus Altrusans in Service on a National Level

At the recent Altrusa International convention in Kansas City, MO, Columbus Altrusan Linda Nusbaum (left) was elected as a trustee for the Altrusa International Foundation.

As well, Claudia Speakman was appointed chair of the International Bylaws, Resolutions and Recommendations Committee by President Silvia Silverman.

Photo courtesy Amy R. Miller.

Altrusa International of Columbus Ohio Meetings
(6:00pm social, 6:30pm meeting unless otherwise noted)




August 4 Main Library, 96 S. Grant Tour Library

September 8

Tony's Italian Restorante, 16 W. Beck

Speaker: OSU Nisonger Center, Next Chapter Book Club

Octoer 6

Florentine, 907 W. Broad St.

Service Project: Treat Bags for Women's Fund Project

October 22


Make a Difference Day

November 3

China Dynasty, 689 W. Lane Ave.

Columbus Literacy Council ESL Students

December 1

Tony's Italian Restorante, 16 W. Beck

Christmas Party-Gift Exchange

January 5, 2017

Florentine, 907 W. Broad St.

CDFW Scholarship Students

February 2

Flowerman, 761 Busch Ct.

Flower Arranging    

March 2

Peking Dynasty, 2210 Livingston Ave.

White Elephant  and Speaker: Audra McMurray, founder of The Connection
Pet therapy program in Fairfieild County that has been providing reading programs for children since 2011

April 6

To be determined

Membership Meeting

May 4

Tony's Italian Restorante, 16 W. Beck

Altrusa Trivia-Fund Raiser Event Planning


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