District Five - Mamie L. Bass Award Entries

for 2012 Conference

District Five Hall of Fame

Mamie L. Bass Service Award


The Mamie L. Bass Community Service Award was established by the International Board of Directors in July, 1963, as a memorial to the first National President of Altrusa.  The name was changed to the Mamie L. Bass Service Award by the International Board of Directors in July, 1975. 

The winning District Five project will be submitted to the International Competition.  The second-place project receives the Lucille Pence Award, sponsored by Altrusa International, Inc. of Springfield, OH.


Emancipated Foster Care Teens/ The Forgotten (Akron, OH)

Upon their 18th birthday teens are “emancipated” or released from foster care and the support that it provides.  Akron has these youth as the ongoing focus of this project.  They have a member on the Emancipation Task Force which coordinates meeting their needs.  This year the club secured grants to provide free bus passes from their local Metro Bus Service.  At Christmas they shopped, secured donations, and delivered gift bags to Independent Living Program, Transitional Housing youth.  They will also be providing Independent Living Starter Kits.


 CARE PILLOWS (Battle Creek, MI)

Patients undergoing Kidney Dialysis feel the added comfort of CARE PILLOWS specially designed for them by Battle Creek.  Members designed, purchased and secured donations for materials, and made over 150 pillows.  These were delivered to four dialysis centers and a cancer center.



Financially needy children in Branch County have “Happy Feet” thanks to this project.  For four years Branch County has held fund raisers, received grants and teamed with the community to provide shoes, boots, and socks to students.  A needs assessment tool expanded those helped.



 Habitat for Humanity House #23 had Findlay on its team.  They sponsored one day for this “Club Build” where community service organizations were the focus.  They donated $500 and 20 people for a work shift.  The club also provided breakfast, lunch, and snacks for that day.


St. Raphael Social Service Center Service Project (Hamilton. OH)

St. Raphael offers food, clothing, and living necessities to low income families.  Hamilton began as hostesses for this center, but expanded their involvement as needs arose.  Canned goods are collected at every meeting.  Monetary donations have helped stock other supplies.  They established a library with donated books and a book cart.  Their volunteer services also partner with students from Miami University.


Altrusa Scholarship (Highland County, OH)

Many have been assisted with college tuition and books through the Altrusa of Highland County Scholarship, which has an emphasis on community service.  Many Chicken Pot Pies have been made and sold to raise these funds.  Other fund-raisers included a Bass Tournament, auctions, yard sales, and such.  Application distribution and scoring, and recipient recognitions have brought community involvement.


Career Literacy Workshop (Mansfield, OH)

Free guidance and support was provided for persons searching for career and job search skills or workplace counceling.  Mansfield’s Vocational Services committee partnered with North Central State College to plan and present a Career Literacy Workshop.  The main presenter shared information from a variety of career fields, and Career and Job Search Counseling.  The project was supported by the local media, downtown businesses and organizations, including churches and non-profits.


Family Readiness Group Support Project (Marion, OH)

Alpha Company, Ohio National Guard, and their families are benefitting from Marion partnering with their Family Readiness Group for Make a Difference Day.  They are now providing child care for monthly training sessions.  They also organized a light lunch for the FRG Christmas party.  Altrusans established collection points throughout the community, gathering items for the deployed troops and monetary donations to fund postage and related projects.


Habitat for Humanity Home Showers (Monroe, MI)

The adults and children in the Habitat for Humanity program have help furnishing their new homes with a Shower planned and presented by Monroe.  A $100 gift card is given to each family and books are purchased for the children.  Names and wish lists are collected by a club liaison with Habitat. Members individually or in groups (sometimes with other organizations in the community) purchase items.  One special friend gives a quilt to each family.  The Habitat Shower and dinner are held at historic Sawyer Homestead.


Valentine Surprises for Troy Second Graders (Troy, OH)

Second Grade students received a Valentine Surprise for their second semester of school.  A bag of books, crayons, and erasers was delivered to 14 second grade classroom teachers to keep them from having to resupply their students, often at the teacher’s expense.  Troy members bought strategically in August while items were on sale and stored them until a time determined to be key for replacement.  The Altrusan cupid visited 423 students and hopes to repeat with added pencils and glue sticks.


LOVING SPOONFULS (Washington Court House, OH)

 A LOVING SPOONFULS luncheon was planned and prepared to increase community awareness and provide financial support for Washington Court House’s local “Meals on Wheels” program.  Members collected recipes and worked in partnership with the Fayette County Memorial Hospital to print cookbooks for distribution to ticket holders and sales to others after the event.  At the luncheon attendees could sample a “tablespoon” of each of the items in the cookbook.  Donations were provided for a silent auction and raffle.  Leftover food was sold for carryout, and as homemade meals to Rose Avenue Community Center for the needy.  A financial donation of $610.50 for the first year is hoped to be followed by next year’s follow-up event.

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