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

Christine Melville

Governor

Maria Mackay

Governor Elect

Marvynne Ashley

Vice Governor

Pam Hayes

Immediate Past Governor

Alison Burr

Director

Ming-chun Wu

Director

Danae McConnel

Treasurer

Robyn Atherton

Secretary

Governor

Christine Melville


Governor Elect

Maria Mackay


Vice Governor

Marvynne Ashley


Immediate Past Governor

Pam Hayes


Director

Alison Burr


Director

Ming-chun Wu


Treasurer

Danae McConnel


Secretary

Robyn Atherton


District Chairs

Archivist

Patricia O'Donnell


ASTRA Chair

Robyn Moore


BRR Chair

Lyn Edward


BRR Vice Chair

Jan Tresadern

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Communications Chair

Jenny Craig


DSB Editor

Jenny Bevin


DSB Submissions Editor

Raewyn Hutton


Foundation Chair

Marie Thompson


International Relations Chair

Brenda McIvor


Leadership & Training Chair

Katrina Clokie


Legal Advisor

Lesley Instone


Membership Development Chair

Carol Haskett


Parliamentarian

Jenette Borrell


Programme Co-Ordinator

Maria Mackay


Service Chair

Melanie Squires


Supplies Officer

Vicky Apps


Webmaster

Jenny Craig


Web Support

Katrina Clokie