About


Mamie L Bass

Altrusa International was founded in Nashville, Tennessee in 1917 by Mamie L. Bass.

In 1935, Altrusa became international when the first club in Mexico was organised. Since that first step over US borders, Altrusa moved into Puerto Rico, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, India, Korea, Russia, Ukraine, Ireland, Great Britain, Bermuda, Canada, and New Zealand. In 1946, Altrusa sent its first representative to the United Nations.

In 1962, Altrusa International established the Altrusa International Foundation, which is dedicated to improving economic well-being and quality of life through a commitment to community services and literacy. In 1966, the organization began to look to America’s youth as the future of Altrusa and established ASTRA service clubs. ASTRA encourages young people, ages 13 to 21, to participate in community service.

The history of Altrusa in New Zealand spans almost 50 years.

The first Altrusa clubs were formed in New Zealand in 1966 but were not chartered until 1969. Auckland was the first chartered club in NZ, followed by Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. Interest in Altrusa grew steadily throughout the following decades with nine clubs chartered in the 1970s and another nine in the 1980s.

The 29th of March 1985 marked the official formation of Altrusa International Incorporated District Fifteen at the Annual Conference held in Wellington. Prior to this the New Zealand clubs did not have a voice on the International Board. The first District Governor elected was Mrs Margaret Maylor (Auckland).

The District Board is now elected once every two years and is comprised of a number of board members led by a Governor. There is also district management of Chairs throughout New Zealand.

District Board

Pam Hayes

Governor

Christine Melville

Governor Elect

Danae McConnel

First Vice Governor

Maria Mackay

Second Vice Governor

Jenette Borrell

Immediate Past Governor

Gayle Garmaz

Director

Tania Sanders

Treasurer

Denise Tucker

Secretary

Governor

Pam Hayes


Governor Elect

Christine Melville


First Vice Governor

Danae McConnel


Second Vice Governor

Maria Mackay


Immediate Past Governor

Jenette Borrell


Director

Gayle Garmaz


Treasurer

Tania Sanders


Secretary

Denise Tucker


District Chairs

Archivist

Patricia O'Donnell


ASTRA Chair

Liz Ballantyne


BRR Chair

Molly Cole


BRR Vice Chair

Mary Stringer

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Communications Chair

Jenny Craig


Conference 2016 Chair

Marie Dwyer


DSB Editor

Leanne Milligan


DSB Submissions Editor

Raewyn Hutton


Foundation Chair

Susi Chinnery-Brown


International Relations Chair

Robyn Atherton


Leadership & Training Chair

Marvynne Ashley


Legal Advisor

Lesley Instone


Membership Development Chair

Katrina Clokie


National Council of Women Chair

Trish Rees


Parliamentarian

Jenette Borrell


Programme Co-Ordinator

Danae McConnel


Service Chair

Brenda McIvor


Supplies Officer

Vicky Apps


Webmaster

Jenny Craig


Web Support

Katrina Clokie