Altrusa of Marion, Ohio - HISTORY

The Marion club was organized Feb. 3, 1925 with the help of the Columbus, Ohio Club. The charter members, all of whom are now deceased, were:

Laura Bowen,  Mary Kelly,  Louise Cunningham, Sylvia Lennon, Alice L. Dombaugh, Jesse Lindsay, Griselda Dombaugh, Rachel McAfee, Florence Durlee, Mary Parland, Edith Eibling, Elizabeth Price, Katherine Gebhardt, E. Christine Rieck, Thelma Mayer Hall, Edna Rhodes, Mary C. Hinklin, Clara Wallace, Jennette Hutchinson, Clara L. Walker

Some of the highlights of the club have been helping to establish the Findlay club in 1928 and the Sidney club in 1943. Members helped the WWII effort by assisting the Red Cross, selling War Bonds and sponsoring Nurses's Aide classes. A gala celebration was held on the 50th anniversary of Altrusa International of Marion including the presentation of the Key of Service by the Mayor. Another grand celebration was held in 2005 commemorating our 80th anniversary. The club newsletter, "The Blotter" began in 1940 and continues today. Programs have varied from an Ohio senator's wife's speech, financial planning for today's women, to touring the historic Palace Theater.

Members have held many offices at the District and International levels. Miss Ruth Kramer served as International President and Miss Maureen Welch served as International Treasurer. Deceased member Margaret "Peggy" Lee served chairman of the Altrusa International Foundation, Inc. The club has had representation at all District Conferences and many International Conventions.

Money-making projects have varied over the years with the selling of pecans, Coons candy, cookbooks, flowers and Altrusa logo items. Members have participated in the redemption Sales Tax Stamps, bake sales, garage sales, style shows,  kitchen tours, and holiday home tours.

The Service Projects have been numerous and varied over the years including Mittens for Moppets, Cookies for Mobile Meals, Palace Theater Restoration, Rx Marion, Newspapers in Education, the Women's Homeless Shelter and Red Cross Radiothon. The club recently added partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters to help with literacy projects. Members also volunteer hundreds of hours per year to the community outside of their Altrusa involvement.

Today's diverse group of women continue to uphold the ideals of Altrusa through their sharing time, talent and financial support for our community.  They also continue the spirit of good will and friendliness -- the ideals of the charter members.


AWARDS RECEIVED

2001 District Honors

  • Mary Shanks Award for Best Yearbook - 1st Place
  • International Relations Best Project - 1st Place
  • Miriam V. Wolf Award - Lois Woodburn
  • Mamie L. Bass for Best Service Project - 3rd Place
  • Emerald Award

2002 District Honors

  • Mary Shanks Award for Best Yearbook - tied for 2nd Place

2002 Local Honors

  • Recognized by the Marion Star for club service to the community
  • Recognized by the Marion Red Cross for community service

 2003 District Honors

  • Mary Shanks Award for Best Yearbook - 2nd place
  • Emerald Award

2004 District Honors

  • Troy Award for highest percentage of full pre-paid conference registrations
  • Emerald Award

2005 District Honors

  • Letha Brown award for Best Literacy Project - 3rd Place
  • Mary Shanks Award for Best Yearbook - 2nd Place
  • Ruth B. Emmons Award for Best Newsletter - 3rd Place
  • Troy Award for highest percentage of full pre-paid conference registrations - 2nd Place
  • Emerald Award

2005 National Award

  • Honorable Mention for Make a Difference Day Project from USA weekend Newspaper

2005 Local Honor

  • Member Norma Castanien received Marion's Outstanding Senior Citizen Award

2006 District Honor

  • Letha H. Brown award for Best Literacy Project - 2nd Place

2007 District Honor

  • Mary Shanks Award for Best Yearbook - 2nd Place
  • Miriam V. Wolf Award - Norma Castanien
  • Emerald Award

2008 District Honors

  • Letha H. Brown award for Best Literacy Project - 3rd Place
  • Mary Shanks Award for Best Yearbook - 1st Place
  • Ruth B. Emmons Award for Best Newsletter - 3rd Place

2008 Local Honors

  • Member Phyllis Hendrix received Marion's Pearl Roberts Award

2009 District Honors

  • Mary Shanks Award for Best Yearbook - 1st Place

2010 District Honors

  • Ruth B. Emmons Award for Best Newsletter - 2nd Place

2010 Local Honors

  • Member Mary Ann Doyle received Marion's Pearl Roberts Award

2011 District Honors

  • Mary Shanks Award for Best Yearbook - 3rd Place
  • Ruth B. Emmons Award for Best Newsletter - 1st Place

2015 District Honors

  • Lucille Pence Award for "It Only Takes One"
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