The West Valley


Altrusa International of The West Valley Club Officers 2020-2021

PRESIDENT: SUE LARKIN

SECRETARY/TREASURER: KATHY ULINCY

IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT: DAWN MORTELLARO

DIRECTORS: LESLIE FOUNTAIN, GLORIA LARSON, JACKIE SCHELL


Meetings are the third Thursday of every month. Social Hour - 5:30pm Program/Business Meeting - 5:45 Meeting ends by 8:00

Location: Virtual Meetings until further notice

Call 623-972-6155 for information or on the "Club Page" click on our the email icon and send an email

Club Welcome

Our club welcomes all potential members who live and/or work in the West Valley of the Phoenix Metropolitan area. We especially welcome Altrusans who have relocated to the Phoenix west-area workforce or retirement communities. Our members are generally working women, but we welcome part-time workers or retired people.

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Club News

Club News for Altrusa International of the West Valley

ABOUT OUR CLUB: The club was chartered in May, 1978. It serves residents in all West Valley communities in the Phoenix area. In 2015, we initiated the formation of ReadOn Arizona Greater Surprise . Numerous community partners have signed on to form the coalition, including two school districts, First Things First, and other service providers in the community. The gorup provides educational opportunities to children ages 0-8 and their parents. The goal is to have as many children as possible reading at grade level by the time they leave the third grade, a critical age in the educational development of a child. This is a very exciting project for us and we are proud to be the "founders."

Thanks to our partnership with Friends of the Surprise Libraries, we have received 5 grants in the last 6 years to provide reimbursement to the students for the H.S.e. test and give each recipient a certificate during a special ceremony in May each year.

Reading to Elementary Students

For this project we partnered with Caring Angels to provide plastic shopping bags and donated our time to flatten, fold and cut the bags. The strips are tied together to create “plarn” (plastic yarn) to crochet into woven sleeping mats. The mats are donated to homeless veterans and individuals in the Phoenix area.

West Valley Wins District Eleven 2020 Mamie L. Bass Service Award

We partnered with WHAM (What’s Happenin’ Art Movement) a local organization that provides arts and craft programs for children, to create a literacy project that 4th graders could participate in and have fun doing. The project was based on the book “Earth Day Hooray” combining literacy with art and science. After reading the book in the class the children discussed how they can keep the earth clean by recycling. Using aluminum soda cans they had collected they painted the cans with recycling messages they had learned.

West Valley takes 2nd Runner Up in District Eleven 2020 Letha H. Brown Award Competition

A major annual project for the West Valley is providing grants to students who have successfully completed the requirements to receive the G.E.D. at the Rio Salado Community College in Surprise. In collaboration with Rio Salado, we host a reception for the students and their family members. Thanks to our partnership with Friends of the Surprise Libraries, we have received grants in 8 of the last 7 years to fund the student grants. Due to the Coronavirus in 2020 we asked the college for 10 names and we sent the recipients a nice packet with a gift card and acknowledgement of their achievement.

Rio Salado Community College Grant Recipients

Honoring eighth grade students in selected Title I schools in the Peoria Unified School District with Altruism Awards which include a gift card to Barnes and Noble bookstores and a personalized Certificate of Achievement. Recipients are chosen by the teachers for their Altruism during the school year and given out by Altrusans at the 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony. This year’s project is funded in part by a grant from Altrusa International.

Peoria Unified School District Altrusism Winners

For the past several years we have provided PJs for the children of our local Grandparents Raising Grandchildren group. We have partnered with Kids Need to Read in Mesa, Arizona to provide age-appropriate books and Highlife magazines for the kids to read at home.

PJs for children raised by their Grandparents