Club History

The Denton Altrusa Club has been in existence since 1960, when it was organized with 21 charter members under the sponsorship of the Dallas Altrusa Club. The organizational meeting was held on May 2 of that year at the Gaslight Restaurant. The club received its charter on December 5 of that year at a dinner in the parish hall of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.  Participants in the ceremony included Joella Terrell Butler, incoming district governor and future international president, and Edith Debusk, international second vice president.   Lavelle Yarbrough was the first president of the club, and Marie B. Healey the first vice president.  Marie remained a member of the club until her death in 2010. 

Through the years, the club has adopted many service projects; some for short-term duration, others of a continuing nature.  A few of  the earlier ones included furnishing a fathers' waiting room at Flow Hospital and providing financial support to help obtain a facility for the Denton City-County Day Nursery.  For several years until the Christmas gala was discontinued, we sponsored booths to sell senior citizens' crafts, returning all monies received to the seniors.    Many service projects have focused on the promotion of literacy. 

For the local community, we currently have several projects, including sponsoring a Readers' Tea at a local elementary school, preparing tray favors for Meals on Wheels clients, and making activity packets for distribution to children at hospitals and clinics.  Internationally, we collect and send coupons to military bases overseas and provide assistance to a school in Costa Rica.  Through our foundation, the club distributes grants to non-profit organization in the community.  As Altrusans, we are committed to search out needs in our community and to set goals that will make significant contributions in service to the community. 


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